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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  • Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google Tests “Tap 10,” A Rewards Program For Android Pay Users

    Google confirmed it’s now running a limited promotion in the U.S. dubbed “Tap 10,” which is aimed at increasing usage of its Android Pay mobile payments service, a rival to Apple Pay and others. Some Android users are being gifted rewards like a free Chromecast or free songs, movies, or subscriptions on Google Play in exchange for using Android Pay at local stores. The… Read More

  • Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    Smartphone-Driven Holiday Sales Nearly Doubled In 2015

    The shift to smartphones as a preferred means of online shopping is continuing to have an impact on the e-commerce industry, according to new data released by Adobe this morning. During the 2015 holiday sales season, including both November and December, smartphones nearly doubled their share of sales over the year prior, accounting for 17 percent of sales versus tablets’ mere 11 percent. Read More

  • Microsoft To Launch “Minecraft Education Edition” For Classrooms This Summer, Following Acquisition Of Learning Game

    Microsoft To Launch “Minecraft Education Edition” For Classrooms This Summer, Following Acquisition Of Learning Game

    Microsoft is further expanding on its investment in Minecraft, bought in 2014 for $2.5 billion, by acquiring a learning game called MinecraftEdu for an undisclosed sum. The game, produced by a company called Teacher Gaming LLC, allows teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom, and includes a library of lessons and activities used to teach subjects including STEM, history, language, and art. Read More

  • First Amazon Dash-Powered Devices Go Live, Will Automatically Reorder Supplies For You

    First Amazon Dash-Powered Devices Go Live, Will Automatically Reorder Supplies For You

    Your household appliances are getting smarter: think printers that re-order ink when you’re low, or washers that dispense just the right amount of detergent then send you more before you run out. This is the promise of Amazon’s “Dash Replenishment”-powered devices, the first group of which is becoming Dash-enabled today, the company says. That includes select… Read More

  • Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks and streaming service Spotify are expanding their relationship today with the launch of a new digital music experience for Starbucks customers which will allow them to identify songs being played in stores, then download and save those they like to a playlist on Spotify’s app. The feature, which ultimately aims to boost both Starbucks Mobile App usage and sign-ups for… Read More

  • OurMix Is Social Music Discovery Done Right

    OurMix Is Social Music Discovery Done Right

    Spotify does a great job at helping users find music they’ll like, thanks to features like its popular “Discover Weekly” playlist filled with personalized recommendations, and sections that point you to trending tracks and new releases. But over the years, it’s moved away from its earlier emphasis on music discovery through your social network, which leaves… Read More

  • F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    F.lux Asks Apple To Let Its Screen Color Adjustment App Back Into App Store

    As many noted when Apple released its beta version of iOS earlier this week, one of the mobile operating system’s newest features, a nighttime reading mode with reduced blue light emissions, looked awfully familiar. The ability to adjust the screen brightness on iOS devices is something software maker F.lux has been developing for years. Its technology, which even briefly worked on… Read More

  • Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases

    Google Play Adds Support For Promo Codes, Including In-App Purchases

    Promo codes are coming to Google Play! Android developers will finally be able to market their applications, as well as distribute copies of paid apps for free, and more, by way of promo codes – a feature Apple has supported for years. Thanks to a new option spotted in the Google Play Developer Console, it appears that app makers will now be able to distribute codes for both apps and… Read More

  • Beacon Technology Company Estimote Raises $10.7 Million Series A

    Beacon Technology Company Estimote Raises $10.7 Million Series A

    Estimote, a beacon company whose small, wireless sensors and accompanying software provide indoor location technology to some of the largest retailers as well as 65 percent of the Fortune 100, has now closed on $10.7 million in Series A funding. The round will help the business scale to meet the needs of its current customer base, around half of which is retail, as well as fund R&D… Read More

  • You Can Now Kick Off A Skype Call From Slack

    You Can Now Kick Off A Skype Call From Slack

    It’s been a big week for Skype. The company announced group calling on mobile, integration with Outlook mobile, and today it’s rolling out to Slack, too. Available now in preview mode (meaning a beta release), the new Slack integration allows team members using Slack’s real-time communication software a way to quickly start either a voice or video call from within the… Read More

