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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  • Apple rolls out a new App Store developer site with guides and videos for growing app businesses

    Apple rolls out a new App Store developer site with guides and videos for growing app businesses

    Apple today is unveiling an overhaul to its App Store developer website, a resource available to the 11 million registered developers worldwide who have helped grow the App Store to now more than 1.5 million applications. The updated site will include new articles and videos aimed at helping developers better understand how to grow their businesses and engage users. For example, some of… Read More

  • Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity

    Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity

    Kanye West’s decision to flip-flop on whether or not his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” would be an exclusive to music streaming service Tidal, has now been met with a class action lawsuit led by consumer tech privacy law firm Edelson PC. The artist originally promised the album would only be on Tidal, but later decided to release “Pablo” to competitors… Read More

  • YouTube rolls out support for 360-degree live streams and spatial audio

    YouTube rolls out support for 360-degree live streams and spatial audio

    YouTube will today begin supporting 360-degree live streaming on its service, confirming reports from earlier this year stating that such a feature was in development. One of the first videos to take advantage of this more immersive format will be this year’s live stream from music event Coachella, where select performances from the festival will now be live streamed in 360… Read More

  • Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    Ebay’s mobile Craigslist competitor Close5 has quietly grown to 7 million downloads

    In the U.S., the online classifieds space has been dominated for years by Craigslist, despite its failure to adapt to newer technologies, including mobile. That has left room for newcomers to angle their way into the market, including big companies like Facebook, with its local selling groups, as well as smaller startups, like top-ranked shopping apps OfferUp and letgo. Ebay has also… Read More

  • Live video viewing up 86% over last year in MLB’s At Bat app, thanks to addition of multitasking

    Live video viewing up 86% over last year in MLB’s At Bat app, thanks to addition of multitasking

    When Apple introduced multitasking in iOS 9, MLB was one of the new feature’s early adopters in its MLB.com At Bat application for iPad. Today, the organization is releasing some new numbers on what impact the introduction of split-screen viewing and picture-in-picture has on engagement and video viewing minutes in its application. In short? The news is good. Very, very good indeed. The… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google is cleaning up its Chrome Web Store – the marketplace where you can browse for extensions and apps for its Chrome web browser. The company says it’s making changes to browser’s User Data Policy, which will now require developers to be more transparent about how they handle customer data, and which will require user consent when data is collected, among other… Read More

  • Hulu’s smarter, more personalized Watchlist rolls out to all users

    Hulu’s smarter, more personalized Watchlist rolls out to all users

    Hulu’s revamped “Watchlist,” the section on its service that helps users track their favorite shows, is now exiting beta and being rolled out to all users, the company announced this morning. Along with the launch, Hulu is also introducing several new features based on what it learned during the testing period, including suggested actions, alerts for new shows, and a new… Read More

  • China is now #2 in iOS revenue, behind the U.S.

    China is now #2 in iOS revenue, behind the U.S.

    Earlier this year, app store analytics firm App Annie predicted that China could overtake both the U.S. and Japan in terms of revenue generated from iOS applications as soon as this year. The year isn’t yet half over, but that prediction appears to be on its way to coming true: China has just moved past Japan to take the number two position for iOS revenue – up from third place… Read More

  • Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

    Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

    Microsoft is making Skype in the browser plugin-free, the company announced this morning. But before you get too excited, be aware that this new experience only works in Microsoft Edge for now. Other browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, will continue to require plugins as before. Skype for Web, the browser-based version of the online communications software rolled out publicly… Read More

  • Sorted offers a new take on the standard To Do list app

    Sorted offers a new take on the standard To Do list app

    A new application called Sorted launches today to offer a better, faster and more efficient way to manage your tasks via your mobile phone. Yes, it’s another To Do list application. Do we really need such a thing? The answer to that question may be subjective, but a small team of developers in Hong Kong believes there’s room for another app in this space to carve out its… Read More

  • Minecraft Education Edition, aimed at teachers, arrives in May

    Minecraft Education Edition, aimed at teachers, arrives in May

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it was expanding its investment in Minecraft, the popular game it acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, by building out a new version that would allow teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. Today, Microsoft announced that “Minecraft Education Edition,” as this version is called, will become available in beta format starting in… Read More

  • Apple’s iTunes Allowances will be shut down next month

    Apple’s iTunes Allowances will be shut down next month

    Apple is discontinuing support for iTunes Allowances, the feature that allowed parents to send monthly credits to a recipient’s – meaning, their child’s – Apple ID for use in the iTunes Store. That allowance could then be spent on music, videos, apps or books, as the child desired. Now, according to an update to the iTunes Allowances support page on Apple’s… Read More

  • Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo has recently been trimming down its digital media business, with the closure of several of its online magazines, but other verticals – including eSports – are still seeing investment. To that end, the company has now launched its first eSports mobile application on Android. The new app brings eSports match coverage, including the ability to watch live or replay past games… Read More

  • Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company’s popular messaging service. The idea is that Messenger users could simply “chat” with these automated software programs to do things like read the latest news from CNN, get a weather report or even go shopping. In… Read More

  • Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    The chatbot craze has claimed another victim. I mean, acquisition. Shopify, the makers of a popular platform used by over 243,000 businesses, from smaller online merchants to big names like Tesla and Budweiser, announced today it’s buying a startup called Kit CRM. The company helps businesses interact with their customers over text messages – yes, “conversational… Read More

  • Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV, the Dish-owned online streaming service that promises live TV via the internet, has been plagued with one serious problem since launch: you could only stream Sling TV to one device at a time. Today, the company is attempting to address that issue with the launch of a new “multi-stream” service, now in beta, that lets you stream live TV to up to three devices at a time… Read More

  • Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    While Amazon, Google and a number of startups like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and others are focused on quick, same-day deliveries of groceries and household items, Walmart has been taking a different approach. It has instead tapped into its large brick-and-mortar footprint to roll out curbside grocery pickup in a number of locations across the U.S., allowing customers to shop online or… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined see 3 times more messages than SMS

    Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined see 3 times more messages than SMS

    At Facebook’s F8 developers conference this morning, the company shared some interesting metrics related to the traction and growth of its popular messaging applications, Messenger and WhatsApp. One especially notable figure CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled was that Facebook’s two messaging services, when combined, saw more activity on a daily basis than SMS (traditional texting). Read More

  • Twitter Moments become tweetable playlists thanks to SoundCloud

    Twitter Moments become tweetable playlists thanks to SoundCloud

    An upgrade to Twitter’s Moments feature, originally designed to offer users a curated “best of Twitter” experience, now turns Moments into a source for tweetable playlists. Through an ongoing partnership with music streaming service SoundCloud, Twitter Moments will now allow curators to create and share Moments containing SoundCloud’s audio cards – that is… Read More

  • Vimeo’s short films will hit select theaters this weekend

    Vimeo’s short films will hit select theaters this weekend

    Vimeo is ramping up its efforts focused on getting its programming in front of an adult audience interested in indie video content, with the announcement of a partnership with Spotlight Cinema Networks that brings its short-form videos to the silver screen. Spotlight, which is owned by Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Arthouse Marketing Group, works with independent theater chains, and… Read More

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