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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  • Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

    Former Twitter Chief Scientist Launches Steven, An Emoji-Based Social App

    I can’t quite put my finger on why I keep using this new app called Steven – yes, Steven, like a boy’s name – but I do. The app itself is sort of silly – it offers you a way to log your activities and location using emoji, optionally add photos, plus view and respond to posts from other friends, also through the use of emoji. Why? Well…why not? The app may… Read More

  • Email App Acompli Arrives On Android, Adds A “Focused” Inbox That Displays Your Most Important Mail First

    Email App Acompli Arrives On Android, Adds A “Focused” Inbox That Displays Your Most Important Mail First

    One of the better mobile email applications to emerge in recent months is Acompli, an app designed for business and professional users looking for a simple, but powerful tool to manage their email, calendar, and shared files while on the go. Today, the company is bringing its app to Android users, while also launching a new feature called “Focused Inbox,” which is similar to… Read More

  • Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software

    Amazon announced this afternoon that it will be expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children’s books authors through a new program it’s calling “KDP Kids.” Along with the program, which is aimed at helping authors prepare, publish and distribute books in the Kindle Store, Amazon is also releasing a new tool, the Kindle Kids’… Read More

  • The Ice Bucket Challenge, By The Numbers

    The Ice Bucket Challenge, By The Numbers

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has shown that other things besides Grumpy Cats and silly dance videos can go viral – even charitable giving. And while some questioned if having people dumping buckets of ice on their heads was the best way to raise money for the non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease, it turns out those concerns were unfounded: ALSA.org reports that… Read More

  • Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak Retiring In Summer 2015

    Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak Retiring In Summer 2015

    Amazon’s long-time CFO Thomas J. Szkutak will retire next summer, the company announced this morning. Szkutak, who previously served as the CFO at GE Lighting before joining Amazon in October 2002, will be working with successor Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, over the next 10 months to transition his… Read More

  • Google Forms Now Less Ugly Thanks To Addition Of Themes

    Google Forms Now Less Ugly Thanks To Addition Of Themes

    Google Forms, the service in Google’s online office suite that helps users collaboratively create web-based forms which can be shared with others, is finally getting a professional makeover thanks to the addition of themes. The company announced the new, custom themes today, which users are able to further edit by selecting their own fonts and colors, choosing a background, as well… Read More

  • Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

    Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

    A company called Tocomail earlier this year launched a mobile application designed to be kids’ first email service, built with the parental controls and protections such an app would require, while allowing kids to write simple messages and send drawings to pre-approved family and friends. Now Tocomail is targeting a slightly older crowd with the debut of another app called Tocomail… Read More

  • Location-Based Video Editing App Clinch Heads To The Deadpool

    Location-Based Video Editing App Clinch Heads To The Deadpool

    Mobile video app Clinch (not to be confused with Klout’s Cinch) is heading to the deadpool, but the company itself lives on, developing products for the digital advertising space. First introduced in 2012, Clinch’s app automatically threaded together video clips and photos based on location, allowing users to then customize the resulting mobile video further by selecting their… Read More

  • LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

    LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

    LinkedIn over the weekend launched a standalone version of its “Sales Navigator” service, which is now available on iOS only. The addition of the new, native application follows a recent overhaul for Sales Navigator that saw it split off as its own product, rather than a set of features within the main LinkedIn website. At that time, the company promised mobile apps would soon… Read More

  • Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone

    A new mobile application called Tripcast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting fellow travelers to build albums with you. This is not the first time… Read More

  • Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

    New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling… Read More

  • Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

    Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

    Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More

  • Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

    There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

  • In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps

    Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App Search which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links automatically open up your apps when tapped. Read More

  • Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Newly Launched PayPal Alternative Visa Checkout Adds Nearly A Dozen More Partners

    Last month, Visa launched a new payment option designed for e-commerce transactions called Visa Checkout, which eliminates the need for entering in a 16-digit card number during the checkout process in favor of a username and password combination. Today, the company is announcing partnerships with a number of top acquirers and e-commerce platform providers, increasing Visa Checkout’s… Read More

  • Simple File-Sharing Tool CloudApp Rolls Out Version 3.0, Adds Team Collaboration

    Simple File-Sharing Tool CloudApp Rolls Out Version 3.0, Adds Team Collaboration

    CloudApp, a visual collaboration tool that began as a one-man project and has now grown to nearly 2 million users, is out today with its latest release, CloudApp 3.0, which is the first to include support for team collaboration. The expansion makes sense, as the service today caters more to creative types, including designers and developers, in addition to entrepreneurs, social media… Read More

  • Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All

    Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All

    Amazon today announced that it’s making Zocalo, its secure document storage and sharing service designed for enterprise use, generally available. The news comes, not coincidentally, on a day when cloud storage competitor Dropbox announced lowered pricing and storage increases for its Pro customers. Read More

  • The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store

    The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store

    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s success in the App Store could open the doors to future celebrity-publisher partnerships, suggests app analytics firm App Annie in a new report out this morning which looks back on the latest in app store trends. The game, a joint effort between the celeb and publisher Glu, was the most downloaded game on iOS in July, and helped Glu become the number one… Read More

  • Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

    Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

    Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015. According to Ripley MacDonald, Director of Student Programs at Amazon… Read More

  • Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone very desperately wants TechCrunch to write about Path. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received over half a dozen tips about layoffs, visitors from China in the office, an Alibaba “partnership,” potential acquirers and more. The funny thing is, none of these things seem to be true. For starters, the company outright denies it – on the record. Other sources… Read More