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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  • Celebrating Its Golden Globes Wins, Amazon Will Drop Prime Membership To $73 This Weekend

    Celebrating Its Golden Globes Wins, Amazon Will Drop Prime Membership To $73 This Weekend

    In what’s becoming something of a tradition for the online retailer, Amazon has again dropped the cost of its Amazon Prime membership to celebrate the success of its Amazon Studios division at an industry awards show. Specifically, the company is touting its two new Golden Globe wins for “Mozart in the Jungle” by temporarily discounting Amazon Prime to $73 starting on… Read More

  • Dashlane’s Redesigned Software Can Now Automatically Update Your Passwords Across 500 Websites

    Dashlane’s Redesigned Software Can Now Automatically Update Your Passwords Across 500 Websites

    Dashlane, a password manager application that competes with the likes of 1Password and LastPass, among others, has just rolled out a significant update which not only gives the software a new look-and-feel, but also makes it capable of automatically updating your passwords on over 500 websites, thanks to the additional support for 300 more sites included in this release. The introduction… Read More

  • Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo announced this morning that it’s making the largest-ever machine learning dataset available to the academic research community through its ongoing program, Yahoo Labs Webscope. The new dataset measures a whopping 13.5 TB (uncompressed) in size, and consists of anonymized user interaction data. Specifically, it contains interactions from about 20 million users from February… Read More

  • Live Photos Support Coming To Messages On Mac

    Live Photos Support Coming To Messages On Mac

    The latest version of Apple’s El Capitan operating system for Mac, which was released into beta just this week, will bring support for Live Photos to the desktop through Mac’s Messages application. Previously, Mac users could only view these animated photos in Apple’s Photos app, but now they’ll be able to be viewed and shared over iMessage as well, according to… Read More

  • Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Despite a late arrival to the wearables market, Apple claimed the top spot in terms of device sales, according to new research from Juniper out this week, which stated that the Apple Watch accounted for over 50 percent of smartwatch sales in 2015. Even more impressive is the fact Apple’s Watch only launched at the end of April – meaning it claimed the majority of the market… Read More

  • Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Following yesterday’s news of its planned support for group calling on mobile, Skype just launched an integration with Microsoft’s mobile email and calendar application, Outlook. In the updated iOS app, a new setting allows you to turn on a “Skype Meeting” option when you’re either creating or editing an event within Outlook. By doing so, Outlook… Read More

  • HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More

    HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More

    HBO’s quest to more directly compete with streaming service rivals like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu is kicking off this week, with the company’s launch of a new “Kids” section in its mobile application and the rollout of new children’s programming on its TV network. At launch, the Kids section will feature popular kids shows like “Sesame Street,”… Read More

  • App Annie Adds Support For Apple TV Apps, Including A “Top Charts” Section

    App Annie Adds Support For Apple TV Apps, Including A “Top Charts” Section

    Curious to see which apps are in the Top Charts on the Apple TV App Store, without having to actually browse to that section on Apple’s new media player? Starting today, you can get this information more easily, thanks to App Annie’s addition of Apple TV data in its Store Stats product, which now tracks the top free, paid and top grossing apps on the Apple TV App Store. The… Read More

  • Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Skype announced today the launch of free group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 mobile devices. The feature has been available for a couple of years on the desktop, for both Mac and PC, but had yet to make its way to mobile. Read More

  • VLC Arrives On Apple TV With Support For Casting, Playback Of Local And Network Files

    VLC Arrives On Apple TV With Support For Casting, Playback Of Local And Network Files

    VLC, the popular video-playing software offering support for a wide range of media formats, is now available for Apple TV. For those with large video collections, that means you’ll be able to play your files on your TV’s big screen without having to convert them to a supported format. One of the more notable features in the new release is that the VLC app now supports… Read More

  • Microsoft Today Ends Support For Windows 8, Old Versions Of Internet Explorer

    Microsoft Today Ends Support For Windows 8, Old Versions Of Internet Explorer

    Microsoft’s push towards Windows 10 continues. Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, IE 8, IE 9, and IE 10. For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. That  could potentially expose a… Read More

  • Apple Now Lets Developers Track Their Apple TV Apps’ Analytics Data

    Apple Now Lets Developers Track Their Apple TV Apps’ Analytics Data

    Along with the release of new versions of its software across all of its platforms yesterday, Apple also rolled out a change that will have a major impact on those publishers building apps for Apple TV. Developers are now able to track analytics data related to their apps’ performance on the new streaming media player, which, with the launch of the fourth generation Apple TV, now… Read More

  • Apple Rolls Out New Betas Across Its Platforms

    Apple Rolls Out New Betas Across Its Platforms

    Happy Monday from Apple! The company has just rolled out new software betas for each of platforms, including the desktop (El Capitan 10.11.4), mobile (iOS 9.3), Apple TV (tvOS 9.2), and Apple Watch (watchOS 2.2). Beta releases for Apple Configurator 2.2 and Xcode 7.3 also became available at the same time. Some of the standout features included in the upgrades is the new ability to support… Read More

  • Netflix CEO Says Account Sharing Is OK

    Netflix CEO Says Account Sharing Is OK

    Remember when HBO’s CEO said the company was cool with users sharing their HBO GO passwords? Well, apparently, Netflix feels the same way. In an under-the-radar announcement from last week’s CES – likely dwarfed by news of Netflix’s global expansion – Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that consumers sharing Netflix account information was “a positive… Read More

  • The White House Joins Snapchat

    The White House Joins Snapchat

    After expanding access to President Obama’s State of the Union address by making it available on Amazon for on-demand streaming, the White House is now targeting the younger demographic with the launch of an official account on social media service Snapchat. White House’s director of product management Josh Miller cited Snapchat’s strong user numbers – including over… Read More

  • Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Following news of last night’s Golden Globes wins, Amazon has now taken another step to establish itself as a streaming media competitor worth notice: for the first time, the company will now make President Obama’s State of the Union address available for on-demand streaming through its Amazon Instant Video service, says White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman. The… Read More

  • Streaming Services Dominate 2016 Golden Globes, But Amazon Takes The Win

    Streaming Services Dominate 2016 Golden Globes, But Amazon Takes The Win

    Streaming services showed up in force for Sunday night’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards, but it was Amazon’s year to shine. Though Netflix had led the pack this year with a total of eight nominations – even beating out HBO – the streaming service didn’t take home the top prize in any of the categories it competed in. Instead, it was Amazon that was tonight’s… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Insole Maker SOLS Lays Off 20 Percent Of Staff

    3D-Printed Insole Maker SOLS Lays Off 20 Percent Of Staff

    SOLS, a company using 3D-printing technology to make custom shoe insoles, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce, or 14 employees in total across all teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. The staff reductions come just ahead of a forthcoming product announcement due in a few weeks, as well as further efforts aimed at broadening SOLS’ product offerings, says co-founder and CEO Kegan… Read More

  • Report: NFL Will Live-Stream All London Games, Bidders Include Apple & Google

    Report: NFL Will Live-Stream All London Games, Bidders Include Apple & Google

    The NFL continues to embrace streaming as it furthers its attempts to reach a generation of fans who don’t necessarily tune in through traditional TV viewing. In addition to today’s news that all of the 2015 NFL postseason games will be streamed live online and on mobile, a new Reuters report has surfaced which indicates the NFL plans to live-stream all three of the games… Read More

  • YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube will be joining Netflix and Amazon with support for HDR (high dynamic range) video, the company announced this week at CES 2016. The news was briefly mentioned during an onstage conversation about 360-degree video taking place between Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, and VRSE CEO Chris Milk. Along with the news of a partnership between GoPro… Read More

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