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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  • Nearly 40% Of Facebook Users Are Mobile App Users

    Nearly 40% Of Facebook Users Are Mobile App Users

    According to new data from Benedict Evans for Enders Analysis, the number of monthly active users of Facebook’s mobile apps recently passed the 300 million mark. This is primarily due to heavy use of the iOS and Android apps, but it also takes into account apps that run on BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Phone, iPad and feature phones. That number equates to roughly 40% of… Read More

  • BP, Shea Ventures, Google Ventures And Others Invest in Cool Planet’s C Round

    BP, Shea Ventures, Google Ventures And Others Invest in Cool Planet’s C Round

    Today, Cool Planet BioFuels, Inc. announced that BP Technology Ventures has made an investment in the company’s C round led by Shea Ventures. Current Cool Planet investors,  General Electric, Google Ventures, ConocoPhillips, NRG and North Bridge Venture Partners also participated. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Read More

  • Mobilewalla: The Highest Rated Mobile Apps Of 2011

    Mobilewalla: The Highest Rated Mobile Apps Of 2011

    Mobile analytics firm Mobilewalla has ranked the top apps across all four mobile platforms for 2011, using its own ranking system known at the “Mobilewalla Score.” Instead of looking at raw user ratings, this scoring system is an algorithm that analyzes a variety of factors in addition to ratings, including an app’s position within its own category, volume, social media… Read More

  • When Ranking Facebook Adoption As Percentage Of Population, Cyprus Is #1

    When Ranking Facebook Adoption As Percentage Of Population, Cyprus Is #1

    Which countries really, really love Facebook? If you guessed the U.S., you would be somewhat right – this country ranks #7 on Pingdom’s new list of countries comparing the number of Facebook users as percentages of the population. To be clear, we’re not talking about raw number of Facebook users. The U.S. is still #1 there. This is ranking countries by what percentage of… Read More

  • Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    This is smart: a new alarm clock application for the iPhone and Android wakes you earlier if it snowed last night. Called simply, “Winter Wake-Up,” the app lets you configure its settings to wake you up earlier than your scheduled alarm depending on weather conditions, with separate settings for both “Frost” and “Snow.” Read More

  • comScore: U.S. Online Holiday Spending Up 15% To Record $35.3 Billion

    comScore: U.S. Online Holiday Spending Up 15% To Record $35.3 Billion

    comScore just released new numbers on U.S. online holiday spending for the season-to-date, and found that consumers continued to shop online in record numbers. For the first 56 days of the November-December 2011 holiday season, $35.3 billion was spent online – an increase of 15% over the corresponding days last year, and a new record. Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads In November Up 83% Over Last Year

    iPhone App Downloads In November Up 83% Over Last Year

    Marketing technology company Fiksu tracked the impact of the iPhone 4S on iPhone app downloads and found that download volume of the top 200 free apps increased 15% from October’s previous record high of 4.91 million daily downloads. In November, the firm’s “App Store Competitive Index,” which measures this trend, peaked at 5.65 million downloads per day – the… Read More

  • YouTube Slam: Google’s “Hot Or Not” For Videos

    YouTube Slam: Google’s “Hot Or Not” For Videos

    Bored? Yeah, me too. Which is why I just killed nearly 30 minutes doing mindless web surfing on Facebook, Reddit and Amazon. But it looks like YouTube would like a little of my holiday downtime clicks – and yours, too. The company just blogged about YouTube Slam, a game that involves pairing up two videos and voting for your favorites. Read More

  • Half A Million Downloads Later, Social Discovery App Banjo Hits The Web

    Half A Million Downloads Later, Social Discovery App Banjo Hits The Web

    Banjo, the creepy/awesome cyber-stalking app (I mean social discovery service) that shows you who’s nearby based on their Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, geotagged tweets, TwitPic and Instagram uploads, is now a web app, too. In case you haven’t yet download the iOS or Android application to your mobile device (or are some kind of Windows Phone-using rebel), you can check out… Read More

  • Italy Fines Apple $1.2 Million Over AppleCare Sales

    Italy Fines Apple $1.2 Million Over AppleCare Sales

    Today, Italy’s antitrust body has fined Apple, Inc. $1.2 million (900,000 euros) for pushing customers to buy its AppleCare Protection Plan without adequately disclosing the support that already comes with their device. In Italy, companies are actually required by law to provide two years of free support to customers, which, according to the Italian Antitrust Authority, was not… Read More

