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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  • HotelsByDay Lets Travelers Book Daytime Hotel Rooms For Less Than Overnight Stays

    HotelsByDay Lets Travelers Book Daytime Hotel Rooms For Less Than Overnight Stays

    A new travel technology company called HotelsByDay wants to offer a new option for those looking for a place to work or unwind during their trips, when they don’t need to book a full overnight stay at a hotel. As you may have guessed by the name, the company is attempting to break open a new category in lodging: hotel rooms you can book by the day, for roughly 40 percent less than… Read More

  • Facebook Adds A New Way To Sell Items In Groups

    Facebook Adds A New Way To Sell Items In Groups

    Facebook on Tuesday announced the addition of a new feature for Facebook Groups designed to make it easier for members of a “For Sale” group to list their items. The new “Sell” feature, which is now starting to roll out globally to more groups, will allow members to create a post where you can add a description of the item for sale, set a price and set a pick-up or… Read More

  • L.A.-Based Valet Parking App CurbStand Acquires Competitor Curby

    L.A.-Based Valet Parking App CurbStand Acquires Competitor Curby

    Two L.A.-based valet parking apps are joining forces today, with news that the quickly growing app maker CurbStand is acquiring its close competitor Curby, whose technology will now be integrated into a future product release. While both teams had built apps that let consumers request their car and pay their valet through their smartphone, Curby’s appeal was in the enterprise side of… Read More

  • ScreenPop, Backed By $3.2 Million, Lets You Message Friends From Your Phone’s Lockscreen

    ScreenPop, Backed By $3.2 Million, Lets You Message Friends From Your Phone’s Lockscreen

    Locket, the makers of a mobile application that brings personalized news and other stories to your Android phone’s lockscreen is out today with a new lockscreen-based messaging application called ScreenPop. The new app, which grew to 15,000 users during two months of beta testing, is designed to allow anyone to send photos, doodles, emoji and more after just a quick swipe on their… Read More

  • Amazon’s Newest Tool Lets Anyone Host Giveaways Online

    Amazon’s Newest Tool Lets Anyone Host Giveaways Online

    Amazon announced this morning a new self-service tool that allows customers to host giveaways on its website. Anyone is eligible to run these sorts of promotions on the platform, though in Amazon’s case, the feature will likely attract authors, marketers, brands, bloggers, sellers and others looking to raise awareness about themselves, their products, or those who want to engage… Read More

  • Bottlenose Scores $13.4M To Help Enterprises Spot Emerging Trends And Threats In Real-Time

    Bottlenose Scores $13.4M To Help Enterprises Spot Emerging Trends And Threats In Real-Time

    Bottlenose, a big data analytics firm which likens itself to “a real-time Palantir,” referencing its focus on tracking, filtering and analyzing stream data, has raised $13.4 million in Series B funding, an SEC filing shows and the company now confirms. The round was led by KPMG Capital, a new fund created by KPMG International to invest in data and analytics globally. Bottlenose… Read More

  • Kanvas’s Mobile Photo Sharing App Lets You Make Your Own GIFs, Flipbooks And More

    Kanvas’s Mobile Photo Sharing App Lets You Make Your Own GIFs, Flipbooks And More

    Kanvas, a photo-sharing app designed to allow self-expression and creativity via simple tools for editing and enhancing photos, is relaunching today on the iOS App Store with a new version that the company likens to what a “mobile-first Tumblr” would look like, if it had been started today. Today the app, which has also just topped a million installs, offers the ability to post… Read More

  • Scammers Now Targeting Anthem Data Breach Victims Via Email And Phone

    Scammers Now Targeting Anthem Data Breach Victims Via Email And Phone

    A one-two punch for the victims of the Anthem data breach: individuals who were impacted by the massive cyber attack on the health insurance provider which affected up to 80 million Americans, are now being warned that they’re being targeted by scammers who are trying trick the victims into revealing additional personal information. Scammers are running email phishing campaigns, and… Read More

  • Trellie Is Launching A Smart Jewelry “Starter Kit” This Spring With Dozens Of Accessories

    Trellie Is Launching A Smart Jewelry “Starter Kit” This Spring With Dozens Of Accessories

    Wearables for women are already having a big year. Companies like smart ring maker Ringly and jewelry maker Cuff have both raised significant rounds of new funding in early 2015, as they work to bring their attractive smart jewelry to the mainstream. Now, a new competitor Trellie is poised to enter the space this spring, thanks to a newly inked design and distribution partnership with a… Read More

  • The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 2: Shaving The Cord And Cheating)

    The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 2: Shaving The Cord And Cheating)

