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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  • Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps

    Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps

    Appifier is a new service, previously in beta, that turns WordPress sites into mobile apps. That’s not mobile websites, mind you, but actual mobile applications complete with push notifications, offline access, Twitter and Facebook sharing, plus a native look, feel and speed. Unlike many DIY app creators (and there are many), Appifier isn’t doing a freemium offering. You can test… Read More

  • Social Entertainment Network GetGlue Raises $12 Million In New Financing

    Social Entertainment Network GetGlue Raises $12 Million In New Financing

    Social entertainment network GetGlue has just raised a significant round of $12 million in new financing, led by new investor Rho Ventures. The company’s existing investors, TimeWarner, RRE Ventures and Union Square Ventures, also participated in this round. The company had previously raised $6 million in November 2010. Read More

  • Personal Search Service CloudMagic Arrives On Mobile For Fast Gmail, Docs & Twitter Search

    Personal Search Service CloudMagic Arrives On Mobile For Fast Gmail, Docs & Twitter Search

    CloudMagic, the personal search service that indexes your Gmail, documents, contacts, calendar and Twitter updates, is now available as a mobile app. The release follows a major update for the service this past fall, which added the ability to search Twitter and a move to host your personal index in the cloud. This switch is what enables CloudMagic to work across multiple devices, including… Read More

  • Ngmoco Partners With Glu Mobile To Bring Gun Bros To Mobage

    Ngmoco Partners With Glu Mobile To Bring Gun Bros To Mobage

    Following its November partnership with TinyCo, social games outfit ngmoco (now a DeNA-owned company) is partnering with game publisher Glu Mobile, Inc. The deal will brings Glu’s popular Gun Bros game to ngmoco’s Mobage gaming platform for Android. No word yet on whether the rest of Glu’s titles – many of which are more well-known than Gun Bros – will port… Read More

  • Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint Accelerator Graduates Its First Class Of Startups

    Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint Accelerator Graduates Its First Class Of Startups

    Flashpoint, a startup accelerator program based at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, just had its first Demo Day at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The newly launched incubator follows the typical format for programs like this, offering seed funding, mentorship, support, shared workspace and more, in return for a 6% share of the startup. This accelerator is especially interested in… Read More

  • Pressly Launches Electionism, A Tablet-Only HTML5 News Publication

    Pressly Launches Electionism, A Tablet-Only HTML5 News Publication

    Following its November launch, OnSwipe competitor (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Pressly is bringing another major media outlet’s content to the tablet interface. The company is today announcing the launch of a new publication called Electionism. The app was built for the Media Lab, an internal product innovation team inside The Economist Group, which includes The Economist, CQ Roll… Read More

  • New “Showtime Anytime” App Brings Showtime’s Movies And Shows To The iPad

    New “Showtime Anytime” App Brings Showtime’s Movies And Shows To The iPad

    Showtime is today joining HBO GO as another premium cable channel that’s bringing its content to mobile devices. Through the new iPad app Showtime Anytime, customers can now watch Showtime’s original programming, including its TV series, movies, sports and documentaries anywhere there’s an Internet connection. Read More

  • iHeartRadio Launches Developer API

    iHeartRadio Launches Developer API

    Clear Channel’s streaming radio service, iHeartRadio, is launching its developer program today, which includes an API that allows third parties to integrate iHeartRadio’s content and services into their own products, websites and applications. Read More

  • Peel Launches New Social TV App For iOS

    Peel Launches New Social TV App For iOS

    You may remember Peel as the maker of the pear-shaped hardware device which sits in between your smartphone an TV, turning your phone into a universal remote control. Today, as promised, the company has updated its companion mobile application with more social features that allow you to share the shows you’re viewing, see what your friends and family are watching, post recommendations… Read More

  • Meet Your New Reality TV Stars: Start Engine Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    Meet Your New Reality TV Stars: Start Engine Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    Today, Start Engine, the L.A.-based accelerator that’s the focus of a new reality TV show, is announcing its first round of startups. The show, which comes from Cameron Casey, exec producer of the TechStars reality program on Bloomberg TV, will again film entrepreneurs in a documentary-style format as they make their way through a tech accelerator program. Read More

