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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  • Shelby.tv To Launch “Touch Play”: An AirPlay-Based Gesture Remote

    Shelby.tv To Launch “Touch Play”: An AirPlay-Based Gesture Remote

    Video-sharing startup (and stars of Bloomberg’s TechStars reality show) Shelby.tv is about to launch a pretty nifty feature called “Touch Play.” The new addition, a gesture-based remote control that works via Apple’s AirPlay, will be shown off at next week’s CES, with its launch planned for the week following. Read More

  • Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Personalized web search tool Trapit, often called the sister to Apple’s Siri because both were built on the same artificial intelligence project from DARPA and SRI, has just raised $6.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture fund that manages the investments for Facebook and Spotify investor Li Ka-shing. Horizons also… Read More

  • Why Aren’t Chromebooks Saving Password Changes?

    Why Aren’t Chromebooks Saving Password Changes?

    There’s something weird going on with Chromebooks – the Google-branded laptop computers powered by the company’s web-based operating system Chrome OS. They’re not saving the password changes you make to your Google account. Basically, if you change your password, shut down your machine, then reboot, the Chromebook will ask you for your old password instead of the… Read More

  • Forecast: Mobile Phone Shipments’ Growth Slows In 2012, But Nokia/Microsoft May Survive

    Forecast: Mobile Phone Shipments’ Growth Slows In 2012, But Nokia/Microsoft May Survive

    Analysts at Credit Suisse are forecasting slower growth in mobile phone shipments worldwide for this year, at a growth rate of 2%. The increase is higher than previous forecasts but is down from the 12% growth it had projected for 2011, according to this Reuters report. According to the firm, they’re expecting to see 1.85 billion handset sales in 2012, up from the 2011 forecast of… Read More

  • Contactually Launches Lightweight CRM Tool That Works Right In Your Inbox

    Contactually Launches Lightweight CRM Tool That Works Right In Your Inbox

    Contactually, a 500 Startups-backed company, is today launching its lightweight CRM solution for email users. At present, the service works with any IMAP-connected account, including Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo, AOL and others, but it will support both POP3 and Microsoft Exchange in the near future. The company also just closed an angel round totaling $165,000, which is in addition to the $50K… Read More

  • Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Remember the news from earlier this week about a mobile app developer who turned to eBay to unload his underperforming iOS app? (Update: the app is now up to $15,100+!) Well, there will soon be an alternative to eBay auctions for other developers looking to do the same.  A new marketplace called Apptopia will launch in February, allowing developers to sell their mobile apps, source code… Read More

  • Maxymiser Raises $12 M For Its Website Testing & Optimization Solution

    Maxymiser Raises $12 M For Its Website Testing & Optimization Solution

    Maxymiser, a company that helps improve website effectiveness through the use of A/B and multivariate testing, personalization and optimizations, has raised $12 million from new investors Investor Growth Capital alongside investment from its Series A investors, Pentech Ventures. The funding will be used to help Maxymiser expand its business, with a special emphasis on North American R&D. Read More

  • Credit Karma Launches Free Credit Monitoring, Enrolls 100,000 Users In A Day

    Credit Karma Launches Free Credit Monitoring, Enrolls 100,000 Users In A Day

    Credit Karma, the online service for keeping track of your credit score, has launched a new feature: free credit monitoring. Within the first day of its existence (the option became available just yesterday), the company has managed to enroll an impressive 100,000 users for the opt-in credit monitoring service. The move brings Credit Karma’s total user base to over 4 million. Read More

  • @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs Acquires Mobile Agency Small Society

    @WalmartLabs, the retailer’s digital technology division, has acquired Portland-based mobile agency Small Society. The company helped businesses create, develop and launch iOS applications, and has served a number of high-profile clients, including DoubleTree, Starbucks (the original app), Amazon (the Amazon Deals app),  Whole Foods, the Democratic National Convention, WordPress… Read More

  • Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Getting featured in the Android Market is starting to have a meaningful impact for mobile app developers. According to the recent news from fitness app maker RunKeeper, the company saw a 637% increase in downloads since November after just a few days of being a featured app in the Android Market “Health & Fitness” section. But is RunKeeper seeing the boost because of the… Read More

  • MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    MetroPCS Launching Live Mobile TV Service Later This Year

    Today, MetroPCS has announced a partnership with the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) on a new service that will bring live digital television to the carrier’s customers. The service, called Dyle Mobile TV, will be available on phones that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application, starting first with unnamed, Android-based Samsung devices. Read More

  • Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Eved Raises $9.5 M To Expand Its Online Marketplace For Meeting & Events Industry

    Chicago-based Eved, an online marketplace for the meeting and events industry, has raised $9.5 million in a Series B round by New World Ventures and MK Capital. The funding will be used to scale and expand the company’s proprietary platform which provides those in the event industry supply chain with a sourcing, marketing and e-commerce solution. Read More

  • Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise Cloud File Sharing Provider Accellion Secures $12 Million

    Enterprise cloud file sharing company Accellion has raised $12 million in a new Series 3 round from private equity firm Riverwood Capital. The company will use the additional funding to accelerate growth, invest in enterprise mobile file sharing products, pursue partnerships and international expansion. Read More

  • Parse.ly Will Launch Its Pageview-Generating Machine Called “Dash” This Month

    Parse.ly Will Launch Its Pageview-Generating Machine Called “Dash” This Month

    Parse.ly, the stealthy data-driven predictive content optimization platform for publishers, is preparing to launch its first product called Dash at the end of the month, we’ve learned. The startup first emerged from DreamIt Ventures in 2009, with $20K of seed funding in tow. It raised an A round from ff Venture Capital and Blumberg Capital in December 2010 totaling $1.8 million. Dash… Read More

  • Developer Sells iPhone App On eBay, Starting Price: $1

    Developer Sells iPhone App On eBay, Starting Price: $1

    Mobile app developer Neal Schmidt, maker of the scavenger hunt game Buckshot, is selling his iPhone app on eBay where it had a starting price of just $1.00. The app was posted to eBay on December 29th, and, according to the listing is for “complete ownership” of the game, including both the free and paid versions. As of today, the app has received 17 bids and is currently up… Read More

  • Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

    Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

    Netflix is launching a new original series next month called Lilyhammer, which will kick off the company’s foray into original programming for 2012. The series will star The Sopranos actor and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in a “fish out of water” story that takes place in Norway. The story follows New York mobster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano as he… Read More

  • Murdoch’s Wife’s Twitter Account, @Wendi_Deng, Was Fake

    Murdoch’s Wife’s Twitter Account, @Wendi_Deng, Was Fake

    Following media mogul Rupert Murdoch‘s arrival on Twitter this week, wife Wendi Deng (@wendi_deng) showed up shortly afterwards, tweeting alongside her husband, flirting with comedian Ricky Gervais, politely declining to engage with the man who attacked Mr. Murdoch with a pie, pushing @rupertmurdoch to take down a questionable tweet (which he did), and generally being a spicy… Read More

  • iOS Closes Out The Year With 52% Mobile Web Market Share

    iOS Closes Out The Year With 52% Mobile Web Market Share

    Who’s browsing the mobile web the most? Apparently, iPhone and iPad owners are. According to end-of-the-month data from statistics provider NetMarketShare, iOS users ended up with a 52% market share of mobile web browsing in December 2011. More simply put, that means that over half of the mobile web browsing last month took place on an iOS device. Android, meanwhile, had a 16.2%… Read More

  • On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    On Facebook, Obama Has The Most Fans, Ron Paul The Highest “Viral Reach”

    Social media analytics firm Socialbakers has tracked more than 10 million Facebook Pages and Places plus billions of individual user interactions in order to determine who the most popular, engaging and influential presidential candidates are on Facebook. Not surprisingly, incumbent Obama has the most Facebook fans, which is one way to measure “popularity.” That’s not… Read More

  • 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