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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  • Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps

    Snowball Debuts A Unified Inbox For All Your Messaging Apps

    A new mobile application called Snowball, launching today, is going to give iPhone users Android envy. The app serves as a universal inbox for your many mobile messaging clients, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, SMS, Snapchat, Google Hangouts and more, and appears right on your Android homescreen in a format that resembles the small, circular “Chat Heads” icons introduced… Read More

  • Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App

    Google Chromecast Is The Top “Connected Device” App

    Google’s Chromecast is the most popular “connected device” – or so infers a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which analyzed the top apps associated with connected devices across both iTunes and Google Play in the U.S. Google’s Chromecast app was in spot #1, in terms of downloads, followed by Fitbit, DirectTV, HP ePrint, Kodak Kiosk Connect… Read More

  • Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes

    Scripps Acquires WeatherSphere, Publisher Of 3 Top 10 Weather Apps On iTunes

    WeatherSphere, the company behind the #1 Paid weather application on iOS, and maker of three of the Top 10 Paid weather apps as well as three of the Top 20 Grossing weather apps, has been acquired by the E.W. Scripps Co. The portfolio of apps will live on following the deal’s closure, and will complement Scripps’ existing StormShield paid weather application. Term of the deal are… Read More

  • Polyvore Gets Personalized With A New iPhone App Featuring “Just For You” Style Suggestions

    Polyvore Gets Personalized With A New iPhone App Featuring “Just For You” Style Suggestions

    Style community Polyvore is out today with a new iPhone app which introduces personalization to the fashion-focused social shopping site for the first time. The app, which also received a visual makeover to present items in a cleaner, more streamlined format, now allows users to like and hide items from their feed in order to inform the algorithms that power a suggestions-filled… Read More

  • Square Cash For iOS Now Lets You Send Money To Nearby Friends Via Bluetooth

    Square Cash For iOS Now Lets You Send Money To Nearby Friends Via Bluetooth

    Square Cash, the payments company’s mobile money app and competitor to Venmo, has today rolled out a new update that lets users send cash by way of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Called “Nearby Payments,” this new feature works on devices running iOS 8, the company says, and offers an alternative to its previous means of sending money by way of text message, mobile number or… Read More

  • “Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

    “Ephemeral” Messaging App Frankly Raises $12.8 Million, Rolls Out A Social Chat SDK

    Mobile startup Frankly has been steadily growing its user base amid a wave of self-destructing messaging apps with an app that lets you send text messages to other users that disappear after 10 seconds. Today, the company is announcing it has secured $12.8 million in funding from JJR Private Capital, Stanford-StartX Fund and SK Planet. Frankly had previously raised $6 million from SK Planet… Read More

  • BloomNation, A Marketplace For Local Florists, Raises $5.6 Million Series A

    BloomNation, A Marketplace For Local Florists, Raises $5.6 Million Series A

    BloomNation, a Santa Monica-based startup offering florists and floral designers a platform for running their business online, as well as a marketplace that connects florists and consumers, has now closed on $5.55 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Ronny Conway of A Capital Partners (previously of Andreessen Horowitz) and saw participation from BloomNation’s seed… Read More

  • eBay To Host Live Art Auctions On New Site

    eBay To Host Live Art Auctions On New Site

    In July, eBay announced a partnership with noted auction house Sotheby’s to help bring its inventory of art, antiques and collectibles online via a new live auction format with real-time bidding. At the time, eBay said Sotheby’s was the “anchor tenant” to trial this new format on eBay.com. Today, the company is expanding on these earlier efforts with a number of… Read More

  • Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    Cirqle Debuts A Photo-Sharing App For Groups That Works Offline

    A mobile application called Cirqle – no, not that Circle or that one either – launched last year as a way for users to share and collaborate on photo and video collections in groups, both public and private. Now Cirqle is rolling out version 2.0 on Thursday, which introduces an interesting new feature: offline mode. That means users can now share and collaborate on photo sets… Read More

