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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  • Twitch’s new social networking feature, ‘Friends,’ goes live

    Twitch’s new social networking feature, ‘Friends,’ goes live

    Amazon’s game streaming service Twitch is getting more social. The new “Friends” feature teased in April has now launched into beta, allowing users to search for, add, and view a list of friends, see when they’re online, and easily chat with them. The company says it has sent out the first round of beta invitations, and is now allowing users to add friends by… Read More

  • Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    Earny’s app gets your money back on purchases after prices drop

    A new mobile application called Earny has launched with the goal of getting you your money back. That is, the app connects with your email and Amazon accounts in order to track your online purchases and find your e-receipts, then price check those items to see if you got the best deal. If it finds a lower price, Earny will request a refund on your behalf and the difference (minus the… Read More

  • Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

    Amid news that Apple Music is getting a makeover come this summer, Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university. That means in the U.S. Read More

  • Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

    You may remember Launcher as the once-banned iOS widget that Apple booted from the App Store after its approval, then months later allowed back in. The problem Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget provider — the app by itself didn’t offer any standalone functionality beyond widget configuration. Today, Launcher is out with its… Read More

  • Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

    Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to switch off the automatic, default setting then choose either a higher or… Read More

  • Time to debut its own streaming service focused on celeb & pop culture

    Time to debut its own streaming service focused on celeb & pop culture

    There’s been an explosion of niche, over-the-top video streaming services in recent months, as consumers cut the cord with traditional pay TV in favor of videos they can watch at any time on any device. Today, yet another over-the-top service is making its debut – this one from Time, Inc. which is introducing the blandly titled “People/Entertainment Weekly Network.”… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands… Read More

  • Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

    Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles – basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page. Now, we’re able to see what these profiles look like as they’ve been spotted in the wild. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small group of users, offer a variety of useful features for those who run a… Read More

  • Apple Music revamp to debut at WWDC in June (Report)

    Apple Music revamp to debut at WWDC in June (Report)

    Apple Music has been much maligned for its confusing interface which reviewers have referred to as cluttered and difficult to navigate, “a confusing mess,” and “so crammed with items, lists and menus that it’s hard to find things initially,” among other things. But according to a new report out today from Bloomberg, Apple is planning to unveil a redesigned… Read More

  • Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

    This morning at the Hulu Upfronts in New York, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the recent report from The Wall St. Journal which indicated that the company was developing a live television streaming service to complement its current on-demand offering. While Hopkins was light on details like pricing, content, channel selection, and product, he did say that the new service would arrive… Read More

  • Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    Hulu grows to 12 million subscribers, prepares new interactive ads for living room TVs

    This morning at Hulu’s Upfront presentations in New York, the streaming service announced it has grown its subscriber base 30 percent year-over-year, and will reach 12 million subscribers in the U.S. this month. For comparison’s sake, last year it had grown to 9 million subscribers after seeing a 50 percent increase over the year prior. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins also said that hours… Read More

  • Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify is one of the more popular music streaming apps, but it’s not necessarily the most beautifully designed (that was long-lost Rdio, unfortunately). Navigating through the various sections of its app took a lot of tapping, and often wasn’t very intuitive. Today, Spotify is attempting to improve its interface with a redesign, arriving first on iOS, that puts its key sections in… Read More

  • Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

    While there are a number of mobile apps that serve as a panic button of sorts – alerting friends or family when you feel you’re in danger – last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon winner Witness resonated with the event’s audience because it also promised a way to discreetly record incidents of civil disobedience and police brutality at a time when… Read More

  • Twitter’s new ‘Connect’ tab shows you who to follow

    Twitter’s new ‘Connect’ tab shows you who to follow

    Twitter has announced a new feature designed to make it easier for users to find interesting and relevant accounts to follow on its service: a new “Connect” tab. Available on both iOS and Android, the tab combines the ability to find friends and family from your phone’s Contact list with Twitter’s own algorithmically generated “Recommendations.” To be… Read More

  • Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Shopify’s online merchants can now offer same-day delivery via Postmates

    Postmates to date has scored deals with a number of high-profile retailers and restaurants, including Apple, Walgreens, Starbucks, Chipotle, and 7-Eleven. Today, it’s expanding its reach again via a partnership that will bring a number of smaller businesses – even down to mom-and-pop shops – to its delivery service. The company has teamed up with e-commerce software… Read More

  • Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Videorama makes editing mobile video actually fun

    Smartphone users shoot a lot of video, but turning those videos into something special still takes a lot of work. A newly launched app called Videorama aims to solve that problem by offering a powerful video editor that’s also super simple to use. In other words, you don’t need to be a video pro in order to do things like trim videos, add text overlays, music, or special… Read More

  • EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    Productivity app maker EasilyDo is best known for its smart assistant for iPhone that lets you do things like organize your travel plans, track shipments, update your contacts, create personalized email alerts, and more. Now the company is taking some of its best features to a just-launched email application that has this assistant feature built in. In addition, the new EasilyDo Mail app… Read More

  • Hulu to compete with Sling TV via new cable TV-like service

    Hulu to compete with Sling TV via new cable TV-like service

    Sling TV may have some new competition. According to a Sunday night report from The WSJ, Hulu is nearing agreements to license channels from its co-owners Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox, in order to flesh out a new, cable-TV like service. Hulu is aiming to launch this service in Q1 2017, the report said, which would include channels like ABC, ESPN, Disney, Fox, Fox News, FX and… Read More

  • Vimeo acquires VHX to boost its video-on-demand business

    Vimeo acquires VHX to boost its video-on-demand business

    Vimeo, which has been moving over the past several months to further invest in its original content and creator community, announced this morning it has acquired VHX, a company providing a platform for premium over-the-top subscription (OTT) video channels. Deal terms were not revealed, but Vimeo will bring on the entire 22-person VHX team, including co-founders and a large number of biz… Read More

  • Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

    It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

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