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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  • Distimo’s Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x

    Distimo’s Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x

    There are now over a million mobile applications available across the top seven major app stores, according to mobile analytics firm Distimo in its year-end report for 2011. And, not surprisingly, the iTunes App Store is still the one to beat, especially if you’re a developer looking to make a profit. The iPhone App Store generates about four times the revenue that is generated by the… Read More

  • Bonnes Nouvelle! Word Lens Parle Français

    Bonnes Nouvelle! Word Lens Parle Français

    Remember Word Lens? That crazy, awesome mobile application that translated words inside of images, like road signs, posters, menus, and the like, from Spanish to English (and vice versa)? Well, now the app has added a third language to its repertoire: French. With the most recent app update, Word Lens can translate from English to French and back again, but not between French and Spanish. Read More

  • Sunday Is The Best Day To Launch Your Mobile App

    Sunday Is The Best Day To Launch Your Mobile App

    According to new research from mobile analytics service Mobilewalla, Sunday is the best day to release a mobile app, but Wednesday is the most popular day among developers. The company studied the apps released in the iTunes App Store and Android Market over a 17-week period between May 16th and September 8th, 2011, to determine its findings. During this time, there were 91,754 iOS apps… Read More

  • Market Research Tool AskYourTargetMarket Goes Free

    Market Research Tool AskYourTargetMarket Goes Free

    TC50 DemoPit company from the long-ago times of 2009, AskYourTargetMarket, is now making its market research tool available for free. With the service’s most recent update, companies, startups and individuals will be allowed to send an unlimited number of surveys for free, when the recipient is a peer, client, or friend or follower on a social networking site. However, when a… Read More

  • BrandMyMail Lets You Customize Gmail With Social Media Updates

    BrandMyMail Lets You Customize Gmail With Social Media Updates

    BrandMyMail is launching a new web-based platform for customizing your email messages using social media. The service is designed mainly for businesses, but can be used by anyone who wants to spice up their email with real-time content, including Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, blog posts from WordPress and Tumblr, Quora posts, eBay listings and more. Read More

  • App-ocalypse

    App-ocalypse

    There are over 500,000 applications for the iPhone and iPad, 300,000+ on Android and thousands more on other platforms. The average user has 65 apps installed on their phone (source: Flurry). Many of us have more. Entire businesses have been built to solve the problem of “app discovery” – that is, a way to supplement the limited app search mechanisms built into the… Read More

  • Google Doodles Come To Shirts, Mugs & Stickers Via Google’s New Zazzle Store

    Google Doodles Come To Shirts, Mugs & Stickers Via Google’s New Zazzle Store

    Can’t get enough Google Doodles? Apparently, there’s a big demand for the iconic redesigns of the Google logo which celebrate holidays, historic events and famous people, places and things. Today, Google has given its online Doodles archive a makeover and has launched an accompanying Zazzle store, allowing you to buy your favorite Doodle emblazoned on the product of your choice. Read More

  • Greenville’s New TechStars Network Member “The Next Big Thing” Now Open For Applications

    Greenville’s New TechStars Network Member “The Next Big Thing” Now Open For Applications

    Today, another TechStars Network accelerator comes online. Greenville, South Carolina’s “The Next Big Thing,” as it’s called, has been running in stealth mode since its founding in February 2011. But now, the incubator is ready for submissions. Companies can apply for the program starting today up until the window’s closing on April 20th. The Next Big… Read More

  • Kinek Goes Mobile: Lets Online Shoppers Pick Up At Local Stores

    Kinek Goes Mobile: Lets Online Shoppers Pick Up At Local Stores

    Doing some online shopping but don’t want the package shipped to your house? Maybe you won’t be home, or worry about packages left on your doorstep. Or maybe the package is a gift for someone in your household? Here’s a cool idea: pick up your online orders at a local store instead. That’s the premise of the young startup called Kinek, which has partnered with a number… Read More

  • Curate Your Own Digital Magazine With Scoop.it For iPhone

    Curate Your Own Digital Magazine With Scoop.it For iPhone

    News curation startup Scoop.it has arrived on the iPhone today, allowing you to create your own digital magazine while on the go. The app, which works alongside the Scoop.it web service, essentially lets anyone be a publisher for any topic. Or perhaps, the more correct word is not “publisher,” it’s “aggregator.” Read More

  • PapayaMobile Launches “The Games Academy,” An Accelerator For Mobile, Social Game Developers