  • Celebrating Its Golden Globes Wins, Amazon Will Drop Prime Membership To $73 This Weekend

    Celebrating Its Golden Globes Wins, Amazon Will Drop Prime Membership To $73 This Weekend

    In what’s becoming something of a tradition for the online retailer, Amazon has again dropped the cost of its Amazon Prime membership to celebrate the success of its Amazon Studios division at an industry awards show. Specifically, the company is touting its two new Golden Globe wins for “Mozart in the Jungle” by temporarily discounting Amazon Prime to $73 starting on… Read More

  • Dashlane’s Redesigned Software Can Now Automatically Update Your Passwords Across 500 Websites

    Dashlane’s Redesigned Software Can Now Automatically Update Your Passwords Across 500 Websites

    Dashlane, a password manager application that competes with the likes of 1Password and LastPass, among others, has just rolled out a significant update which not only gives the software a new look-and-feel, but also makes it capable of automatically updating your passwords on over 500 websites, thanks to the additional support for 300 more sites included in this release. The introduction… Read More

  • Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo Releases Its Biggest-Ever Machine Learning Dataset To The Research Community

    Yahoo announced this morning that it’s making the largest-ever machine learning dataset available to the academic research community through its ongoing program, Yahoo Labs Webscope. The new dataset measures a whopping 13.5 TB (uncompressed) in size, and consists of anonymized user interaction data. Specifically, it contains interactions from about 20 million users from February… Read More

  • Live Photos Support Coming To Messages On Mac

    Live Photos Support Coming To Messages On Mac

    The latest version of Apple’s El Capitan operating system for Mac, which was released into beta just this week, will bring support for Live Photos to the desktop through Mac’s Messages application. Previously, Mac users could only view these animated photos in Apple’s Photos app, but now they’ll be able to be viewed and shared over iMessage as well, according to… Read More

  • Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Apple Watch Scooped Up Over Half The Smartwatch Market In 2015

    Despite a late arrival to the wearables market, Apple claimed the top spot in terms of device sales, according to new research from Juniper out this week, which stated that the Apple Watch accounted for over 50 percent of smartwatch sales in 2015. Even more impressive is the fact Apple’s Watch only launched at the end of April – meaning it claimed the majority of the market… Read More

  • Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

    Following yesterday’s news of its planned support for group calling on mobile, Skype just launched an integration with Microsoft’s mobile email and calendar application, Outlook. In the updated iOS app, a new setting allows you to turn on a “Skype Meeting” option when you’re either creating or editing an event within Outlook. By doing so, Outlook… Read More

  • HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More

    HBO Takes On Netflix With A New Kids Section Featuring “Sesame Street” And More

    HBO’s quest to more directly compete with streaming service rivals like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu is kicking off this week, with the company’s launch of a new “Kids” section in its mobile application and the rollout of new children’s programming on its TV network. At launch, the Kids section will feature popular kids shows like “Sesame Street,”… Read More

  • App Annie Adds Support For Apple TV Apps, Including A “Top Charts” Section

    App Annie Adds Support For Apple TV Apps, Including A “Top Charts” Section

    Curious to see which apps are in the Top Charts on the Apple TV App Store, without having to actually browse to that section on Apple’s new media player? Starting today, you can get this information more easily, thanks to App Annie’s addition of Apple TV data in its Store Stats product, which now tracks the top free, paid and top grossing apps on the Apple TV App Store. The… Read More

  • Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

    In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Skype announced today the launch of free group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 mobile devices. The feature has been available for a couple of years on the desktop, for both Mac and PC, but had yet to make its way to mobile. Read More

  • VLC Arrives On Apple TV With Support For Casting, Playback Of Local And Network Files

    VLC Arrives On Apple TV With Support For Casting, Playback Of Local And Network Files

    VLC, the popular video-playing software offering support for a wide range of media formats, is now available for Apple TV. For those with large video collections, that means you’ll be able to play your files on your TV’s big screen without having to convert them to a supported format. One of the more notable features in the new release is that the VLC app now supports… Read More

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