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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  • Overall Tablet Market Declined By As Much As 10 Percent In 2015

    Overall Tablet Market Declined By As Much As 10 Percent In 2015

    The numbers are in, and it’s not good news – for tablet sales that is. A pair of new market share reports show declining numbers of tablets shipped in 2015. According to one report from Strategy Analytics, 224.3 million tablets were shipped last year – a decline of 8 percent from 2014. IDC’s numbers, however, are even worse – with an estimated 206.8 million… Read More

  • Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

    With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on… Read More

  • Custom Apparel Shop Teespring Lays Off Staff, Exits Providence

    Custom Apparel Shop Teespring Lays Off Staff, Exits Providence

    Following last summer’s restructuring, custom T-shirt shop Teespring has laid off under 10 percent of its workforce and is shutting down its Providence office entirely. The company had around 300 total employees ahead of the layoffs, but not all those who work in Providence are out of a job, we understand. Instead, some have been offered the opportunity to relocate to Teespring’s… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Flyby Media, Makers Of Tech That “Sees” The World Around You

    Apple Acquires Flyby Media, Makers Of Tech That “Sees” The World Around You

    Apple’s VR ambitions continue: according to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple has acquired an augmented reality startup called Flyby Media, which developed technology that allows mobile phones to “see” the world around them. The company, notably, had worked with Google in the past, as it was the first consumer-facing application to use the image recognition… Read More

  • Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s foray into video has gone live on iOS a little earlier than expected. On Monday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Spotify had begun to roll out its video product to all users, beginning with its Android app this week. The iOS launch of the new “Shows” section, however, was not expected until “the next week or so,” a spokesperson told us at the time. Read More

  • Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Ad-supported iTunes Radio stations have today gone off the air. As we reported earlier this month, Apple decided it would shutter its free streaming iTunes Radio offering, a competitor to Pandora, in an effort to boost subscriptions to its paid service, Apple Music. Going forward, the only free radio option is Apple’s Beats 1 radio – the DJ-hosted station, which Apple is now… Read More

  • Watchup Brings Local, National & International News To Your Apple TV

    Watchup Brings Local, National & International News To Your Apple TV

    A video news application with hundreds of thousands of active users is coming to Apple TV. Watchup, as the app is called, offers a combination of national, international and local news content from 160 news sources, including CNN, as well as big names like Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, PBS, Fox News, WSJ, Sky News, Washington Post, Financial Times, Fusion and others. The company also delivers… Read More

  • Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    Yahoo’s Email App Improves With Customizable Swipes, Attachments Search And More

    In October, Yahoo introduced a brand-new version of its email app designed for the way people access their inbox on mobile devices, which included things like swipe gestures, easier access to attachments, integration with social services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and more. Today, the company is rolling out its first major update to that app since its debut, with a handful of… Read More

  • Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder users will now have better chatting tools, thanks to an upgraded messaging experience in the mobile dating app. Amid a flurry of changes that began rolling out last night to the iOS application, and soon Android, Tinder added support for sending your matches GIFs. It also upgraded the size of emoji in chat and also now lets you “like” the individual messages you received from… Read More

  • Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora today rolled out a series of new features that, again, are aimed at making the streaming music service more competitive with the likes of Spotify and other competitors. As you may recall, the company recently introduced “thumbprint radio” – a way for the service to create a mix of user favorites and recommendations, which seemed a shot against Spotify’s… Read More

  • Yahoo Revamps Its Homepage And App To Offer A More Social Experience Around The News

    Yahoo Revamps Its Homepage And App To Offer A More Social Experience Around The News

    Yahoo today is rolling a major revamp of its homepage and flagship mobile application with a focus on offering a more personalized, social experience, where readers can find stories they like, comment and debate the day’s news, and track stories of interest. The move is meant to better reflect how consumers are engaging with and reading news on mobile devices, but it’s also… Read More

  • Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

    Shelf Helps You Find The Best Products People Actually Use

    A newly launched startup called Shelf wants to make it easier for people to discover great products, without having to first read through tons of online research or consumer reviews. Instead, the company has built a social platform that lets users automatically keep track of their own inventory of purchases, and selectively share this information with friends. The idea is to bring… Read More

  • Amazon Moves Appstore VP To Alexa’s App Store, Readies Echo Super Bowl Ad

    Amazon Moves Appstore VP To Alexa’s App Store, Readies Echo Super Bowl Ad

    Amazon is clearly doubling down on its Alexa-powered connected speaker Echo, and the Alexa ecosystem as a whole – and not just because it’s now shelling out the big bucks to advertise the product during the Super Bowl for the first time, though that, too, is notable. But the company has also put its Amazon Appstore VP, Steve Rabuchin, in charge of Alexa’s growing… Read More

  • The Zebra, A “Kayak For Auto Insurance,” Grabs $17 Million To Better Educate Drivers About Rates & Coverage

    The Zebra, A “Kayak For Auto Insurance,” Grabs $17 Million To Better Educate Drivers About Rates & Coverage

    Austin-based The Zebra, a startup that’s something of a “Kayak for auto insurance,” has been working to bring the process of shopping for insurance online, where consumers can more transparently compare quotes and understand how insurance companies determine rates. Now the company has raised an additional $17 million in Series A funding led by Ballast Point Ventures. The… Read More

  • Branch Metrics Snags $35 Million More For Its Deep Linking & App Discovery Business

    Branch Metrics Snags $35 Million More For Its Deep Linking & App Discovery Business

    One of the problems in the early days of the mobile app era was that it wasn’t possible to link to the pages within apps the same way you could link to pages on the open web. But technology has adapted to solve that problem over the years, both on the part of the mobile OS platform makers themselves, as well as via third parties who today provide smarter links to the content within apps… Read More

  • Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices

    Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices

    In Apple’s Q1 ’16 “Earnings Supplemental Material” – documentation added to today’s earnings primarily to highlight how foreign exchange rates are impacting revenue – there was another notable figure revealed: Apple says now its “active” install base has reached 1 billion devices. (Actually, it has surpassed it, says CEO Tim Cook.) That… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

    Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

    Microsoft today unveiled yet another application aimed at iOS users, with the launch of a news application that greatly resembles Apple’s own News application that comes built into iOS 9. Called “News Pro,” Microsoft’s app aims to offer readers a personalized experience by connecting them to articles that match their current interests, while also uncovering… Read More

  • Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates Into Search Results

    Google announced today that it will begin testing an experimental feature will allow presidential candidates to respond to issues brought up during the Republican debate in real-time directly in Google’s search results. The search company says the feature is meant to “level the playing field” as it lets the candidates share their ideas or positions – even if they… Read More

  • “Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends

    “Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends

    A startup called VINA is launching a mobile app today that operates a lot like a Tinder, but is aimed at women seeking new friends. And no, not friends-with-benefits or boy-space-friends, but other females who share their same interests, and who have compatible personalities. To make this work, Hey! VINA, as the app is called, doesn’t just show its users pictures and profiles, but also… Read More

  • Lyft, Cabify, 99Taxis & Others To Integrate Waze’s Routing Software In Their Own Apps

    Lyft, Cabify, 99Taxis & Others To Integrate Waze’s Routing Software In Their Own Apps

    Waze, the popular Google-owned navigation app that helps drivers route around traffic and alerts them to other road hazards in real-time, is today announcing partnerships with half a dozen companies in the on-demand and  transportation space worldwide, including Lyft, who will integrate Waze software into their own applications to provide routing and guidance. This, in turn will feed more… Read More