Sarah Perez

Sarah Perez
Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

    Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

    A company called Tocomail earlier this year launched a mobile application designed to be kids’ first email service, built with the parental controls and protections such an app would require, while allowing kids to write simple messages and send drawings to pre-approved family and friends. Now Tocomail is targeting a slightly older crowd with the debut of another app called Tocomail… Read More

  • Location-Based Video Editing App Clinch Heads To The Deadpool

    Location-Based Video Editing App Clinch Heads To The Deadpool

    Mobile video app Clinch (not to be confused with Klout’s Cinch) is heading to the deadpool, but the company itself lives on, developing products for the digital advertising space. First introduced in 2012, Clinch’s app automatically threaded together video clips and photos based on location, allowing users to then customize the resulting mobile video further by selecting their… Read More

  • LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

    LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

    LinkedIn over the weekend launched a standalone version of its “Sales Navigator” service, which is now available on iOS only. The addition of the new, native application follows a recent overhaul for Sales Navigator that saw it split off as its own product, rather than a set of features within the main LinkedIn website. At that time, the company promised mobile apps would soon… Read More

  • Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    A new mobile application called Tripcast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting fellow travelers to build albums with you. This is not the first time… Read More

  • Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling… Read More

  • Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

    Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

    Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More

  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

  • In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App Search which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links automatically open up your apps when tapped. Read More

  • Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Last month, Visa launched a new payment option designed for e-commerce transactions called Visa Checkout, which eliminates the need for entering in a 16-digit card number during the checkout process in favor of a username and password combination. Today, the company is announcing partnerships with a number of top acquirers and e-commerce platform providers, increasing Visa Checkout’s… Read More

  • Simple File-Sharing Tool CloudApp Rolls Out Version 3.0, Adds Team Collaboration

    Simple File-Sharing Tool CloudApp Rolls Out Version 3.0, Adds Team Collaboration

    CloudApp, a visual collaboration tool that began as a one-man project and has now grown to nearly 2 million users, is out today with its latest release, CloudApp 3.0, which is the first to include support for team collaboration. The expansion makes sense, as the service today caters more to creative types, including designers and developers, in addition to entrepreneurs, social media… Read More

  • Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All

    Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All

    Amazon today announced that it’s making Zocalo, its secure document storage and sharing service designed for enterprise use, generally available. The news comes, not coincidentally, on a day when cloud storage competitor Dropbox announced lowered pricing and storage increases for its Pro customers. Read More

  • The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store

    The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store

    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s success in the App Store could open the doors to future celebrity-publisher partnerships, suggests app analytics firm App Annie in a new report out this morning which looks back on the latest in app store trends. The game, a joint effort between the celeb and publisher Glu, was the most downloaded game on iOS in July, and helped Glu become the number one… Read More

  • Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

    Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

    Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015. According to Ripley MacDonald, Director of Student Programs at Amazon… Read More

  • Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone very desperately wants TechCrunch to write about Path. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received over half a dozen tips about layoffs, visitors from China in the office, an Alibaba “partnership,” potential acquirers and more. The funny thing is, none of these things seem to be true. For starters, the company outright denies it – on the record. Other sources… Read More

  • Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found. It may seem like an obvious conclusion: of course, people are… Read More

  • QuickPics Is An iPhone Photo Manager For The Organized Among Us

    QuickPics Is An iPhone Photo Manager For The Organized Among Us

    For the obsessively organized, sorting and searching through your iPhone photos is a problem still waiting to be solved. Even the forthcoming changes due out in iOS 8, which introduces a “smart” search functionality allowing you to search photos by time, location, album name while classifying others as “Favorites,” may not be enough for some. A new application… Read More

  • Facebook To Embarrass Celebs At Emmys By Making Them Shake A Big “Facebook Mentions” Tablet

    Facebook To Embarrass Celebs At Emmys By Making Them Shake A Big “Facebook Mentions” Tablet

    Not content to cede the battle for TV’s second screen to Twitter, at tonight’s Emmy’s, Facebook in partnership with Access Hollywood, is unleashing something it called the “Mentions Box” on the celebs walking down the red carpet. This box is really just an oversized Facebook-branded tablet, which celebrities will shake to reveal a fan’s question. Read More

  • Indiegogo Campaign Hacked This Weekend, But Wasn’t Part Of A Widespread Attack

    Indiegogo Campaign Hacked This Weekend, But Wasn’t Part Of A Widespread Attack

    A campaign page on Indiegogo was hacked over the weekend, making it appear as if the Indiegogo team itself had taken down the campaign and closed the page. However, the hack does not appear to be indicative of a wider breach of Indiegogo security. Instead, it seems the hackers were able to guess the account password which allowed them to make edits to the page. Indiegogo says that after… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Its Children’s Programming Lineup

    Amazon Expands Its Children’s Programming Lineup

    Amazon Studios, the company’s production unit which helps develop feature films and TV series, is expanding its line-up of children’s programming, the company announced this morning. An additional five series are now being greenlit – including three animated shows, and two live-action kids’ pilots. All the shows are again being opened up to customer feedback, which… Read More

  • Clones Of “Flappy Bird” Sequel “Swing Copters” Flushed From App Stores

    Clones Of “Flappy Bird” Sequel “Swing Copters” Flushed From App Stores

    The mobile app stores are dealing with the app cloning problem at last, it seems. Earlier this week, “Flappy Bird” creator Dong Nguyen released the sequel to his insanely popular, but frustrating game, which had once led to dozens upon dozens clones from developers hoping to cash in on the trend. With Nguyen’s new game, “Swing Copters,” the cloners quickly… Read More