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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  • Too Drunk To Drive, But Still Wanna Get Your Car Home? There’s An App For That

    Too Drunk To Drive, But Still Wanna Get Your Car Home? There’s An App For That

    You know what I hate most about getting too drunk to drive home? The hangover. No, no, I’m kidding (well, sort of) – it’s having to go retrieve my car from wherever I left it the next day. Sometimes, it’s been towed. Other times, it’s been broken into (true story). That’s why I’m hopeful about the possibilities a new service called StearClear has in store. Read More

  • Socialize Makes Any App Social, Already Reaches 10M End Users

    Socialize Makes Any App Social, Already Reaches 10M End Users

    Socialize, the new platform that allows mobile developers to instantly add social features to their apps, has come a long way since its November launch of its Social Action Bar. Apparently, developers are giving this one a shot…in droves. 5,500 developers have downloaded the mobile toolkit to date, with 562 apps in testing and 150 apps which have gone live with integrations. (Here are… Read More

  • Learning To Code Apps? Programr, The Codecademy For Higher-Level Languages, Adds Support For Android

    Learning To Code Apps? Programr, The Codecademy For Higher-Level Languages, Adds Support For Android

    Programr, an online lab for learning to code – yep, sort of like Codecademy, but for higher-level languages, has just introduced Android coding support. With the added option, aspiring student developers can create Android apps right in the browser. When the project is complete the apps can be downloaded into APK format, then loaded up on your Android devices, shared with friends or sent… Read More

  • Amazon S3: 905 Billion Objects Stored, 1 Billion Added Each Day

    Amazon S3: 905 Billion Objects Stored, 1 Billion Added Each Day

    Amazon has released some fairly impressive numbers showcasing the growth of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) over the years. By the end of the first quarter of 2012, there were 905 billion objects stored, and the service routinely handles 650,000 requests per second for those objects, with peaks that go even higher. To put that in perspective, that’s up from 262 billion objects stored… Read More

  • Local Search App AroundMe Trumps Yelp’s Mobile Apps With 6M Monthly Users

    Local Search App AroundMe Trumps Yelp’s Mobile Apps With 6M Monthly Users

    Wow, AroundMe has really been flying under the radar. The location-aware mobile search app is announcing today that it’s now passed the 6 million mark for monthly unique visitors. To put that in perspective, Yelp’s mobile apps see 5.7 million+ monthly uniques these days. Not bad, then, considering AroundMe has a single founder, a team of four, and no outside funding. The company… Read More

  • Google’s GoMo Expands, Adds DIY Mobile Website Building Tools

    Google’s GoMo Expands, Adds DIY Mobile Website Building Tools

    DudaMobile, the DIY mobile website maker, fresh off news of its $6 million Series B, is today announcing a partnership with Google. Going forward, Google’s GoMo service, which launched last November to refer business customers to development shops that could take their website mobile, is now offering a mobile website builder that’s powered by DudaMobile. Read More

  • FLUD 2.0 Rolls Out To Android & Windows Phone, As Startup Readies Its Series A

    FLUD 2.0 Rolls Out To Android & Windows Phone, As Startup Readies Its Series A

    FLUD, the scrappy news reader backed by $1 million in seed funding, is today introducing FLUD 2.0 for Android and Windows Phone. FLUD 2.0, for those who don’t recall, was the big redesign that turned FLUD from being just another news reader into a true social news experience. Although participating in a crowded space, where it goes up against better-known brands like Flipboard, Zite… Read More

  • YouTube Adds A “Play In 3D” Option Across Its Site

    YouTube Adds A “Play In 3D” Option Across Its Site

    Last September, YouTube began offering new tools that allowed users to convert their uploaded 2D videos into 3D videos with just a click. That feature, which has been in beta testing, was available only to YouTube creators at the time. Today, YouTube is rolling out the beta to all of YouTube’s users – creators and viewers alike – by offering the option to automatically… Read More

  • Uber Simplifies Sign Up Process: Just Hold Up Your Credit Card & You’re In!

    Uber Simplifies Sign Up Process: Just Hold Up Your Credit Card & You’re In!

