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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  • For Two New Apps Called “Push” And “Drop,” The Push Notification Is The App

    For Two New Apps Called “Push” And “Drop,” The Push Notification Is The App

    Two new applications, Drop and Push, want to save you from having to download multiple news apps or browse dozens of websites just to keep up with the topics that interest you. But what makes these two apps different, when compared with news aggregators or other mobile news readers (aka RSS readers), is that they primarily function via push notifications. Read More

  • Lyve’s New App Lets You Access All Your Photos And Videos From Any Device You Own

    Lyve’s New App Lets You Access All Your Photos And Videos From Any Device You Own

    Accessing your entire photo and video collection from any device can still be a challenge today, especially if you have your media spread out across a variety of local hard drives as well as various cloud services where you have to pay for storage – potentially limiting how much of your collection is hosted online at any given time. Lyve Minds, which launched its first product –… Read More

  • Discoverly Debuts A Gmail Plugin That Makes Up For What Rapportive Users Lost

    Discoverly Debuts A Gmail Plugin That Makes Up For What Rapportive Users Lost

    Since being acquired by LinkedIn, things have not been going well for Rapportive, the handy Gmail widget that shows your contacts’ social accounts and updates in Gmail’s sidebar. LinkedIn, in the spirit of making the Rapportive app more favorable to its own network, ripped out much of the functionality that made it popular in the first place. But today, an alternative to Rapportive… Read More

  • Months After Its “Upgrade,” Simple’s Online Bank Is Still Broken

    Months After Its “Upgrade,” Simple’s Online Bank Is Still Broken

    Simple is no longer “simple.” Nearly two months after an upgrade to its systems and infrastructure, online banking service Simple is still recovering from a series of glitches that have affected every aspect of money management from bill payments to being able to see a correct available balance to refund delays, credits appearing as debits, and much more. Read More

  • Tinder Spammers Move To SMS After Improvements To Dating App’s Security

    Tinder Spammers Move To SMS After Improvements To Dating App’s Security

    Dating app Tinder for a long time had been flooded with spam bots – fake accounts that flirt with users in order to redirect them to adult sites, and yes, take their money. This summer, security firm Symantec detailed the spam bot problem, and later, Tinder addressed the issue with a technical update. That update, it appears, was effective at cutting down the in-app spam. However, it… Read More

  • Moonfrye Debuts Its Latest App, A Party Planning Mobile Shop Called P.S. XO

    Moonfrye Debuts Its Latest App, A Party Planning Mobile Shop Called P.S. XO

    Moonfrye, the family oriented startup best known as the company co-founded by former child star Soleil Moon Frye (aka TV’s “Punky Brewster”) has officially launched its second product, P.S. XO. Now available on the iPhone and iPad, the P.S. XO app allows consumers to take care of party planning activities directly from their mobile phone or tablet, including things like… Read More

  • With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    With Its iOS Update, StumbleUpon Becomes A Mobile Chat App

    StumbleUpon, an older web brand still best known for its content discovery service that helps introduce web surfers to new and interesting websites (or maybe for getting bought, then sold again, by eBay), is now taking a big step to make its app more relevant for the mobile era. In an update to the StumbleUpon iOS app out now, the company is introducing social chatting. The chatting aspect is… Read More

  • Google Hangouts Is Now A Dedicated App For Chrome OS And Windows PCs

    Google Hangouts Is Now A Dedicated App For Chrome OS And Windows PCs

    Google wants to make it easier and faster for customers to use its free video and voice chat service Hangouts, which is why this morning it is rolling out a new Hangouts Chrome App for Chrome OS and Windows PCs. (No word yet on Mac support). The app lets you use Hangouts alongside whatever else you’re doing on your computer, instead of having Hangouts buried within a sea of browser tabs. Read More

  • Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

    Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing lessons Google provides overlaps with the company’s larger agenda. “We… Read More

  • Bark & Co. Debuts Its First E-Commerce Site With Doggie Destination BarkShop

    Bark & Co. Debuts Its First E-Commerce Site With Doggie Destination BarkShop

    Bark & Co., the company behind a series of doggie-themed services, including subscription-based goodie boxes (BarkBox), vets-on-demand (BarkCare, on hold), a content site (BarkPost), and mobile apps (BarkBuddy, BarkCam) has now rolled out its next doggie destination with the launch of e-commerce site BarkShop. The online shop features a variety of dog products, including toys, treats… Read More

  • 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

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