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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  • Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile Pins Its Hopes On New Taylor Swift Game

    Glu Mobile, the mobile gaming company behind recent app store hits like the once-viral “Kim Kardashian” Hollywood,” and who recently took a stake in top trivia game QuizUp, is hoping it has another potential breakout title on its hands thanks to a newly announced deal with pop star, Taylor Swift. According to news unveiled this week, Taylor and Glu will work together over… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    Amazon Alexa Can Now Order An Uber From Your Echo Speaker Or Fire TV

    It’s been a big week for Amazon’s connected speaker Echo. First the company rolled out a way to order pizza just by asking Echo’s virtual assistant to place an order for you. It then added the much-requested Spotify to the list of supported streaming music services. And today, Amazon has announced integration with on-demand car service, Uber. Read More

  • Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

    Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a tool to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, and, on iOS to start, a… Read More

  • Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram Confirms Test Of Multiple Account Switching On iOS

    Instagram confirmed it’s running a test involving multiple account switching on iOS, following reports on Thursday from users who said they saw the feature go live in their app. The company would not speak to its further plans regarding a public rollout, but the news is promising. Last November, Instagram was testing the feature on Android with members of its Instagram beta… Read More

  • Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Earlier this week, Samsung rolled out support for ad blocking in the new version of its web browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser. Third-party developers quickly responded by launching ad-blocking mobile apps that work with the browser. Now those developers are finding their apps are being pulled from the Google Play, and their updates are being declined. The reason? It… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    When Amazon rolled out the next generation of its set-top box, the Fire TV, last year, one of the standout features was the addition of Amazon Alexa to the platform. Today, the voice assistant is making its way to owners of Amazon’s original Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks, the company announced this morning, thanks to an over-the-air update arriving shortly. Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    In case you needed another reason to buy Amazon’s Internet-connected speaker, the Amazon Echo: the device can now order pizza for you, following your verbal command. Have all my dreams come true? Yes. Yes, they have. The feature is actually being made available by way of a third-party application from delivery chain Domino’s, which has been experimenting with new digital… Read More

  • Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google announced its plans to support podcasts in Google Play last October, and now it appears that the feature is ready to launch. A handful of users are reporting they’re seeing the new Podcasts section pop up in their Google Play Music app’s left-side navigation menu, underneath the section for Top charts, New releases, and their Music Library. This is clearly not a… Read More

  • Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously

    Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously

    Twitter announced two updates today that should make it easier to use for logged-out users — a group of people the company has generally not taken as seriously as it should. First of all, Twitter is now rolling out its updated homepage, which makes it easier for logged-out users to drill into interesting messages, pictures and videos on the platform without having to sign up for it, to… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns On Yammer For Office 365 Business Customers

    Microsoft Turns On Yammer For Office 365 Business Customers

    Get ready for Yammer, Microsoft announced today – and it’s not kidding. Microsoft said this afternoon it will begin to activate Yammer for all its eligible Office 365 business customers starting today, in what’s a major push for the enterprise social networking service. The rollout will come in waves, beginning with those customers who have a business subscription, and fewer… Read More

  • SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android

    SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android

    With opportune timing, given Apple’s decision to put its curated iTunes Radio stations behind a paywall, music streaming service SoundCloud today launched its own take on continuous, lean-back listening with the debut of “Stations.” Similar to other radio services, like Pandora, Stations allow users to listen to an endless stream of music based on a track, search terms… Read More

  • This Teddy Bear Could Have Exposed Your Child’s Identity

    This Teddy Bear Could Have Exposed Your Child’s Identity

    Are smart toys worth the risk? That’s a question parents are asking themselves these days as they weigh the usefulness and delight that comes from cloud-connected toys, with the potential for them to be turned into spying devices, as was the claim against the Wi-Fi-enabled “Hello Barbie,” or the possibility of massive leaks involving their children’s personal… Read More

  • Google Turns Its iOS App Into A Game With A New 3D Touch-Enabled Trivia Button

    Google Turns Its iOS App Into A Game With A New 3D Touch-Enabled Trivia Button

    Google has added a playful feature to its iOS application that lets you kick off a random trivia search – aka, the “I’m Feeling Curious” search feature – just by hard pressing on its app icon. The feature takes advantage of 3D Touch, which means it only works on Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices. After tapping on the “I’m Feeling Curious”… Read More

  • Verizon’s New “Free View” Lets Consumers Turn On Free Trials Of Premium Channels At Any Time

    Verizon’s New “Free View” Lets Consumers Turn On Free Trials Of Premium Channels At Any Time

    Traditional cable TV providers are having to up their game as more of their customers cut the cord in favor of over-the-top options. Verizon, in a move meant to better serve and retain those customers willing to pay for a premium cable TV experience, today introduced a new feature called “Free View” for FiOS TV. This option lets consumers control when they’re able to access… Read More

  • Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 This AM”

    Refinery29, a media company catering to a younger, female demographic, has today launched its first-ever mobile application, called Refinery29 This AM. The idea with the new application is to deliver a round-up of curated news stories to readers, meant to be viewed first thing in the morning. Says the company, these stories will be presented on eight different cards in the app, and will focus… Read More

  • Overall Tablet Market Declined By As Much As 10 Percent In 2015

    Overall Tablet Market Declined By As Much As 10 Percent In 2015

    The numbers are in, and it’s not good news – for tablet sales that is. A pair of new market share reports show declining numbers of tablets shipped in 2015. According to one report from Strategy Analytics, 224.3 million tablets were shipped last year – a decline of 8 percent from 2014. IDC’s numbers, however, are even worse – with an estimated 206.8 million… Read More

  • Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on… Read More

  • Custom Apparel Shop Teespring Lays Off Staff, Exits Providence

    Custom Apparel Shop Teespring Lays Off Staff, Exits Providence

    Following last summer’s restructuring, custom T-shirt shop Teespring has laid off under 10 percent of its workforce and is shutting down its Providence office entirely. The company had around 300 total employees ahead of the layoffs, but not all those who work in Providence are out of a job, we understand. Instead, some have been offered the opportunity to relocate to Teespring’s… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Flyby Media, Makers Of Tech That “Sees” The World Around You

    Apple Acquires Flyby Media, Makers Of Tech That “Sees” The World Around You

    Apple’s VR ambitions continue: according to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple has acquired an augmented reality startup called Flyby Media, which developed technology that allows mobile phones to “see” the world around them. The company, notably, had worked with Google in the past, as it was the first consumer-facing application to use the image recognition… Read More

  • Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s foray into video has gone live on iOS a little earlier than expected. On Monday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Spotify had begun to roll out its video product to all users, beginning with its Android app this week. The iOS launch of the new “Shows” section, however, was not expected until “the next week or so,” a spokesperson told us at the time. Read More

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