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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  • Slidebox brings its Tinder-like photo management app to Android

    Slidebox brings its Tinder-like photo management app to Android

    A new application called Slidebox aims to help Android users clean up their photo library by swiping to delete unwanted photos, as well as use other tools to more easily organize photos into albums. It’s sort of like a “Tinder for Photos” with a few extra features, in fact. The app is now one of many utilities arriving to address a longtime challenge smartphone users… Read More

  • Mobile search company Quixey swaps CEOs

    Mobile search company Quixey swaps CEOs

    Quixey, a well-funded mobile technology company which once focused on solving the problems with app discovery before shifting focus to deep linking, has brought in a new CEO to run operations as the company has missed its revenue targets and lost top execs. According to an announcement released this morning, Quixey’s founding CEO Tomer Kagan will now be replaced by Mark Lazar, who… Read More

  • Clearbit Connect’s new Gmail widget can help you find anyone’s email address

    Clearbit Connect’s new Gmail widget can help you find anyone’s email address

    LinkedIn’s acquisition of the popular email add-in Rapportive, and its subsequent demolition as its new owner ripped out some of its best features, left a lot of users angry and scrambling for an alternative. A number of these have since launched, but a newcomer called Connect arriving today from Clearbit may be one of the best to hit the market yet. Clearbit may not be a household… Read More

  • Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard app to iPhone

    Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard app to iPhone

    Microsoft today released its first standalone keyboard application for iOS users. No, it’s not the rumored version of its Windows Phone keyboard that’s being ported to the iPhone – it’s an iOS version of the Microsoft Hub keyboard, which hit Android this February. Like the prior release, the iOS Hub keyboard lets you quickly share Office documents and those stored in… Read More

  • Restaurant waitlisting app Nowait rolls out mobile payments

    Restaurant waitlisting app Nowait rolls out mobile payments

    Restaurant waitlisting service Nowait is known best by consumers for its mobile app that lets you virtually “get in line” at nearby restaurants like Chili’s and others, where formal reservations may not be accepted. This helps speed up the time it takes to grab a meal, as you don’t have to waste time waiting for a table to become available. Now the company is planning… Read More

  • Facebook pushes businesses to Messenger with new tools for Pages, including Snapchat-like scannable codes

    Facebook pushes businesses to Messenger with new tools for Pages, including Snapchat-like scannable codes

    A day after people started noticing Facebook was now suggesting business to chat with while in Messenger, the social network officially announced a suite of tools and updates designed to help Facebook users better connect with the businesses using its platform. As part of these changes, businesses will now see their Facebook Page usernames being more heavily promoted across the site, and… Read More

  • Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android

    Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android

    Reddit’s long-awaited native mobile applications – the first-ever to be built by the company in-house – have now launched. Available today for both iOS and Android, the new Reddit app will not only serve as the official means for accessing Reddit on mobile amid a sea of third-party clients, it will also replace Alien Blue, the popular third-party application the company… Read More

  • This new app lets you express your feelings with video memes, not GIFs

    This new app lets you express your feelings with video memes, not GIFs

    Today, GIFs have become a popular way communicate sentiment online and in mobile messaging, where written text doesn’t always do the job. More expressive than an emoji, these looping images let you share a specific thought or feeling with little effort. But today, a new app is launching to see if video can step in where GIFs leave off, by allowing for a different means of expression. Read More

  • Domino’s now lets you order pizza just by launching an app – no clicking required

    Domino’s now lets you order pizza just by launching an app – no clicking required

    Hungry? Lazy? Domino’s has the app for you. The company today unveiled a new mobile application that lets you place an order simply by launching the app on your phone. No clicking necessary. The delivery chain keeps coming up with new – and yes, sometimes gimmicky – ways to make ordering pizza easier and quicker, and this new “Zero Click” app is no exception. Read More

  • Amazon brings same-day delivery to nearly a dozen more U.S. metros

    Amazon brings same-day delivery to nearly a dozen more U.S. metros

    Amazon’s same-day delivery service is today seeing a notable expansion here in the U.S. The online retailer announced this morning that same-day delivery, which is available to members of its $99 annual Prime membership program, is now live in 11 more metropolitan areas and is rolling out to more neighborhoods in the markets where it already operates. Specifically, Amazon is bringing… Read More

