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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  • HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May, Still Remains Strong

    HBO NOW Scores With Cord Cutters – App Topped iOS Revenue Charts In May, Still Remains Strong

    HBO’s premium content finally became available in April without requiring customers to have a cable or satellite TV subscription, thanks to the launch of the standalone streaming service HBO NOW. For the first time since its debut, app store analytics firm App Annie has analyzed the performance of the new application in terms of its ability to attract paying customers who are willing… Read More

  • Amazon Tests Local Pickup With Seattle-Based Deals Service “Treasure Truck”

    Amazon Tests Local Pickup With Seattle-Based Deals Service “Treasure Truck”

    Amazon announced this morning the launch of a unique – if somewhat odd – new service it’s calling “Treasure Truck,” which introduces a different way for customers to shop from Amazon.com. The company is driving around a truck filled with in-demand, limited-quantity products on sale for that day only. The service is live in Seattle for now, as part of a limited… Read More

  • USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    Automatic, the connected car platform whose sensor and app combination is sometimes referred to as a “Fitbit for your car,” announced this morning $24 million in Series B funding, led by the investment arm at USAA, a top insurance and financial services provider for military families, which today counts 11 million members. Also participating in the round were new investors CDK… Read More

  • Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

    Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More

    Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, and includes participation from prior investors Index Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry… Read More

  • Teespring Eliminates 70 Jobs In Providence As Company Restructures

    Teespring Eliminates 70 Jobs In Providence As Company Restructures

    Teespring, the custom apparel startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, has laid off 70 employees from its Providence, Rhode Island-based location, TechCrunch learned and Teespring confirms. The move, which impacts those in customer service, selling services and select graphic design positions, represents Teespring’s continued withdrawal from the region where… Read More

  • Ex-Amazon Team Launches Mona, An App That Puts A Personal Shopper In Your Pocket

    Ex-Amazon Team Launches Mona, An App That Puts A Personal Shopper In Your Pocket

    Mona, a new app from former Amazon.com employees launching now, wants to put a personal shopper on your phone. While many mobile shopping apps today work to provide users with recommendations on new products or highlight popular trends, Mona takes things a step further with a feature it calls “Missions.” This has it scouring online stores for products that meet a specific set… Read More

  • Microsoft Officially Launches Office For Android Phone

    Microsoft Officially Launches Office For Android Phone

    Microsoft this morning announced the official launch of Office for Android phone, five weeks after the company rolled out the suite of applications as a preview. Today’s release, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint designed for the Android smartphone experience, follows earlier efforts at bringing Office to Android tablets, as well as support for Office on iOS devices, Windows and… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Adds Limited Support For HDR

    Amazon Prime Instant Video Adds Limited Support For HDR

    Amazon announced today that it has rolled out, in limited fashion, support for HDR (high dynamic range) on Amazon Instant Video. It will initially only offer HDR videos to Amazon Prime members in the U.S., and only for one full series: the Amazon Original “Mozart in the Jungle.” In addition, HDR is available for the pilot episode of the Amazon Original “Red Oaks.” The… Read More

  • Groupon’s New Apple Watch App Alerts You To Nearby Deals, Lets You Buy From Your Wrist

    Groupon’s New Apple Watch App Alerts You To Nearby Deals, Lets You Buy From Your Wrist

    Groupon’s deal-finding iOS application was updated today to include support for Apple Watch. Like many Watch apps, Groupon takes advantage of its ability to tap into a user’s location by way of their connected iPhone, then uses this awareness to alert you to deals available near you. Unlike with Groupon’s mobile application, whose home screen features deals in your general… Read More

  • New Study Shows A Rise In Cord Cutting – 8.2 Percent Ditched Pay TV In 2014, Up 1.3% YoY

    New Study Shows A Rise In Cord Cutting – 8.2 Percent Ditched Pay TV In 2014, Up 1.3% YoY

    There’s been some debate about how many consumers are actually cutting ties with their pay TV providers and replacing them with over-the-top streaming media services – a trend generally referred to as “cord cutting.” But a recent study  indicates that the number of cord cutters in North America is, in fact growing – in 2014, 8.2 percent of former pay TV… Read More