    On-demand black car service Uber is making it easier for new users to sign up for rides, thanks to its newly-announced Card.io integration. For those unfamiliar with the mobile payments startup Card.io (a competitor with Jumio), it’s a mobile toolkit that allows app publishers to speed up the process of collecting users’ credit card information. Instead of requesting users to fill… Read More

  • BodeTree Is A Financial Tool For People Who Hate Finance

    BodeTree Is A Financial Tool For People Who Hate Finance

    Today, a company called BodeTree is launching a new web-based solution to help small business owners make better sense of their financial data. Like another new startup in the SMB realm (that being InvoiceASAP), BodeTree is also leveraging QuickBooks to help import data into its service, but instead of focusing on online invoicing and payments, BodeTree wants to provide business owners with… Read More

  • Friday: A Personal Assistant That Remembers What You’ve Done

    Friday: A Personal Assistant That Remembers What You’ve Done

    In the spirit of connecting your phone’s activity to the cloud, a trend that has inspired one of this week’s more interesting launches, Phonedeck, there now comes another application that wants to automatically track your activity in order to provide a history of your communications, additional analysis, and even a search engine for your own life. The app is called Friday, and… Read More

  • Real Estate Search Company Trulia Brings Its Rentals App To iPhone

    Real Estate Search Company Trulia Brings Its Rentals App To iPhone

    Real estate search company Trulia is adding to its mobile lineup today with the launch of Trulia Rentals for iPhone. The app joins its Android rentals-only counterpart, which launched back in September. Like the former, the new iPhone app will also offer a dedicated view of nearby rentals, including property details, photos, as well as other neighborhood rental info, including where… Read More

  • Acceleprise Wants To Be The 500 Startups For Enterprise Tech

    Acceleprise Wants To Be The 500 Startups For Enterprise Tech

    Let the proliferation of vertically-themed startup accelerators continue! Today, a new accelerator focusing on the enterprise sector is launching in Washington D.C. Called “Acceleprise,” the program’s goal is to invest in 60 enterprise software companies over the next three years. Participating startups should be trying to solve problems facing large organizations, whether… Read More

  • Facebook Threatens To Sue TechCrunch Commenter

    Facebook Threatens To Sue TechCrunch Commenter

    Last year, Alexia covered a funny Chrome web browser extension called “Defaceable” that allowed you to comment anonymously on Facebook and on other websites using Facebook Comments. Instead of having to associate your comment with your real name and identity, the Defaceable extension let you once again post your troll-isms to friends’ walls and blogs like TechCrunch (which… Read More

  • Opera Software Launches Yet Another UDID Alternative For Anonymous Mobile Ad-Tracking

    Opera Software Launches Yet Another UDID Alternative For Anonymous Mobile Ad-Tracking

    Just when iOS developers had thought they had heard of every UDID replacement mechanism out there, Opera Software had to go and launch its own, too. Today, the company, best known as the maker of the Opera web browser, is introducing something it’s calling “App-Tribute” – and yes, it’s yet another system providing an alternative to the now deprecated UDID. Read More

  • AmazonWireless Exits Beta, Now Offers Price-Matching Guarantee, $25 Worth Of Free Mobile Apps

    AmazonWireless Exits Beta, Now Offers Price-Matching Guarantee, $25 Worth Of Free Mobile Apps

    AmazonWireless.com, Amazon’s dedicated shopping site for cell phone and tablet buyers, is finally exiting beta today, following its launch in July of 2009. The change in status may mean nothing to regular mobile shoppers, who have long known of and used the service to compare devices, or who were attracted there when Amazon ran crazy sales – like when it listed all its Verizon… Read More

  • 1000Memories Introduces “Shoeboxes” For More Private Photo Sharing

    1000Memories Introduces “Shoeboxes” For More Private Photo Sharing

    1000Memories, the startup behind the ShoeBox iPhone application, which lets you “scan” old photographs and post them online using your mobile phone’s camera, is now introducing a new feature to help you better organize your digital collections. The feature is called, not surprisingly, “Shoeboxes,” and it’s meant to become the digital equivalent of the… Read More

  • Nielsen Teams With Disney/ABC To Measure Consumers’ iPad Usage Behavior

    Nielsen Teams With Disney/ABC To Measure Consumers’ iPad Usage Behavior

    A little bit of news from Nielsen that flew under the radar a few days ago hints at big things ahead for the measurement firm and its goals of understanding user behavior across all platforms. The company said it was teaming up with Disney/ABC Television Group to measure video consumption trends on the iPad. In the study, participants will download a special “metering” app to… Read More

  • Facebook For iPad Gets Retina-Ready

    Facebook For iPad Gets Retina-Ready

    Facebook rolled out an update this morning that adds support for the new iPad’s Retina display to its iPad application. According to the release notes in iTunes, users with the new iPad will now see “a crisp, high resolution interface.” The update (version 4.1.1) brings other bug fixes, too, as well as support for additional languages. The Retina-ready version of the app… Read More

  • Amazon’s Appstore Generates More Revenue Per Daily User Than Google Play

    Amazon’s Appstore Generates More Revenue Per Daily User Than Google Play

    According to new data released today by mobile analytics firm Flurry, Amazon’s Appstore for Android is generating more revenue per daily user than the Google Android Market, which was recently rebranded as the Google Play store. That shouldn’t be surprising, given that Amazon vets apps for quality, runs promotions to entice users to return daily, and perhaps most importantly, is… Read More