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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  • Backend Service Provider StackMob Comes To Android

    Backend Service Provider StackMob Comes To Android

    StackMob, the backend service provider for mobile developers, has big news today: it’s now available on Android. With today’s launch (still in private beta – see below for invites), StackMob will extend full access to its services to Android developers, including an open-sourced Android SDK and support for Android Push Notifications. Read More

  • #OccupyWallSt Twitter Analysis Shows Tweets Peaking On Weekends

    #OccupyWallSt Twitter Analysis Shows Tweets Peaking On Weekends

    Social media marketing agency Attention has turned its attention (groan) to the U.S. protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, aka #OccupyWallSt on Twitter. According to data revealed today, Twitter is the network of choice for sharing information related to the protests, with 82.5% of the mentions, compared with just 2.8% on Facebook, 0.5% on YouTube and 12.5% on personal blogs. The… Read More

  • Grooveshark Signs Deals With DashGo & NuGroove Records

    Grooveshark Signs Deals With DashGo & NuGroove Records

    Streaming music service Grooveshark is today announcing it has signed new licensing deals with worldwide distribution network DashGo and indie label NuGroove Records. DashGo is the larger deal, representing 115 labels, more than 4,5000 banks and over 50,000 tracks. NuGroove, meanwhile, is a small label with just over two dozen signed artists. Read More

  • Zenprise Raises $30 Million In New Funding

    Zenprise Raises $30 Million In New Funding

    Mobile device management company Zenprise, Inc. today announced it has raised $30 million in new financing. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based Greylock Partners, with participation from all of Zenprise’s existing investors. The investment will be used to support the company’s growth and accelerate product development, sales and marketing efforts. Read More

  • First Look At ImageSocial, The Photo-Sharing Network That Just Scored $15 Million In Funding

    First Look At ImageSocial, The Photo-Sharing Network That Just Scored $15 Million In Funding

    Earlier this month, Australian-based Mooter Media took in $15 million from San Francisco investment firm La Jolla Cove Investors, Inc. in order to launch a new social photography platform. The platform, called ImageSocial, will be built with technical development partner Hot Shot Media and, unlike traditional photo-sharing networks, will also include a gaming element. Instead of just… Read More

  • Xyologic Releases Hundreds Of Reports Detailing Worldwide Mobile App Trends

    Xyologic Releases Hundreds Of Reports Detailing Worldwide Mobile App Trends

    App search company Xyologic is today releasing a total of 220 app download reports, featuring detailed data on Android, iOS and Windows Phone trends across 29 countries worldwide. The reports track statistics like the number of downloads per platform/per country, growth rates, country rankings, number of paid vs. free apps published, app revenue and details regarding app publishers’… Read More

  • BOLT Mobile Browser Exits Beta, Launches Version 3.0

    BOLT Mobile Browser Exits Beta, Launches Version 3.0

    Today, the BOLT Mobile Browser for Android is exiting its private beta period and becoming commercially available. The new version, BOLT 3.0, continues to offer the increased speeds and social features the browser has become known for, including the integrated Web apps and built-in Facebook integration. Read More

  • Aisle411 Partners With ZipList For Shopping Lists, Recipe Search

    Aisle411 Partners With ZipList For Shopping Lists, Recipe Search

    Mobile shopping app aisle411 is partnering with ZipList, a recipe search and shopping list platform, in the newest release of the aisle411 iPhone app, out now. With the update, aisle411 version 2.0, is also adding better aisle navigation, mapping out an optimized path through stores, whether that’s to help you locate a single item or all the items on your shopping list. Read More

  • BiteHunter’s New Update Adds Instant Dining Deals

    BiteHunter’s New Update Adds Instant Dining Deals

    BiteHunter, the recently released “Kayak for Restaurants” app,  is today launching a major upgrade to its iPhone app which includes integration with hundreds more dining deals sources including Yelp Deals, Groupon Now and LivingSocial Instant. The time-limited deals are featured within the app’s new “BiteNow” section, showing you discounted dining options while… Read More

  • Location-Based Photo-Sharing App Trover Comes To Android

    Location-Based Photo-Sharing App Trover Comes To Android

    Mobile discovery and photo-sharing app Trover arrives on Android today, after having grown its install base to over 100,000 since its iPhone launch in July. The release extends Trover to a second mobile platform, but doesn’t include a new feature set or other notable changes at this time. Currently, Trover offers integration with Facebook and Twitter for finding friends and sharing… Read More

