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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  • 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

  • Engineering Serendipity

    Engineering Serendipity

    I don’t know if Highlight, Glancee, Banjo, or any one of those other startups you’re now officially sick to death of hearing about are going to make it, but I know that for the first time in a long time, we’re starting to move in the right direction in terms of mobile innovation. And no, I don’t mean we need more people-stalking apps, I mean we need more passive use of… Read More

  • DoubleTwist’s New Alarm Clock For Android Wakes You With Your DoubleTwist Tunes

    DoubleTwist’s New Alarm Clock For Android Wakes You With Your DoubleTwist Tunes

    DoubleTwist, the maker of the popular suite of applications for syncing music and media between devices, has just surprised its users with the release of a new application today. And this time, the app branches out from the company’s prior focus on media management – it’s an alarm clock app for Android phones. But on closer inspection, DoubleTwist Alarm actually does makes… Read More

  • It’s A Disney Party! DeNA & Disney Team Up To Launch Mobile Games Worldwide

    It’s A Disney Party! DeNA & Disney Team Up To Launch Mobile Games Worldwide

    Disney and Japanese mobile gaming giant DeNA announced a new partnership this morning that will see their first jointly developed mobile social games launched on DeNA’s Mobage social gaming platform, beginning later this month. The first title to arrive, “Disney Party,” was released on March 28th to the Mobage network in Japan, which serves a mobile gaming audience of over… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

    Wikidata, the first new project to emerge from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006, is now beginning development. The organization, known best for its user-edited encyclopedia of knowledge Wikipedia, recently announced the new project at February’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin, describing Wikidata as new effort to provide a database of knowledge that can be read… Read More

  • Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses

    Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses

    Have you started seeing images in online reCAPTCHAs that look suspiciously like house numbers pulled from Google Street View? Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what they are. Google confirmed it’s currently running an experiment that involves using its reCAPTCHA spam-fighting system to improve data in Google Maps by having users identify things like street names and… Read More

  • Unroll.me Combines Your Favorite Email Subscriptions Into One, Lets You Kill The Rest

    Unroll.me Combines Your Favorite Email Subscriptions Into One, Lets You Kill The Rest

    Suffering from inbox overload? Of course you are – everyone is. And now thanks to Google’s Account Activity report, we can see exactly how much email we get. It’s scary. From my personal email address, I received 9,000+ emails last month. (Haven’t checked out my TechCrunch address, though…) It’s reasons like this that draw me to email-improving… Read More

  • Famigo Raises $1M For Its Kid-Friendly App Directory And Parental Control Software

    Famigo Raises $1M For Its Kid-Friendly App Directory And Parental Control Software

    Famigo, the Austin-based startup building a directory of family-oriented and kid-friendly mobile apps, announced today that it has raised $1 million in funding led by Silverton Partners. Also participating in the round were Zilker Ventures, Liahona Ventures, and CapitalFactory. The company, which currently offers an online directory of apps as well as parental control software for Android, says… Read More