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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  • Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Lost Item Tracker Tile Locates $3 Million More In Series A Funding From Khosla Ventures

    Tile, the square-shaped lost item tracker that attaches to everything from bikes to bags to key chains and more and then helps you locate those items if lost or stolen through a mobile app, has now raised an additional $3 million. The new funding comes from Khosla Ventures, and is an extension to the $13 million Series A Tile raised last fall to fund its international expansion and Android… Read More

  • eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    eBay Brings Its Online Marketplace To The Apple Watch

    Ebay today is launching its first attempt at building a smartwatch experience for users of the Apple Watch with the debut of a new app that allows both buyers and sellers to receive updates and alerts related to items they’re tracking on eBay’s marketplace. The company has previously tested similar concepts with apps for competing smartwatch platforms, including Samsung Gear… Read More

  • Apple iPad Gets Split-Screen Multitasking In iOS 9

    Apple iPad Gets Split-Screen Multitasking In iOS 9

    Apple is looking to make iPads more functional devices for business productivity with a new split-screen app mode which allows iPad users to run two different apps side-by-side. This sort of feature is something Microsoft has previously used to target the iPad in its advertisements, which highlighted its own Surface tablet as something that’s better for those doing “real work”… Read More

  • Apple Lets You Search Within Apps With A Deep Link Search API In IOS 9

    Apple Lets You Search Within Apps With A Deep Link Search API In IOS 9

    Apple’s ongoing work to improve its search features got a big boost on mobile today: Apple launched a search API for iOS 9 that will be based around deep linking technology. This will let developers index and link out their apps, making their content discoverable through the native search experience on iOS 9. In other words, you will now be able to search on  your phone not just for… Read More

  • Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Comscore’s Latest Says Apple Top Smartphone OEM, But Android Still Top Platform In U.S.

    Ahead of Apple’s WWDC event, analytics firm comScore released on Friday a new report detailing Apple’s mobile operating system iOS’s growth in the U.S. market. The reported noted that, in April, Apple ranked at the top smartphone manufacturer with a 43.1 percent market share, up from 41.3 percent in January. The next largest OEM was Samsung, with a 28.6 percent share, down… Read More

  • Showtime’s Standalone Streaming Service Coming To Roku, PlayStation Vue

    Showtime’s Standalone Streaming Service Coming To Roku, PlayStation Vue

    When Showtime debuted its standalone streaming service aimed at cord cutters last week, there was some speculation that Apple had scored another exclusive for its platform, similar to its deal with HBO NOW, as Showtime noted it would initially be available on Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV. It appears that Showtime was not locked into an exclusive deal after all… Read More

  • In Partnership With Postmates, Apple Expands Same-Day Delivery To Its Web Store

    In Partnership With Postmates, Apple Expands Same-Day Delivery To Its Web Store

    In late May, Apple began offering same-day delivery of the various products and accessories it sells through its Apple Store app on mobile devices through a partnership with on-demand delivery startup Postmates. Now, that same option is being made available to consumers shopping on Apple’s web store. In select ZIP codes where Postmates operates, online shoppers will see a new delivery… Read More

  • Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Annotation Service Genius Rolls Out An API With Instapaper As Its Debut Partner

    Online annotation platform Genius, which originally began as a way to mark up rap lyrics before expanding to support any page on the web, is now making its service – including its collection of annotations and musical metadata – available to third-party developers for use in their own applications. The first partner to take advantage of the new API is Betaworks, which… Read More

  • PayPal Claims It Will Allow Customers To Opt-Out Of Robocalls And Texts Permitted In New Policy

    PayPal Claims It Will Allow Customers To Opt-Out Of Robocalls And Texts Permitted In New Policy

    PayPal this week caused an uproar when it rolled out an updated user agreement that added a clause that allowed the company to pester users with robocalls and text messages – not only to the number they provided PayPal, but also to other numbers PayPal is able to obtain. While PayPal at times may need to call or text you regarding account activity or to settle disputes, the new… Read More

  • Yahoo Sunsets Yahoo Pipes, An IFTTT Precursor, Along With Yahoo Maps And More

    Yahoo Sunsets Yahoo Pipes, An IFTTT Precursor, Along With Yahoo Maps And More

    Before there were tools like IFTTT, which lets you mash up data from web services along with other content in new ways, there was Yahoo Pipes, an online (and somewhat geeky) visual interface that let you aggregate and filter web data without requiring the end user to have programming skills. But now Yahoo Pipes is being laid to rest. The service will soon close down, along with… Read More