  • MOG Partners With JVC & Aha, Is Coming To Subaru Vehicles

    MOG Partners With JVC & Aha, Is Coming To Subaru Vehicles

    Music streaming service MOG is today announcing partnerships with mobile, audio and video equipment manufacturer JVC as well as with Aha by HARMAN, an interactive platform that brings web content to the automobile. The companies will begin using MOG’s APIs to integrate the music service into their platforms and products. The first result of the new partnerships is MOG’s launch… Read More

  • iOS Market Share Up From 26% In Q3 To 43% In Oct/Nov 2011

    iOS Market Share Up From 26% In Q3 To 43% In Oct/Nov 2011

    According to a new report from research firm NPD, iOS’s U.S. market share (by sales) jumped from 26% in the third quarter of 2011 to 43% by October and November. Android, however, came out on top, with 47% market share during those two months, down from 60% in Q3. Says NPD, over the course of 2011, the smartphone battle saw iOS and Android distancing themselves from the competition… Read More

  • Flurry: Mobile App Usage Up To 94 Minutes Per Day

    Flurry: Mobile App Usage Up To 94 Minutes Per Day

    Mobile analytics firm Flurry has updated its report from last summer which compared mobile apps to web consumption and found that apps came out on top. In June, Flurry discovered that users were spending 81 minutes per day in mobile apps versus 74 minutes on the web. As of December, the usage of mobile apps has skyrocketed to 94 minutes per day, while web consumption dropped to 72 minutes. Read More

  • NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, is announcing its inaugural class of startups today. The Winter program, which begins on January 9th, will be taking place in a 12,000 square foot loft in SoHo that will be shared with the NYC-based members of Health 2.0 starting later this month. Part of the loft may also be turned into a co-working space for… Read More

  • Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung launched its advertising platform, Samsung AdHub, for Samsung Smart TVs. With the new service, publishers and brands will be able to deliver video, 3D, and interactive advertisements to the living room through the Samsung Smart TV interface. Read More

  • Nuance Launches Dragon TV, Lets You Control Your TV With Your Voice

    Nuance Launches Dragon TV, Lets You Control Your TV With Your Voice

    Speech recognition company Nuance (which powers part of Apple’s Siri), is launching its new “Dragon TV” platform today, which will allow consumers to interact with their TV using their voice and natural language. With Dragon TV, you’ll be able to speak channel numbers, station names, plus TV show and movie titles, without having to use structured commands. You’ll… Read More

  • Cloud-Based Video Editor WeVideo Launches To Public

    Cloud-Based Video Editor WeVideo Launches To Public

    WeVideo, the cloud-based collaborative video editing platform which announced integration with YouTube in October, is today exiting its beta period and launching commercially. The service now has over 125,000 users creating more than 1,000 video projects per day using the online platform. Read More

  • Elance To Give $1 Million To Startup America Partnership

    Elance To Give $1 Million To Startup America Partnership

    Online job marketplace Elance has just announced it will give $1 million to The Startup America Partnership, the national campaign that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship, which is chaired by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL (disclosure: TechCrunch parent) and Chairman of the Case Foundation. The organization is live now in several regions across the U.S., including Colorado, Illinois… Read More

  • LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn Acquires Web Chat Company Bold Software For $16.5 M

    LogMeIn, the longtime maker of remote access tools, has acquired Bold Software, a provider of web chat and customer communications software. The company says it will use the technology to offer additional features and capabilities to its customers on LogMeIn Rescue, the company’s support product. Under the terms of the deal, LogMeIn acquired all the net assets of Bold Software for… Read More

  • Box: Mobile Adoption Is The Gateway Drug To The Cloud In The Enterprise

    Box: Mobile Adoption Is The Gateway Drug To The Cloud In The Enterprise

    Cloud storage platform Box (which you no longer have to refer to as Box.net as it now owns Box.com!), has seen incredible growth over the past year, both on the consumer and on enterprise side. Much of the growth has been driven by mobile, with the company seeing a 140% increase in mobile customer implementations each month in 2011, leading the total number of new mobile users to jump up by… Read More