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.

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  • Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

    Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

    Google Now, Google’s service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company says that, going forward, the Google app will show users updates from their favorite apps, too. At launch, Google is… Read More

  • “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    With the app economy showing no sign of slowing, the iOS App Store, too, continues to grow, and has now reached over 1.42 million apps, according to a new report out this morning from app analytics firm adjust. One interesting metric the report uncovered is just how many of the apps are effectively invisible to consumers – something adjust lovingly refers to as “zombie… Read More

  • Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    A new mobile application called Blinq is launching today into public beta to add a layer of contextual information to your favorite mobile messaging applications. Founder Yossi Ghinsberg, who’s better known for his adventures in the Amazon (not Amazon.com, but the actual unchartered wilderness), described Blinq as “more of a hack than an app,” saying that people are tired… Read More

  • FullContact Raises $7 Million, Rolls Out A New Universal Contacts App For iOS

    FullContact Raises $7 Million, Rolls Out A New Universal Contacts App For iOS

    FullContact, a company offering a range of solutions for contact management for both consumers and developers alike, has raised an additional $7 million in Series B funding, it announced this morning alongside the launch of a new universal contacts app for iOS. The round was led by prior investor Foundry Group, and included participation from another earlier investor 500 Startups as well… Read More

  • Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring

    Nickelodeon To Debut A Subscription-Based Video Streaming Service This Spring

    Kids’ TV network Nickelodeon will soon take its shows directly to consumers with the launch of a subscription streaming service in March, according to comments made by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman on the company’s earnings call on Thursday. The move to bring the children’s programming directly to consumers – outside of top streaming players like Netflix, Amazon or… Read More

  • Homeroom Brings Private Photo Sharing To The Classroom

    Homeroom Brings Private Photo Sharing To The Classroom

    The makers of the private photo-sharing app Cluster have been experimenting with spinning off the service’s technology into different verticals in recent days, including apps designed for documenting your travels, communicating with your community at church, tracking your baby’s milestones, and more. But one of the more successful of the spinoffs, now launching to the public… Read More

  • Slyce Snatches Up Mobile Couponing App SnipSnap For $6.5 Million

    Slyce Snatches Up Mobile Couponing App SnipSnap For $6.5 Million

    Visual search provider Slyce is expanding its lineup of mobile applications taking advantage of its proprietary image recognition technology with the acquisition of popular mobile couponing app SnipSnap for $6.5 million. The deal was a combination of cash and stock, and brings SnipSnap’s 4 million-plus consumers to Slyce, as well as its enterprise product line which Slyce now plans to… Read More

  • Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More

    Tumblr Takes On Medium With Upgrades To Its Writing Interface And More

    Starting today, Tumblr is rolling out a series of updates to its online blogging platform designed to make the service more attractive and useful for content creators, and specifically for those writing long-form content. The move comes at a time when publishing platform Medium, co-founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, is growing in popularity thanks to its simple and clean user… Read More

  • Kids App Maker Fingerprint Acquires Two More Mobile Education Companies

    Kids App Maker Fingerprint Acquires Two More Mobile Education Companies

    Kids’ app maker Fingerprint, which was backed by Dreamworks last summer with a $10.9 million round of funding, has put some portion of that cash to use with the acquisition of two children’s mobile education companies, Cognitive Kid and Scribble Press, the company announced this morning. With the new additions, Fingerprint’s library of kids’ apps is now at 800 – or… Read More

  • Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

    Hopper’s New Travel App Tells You The Best Time To Fly

    A mobile application called Hopper, out today on iTunes, is using data and analysis from “billions” of flight prices in order to tell travelers when they should fly and buy tickets. The company claims that it’s able to save users as much as 40 percent on flights, and in 95 percent of cases will get you a cheaper flight or one that’s at least the same price as you would… Read More

  • App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

    App Annie Reveals The Top 9 App Trends From 2014

    Mobile analytics provider App Annie, the market leader in the app measurement business today, is out this morning with its annual report that takes a look back at the app trends that defined the past year. The report includes a look at app category growth, like the expansion of mobile messaging services, mobile video streaming, “sharing economy” apps and more, as well as growth of… Read More