  • Google+ Launches 3 New TV Ads Featuring Muppets, Bill Walton & Some Engaged Chick

    Google+ Launches 3 New TV Ads Featuring Muppets, Bill Walton & Some Engaged Chick

    What do you do when your viral growth starts to taper off? Advertise! That strategy has seemingly been working well for the Google Chrome web browser (now with a quarter of worldwide browser market share), so Google may as well give it a shot with Google+. Google has released a trio of new TV commercials promoting its fledging social network, featuring Hangouts with celebrities like the Muppets… Read More

  • Spire: A New Legal Siri Port For Any iOS 5 Device

    Spire: A New Legal Siri Port For Any iOS 5 Device

    Well-known iOS hacker chpwn (aka Grant Paul) along with Ryan Petrich have released a new tool for installing Siri on jailbroken phones. The Siri port, called “Spire,” works on any phone that can run iOS 5. However, because Apple only officially supports Siri requests coming from the iPhone 4S, a proxy server address is still required. Oh, there’s one more thing: Spire… Read More

  • Flurry: Largest Addressable Markets For Mobile Developers In 2012 Include India, China, Japan & U.S.

    Flurry: Largest Addressable Markets For Mobile Developers In 2012 Include India, China, Japan & U.S.

    Mobile analytics firm Flurry is closing out the year with a look into the forthcoming shift in mobile installed bases expected in 2012. Using data from the firm’s dataset of over 140,000 apps running worldwide, it was able to calculate smartphone penetration in established markets like U.S. and Europe. Then, using additional data from the IMF in combination with Flurry’s own data… Read More

  • Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: iOS Apps

    Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: iOS Apps

    Looking for a quick last-minute gift? Not feeling up to fighting the holiday traffic, crowds and checkout lines? Just too lazy busy to shop? Then you may want to consider giving the gift of an iOS app. You can gift any paid app from iTunes on your computer or from the app’s description page on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just scroll down past the screenshot and look for the… Read More

  • VideoCam3D For iOS Lets You Shoot & Convert Movies To 3D

    VideoCam3D For iOS Lets You Shoot & Convert Movies To 3D

    NXP Software, developer of the CineXPlayer mobile application, is launching a new iOS app for recording and converting video into 3D. The app, VideoCam3D, lets you record in both blue/red and split screen 3D and works in conjunction with the CineXPlayer video viewing app, which also supports 3D movie playback. Read More

  • Motorola Mobility Acquires Video Guide Startup SetJam

    Motorola Mobility Acquires Video Guide Startup SetJam

    Today, SetJam, a company that describes itself as “building the future of TV,” has announced it has been acquired by Motorola Mobility. The company’s products currently include a customizable TV and movie widgets designed for embedding on websites, plus developer-friendly tools like a REST API and XML download of the SetJam database. Read More

  • Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon will be rolling out a new Media Server product for its FiOS customers late next year, which will be a single hardware device that will eventually eliminate the need for a set-top box altogether. The server will be capable of streaming HD TV to all devices in the home, including the TV, of course, but also gaming systems, mobile devices and tablets like the iPad. Although the company… Read More

  • Evernote’s Skitch Arrives On iPad…iPhone Version Still “In The Works”

    Evernote’s Skitch Arrives On iPad…iPhone Version Still “In The Works”

    Skitch, the popular photo editing Mac app acquired by Evernote in August, is now available on the iPad. The release follows the launch of the Skitch for Android app earlier this year, and is the first iOS-compatible version available. Using the new app, you can annotate just about anything – a new photo, one from your camera roll, a screenshot, a map or you can just draw on a blank… Read More

  • SpotMe Payments: A Great App For Settling Up

    SpotMe Payments: A Great App For Settling Up

    SpotMe, a handy little tool for sharing expenses in groups, is now a top 10 mobile app in the finance category and a featured app in Apple’s App Store Rewind 2011. Zornitza Stefanova, the CEO of SpotMe’s maker Boomerang Digital, describes the app as “a social messenger for payments.” What that means is that the app takes over the often uncomfortable job of having to… Read More

  • No Boys Allowed: Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator Is Just For Women

    No Boys Allowed: Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator Is Just For Women

    Today, a new startup accelerator for women, the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator, is opening its doors for applications. The program will start off small, offering two to five companies seed funding of $18,000, plus mentoring, support, and free office space in New York during the course of its three-month program. Read More