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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  • Odysee Automatically Saves Your Mobile Photos And Videos To Your Home PC

    Odysee Automatically Saves Your Mobile Photos And Videos To Your Home PC

    A new application launching today called Odysee offers a different way for consumers to back up photos and videos from their smartphones. Instead of backing up to the cloud, which can be both pricey and sometimes even insecure, with Odysee, content is backed up to your home computer. For free! Well, it’s free until next year when the $5/year pricing plan kicks in. It’s like… Read More

  • Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Boston-based travel startup Wanderu, which aims to become something of a Kayak.com for booking bus and train tickets — a market that doesn’t yet have a leading aggregation site — has now raised $5.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures, and was said to be over-subscribed. Also participating were Alta Ventures, Craig Lentzsch (former… Read More

  • Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    A San Francisco-based social network called Parenthoods has raised a $1.32 million seed round for its modern mobile platform designed to connect millennial parents who are used to apps like Instagram and Snapchat with others locally. In the Parenthoods iOS app, moms and dads chat with fellow parents in order to swap advice, offer support, arrange playdates, and more. The company, which… Read More

  • Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Busy parents who don’t have the time to shop for the best developmentally-appropriate and educationally-focused toys for their little ones now have a new option. A company called Please and Carrots is today launching a subscription-based toy company that sends a quarterly box of toys to parents of children from 0 to 3 years old, which includes only those items that have been curated… Read More

  • Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google today announced a new feature for its online storage service Google Drive that will allow users to more easily launch the files they have saved in the cloud using their preferred desktop applications. The feature is not rolling out to the core product, however, but is instead available as an optional Chrome extension. Once installed, users will be able to right-click on applications… Read More

  • Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Longtime social site for groups Meetup has been steadily rolling out new features to its service over the course of the year following the close of a secondary round earlier in 2014. This summer, the company made messaging the big focus of its mobile application, and now Meetup is rolling out its own crowdfunding platform called “Contributions.” The new feature allows Meetup… Read More

  • Majority Of Top Messaging Apps And Tools Fail EFF’s Security Review

    Majority Of Top Messaging Apps And Tools Fail EFF’s Security Review

    It may have taken massive hacks of popular platforms like Apple’s iCloud and messaging app Snapchat to generate mainstream awareness around the fact that any content stored online is vulnerable to attack and exposure. Meanwhile, thanks to revelations from Edward Snowden about the nature of the surveillance state we now live in, more mobile users are aware that steps need to be taken… Read More

  • Amazon-Owned Sites Including Diapers.com Roll Out Free Overnight Shipping To Select Markets

    Amazon-Owned Sites Including Diapers.com Roll Out Free Overnight Shipping To Select Markets

    Amazon subsidiary Quidsi, which operates a number of single-word domains like Diapers.com, is bringing free overnight shipping to three major U.S. metro areas starting today: greater New York, San Francisco, and L.A. The service will be available only on orders of $49 or more made from select Quidsi-operated sites including Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com. The news comes on the heels of… Read More

  • Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Last summer, an article on Fast Company asked an important question related to the increasingly popular picture-based character set called emoji, now found on the majority of modern smartphones: Are emoji racist? The problem, the post pointed out, is that the people characters in the emoji set based on the Unicode standard tended to be overwhelmingly white. Where was the diversity? Where… Read More

  • Tumblr Users Protest New Image Size Change, Claiming It Broke GIFs And Photosets

    Tumblr Users Protest New Image Size Change, Claiming It Broke GIFs And Photosets

    Another change to a social networking site, another user-driven backlash. Nearly 50,000 Tumblr users have now signed a petition asking the Yahoo-owned blogging platform to reverse its decision to increase the image size requirements, claiming the changes have affected older images hosted on Tumblr, which are now stretched and blurred. Some portion of these angry users also went on a… Read More

  • First Data Debuts Clover Mobile, A Wireless, Tablet-Based Point-Of-Sale

    First Data Debuts Clover Mobile, A Wireless, Tablet-Based Point-Of-Sale

    Payment processor First Data today introduced a new, more portable point-of-sale system called Clover Mobile at the Money 20/20 conference being held now in Las Vegas. The handheld solution is an extension of the Clover brand. As you may recall, First Data debuted its first Clover-branded point-of-sale system aimed at small to medium-sized businesses in October 2013. That was also when First… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

    Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

    Amazon Prime members are getting another benefit today, the company announced this morning: free, unlimited photo storage. In a new service called Prime Photos, paying subscribers of Amazon’s membership program will now be about to store photos in their original resolutions to Amazon Cloud Drive from any device, including iOS, Android, and Fire phones and tablets, as well as Mac and… Read More

  • Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

  • App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

    App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

    When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which used some portion of its $39 million in funding to snap up its competitor Distimo earlier this year, has quietly released a new app called… Read More

  • “VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

    “VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

    But I thought we were recording our video selfies on Instagram and Snapchat now? A soon-to-launch mobile application called VideoSelfie, whose founders participated in the 500 Startups accelerator last year, has raised $1.2 million for its forthcoming mobile application that lets you edit your videos (of yourself, duh) in real-time. You can add filters, decorations and GIFs, hit record… Read More

  • Former Grooveshark Execs Raise $950K For E-Commerce Customer Intelligence Startup Tandem

    Former Grooveshark Execs Raise $950K For E-Commerce Customer Intelligence Startup Tandem

    A team of early Grooveshark employees who left the company a couple of years ago to pursue their own startup ambitions have raised a little under a million for Tandem, a service that helps e-commerce companies better understand their customers shopping behavior and interests by combining analytics data, surveys and sales information. Explains co-founder and CEO Isaac Moredock, previously… Read More

  • Immediately Is An Email App For Sales Reps That Tracks When Messages Are Read

    Immediately Is An Email App For Sales Reps That Tracks When Messages Are Read

    SquareOne, an email startup that launched its iOS app for organizing messages earlier this year, has now pivoted to become Immediately, an email app designed with the needs of sales reps in mind. The new app, which is currently live on the web and on iPhone, is an email client application offering features like reminders, templates, scheduling and Salesforce sync, as well as the ability to… Read More

  • Google’s New Bookmarking Service, Previously Called Stars, Has Gone Live

    Google’s New Bookmarking Service, Previously Called Stars, Has Gone Live

    Google Stars, the long-rumored bookmarking service from Google, has now publicly launched, but with little fanfare. That Google was working to update its bookmarking service has been known for some time. In May, a developer who had been digging into the service leaked a copy of the “Google Stars” extension, as it was called at the time, while it was still being tested. And now… Read More

  • Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store

    Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store

    The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8’s support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that “widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations.” The app’s creator, James Thomson, took to Twitter to inform users and respond to inquiries about… Read More

  • Messaging App And Voice Calling Provider Viber Is Now Blocked In China

    Messaging App And Voice Calling Provider Viber Is Now Blocked In China

    According to a number of reports out this morning, the latest service to become blocked in China is Viber, the free service that lets users make calls, text and share photos with friends, family and others. When reached for comment, the company told TechCrunch that it’s looking into the matter and doesn’t have an additional comment at this time. The news was reported earlier today… Read More

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