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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  • A Most Dangerous Machine

    A Most Dangerous Machine

    Facebook’s News Feed has decided that I like gruesome murders. Actually, senseless deaths and gruesome murders. I’m not exactly sure when the problem started, but I imagine it was around the time of one of the now too-common stories of mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Or at least, that’s what I like to tell myself – that surely, I was following a nationwide news story… Read More

  • Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon‘s Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company’s Amazon Prime membership program. But you might want to add YouTube to that list of would-be competitors, as Amazon has now introduced a new section to Instant Video focused on… Read More

  • Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    There are a number of third-party applications that offer up a “secret folder” on your iPhone for hiding certain, ahem, private photos from prying eyes. But most of these require a bit of photo management to take place first – you have to import your photos into the app, then delete the original from the Photo Stream. A new app called Overswipe takes a different approach. Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    Everyone’s favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it’s calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Android operating system, the new site has an updated layout that’s easier to read and navigate. News of the site’s debut… Read More

  • Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

    Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders – Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

    Amazon‘s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after-hours trading following Amazon reporting net losses that widened to $126 million in the quarter. Amazon has been stretching itself… Read More

  • Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

    Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

    Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu and David King. Headquartered in San Francisco, which also serves as its… Read More

  • Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More

  • Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

    Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

    With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with… Read More

  • Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

    Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

    There are literally dozens of third-party apps for the online community Reddit, from mini meme-makers to feature-rich native clients, like the popular Alien Blue, for example. But we’re getting a kick out of a new app called Karma Swipe (click the link on your smartphone), which offers a simple, swipeable mobile interface for Reddit, heavily focused on Reddit’s visual… Read More

  • Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

    Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding… Read More

  • The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

    Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs

    One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits. Today, Amazon is taking a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the Prime Music service, which now has grown by “hundreds of… Read More

  • Anniversary For iPhone Offers A Moment Of Nostalgia In The Age Of Disposable Photos

    Anniversary For iPhone Offers A Moment Of Nostalgia In The Age Of Disposable Photos

    An app called Anniversary offers a new twist on remembering the past via your photo and video memories. Instead of posting to a social network like Facebook, Anniversary lets you share your content with a friend on some future date of your choosing. The idea is to surprise your friends with old photos, instead of just nostalgically reviewing them on your own. Thanks to smartphones, we… Read More

  • Nootrobox Launches Its “Smart Drugs” Subscription Service

    Nootrobox Launches Its “Smart Drugs” Subscription Service

    Subscription-based “box of the month” services have been fairly hit-or-miss so far. While some like Birchbox are still going strong, elsewhere, smaller startups – and even experiments from the world’s largest retailer, Walmart – have faded away. But a new company called Nootrobox is giving the subscription biz a shot anyway by targeting those interested… Read More

  • Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

    Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

    Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung - are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” system. But even still, those bulbs aren’t cheap: A 3-bulb starter pack of Hue bulbs… Read More

  • Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

    Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

    Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or the ability to store credit cards or debit cards. Instead… Read More

  • The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable

    Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month. Read More

  • Knock Simulates An Incoming Call To Get Friends To Respond To Your Texts

    Knock Simulates An Incoming Call To Get Friends To Respond To Your Texts

    Knock, a recently launched Android application, offers a new twist on mobile messaging. When you send a message using this app, Knock simulates an incoming call to get your friend’s attention. But the call screen your friend sees looks slightly different than usual. Instead of the standard accept and reject buttons, they’ll see your text message written on the screen which… Read More

  • Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    While there are a number of family locator services to choose from today, ranging from those offered by the mobile operators to venture-backed startups, a nearly two-year old mobile application called Mamabear was created with a goal of doing more than simple location tracking – it’s a full-featured “parenting app” which allows parents – yes, mainly moms, by… Read More

  • Forget Wristbands, FreeWavz Brings Fitness Monitoring To Your Earphones

    Forget Wristbands, FreeWavz Brings Fitness Monitoring To Your Earphones

    Health and fitness monitoring is a popular function in many of today’s wristband wearables like the Fitbit or Jawbone UP, for example, but a new company called FreeWavz wants to bring those features and more to a different form factor: earphones. FreeWavz‘s bluetooth-connected earphones offer wireless connectivity to your streaming music, as well as a step counter, plus heart rate… Read More