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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  • Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    Personalized News-Reading App Pipes Now Smartly Summarizes Articles, Without The Help Of Editors

    A personalized news reading app, Pipes, is now offering summaries of news stories to save mobile readers time while trying to catch up on-the-go. This is a big shift for the app, which launched earlier this year to offer a more mainstream-friendly way of consuming news and other topical information from a variety of sources, without having to understand the technicalities of using RSS or… Read More

  • Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

    Roku Now Offers Screen Mirroring For Android And Windows 8.1 Users

    Roku announced this morning it’s rolling out screen mirroring functionality in beta for “a select number” of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. The feature will allow these users to quickly mirror content on their devices to the big screen, including videos, apps, websites and more. The functionality is only being supported in the company’s Roku 3 or Roku Streaming… Read More

  • LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    LinkedIn-Owned SlideShare Gets Its First iOS App

    Better late than never? LinkedIn this morning announced it has at last rolled out the first-ever iOS app for SlideShare, the presentation and content-sharing platform it acquired back in 2012. The new app was built using Swift and is optimized to work on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s… Read More

  • A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

    Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

  • Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

    Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

    Inbox, the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email’s aging underpinnings, is today taking steps to make it even easier for developers to get started with the launch of open source email apps. The company is also announcing the pricing for its hosted version of the Inbox API for the first time… Read More

  • Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

    Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release

    Tile, the lost-item tracker that raised millions in crowdfunding wants to give objects a voice by connecting them to the web. To capitalize on the growing demand for Tile’s small, square-shaped devices that attach to bags, bikes, keychains and more, the company has raised $13 million in funding, in a $9.5 million Series A round led by GGV Capital, a firm known for its global ties, and… Read More

  • Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

    Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More

  • Noice Lets You Send Emoji With Sounds To Friends’ Phones

    Noice Lets You Send Emoji With Sounds To Friends’ Phones

    Yes, my friends, there is an app more annoying than Yo. If having your phone randomly shout “Yo!” at you (or “Hodor!,” if you preferred the spin-offs) drove you batty, wait until you get ahold of this: Noice, an app that lets you communicate using only emoji and sounds. Really! OK, OK, I kid. Noice is actually kind of fun, in a very juvenile, very silly way. In… Read More

  • Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

    Bellabeat Debuts A Trio Of Health-Tracking Products For Moms-To-Be And Beyond, Including Jewelry, A Monitor And A Smart Scale

    Fitness-minded individuals have devices like the Fitbit to track their steps and activities. Expectant mothers have Bellabeat. The startup has been selling a low-cost “connected system” that allows moms-to-be to track their pregnancies, including being able to hear, record and share their baby’s heartbeat via a pocket-sized ultrasound tool. Today, the company is releasing a… Read More

  • Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Picks Up $6 Million More

    Cooking Site And Online Shop Food52 Picks Up $6 Million More

    Crowdsourced cooking and commerce site Food52 has extended its runaway a bit, picking up $6 million in additional funding in a round that’s being characterized as the company’s “Series A-1.” The round is led by Alex Zubillaga of investment firm 14W, who is now joining Food52’s board. Other investors include the Scripps Network Interactive (the parent company… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

    Online consignment shops operate in a crowded market these days with a range of stores offering everything from eBay-like, peer-to-peer sales of clothes bought at The Gap and Target to high-end stores where luxury goods are authenticated, approved and sold on your behalf. One company making a dent on the latter side of that spectrum is Shop-Hers, a marketplace for luxury goods boasting… Read More

  • Free Consumer Credit Monitoring Company Credit Karma Raises $75M, Now Valued At Over $1 Billion

    Free Consumer Credit Monitoring Company Credit Karma Raises $75M, Now Valued At Over $1 Billion

    A consumer-facing credit monitoring startup, Credit Karma, is now worth more than a billion dollars following a new round of funding. The company announced this morning it has raised an additional $75 million in growth funding from Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, and Susquehanna Growth Equity. The new round comes 8 months after its Series C – a time when Credit Karma’s… Read More

  • iOS App Store’s “Trending Searches” Section Shows Evidence Of Gaming

    iOS App Store’s “Trending Searches” Section Shows Evidence Of Gaming

    A new feature in Apple’s App Store for iOS 8 is a search section which displays “trending” searches below the search box – an area meant to highlight the popular apps of the moment. However, from an analysis of the apps which have been appearing on this page since its public debut, it seems some app publishers have already figured out how to game the system for their… Read More

  • Apple Rejects Launcher, The App That Lets You Launch Other Apps From iOS 8 Notification Center

    Apple Rejects Launcher, The App That Lets You Launch Other Apps From iOS 8 Notification Center

    Apple doesn’t care for apps that let you launch other apps directly from the Notification Center, and has pulled one of the first apps to take advantage of this new functionality now available in iOS 8 from the iTunes App Store. We took a look at Launcher, the app in question, last week, and found it to be a convenient and clever way to access your favorite apps or common actions… Read More

  • Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    Led By Pixar Alums, ToyTalk Launches Its First Paid Kids App, Begins To License Tech

    ToyTalk, the makers of kids entertainment applications for iPad, has just released its first paid application with the launch of a character-driven touch and play app called SpeakaLegend. But the team may have even bigger news on the way in the form of licensing deals for its speech recognition tech with some of the best-known children’s brands, we hear. This startup is a fascinating… Read More

  • Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes Get Digitized In A Clever New App From 3M

    Post-it Notes may be a product of the analog era, but they continue to stick around – literally, that is – covering walls, windows, monitor screens and more, remaining an office worker’s go-to-tool for small scribbles, quick thoughts, and ideas. Now the company behind Post-it, 3M, is hoping to port Post-it notes to the small screen, with a new mobile app that lets you… Read More

  • Yahoo To Shut Down Qwiki, Yahoo Education And The Yahoo Directory

    Yahoo To Shut Down Qwiki, Yahoo Education And The Yahoo Directory

    Yahoo announced today it’s shuttering a handful of products, including Qwiki, a mobile app Yahoo acquired last July for $50 million, which helps users create movies from the photos and videos in their Camera Roll. Also getting the boot are Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users to educational content and providers, as well as Yahoo Directory, the 20-year old listing of… Read More

  • Hostel Rocket Arrives On Mobile, Making It Easy To Book Hostel Stays Worldwide

    Hostel Rocket Arrives On Mobile, Making It Easy To Book Hostel Stays Worldwide

    A Durham, North Carolina-based startup called Hostel Rocket wants to make it easier for travelers who prefer the low-cost accommodations provided by hostels to find available rooms, view photos, descriptions, reviews and schedule bookings from either the web or their mobile phones. Though the startup only launched to the public this July, the site has already seen over a million visitors… Read More

  • Pinterest To Launch New Ad Targeting And Conversion Tracking Features

    Pinterest To Launch New Ad Targeting And Conversion Tracking Features

    Pinterest may still be a relatively young social network, compared to rivals like Facebook and Twitter, but its advertising products are quickly catching up to the rest of the market. The company recently quietly announced that it will soon offer new conversion tracking and audience targeting features to its advertisers which will allow them to better understand how Promoted Pins affect… Read More

  • Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Amazon’s Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover

    Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March. This week, Goodreads rolled out a significant redesign on iOS (coming soon to Android) – something regular Goodreads users have wanted for some time. Now, instead of having you land on an outdated, grid-like homescreen when the app is first launched… Read More

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