  • Motorola Launches RhoElements, an HTML5 Framework For Building Mobile Apps For Enterprise

    Motorola Launches RhoElements, an HTML5 Framework For Building Mobile Apps For Enterprise

    Motorola is today announcing the launch of RhoElements, a Web-based application framework made possible through its acquisition of the cross-platform mobile app development platform Rhomobile. Motorola acquired Rhomobile on July 29, 2011. Motorola says it plans to announce additional cross-platform development tools, enterprise integration components and cloud-based services for its… Read More

  • Nook Color Gets Its First Dedicated Twitter App

    Nook Color Gets Its First Dedicated Twitter App

    The Nook Color is getting its first dedicated Twitter application today, an app called Tweek built by the boutique software consultancy DIG based in Tampa. To be clear, this isn’t the first app on the Nook Color to support Twitter. There’s already Seesmic, for example, which provides access to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and more. Celebrity Tweets, meanwhile, aggregates… Read More

  • Storify Adds SoundCloud Support, Lets You Add Audio To Streams

    Storify Adds SoundCloud Support, Lets You Add Audio To Streams

    Audio platform SoundCloud and social media story-making tool Storify are partnering up today to allow the collection of sounds into Storify streams alongside tweets, Facebook posts, photos and videos. This news comes only a day after SoundCloud was taken down by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which kept the service offline and unstable for over a day. (It’s back up now, so it… Read More

  • ZipPay To Launch New Mobile Payments Service Cheaper Than Square

    ZipPay To Launch New Mobile Payments Service Cheaper Than Square

    The easiest way to describe stealthy mobile payments startup ZipPay is to say it’s like Square and Venmo had a baby, and this was the result. Like Square, the startup aims to address the needs of individuals and small business owners who can’t afford the high fees associated with having their own merchant accounts by allowing them to accept credit card payments using their phone. Read More

  • Mobile App Downloads To Reach 98 Billion By 2015

    Mobile App Downloads To Reach 98 Billion By 2015

    According to new research from Berg Insight, the number of mobile application downloads will reach 98 billion by 2015. The number will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 56.6% between 2010 and 2015, the analyst firm reports. App store revenue will also grow, to reach € 8.8 billion in 2015, or $11.8 billion in U.S. dollars. Read More

  • Cleantech Venture Investment Up 12% From Previous Quarter

    Cleantech Venture Investment Up 12% From Previous Quarter

    According to the latest from the Cleantech Group, a global research firm tracking innovation in the cleantech sector, venture investment in the industry grew 12% in Q3 2011 ($1.98 billion) compared to the previous quarter, and is up 23% since Q3 2010 ($1.81 billion). Worldwide, there were 189 deals totaling $2.23 billion. In Q2 2011, there were 179 deals, for comparison purposes. Of this… Read More

  • Zero-Day Vulnerability On American Express Website Now Closed

    Zero-Day Vulnerability On American Express Website Now Closed

    American Express say it shut down the webpage that left a portion of its website open for anyone to access in what’s being a called a zero-day security vulnerability, the company says in statement. The security issue was first discovered by developer Niklas Femerstrand, who attempted to reach out to American Express via Twitter in the hopes of being pointed to an email address he could… Read More

  • Alien Dalvik 2.0 Launches, Adds Support For Running Android Apps on iPad

    Alien Dalvik 2.0 Launches, Adds Support For Running Android Apps on iPad

    Today, the Myriad Group is announcing the launch of Alien Dalvik 2.0, its port of the Dalvik virtual machine found in Google’s Android operating system. This new release will allow Android applications to run on non-Android devices, including TVs, e-book readers, and even on tablet computers, like Apple’s iPad. The company says it will demonstrate the technology in action at… Read More

  • Rdio Announces Ad-Free, On-Demand Music Streaming

    Rdio Announces Ad-Free, On-Demand Music Streaming

    Rdio, the digital music service created by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is today announcing the launch of an on-demand, ad-free music service here in the U.S. Now, when users sign up online to join Rdio, they’ll have access to all the full tracks from Rdio’s catalog of 12 million songs. Previously, Rdio only provided its full catalog to paying users. Read More

  • Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    Lack Of NFC In iPhone 4S Won’t Impact Market

    While not entirely surprising, yesterday’s announcement of the new iPhone 4S did not include a mention of NFC (near field communication). Although many hoped for the inclusion of the short-range wireless technology which serves as the backbone for current and planned mobile wallet systems, Apple still has plenty of time to integrate NFC into future handsets. It’s possible that… Read More