  • eBay Valet Launches A Clothing Resale Service Focused On High-End Brands

    eBay Valet Launches A Clothing Resale Service Focused On High-End Brands

    Ebay today is expanding its professional selling service known as eBay Valet, where select, pre-approved Bay sellers will handle listing, selling and shipping items on consumers’ behalf in exchange for a split of the sales. The service will now accept high-end clothing, the company says, marking eBay’s desire to compete with a growing number of e-commerce sites and online… Read More

  • WantList, A Tinder For Shopping, Arrives On iOS And Apple Watch

    WantList, A Tinder For Shopping, Arrives On iOS And Apple Watch

    London-headquartered fashion shopping site Styloko, whose image recognition technology helps women find similar products to those they like at better prices, today begins testing the concept that online shopping is an activity that will take place across all platforms, including on the Apple Watch. With its new iOS app called WantList, launching now, Styloko has simplified fashion discovery… Read More

  • Tumblr Debuts Its Own GIF Search Engine

    Tumblr Debuts Its Own GIF Search Engine

    Tumblr this morning is rolling out a new feature designed to take advantage of the extensive collection of GIFs hosted on its service: a GIF search engine. The news follows that of Facebook’s decision to officially support the animated file format on users’ Timelines, announced last week. With Tumblr’s implementation, web users will now be able to more easily locate GIFs… Read More

  • Opener For iOS Lets You Open Web Links In Your Apps Instead

    Opener For iOS Lets You Open Web Links In Your Apps Instead

    If you’re a nerdy sort of iPhone user, then you know the frustration that comes from tapping a link on the web and then being directed to some crappy mobile website for the app instead of the lovely, native version you already have installed on your phone. For example, a link in a news article referencing a tweet might take you to Twitter’s mobile site instead of the Twitter app. Read More

  • Showtime Debuts A Standalone Streaming Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Showtime Debuts A Standalone Streaming Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Showtime will be following in HBO’s footsteps with the debut of a standalone streaming service aimed at cord cutters, which will allow customers to subscribe to the network’s programming for a monthly fee of $10.99. The service will initially be available in July exclusively to Apple customers by way of iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple TV, in addition to the web. Unlike with HBO… Read More

  • Re:quest Offers A Faster Way To Respond To Messages On Apple Watch And iPhone

    Re:quest Offers A Faster Way To Respond To Messages On Apple Watch And iPhone

    If you’ve ever gotten stuck messaging friends back and forth just to get the answer to a simple question, a new iPhone and Apple Watch application called Re:quest wants to help. Designed to eliminate circular conversations that seem to go nowhere, Re:quest instead offers a simple way to send a friend a set of answers to a question you pose which they can choose from with just a tap. Read More

  • Skype Patches The Bug Causing Its App To Crash After Users Received A Simple Message

    Skype Patches The Bug Causing Its App To Crash After Users Received A Simple Message

    Skype today has rolled out a fix for the bug that has been causing its client software applications to repeatedly crash if users received a particular string of characters as a message. If someone messaged you with the characters “http://” (without the quotes), Skype would crash and then not allow you to sign in again upon re-opening the application. News of the… Read More

  • Amazon Turns Its Boxes Into Ads With First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Deal For “Minions” Movie

    Amazon Turns Its Boxes Into Ads With First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Deal For “Minions” Movie

    Forget billboards or magazine ads. If an advertiser wants to put its brand in front of a big audience today, you may as well slap that ad on an Amazon shipping box. Or, at least, that’s the mindset behind the new partnership between Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment and Amazon. The retailer has begun to ship customer orders in bright yellow delivery boxes featuring… Read More

  • Facebook Tests “Saved Replies,” A Tool That Lets Pages Respond To Customers With Canned Messages

    Facebook Tests “Saved Replies,” A Tool That Lets Pages Respond To Customers With Canned Messages

    Facebook is testing a new feature called “Saved Replies,” which will allow business Page owners the ability to write, save and then re-use canned messages when communicating with their customers over Facebook. The addition will save businesses time when handling incoming customer service inquires and responding to other customer feedback via the site. The feature, which is… Read More

  • AppFigures Debuts Its Own App For Tracking App Store Performance

    AppFigures Debuts Its Own App For Tracking App Store Performance

    App store intelligence platform appFigures today rolled out a new iOS app that will allow app developers to track their own apps’ performance, including things like downloads, revenue and app store reviews. The launch is a long time coming for the app tracking firm, which previously offered its API to several third-party app publishers instead of focusing on its own native mobile… Read More

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