  • Custom Apparel Platform Teespring Acquires London-Based Fabrily To Expand Internationally

    Custom Apparel Platform Teespring Acquires London-Based Fabrily To Expand Internationally

    Fast-growing custom apparel startup Teespring, which is backed by nearly $57 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, is making a move to expand its footprint globally through the strategic acquisition of European apparel platform Fabrily. Headquartered in London, Fabrily has been operating for nearly as long as Teespring, offering its mainly Western European-based customers… Read More

  • Eventjoy’s New App For Event Goers Adds Real-Time Chat, Live Announcements And More

    Eventjoy’s New App For Event Goers Adds Real-Time Chat, Live Announcements And More

    Eventjoy, the event management platform and Y Combinator graduate that was quickly snatched up by Ticketmaster last fall, is today releasing a new version of its mobile application for event attendees that’s more of an overhaul than an upgrade. The new application introduces a number of unique, new features, including the ability for event attendees to chat in real time with event… Read More

  • Pinterest Brings Ads To Users’ Home Feeds

    Pinterest Brings Ads To Users’ Home Feeds

    More users will be seeing ads on Pinterest, the company announced on Tuesday, detailing an expanded test of its advertising product which will now place ads in the form of “Promoted Pins” directly in users’ home feeds. Because the home feed is the first thing you see when landing on Pinterest’s site, this will make the advertisements more visible to users of the… Read More

  • YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    YC-Backed Final Raises A Million For Its Fraud-Fighting Credit Card

    Credit card startup Final, which is focused on combating fraud online and off while giving consumers more control over their spending, has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors including Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y Combinator and other fintech angels, in advance of the launch of its 2015 pilot program. The company tells us it already has 37,000 consumers signed up on… Read More

  • Next-Gen Email Platform Nilas (Previously Inbox) Grabs $8 Million, Preps Its Own Email Client

    Next-Gen Email Platform Nilas (Previously Inbox) Grabs $8 Million, Preps Its Own Email Client

    Nilas, the startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, previously known as Inbox and focused on offering developers a better API for building email client applications, has raised $8 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by Formation 8, and included participation from prior investors Fuel Capital, SV Angel, Data Collective, Great Oaks and… Read More

  • Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse, an Oslo and now Palo Alto-based startup offering a iOS and Android app development platform, emerged from stealth today while also announcing $2.8 million in new funding as it heads to launch. The funding was led by investor Northzone, a Nordic firm and Spotify backer. The company is also backed by Alliance Venture and other private investors. The Fuse platform has been in private… Read More

  • Favado’s New App Helps You Find The Best Grocery Deals

    Favado’s New App Helps You Find The Best Grocery Deals

    In my house, I have a small stockpile of shampoo and other health and beauty products that I’ve acquired for almost nothing, thanks to coupon stacking techniques that let you go into stores and walk out with vastly discounted products. I’m disappointed if I don’t save at least 50% of my grocery bill using coupons, if not more. But working the system to your advantage in this… Read More

  • Content Discovery Platform Curiyo Raises A Million To Help Online Publishers Increase Visitors’ Time On Site

    Content Discovery Platform Curiyo Raises A Million To Help Online Publishers Increase Visitors’ Time On Site

    Curiyo, a company that makes software which consumers, bloggers and publishers use to enhance an online article with subtle links that direct you to useful facts and other information, has raised an additional round of just under $1 million in funding. Included in the round were both new and existing investors, crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, Morton H. Meyerson, Tom Glocer (former Reuters CEO)… Read More

  • Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million

    Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million

    Online technology training service Pluralsight has acquired the Orlando, Fla.-based Code School, which offers dozens of instructional courses and videos for developers both online and via mobile apps. The $36 million deal is Pluralsight’s sixth acquisition in the past 18 months, as it continues its strategy of buying up smaller companies to expand its footprint in the online learning… Read More

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