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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  • WhatsOutt Gives You The ETA On Everything

    WhatsOutt Gives You The ETA On Everything

    If you’re familiar with a site called VideoETA, which tells you when a movie will arrive on DVD, then you’ll get the concept behind the new website called WhatsOutt.com. It’s basically VideoETA for everything. The site keeps track of new and upcoming releases for movies coming to theaters, DVDs, books, music, and games. Read More

  • Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Shuts Down Due To Theft

    San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service focused on luxury vehicles, is shutting down due to theft incidents involving its members’ cars. According to CEO Ali Moiz, the company will send out an email tomorrow to its members with a full explanation. The news may come as a shock to some, given that HiGear was seemingly doing so well in recent months. The company… Read More

  • A Web Of Apps

    A Web Of Apps

    It is remarkable to think that we’re in the early days of the app era, when there are already close to 600,000 iOS applications and nearly 400,000 on Android. The growth of these app ecosystems has been rapid, exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As well it shouldn’t: the untapped, addressable market for mobile apps involves hundreds of millions of users. And yet… Read More

  • AngelPad Looks Back: 37 Companies, 31 Funded, $25 Million Raised

    AngelPad Looks Back: 37 Companies, 31 Funded, $25 Million Raised

    AngelPad, the startup incubator launched by seven ex-Googlers in August 2010, is taking a look back at how far it’s come in the months since and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. So far, AngelPad has helped 37 companies get off the ground, but it wasn’t until this year that things really got going: 29 of those 37 startups emerged from AngelPad’s incubator in… Read More

  • Dropbox Automator Is Like IFTTT For Dropbox

    Dropbox Automator Is Like IFTTT For Dropbox

    Thirty-six hours ago, the recently founded software development firm Wappwolf launched Dropbox Automator, which is sort of like an IFTTT for Dropbox. IFTTT, for those of you not up to speed on the latest Internet trends (where have you been?!), is a pretty amazing online tool that automates tasks to trigger when a particular action has occurred. For example: when my Facebook profile… Read More

  • Photo Organization Service Everpix Launches Public Beta

    Photo Organization Service Everpix Launches Public Beta

    Photo organization service (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Everpix has just launched into public beta, bringing with it a number of changes to its backend infrastructure, web interface and its desktop software. The service, for those unaware, automatically organizes and combines all your photos, whether they’re stored on your computer or in the cloud. It then combines them into… Read More

  • Tampa’s TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Opens 2nd Location In Orlando

    Tampa’s TechStars Network Member Gazelle Lab Opens 2nd Location In Orlando

    Gazelle Lab, the brand-new Tampa Bay-based TechStars Network member which just held its first Demo Day in November, is expanding its operations. The accelerator has just announced the opening of second location in Orlando, Florida, where it will be working with local academic institution Rollins College. The Orlando team will be led by founder Richard Licursi, CEO of… Read More

  • Holiday Shopping Wrap-Up: Apple Makes Top Performing E-Commerce Site List, Amazon Excels On Mobile

    Holiday Shopping Wrap-Up: Apple Makes Top Performing E-Commerce Site List, Amazon Excels On Mobile

    According to the end-of-season benchmarks from Compuware’s web performance division, Apple.com was among the top three best-performing retail websites during the 2011 holiday season. Meanwhile, Amazon made the list for the top m-commerce sites. The sites were ranked from November 21st through Christmas Day using Compuware’s Gomez Performance Index which compares how U.S. Read More

  • 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