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.

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  • 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

  • Google Map Maker Gets A Makeover, Is Now Easier To Use

    Google Map Maker Gets A Makeover, Is Now Easier To Use

    Google Map Maker, the still somewhat undiscovered gem of Google Maps which allows users to create and edit maps, is getting its new Google makeover today. Following the redesigns of other top Google properties including Gmail, Docs, YouTube and Reader, Map Maker’s updated user interface is meant to be easier on the eyes, while also increasing the service’s usability. Read More

  • Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Social networking service Tagged, Inc. announced it has acquired the social game network hi5 today, doubling Tagged’s monthly active users to 20 million. The combination will also increase the total number of registered users to 330 million, up from 100 million. According to The WSJ’s report, the deal’s terms were not disclosed, but include the hi5 website and user base. Read More

  • GroupTalent’s Hiring Marketplace Now Automatically Matches People With Jobs

    GroupTalent’s Hiring Marketplace Now Automatically Matches People With Jobs

    Talent drain? That’s what they’re saying. The explosion of early stage startups has made it harder for companies to find the best engineers and designers because everyone’s trying to do their own startup. GroupTalent (a startup, of course) wants to be the solution for that. In an effort to make the process of finding work even less painful than before, today the company… Read More

  • Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Outbrain Raises $35M In Series D Funding For Content Discovery Platform

    Today, content discovery platform Outbrain is announcing it has secured $35 million in Series D funding in a round led by Index Ventures. Existing investors Carmel Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round. As a part of the deal, Dominique Vidal, partner at Index Ventures, will join the company’s Board of Directors. Read More

  • Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred

    Google Acquires Clever Sense, Creator Of Local Recommendations App Alfred

    Google is acquiring the Silicon Valley-based startup Clever Sense, both companies are announcing today. Clever Sense, as you may recall, is the maker of the mobile application “Alfred,” which delivers personalized recommendations for nearby restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms. Terms of… Read More

  • YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

    YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

    YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration company that got its start long before “cloud” was cool, is today launching new mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, plus new Mac (beta) and PC desktop clients. The suite of apps will allow users to securely sync files across devices, while also offering unlimited storage. Read More

  • Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    Jotly Lives! Parody App Goes Live In iTunes

    You remember Jotly, right? The hilarious and absurd spoof of our mobile/local/social app obsession? To refresh your memory, Jotly’s humor was so on target, people wondered if creator Alex Cornell (founder of Nosh) was actually making fun of Kevin Rose’s Oink with this parody video. He swears he was not, just of the “proliferation of absolute ridiculousness when it comes to… Read More

  • Comunitee: A New Social News Site For Mainstream Readers

    Comunitee: A New Social News Site For Mainstream Readers

    Does the world need another social news site? That’s the big question about today’s launch of Comunitee, a new beta destination for tracking the news you want to follow, commenting and sharing stories with your friends. I mean, it’s not like we already have Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for this, right? Well, not exactly. For those who want the full, real-time firehose of… Read More

  • Life360′s Family Safety App Grabs $3.5 Million Series A

    Life360′s Family Safety App Grabs $3.5 Million Series A

    Family safety startup Life360, which makes a freemium mobile security app by the same name, is today announcing it has secured $3.5 million in Series A funding. The round included investment from Fontinalis Partners, Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venture51, Bullpen Capital, Social Leverage and Eghosa Omoigui’s EchoVC Partners, as well as existing investors… Read More

  • Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Sometimes, reporting startup news can make a person feel old. Case in point: Woozworld, the virtual world maker for tweens, is launching a social networking service called WoozIn, which I’m saying with a straight face. I swear. WoozIn. It’s essentially a Facebook-lite/virtual world mashup that allows prepubescent youth to share, comment and like their friends’ updates… Read More

  • Evernote’s Skitch Sees 3 Million Downloads On Android

    Evernote’s Skitch Sees 3 Million Downloads On Android

    Continuing today’s theme of awesome Android apps (how did that happen?), Skitch also has something to announce: it has reached 3 million downloads of Skitch for Android. Given its Android launch occurred just three and half months ago, the company says that’s equivalent of a new download every 1.5 seconds. Skitch has also added a new feature to its Android app – image rotation. Read More

  • Adaptu Takes On Mint With Mobile Wallet Launch

    Adaptu Takes On Mint With Mobile Wallet Launch

    It’s hard to take on the entrenched incumbent Mint when it comes to delivering personalized financial management tools (just ask Wesabe), but Adaptu thinks it has found a niche where it can compete. With today’s launch of Adaptu’s mobile wallet, the company is focusing on a few differentiating factors, including its predictive analysis of cash flow, tools to help prevent… Read More