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.

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  • Drifty Grabs $2.6 Million To Turn Web Developers Into Mobile App Makers

    Drifty Grabs $2.6 Million To Turn Web Developers Into Mobile App Makers

    Drifty, a company that has been making it possible for web developers to build and publish native mobile applications that can then be published to the major app stores, including Apple’s iTunes, Amazon’s Appstore and Google Play, has now raised an additional $2.6 million led by Lightbank in Chicago. The new funding comes after the startup has seen significant uptake of… Read More

  • Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

    Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

    Flipboard, an online and mobile service that allows readers to explore content from around the web in a beautiful magazine-style layout as well as create topical, mobile magazines of their own, is today expanding its curation abilities with the debut of “Private Group Magazines.” As the name implies, these new magazines will only be visible to those members of a private group… Read More

  • GitHub Continues To Face Evolving DDoS Attack

    GitHub Continues To Face Evolving DDoS Attack

    Online code repository GitHub continues to face a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Monday, which the company reported is the largest attack in GitHub.com’s history. The attack began on Thursday and still continues, according to GitHub’s status page and Twitter accounts, though the company says now that all its systems are reporting at 100%. However, the… Read More

  • Tumblr’s Mobile App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr’s Mobile App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for iOS, posts that link to those sites as well as DoSomething.org will now automatically be given buttons that let others “Buy,”… Read More

  • The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

  • Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of information, like a phone number or email, is today launching out of beta with a new twist. Read More

  • Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

    A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different take on the concept: instead of trying to compete with LinkedIn directly, its service offers… Read More

  • Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Zumper’s New App Lets You Submit Rental Applications From Your iPhone

    Real estate startup Zumper, which offers tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters, has today released a new mobile application that allows users to fill out their rental applications – including pulling their Experian credit report – right from their iPhone. The company, which says it’s now seeing over a million monthly visits from web and… Read More

  • We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

    We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

    We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards. In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning them into collages or art for their bedroom walls. In today’s digital age, teen girls… Read More

  • Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of select markets, has also recently expanded to include a… Read More

  • Product Hunt Brings Its Popular New Product Finder To Your Chrome Browser

    Product Hunt Brings Its Popular New Product Finder To Your Chrome Browser

    Product Hunt, the popular and growing community focused on finding the best new products, has today rolled out an improved version of its Chrome extension, which allows you to hunt, interact with and search for new products right from your web browser. The update offers a different way to interact with Product Hunt’s service, allowing you to both passively keep track of products through… Read More

  • Mac Calendar App Fantastical Gets An Upgrade And A Bigger Price Tag

    Mac Calendar App Fantastical Gets An Upgrade And A Bigger Price Tag

    Fantastical, one of the more popular calendaring applications designed for Apple users on iOS and Mac, has this morning rolled out its long-anticipated upgrade to its Mac app with the release of Fantastical 2. The upgraded app has been designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite, and supports a number of Yosemite features, including a Today Widget, Action and Share extensions, and Handoff support… Read More

  • Fan TV’s New App Is A Must-Have For Cord Cutters

    Fan TV’s New App Is A Must-Have For Cord Cutters

    As a cord cutter, one of the ongoing challenges is figuring out which shows and movies are available for streaming on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and others, and which are only available as paid downloads. A company called Fan TV is today introducing a new mobile application that will go a long way to help address this problem, by allowing you to search and save… Read More

  • LogMeIn’s Rescue Lens Lets Customer Support Reps See The Problem Through Your Smartphone’s Camera

    LogMeIn’s Rescue Lens Lets Customer Support Reps See The Problem Through Your Smartphone’s Camera

    LogMeIn, the makers of a variety of remote access solutions for business and personal use, is today launching a new service that will allow any company to provide video-assisted customer support, using only the camera on a customer’s iOS or Android mobile device. The idea is that a customer support representative would be able to tap into a live feed in order to remotely help with… Read More

  • Tandem Lane’s App Makes It Easy To Share Photos Offline

    Tandem Lane’s App Makes It Easy To Share Photos Offline

    Because grandma and grandpa may not be using Facebook, a new startup called Tandem Lane is launching a mobile application today that allows families to stay better connected with members of the older generation by turning photos into beautiful and fun postcards you can mail to anyone for a small fee. The idea is to help people share their favorite moments with others offline just as quickly… Read More

  • Amazon Updates Fire TV Lineup With Support For USB Storage, Wireless Headphones And More

    Amazon Updates Fire TV Lineup With Support For USB Storage, Wireless Headphones And More

    Amazon announced this morning that its streaming media players Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick will be soon receiving a software update that will deliver a series of new features, including support for expandable USB storage and wireless Bluetooth headphones on the Fire TV, the ability to watch via Wi-Fi that requires authentication on both devices, and more. Additionally, the company says… Read More

  • Rue La La’s Founder Returns With M.Gemi, Direct-To-Consumer Italian Footwear

    Rue La La’s Founder Returns With M.Gemi, Direct-To-Consumer Italian Footwear

    Serial entrepreneur and the former founder and CEO of the members-only shopping site Rue La La, Ben Fischman, is back today with a new startup in the e-commerce space. Called M.Gemi and backed by $14 million in seed and Series A funding, the new company is focused on reinventing the women’s luxury footwear industry by giving factories in Italy the ability to sell handcrafted shoes… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

    Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

    Prime Music, Amazon’s free music streaming service for Prime members, has been upgraded on mobile today with a new feature that will see the service better competing with similar offerings like Pandora or iTunes Radio, for example. The company has now introduced “Prime Stations” for users of its iOS application, which are are ad-free streaming music stations that offer… Read More

  • Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

    Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

    Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share to Instagram, Facebook, or elsewhere. Collage-making is already a popular activity on… Read More

  • Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    A forthcoming feature arriving in the next version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 8.3, could make it easier for developers of free applications to acquire new users. Thanks to a new option found under the “iTunes & App Store” section with the iOS Settings application, iOS device owners will be able to disable the password requirement for free apps and other downloads. Read More

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