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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  • Adobe debuts Spark, a suite of mobile and web tools that lets anyone create visual content

    Adobe debuts Spark, a suite of mobile and web tools that lets anyone create visual content

    Adobe this morning launched a new suite of apps called Adobe Spark, which allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. On mobile, the Spark collection is effectively an upgrade and rebranding of a trio of apps Adobe already operated – its Adobe Post app becomes Spark Post; Adobe… Read More

  • Google takes a new approach to native apps with Instant Apps for Android

    Google takes a new approach to native apps with Instant Apps for Android

    Mobile apps often provide a better user experience than browser-based web apps, but you first have to find them, download them, and then try not to forget you installed them. Now, Google wants us to rethink what mobile apps are and how we interact with them. Instant Apps, a new Android feature Google announced at its I/O developer conference today but plans to roll out very slowly, wants… Read More

  • Google Play installs reached 65 billion last year

    Google Play installs reached 65 billion last year

    How big is the Android app ecosystem? Google gave an update on this today at its Google I/O Developer conference, when VP of Engineering Dave Burke announced 65 billion installs from Google Play over the past year. “There were 65 billion installs in the last year alone. And I’m just in constantly in awe of all the amazing apps and services that’s fueling this,”… Read More

  • Google unveils its Amazon Echo competitor, a smart speaker called Google Home

    Google unveils its Amazon Echo competitor, a smart speaker called Google Home

    At its annual I/O developer conference, Google today unveiled a new hardware device and competitor to Amazon Echo, a portable speaker powered by voice assistance technology called Google Home. The device was widely rumored to have been in development under the codename “Chirp,” and the final product name was recently confirmed by The New York Times. Google Home Features Like… Read More

  • Netflix launches its own speed test website, Fast.com

    Netflix launches its own speed test website, Fast.com

    Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, and has today launched a new website, Fast.com, that will give you that information. Basically, it’s a simplified speed test website that only focuses on download speed – as this is the metric that determines your video quality. The goal with the site is to help you figure out who’s to blame when you have a… Read More

  • Swiftkey’s newest keyword app, Swiftmoji, suggests emoji as you type

    Swiftkey’s newest keyword app, Swiftmoji, suggests emoji as you type

    SwiftKey, the smart keyboard app maker acquired by Microsoft for $250 million earlier this year, is now testing its next product, a predictive keyboard app called Swiftmoji. As you may have guessed by the name, this new app focuses on helping you quickly find and type the appropriate emoji to complement your text-based conversations. The app has just launched into a private beta test on… Read More

  • 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords from a 2012 hack just got posted online

    117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords from a 2012 hack just got posted online

    A LinkedIn hack from back in 2012 is still causing problems for its users. The company announced this morning that another data set from the hack, which contains over 100 million LinkedIn members’ emails and passwords, has now been released. In response to this new data dump, LinkedIn says it’s working to validate the accounts and contact affected users so they can reset their… Read More

  • Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

    Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

    Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s… Read More

  • New version of iTunes addresses the music deletion issue

    New version of iTunes addresses the music deletion issue

    Apple rolled out a new version of iTunes this week which introduced an updated design, including modified navigation and the return of the left sidebar. However, under the hood, the new software also includes a fix which aims to address the troubling issue of iTunes deleting some users’ music files from their computer. Complaints about iTunes and its poor integration with Apple Music… Read More

  • Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member’s ride in real-time

    Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member’s ride in real-time

    Uber today announced a new tool that will allow family members and other loved ones to track each others’ trips using its service. Called simply “Trip Tracker,” the addition is a feature connected to Uber’s Family Profiles, a program Uber announced in March which allows customers to pay for rides for their family and friends. With Family Profiles, users can add other… Read More

  • Google Play Music, Spotify, TIDAL & more join T-Mobile’s Binge On

    Google Play Music, Spotify, TIDAL & more join T-Mobile’s Binge On

    T-Mobile is again expanding its Binge On program, with news this morning that a number of video services, including Google Play Music, NBC, TIDAL, Spotify, Radio Disney and others, will now be made available for streaming without impacting customers’ data plans. Some of these companies were previously available under T-Mobile’s Music Freedom plan, but had not yet signed up… Read More

