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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  • Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    Betterment and Robinhood clash on how to disrupt investing

    What does the future of the financial services industry look like? The founders of two startups with two very different answers to that question took the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference this morning to discuss how they’re planning to disrupt traditional brokerages. Read More

  • Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Last week’s App Store issues caused headaches for users who, for several hours during the morning on May 5th, were unable to surface apps using keyword searches. This affected top apps like Uber, Spotify, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and many others, as well as apps from smaller developers. Now we know what sort of impact that outage had on the affected applications. According new analysis… Read More

  • Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple founders on how to grow your food startup

    Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple founders on how to grow your food startup

    The food industry is going through an interesting shift in the U.S. We’re moving away from an era of processed food and microwave meals, to one where people are increasingly concerned about the kinds of foods they’re eating, their freshness, sustainability, healthiness, and other factors. And yet, we still crave the convenience that comes with pulling through the drive-thru at… Read More

  • Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook Moments launches in the EU & Canada without facial recognition

    Facebook announced this morning that its private photo-sharing application, Facebook Moments, is now available in all countries worldwide, thanks the launch of a new, modified version in the EU and Canada. While the U.S. and other international versions of the application take advantage of facial recognition technology to suggest which friends to share with by identifying who appears in… Read More

  • Amazon takes on YouTube with launch of Amazon Video Direct

    Amazon takes on YouTube with launch of Amazon Video Direct

    Amazon unveiled its own plans to compete in the user-generated video market with the launch of a new service called Amazon Video Direct in a surprise announcement this morning. This service, explains the company, allows creators to upload their own videos to Amazon’s Prime Video and generate royalties based on the hours streamed. Creators have several options to monetize their… Read More

  • Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

    A company called Laugh.ly wants to make streaming sets from the best comedians as easy as streaming music on Pandora. Though not yet available to the public, Laugh.ly’s iOS application will allow users to follow both big-name comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, among others, as well as emerging stand-up comics looking for a way to grow and monetize their… Read More

  • B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    B.J. Novak’s “The List App” rebrands to li.st, arrives on Android

    When B.J. Novak, best known for exec producing, writing and starring as Ryan on “The Office,” teamed up with Dev Flaherty to create a mobile application that allowed people to create lists and share them with others, they gave it a playfully anti-tech name: “The List App.” But following its late-2015 debut, more than 150,000 users have signed up to create some… Read More

  • AdBlock Plus closes in on a billion downloads

    AdBlock Plus closes in on a billion downloads

    Ad blocking software’s usage on the web, and now mobile, has forced the media and publishing industry to look to new revenue models. And one of the most notable players in ad blocking is German firm Eyeo, the makers of AdBlock Plus, whose software is dominating the space and still growing. In fact, Eyeo’s co-founder and CEO Till Faida told the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt NY… Read More

  • Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Opera brings its free VPN service to iOS with a new app, Opera VPN

    Following the launch of a built-in VPN service in its web browser last month, Opera this morning debuted a free and unlimited mobile VPN app for iOS devices. Called Opera VPN, the app is designed to protect users’ privacy – it removes ad blockers, for example – but it’s also marketed towards those who want a way to work around restricted internet access, such as on… Read More

  • The Blind Date Club turns your Echo speaker into a matchmaker

    The Blind Date Club turns your Echo speaker into a matchmaker

    Can Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa serve as a matchmaker? That’s the idea behind The Blind Date Club, a project from a team of coders presenting today at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 Hackathon. Designed as a voice-activated app for the Echo speaker, The Blind Date Club lets you search for dating profiles by voice, have them read aloud to you, and then get connected with… Read More

  • MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    MenuMe turns menu text into photos

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 hackathon, a team of engineers from MasterCard teamed up to create an app that can help travelers visiting a foreign country better understand what food is being described on a menu. Just by pointing their phone at the restaurant’s menu, the app will recognize the text and translate that into an image of the food item in question which is then overlaid… Read More

  • Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Relay is a beautiful app for creating and sharing custom maps

    Today’s mapping applications are focused on helping you navigate from one spot to the next, or discovering the businesses around you. But they tend to be utilitarian in nature, and not what anyone would describe as “fun” to use. A new mapping application called Relay changes that. This simple, expertly designed app lets you create custom maps for your upcoming trips, so you… Read More

  • Twitch’s new social networking feature, ‘Friends,’ goes live

    Twitch’s new social networking feature, ‘Friends,’ goes live

    Amazon’s game streaming service Twitch is getting more social. The new “Friends” feature teased in April has now launched into beta, allowing users to search for, add, and view a list of friends, see when they’re online, and easily chat with them. The company says it has sent out the first round of beta invitations, and is now allowing users to add friends by… Read More

  • Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    A new mobile application called Earny has launched with the goal of getting you your money back. That is, the app connects with your email and Amazon accounts in order to track your online purchases and find your e-receipts, then price check those items to see if you got the best deal. If it finds a lower price, Earny will request a refund on your behalf and the difference (minus the… Read More

  • Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Amid news that Apple Music is getting a makeover come this summer, Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university. That means in the U.S. Read More

  • Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    You may remember Launcher as the once-banned iOS widget that Apple booted from the App Store after its approval, then months later allowed back in. The problem Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget provider — the app by itself didn’t offer any standalone functionality beyond widget configuration. Today, Launcher is out with its… Read More

  • Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to switch off the automatic, default setting then choose either a higher or… Read More

  • Time to debut its own streaming service focused on celeb & pop culture

    Time to debut its own streaming service focused on celeb & pop culture

    There’s been an explosion of niche, over-the-top video streaming services in recent months, as consumers cut the cord with traditional pay TV in favor of videos they can watch at any time on any device. Today, yet another over-the-top service is making its debut – this one from Time, Inc. which is introducing the blandly titled “People/Entertainment Weekly Network.”… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands… Read More

  • Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles – basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page. Now, we’re able to see what these profiles look like as they’ve been spotted in the wild. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small group of users, offer a variety of useful features for those who run a… Read More

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