    2015 is the year I finally cut the cord with cable TV. No more flipping through programs mindlessly, no more massive lineup of channels I never watch, no more DVR’ing. In doing so, I’ve been determined to rely on streaming-only services for access to TV and movies, and my current lineup today includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Hulu, with the occasional movie rental… Read More

  • Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

    Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

    Google is rolling out a “Local Guides” program in an update to Google Maps – a move that seemingly sees the company taking on “Yelp’s Elites” – that is, Yelp’s program where local users gain the status of tastemaker and get invited to special events and parties. Google introduced Local Guides last month by way of a Google+ post, which then… Read More

  • Drone Maker DJI Rolls Back Buggy Update That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White House Crash

    Drone Maker DJI Rolls Back Buggy Update That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White House Crash

    DJI, the maker of the drone which crashed on the White House lawn last month, is rolling back the software update that was designed to prevent flights over much of Washington D.C., citing “a small number of reported issues” with the software download. The update was pushed out fairly quickly after the national security incident, and used geo-fencing to prevent drones from taking… Read More

  • Product Hunt Wins Best New Startup Of 2014

    Product Hunt Wins Best New Startup Of 2014

    Product Hunt, the online community where members submit and vote up the best new tech products, has been taking the industry by storm as founders, investors, early adopters and other tech enthusiasts now check the site on a daily basis. Today, the company also has the honor of winning the Crunchie award for “best new startup,” beating out runner-up Shyp to take home the trophy. Read More

  • JustWatch Debuts A New Search Engine For Cord Cutters

    JustWatch Debuts A New Search Engine For Cord Cutters

    More people than ever are cutting their ties to big cable, and opting to either cut the cord, or just dramatically pare down their cable TV packages. According to Nielsen’s data, the top 40 cable channels have lost an average of 3.2 million subscribers over the past four years. That leaves room for startups catering to the needs of these viewers, who have either replaced or now… Read More

  • WordBoard’s New iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You Save Email Templates, Hashtags And More

    WordBoard’s New iOS 8 Keyboard Lets You Save Email Templates, Hashtags And More

    Ever since Apple introduced support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8, developers have been racing to offer users more functionality than what’s provided by the stock keyboard alone, whether that’s better predictive typing, support for GIFs or different input methods like Swype. A new keyboard app launching today, WordBoard, is instead focused on saving you from having to type… Read More

  • HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

    A new mobile application called HeartThis wants to make shopping across multiple retailers more convenient for smartphone users. The app, which is making its official debut later today on stage at StartX’s Demo Day, puts over 330 stores in one place, allowing you to buy from places like Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, J Crew, Target, and many more, as well as see if there… Read More

  • Under Armour Snatches Up Health And Fitness Trackers Endomondo And MyFitnessPal

    Under Armour Snatches Up Health And Fitness Trackers Endomondo And MyFitnessPal

    Endomondo, a social fitness network and publisher of mobile apps that allow users to track their workouts and challenge friends, and health tracker MyFitnessPal have been acquired by athletic apparel maker Under Armour, the company announced this afternoon. Endomondo was bought for a purchase price of $85 million and MyFitnessPal was bought for $475 million. Read More

  • GroupAhead Gives Member-Based Organizations Their Own Mobile App

    GroupAhead Gives Member-Based Organizations Their Own Mobile App

    There are a number of ways member-based organizations can network online – Facebook, shared calendars, Meetup.com, etc. – but these groups today still struggle to keep members engaged and informed about upcoming events and other activities. A startup called GroupAhead is working to solve those challenges by introducing a platform that allows any organization to have their own… Read More

  • “Dining Concierge” App Reserve Launches Out Of Beta, Arrives On Android

    “Dining Concierge” App Reserve Launches Out Of Beta, Arrives On Android

    Reserve, a mobile application offering a different take on restaurant reservations, is today exiting its beta period which saw it limiting access by way of a waitlist, and is expanding the service to diners who use Android devices. The previously iOS-only app now works in San Francisco, New York, L.A. and Boston, allowing customers in these markets to use Reserve’s “dining… Read More

  • SketchDeck Raises Half A Million For Its On-Demand Design Service

    SketchDeck Raises Half A Million For Its On-Demand Design Service

    A company offering a full graphic design on demand service, SketchDeck, has raised half a million in new funding after completing nearly 2,000 projects, some of which have been as simple as a PowerPoint presentation and others which have been as complex as a complete company rebranding. The funding comes from Y Combinator, Dharmesh Shah (HubSpot CTO), Michael Siebel (founder at Socialcam… Read More

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