  • Google unveils a gigapixel ‘Art Camera’ that lets you view paintings down to the brushstrokes

    Google unveils a gigapixel ‘Art Camera’ that lets you view paintings down to the brushstrokes

    Google’s Cultural Institute, the company’s initiative to preserve the world’s culture and history by bringing it online, has this morning unveiled a new project aimed at allowing web users the ability to view art up close – down to the very brushstrokes. Google had invented a new camera it’s dubbing the “Art Camera,” which is a custom-built… Read More

  • Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    Google Image Search will now include shopping ads

    As more of today’s consumers shop online using their mobile devices, often bypassing Google for e-commerce sites directly – and especially Amazon – Google has moved to combat the trend by launching its own visual shopping ads. Announced just ahead of its annual I/O developer conference this week, Google unveiled Shopping ads on image search. That means when shoppers… Read More

  • Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Google-owned navigation app Waze is expanding its ride-sharing ambitions with the launch of a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay area which will allow employees of select companies to carpool to and from work via Waze’s carpooling service. This program is similar to the service Waze began testing last year in Tel Aviv, Israel, via an app called “RideWith.” The app… Read More

  • Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google tries its hand at social again with launch of group chat app, Spaces

    Google is not giving up on its social ambitions, it seems, despite its failures with Google+. The company announced this morning a new social app called Spaces, which focuses on group sharing. The app allows small groups of users to tap into other Google services, including Google Search, YouTube and Chrome, in order to post links and share content without having to move in between apps. They… Read More

  • AT&T acquires video streaming platform Quickplay to power its streaming TV services

    AT&T acquires video streaming platform Quickplay to power its streaming TV services

    AT&T announced this morning that it will acquire Quickplay Media, a video streaming platform that powers over-the-top video and “TV Everywhere” services that help its customers stream their video content to any device, including mobile phones. Deal terms were not disclosed, but the two already had an existing relationship. AT&T was using Quickplay for its U-verse TV… Read More

  • Instagram’s analytics will offer audience demographics, post impressions, reach & more

    Instagram’s analytics will offer audience demographics, post impressions, reach & more

    Instagram is preparing to launch a series of new tools for the businesses and brands using its platform, including business profiles with contact buttons and access to maps and directions, as well as tools for tracking the analytics around posts, and a mobile ad-buying experience. Now we’re able to see what Instagram’s analytics feature looks like in action, thanks to a leak from… Read More

  • YouTube tests an in-app messenger for sharing videos with friends

    YouTube tests an in-app messenger for sharing videos with friends

    YouTube as a messaging app? Sure, why not! Everyone’s doing it, after all. In case you missed it: YouTube announced this week that it’s testing a new feature with a subset of its mobile app user base that will allow them to easily share videos with family and friends. Users with the feature can chat about those videos in a new tab in the app, the company says. The feature… Read More

  • The NFL is bringing classic games and more in-progress game highlights to YouTube

    The NFL is bringing classic games and more in-progress game highlights to YouTube

    NFL games are coming to YouTube! Wait, don’t get too excited just yet – YouTube and the NFL have only announced a strategic partnership that’s bringing “classic” games to the video platform. Specifically, the NFL will post three of the greatest games from the history of each of the 32 franchises, it says. In other words, 96 historic games in total will be… Read More

  • Walmart begins testing 2-day shipping service to take on Amazon Prime

    Walmart begins testing 2-day shipping service to take on Amazon Prime

    Walmart is making a notable to change to ShippingPass, its three-day shipping service and answer to Amazon Prime launched into beta testing last year. The company says this morning it will move from three-day delivery to two-day delivery — which makes the service far more competitive with Amazon’s similarly structured annual shipping program. This is an interesting move on… Read More