  • Showtime Becomes The First Premium Service To Be Offered By Hulu

    Showtime Becomes The First Premium Service To Be Offered By Hulu

    Hulu and Showtime are announcing a notable partnership today that will see Showtime’s premium streaming service made available to Hulu’s nearly 9 million subscribers. This marks the first time that Hulu has ever distributed a premium network’s content on its service, which until now has featured programming from five of the top six biggest U.S. broadcast networks as well as… Read More

  • Online Meeting Service Join.me Expands To Video, Still No Download Required

    Online Meeting Service Join.me Expands To Video, Still No Download Required

    As anyone who has attended online meetings knows, traditional software with its clunky user interfaces and required software installations was in need of a change. That’s why LogMeIn’s online meeting service join.me has for some time now offered an advantage: you could quickly host or join online meetings for free, then chat and share screens without cumbersome software… Read More

  • Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Launches A Wedding Registry Service

    Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Launches A Wedding Registry Service

    Recipe-sharing site and online shop Food52 expanded its service today to include a wider selection of products and a wedding registry which includes cookware, plus other kitchen and home goods. The site, which has now grown to over 680,000 registered users and 4.4 million uniques per month, today features over 2,500 items from around 600 merchants, the company reports. Co-founded… Read More

  • Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

    Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

    Shuddle, a car service founded one of the co-founders of Sidecar which focuses on providing rides to busy families – including kids and seniors – is today launching a new mobile application called ShuddleMe which allows teens and tweens to schedule rides for themselves. Because of the ages of the clientele, these rides are only booked after a parent or caregiver provides… Read More

  • Consumers Spend 85% Of Time On Smartphones In Apps, But Only 5 Apps See Heavy Use

    Consumers Spend 85% Of Time On Smartphones In Apps, But Only 5 Apps See Heavy Use

    New research on mobile behavior released today points to the growing struggle that app businesses face in establishing themselves as a must-have download on users’ smartphones. Today’s consumers are spending over 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native applications, but the majority of their time – 84 percent – is spent using just five non-native… Read More

  • Google Launches A New Home For Journalists With “News Lab”

    Google Launches A New Home For Journalists With “News Lab”

    Google today announced the launch of a new site called News Lab, a destination that aims to connect journalists with programs, data and other resources to aid in their reporting. The site will feature a number of tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and best practices on how to use Google products in reporting, as well as provide access to the recently updated Google Trends service, and more. Read More

  • Instacart Makes Some Of Its Contractors Part-Time Employees

    Instacart Makes Some Of Its Contractors Part-Time Employees

    Grocery delivery service Instacart announced today that it will allow its personal shoppers in some cities the ability to switch from contractor to employee status. The company says it was already experimenting with shoppers working as part-time employees in Boston as part of a pilot trial, and it will now roll out that program to Chicago, with other cities to follow in the future. The… Read More

  • Google Will Honor Requests To Remove “Revenge Porn” From Search Results

    Google Will Honor Requests To Remove “Revenge Porn” From Search Results

    In a brief blog post released today, Google said that it will soon introduce a formal process that will allow web users to request removal of “revenge porn” images from Google’s search engine. “Revenge porn” is a term that’s used to refer to images that someone uses to publicly humiliate another person – for example, an ex-partner who decides to… Read More

  • WeMesh For iOS Lets You Watch Videos With Friends In Real Time

    WeMesh For iOS Lets You Watch Videos With Friends In Real Time

    A mobile application called WeMesh wants to make watching videos more of a real-time social experience by allowing you and your friends to watch videos together in perfect sync, while also texting and voice chatting. Today, the app aggregates videos from YouTube, but the plan is to soon expand that selection to include videos from your Facebook News Feed, then other video services like Vimeo… Read More

  • AmazonFresh Becomes A Prime Benefit In Select California Markets, At $7.99 Per Delivery

    AmazonFresh Becomes A Prime Benefit In Select California Markets, At $7.99 Per Delivery

    AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service which lets customers shop for both fresh produce and other packaged goods, is now being made available to Amazon Prime members in select markets for a $7.99 per delivery fee, on top of their $99 per year Amazon Prime membership. This is a new pricing tier for AmazonFresh, and one that may make the service more palatable to a wider array… Read More