    PapayaMobile Launches “The Games Academy,” An Accelerator For Mobile, Social Game Developers

    Mobile games network PapayaMobile is launching a new accelerator for mobile, social game developers called “The Games Academy,” which will kick off in Q1 2012. Like most accelerators, Papaya will be providing developers with office space, support from a team of industry veterans, legal advice and an opportunity to pitch VC’s. However, there won’t be any seed capital… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches So.cl As A Social Network For Students

    Microsoft Launches So.cl As A Social Network For Students

    Microsoft is officially launching So.cl, the social networking service it teased back in July. And it turns out, it’s not meant to be Microsoft’s version of Facebook, but a social networking service for students built on top of Facebook. The service is launching out of Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, and is still being dubbed “experimental.” Today… Read More

  • PocketCloud Explore Lets You Search Your Android, PC & Mac At Once

    PocketCloud Explore Lets You Search Your Android, PC & Mac At Once

    Wyse Technology is launching a new app for Android users today called Wyse PocketCloud Explore, which will allow you to search for files you have stored on any phone, tablet, PC or Mac. The app works in conjunction with a software client installed on your computer, so you can perform universal file searches, then view the files, rename them, move them into folders, share them or download them… Read More

  • Disruptive Payments Network Dwolla Now Provides Users With Instant Access To Cash

    Disruptive Payments Network Dwolla Now Provides Users With Instant Access To Cash

    Today, online and mobile payments platform Dwolla is launching what may be one of its biggest features yet: instant access to cash. Via the new opt-in setting called “Dwolla Instant,” users will be able to immediately deposit and send cash without the usual wait times associated with the mobile payment platform – typically a few days. Read More

  • About Damn Time: Microsoft Will Silently Upgrade Everyone To Latest Version Of IE

    About Damn Time: Microsoft Will Silently Upgrade Everyone To Latest Version Of IE

    On the surface, the announcement sounds boring: Microsoft said this morning that it will begin automatically upgrading Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer starting next year. But in reality, this was one of the most important things Microsoft could have done for the web, web security and the safety of all those who go online. Nice move, Microsoft. It’s about time. Read More

  • StackMob’s Mobile App Platform Is Now Publicly Available

    StackMob’s Mobile App Platform Is Now Publicly Available

    StackMob, a backend service provider for mobile, is today publicly launching its mobile app platform, after having been in private beta for a good part of the year. The company, often described as a “Heroku for mobile” is a fully hosted platform that allows developers to address all the backend needs for their mobile apps including OAuth and social service integration (e.g. Read More

  • Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Goes Live On iPhone

    Ski Lift Ticket Retailer Liftopia Goes Live On iPhone

    San Francisco-based Liftopia, an online retailer of lift tickets and mountain resort activities, is launching its iPhone app today. The app’s title is quite the mouthful: “Liftopia Ski Reports, Snow Conditions and Ultimate Lift Ticket Deal Engine App.” Whoa! So there’s the news, I guess – it’s all in the app’s name. Oh you want more info? OK. Read More

  • Flipboard Adds 1 Million Users Its First Week On The iPhone

    Flipboard Adds 1 Million Users Its First Week On The iPhone

    Only one week after Flipboard’s highly anticipated launch on the iPhone (and iPod Touch), the company is announcing it has added 1 million users to its service and has tripled its engagement. According to the company, that means it now has over 5 million users in total using the app across the iOS platform. Before last week’s release, Flipboard had registered 650 million flips… Read More

  • Credit Sesame Brings Your Credit Score To The iPhone. For Free.

    Credit Sesame Brings Your Credit Score To The iPhone. For Free.

    Personal finance service (and TechCrunch Disrupt alum) Credit Sesame is launching its first mobile application today which gives users instant access to their current financial standing and their credit score. For free. And I don’t mean “free” as in free, but if you don’t read the fine print we’ll sign you up for our monthly service. I mean free as in free. Read More

  • Pogoplug Launches New Hardware, Brings Unlimited Storage To Your PC

    Pogoplug Launches New Hardware, Brings Unlimited Storage To Your PC

    Pogoplug is launching the fourth generation of its flagship product today, the Pogoplug Series 4. As with all Pogoplug hardware, the new device lets you attach your hard drives and plugs into your router in order to instantly give you your own personal cloud of online storage. The service also comes with 5 GB of free online storage optimized for mobile users, and allows you to purchase… Read More