  • Pinterest Curates Its Own Content With New Weekly Collections Called “Pin Picks”

    Pinterest Curates Its Own Content With New Weekly Collections Called “Pin Picks”

    Pinterest is venturing into the editorial space, having launched last night a new collection of the company’s “favorite things,” which will be updated weekly. This collection, called Pin Picks, is aggregated under Pinterest’s official account at Pinterest.com/pinterest/pin-picks, and is built in conjunction with content partners, whose pins Pinterest features… Read More

  • Backed By $9.5 Million, Curbside Launches A Mobile Shopping App For Same-Day Pickup, Not Delivery

    Backed By $9.5 Million, Curbside Launches A Mobile Shopping App For Same-Day Pickup, Not Delivery

    A number of companies today are experimenting with same-day e-commerce, including Amazon, Google, eBay, Instacart and others – but for most, the focus has been on same-day delivery. A new shopping startup called Curbside, backed by $9.5 million in seed and Series A funding, instead wants to become the go-to solution for same-day pickup from local stores. That is, it’s combining… Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo Acquires Mobile Messaging App MessageMe

    Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. The deal, we’re hearing from multiple sources, is a talent acquisition falling into the “single-digit” millions. [Update: We're hearing now that the deal may actually better than this. Word is the deal is actually in the double-digit millions… Read More

  • Roughly Half Of Users Are Finding Apps Via App Store Search, Says Study

    Roughly Half Of Users Are Finding Apps Via App Store Search, Says Study

    The battleground for app discovery in the leading mobile app stores, iTunes and Google Play, has more to do with where an app ranks in the search results, than where it ranks in the charts. Or at least that’s what a new study from ad attribution and analytics company TUNE is saying, citing data that shows how around half of mobile users found the last app they downloaded via app… Read More

  • Issuu Brings Its “YouTube For Magazines” To The iPhone And iPad

    Issuu Brings Its “YouTube For Magazines” To The iPhone And iPad

    Several years ago, digital reading platform issuu gave up on the iTunes App Store after several rejections stemming from its then too-competitive nature with Apple’s planned Newsstand service. Now, it’s back. The company has released its first iOS app that brings a variety of free publications to iPhone and iPad users worldwide, with over 10,000 new ones being added daily in 30… Read More

  • Marketing Automation For Mobile Company Appboy Grabs $15 Million More

    Marketing Automation For Mobile Company Appboy Grabs $15 Million More

    Appboy, a marketing automation company for mobile apps has raised $15 million in Series B funding, in a round the company says was “oversubscribed.” Early Marketo investor InterWest Partners led the round, and is joined by existing investors Icon Venture Partners, Blumberg Capital, T5 Capital and IDG Ventures. As a part of the new funding, InterWest General Partner Doug… Read More

  • Twitter For Mac Gets Multiple Photo Sharing, Support For Photos In Messages

    Twitter For Mac Gets Multiple Photo Sharing, Support For Photos In Messages

    Twitter’s native application for OS X users has just been updated with a small handful of photo-sharing features and other improvements that bring the desktop application more in line with what’s available on the web and on mobile. Most notably, the app now supports the ability to tweet out multiple photos in one update, where before it was limited to just one. The ability to… Read More

  • Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    A personalized news reading app, Pipes, is now offering summaries of news stories to save mobile readers time while trying to catch up on-the-go. This is a big shift for the app, which launched earlier this year to offer a more mainstream-friendly way of consuming news and other topical information from a variety of sources, without having to understand the technicalities of using RSS or… Read More

  • Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

    Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

    Roku announced this morning it’s rolling out screen mirroring functionality in beta for “a select number” of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. The feature will allow these users to quickly mirror content on their devices to the big screen, including videos, apps, websites and more. The functionality is only being supported in the company’s Roku 3 or Roku Streaming… Read More

  • LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    Better late than never? LinkedIn this morning announced it has at last rolled out the first-ever iOS app for SlideShare, the presentation and content-sharing platform it acquired back in 2012. The new app was built using Swift and is optimized to work on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

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