  • Verizon buys a stake in AwesomenessTV to bring exclusive videos to its streaming service go90

    Verizon buys a stake in AwesomenessTV to bring exclusive videos to its streaming service go90

    Verizon this morning has made another move to ramp up its media business, and specifically, bring new content to its mobile video streaming service, go90. The company (and AOL parent, which owns TechCrunch), says it will be taking an approximate 24.5 percent stake in the Dreamworks’ video company AwesomenessTV. The deal will also see Verizon and AwesomenessTV creating a short-form… Read More

  • Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

    A company tapping into consumers’ growing desire for healthier food and organic products, Thrive Market is today bringing its online grocery store to Android users with the launch of a dedicated mobile application. The new app will allow users to shop for natural and organic products right from their phone, including its more recently launched private label items. Described as a… Read More

  • Twitter makes it easier to share tweets privately with new button on iOS and Android

    Twitter makes it easier to share tweets privately with new button on iOS and Android

    While nowhere near as big as this morning’s news that Twitter will live stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football, the company is announcing another change to its service today aimed at increasing the functionality and usage of its Direct Message (private messaging) feature. Starting today, the company is adding a new “Message” button to tweets on iOS and Android that… Read More

  • Starz launches a streaming service for cord cutters with support for downloads

    Starz launches a streaming service for cord cutters with support for downloads

    Another premium cable TV network, Starz, is taking the plunge into the streaming video market with today’s launch of its own standalone streaming service, aimed at cord cutters. The move follows the launches of HBO’s over-the-top offering, HBO NOW, introduced last year, as well as a similar effort by Showtime. However, Starz’ service will differentiate itself by… Read More

  • Roku debuts a new Streaming Stick with a quad-core processor, support for private listening

    Roku debuts a new Streaming Stick with a quad-core processor, support for private listening

    Roku this morning introduced the third generation of its lower-cost streaming service, the Roku Streaming Stick, priced at $49.99, and a competitor to other sticks and dongles, like Google’s Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. The new device now includes a quad-core processor which will make using Roku’s software feel speedier than before, and it also introduces a way to… Read More

  • The Taliban app’s publication points to holes in Google’s app review process

    The Taliban app’s publication points to holes in Google’s app review process

    A propaganda application developed by the Islamist fundamentalist group the Taliban was live on the Google Play store for two days before being booted, raising questions about Google’s app review process, which today includes a combination of human editors and algorithms. The app’s content, written in the Pashto language, included statements and videos from the Taliban, which… Read More

  • Target’s savings app Cartwheel now lets you clip real coupons

    Target’s savings app Cartwheel now lets you clip real coupons

    Target’s top-rated shopping app Cartwheel is today becoming more useful to those who are looking to save money at checkout. The company says the app has been expanded to support digital coupons from manufacturers – meaning shoppers can save dollars on a wider range of products, as opposed to percentage discounts off select products, as before. Cartwheel, of course, was already… Read More

  • Outlook Premium, Microsoft’s subscription email service, starts trials at $3.99 per month

    Outlook Premium, Microsoft’s subscription email service, starts trials at $3.99 per month

    Microsoft’s experiment with getting customers to pay for additional features in Outlook will be priced at $3.99 per month, according to an updated page on Microsoft’s website, uncovered today. Earlier this year, news leaked of a new, paid version of Microsoft’s Outlook.com email service, called “Outlook Premium,” which would allow users to set up custom… Read More

  • Amazon takes on PayPal and others with launch of Amazon Payments partner program

    Amazon takes on PayPal and others with launch of Amazon Payments partner program

    Amazon announced this morning a plan to spread adoption of its payments service, Amazon Payments, to more third-party websites. With the launch of its Amazon Payments Global Partner Program, the retailer will help e-commerce platform providers and other developers integrate with Amazon Payments so their own merchants can offer the option to “Pay with Amazon” at… Read More

  • Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

    Palaround lets anyone build their own Tinder-like app

    Palaround began its life as one of what’s now many companies attempting to be the “Tinder for finding friends” — a list that now includes Tinder’s dating app rival, Bumble, in fact. But recently, the startup began rolling out a new product focused instead on bringing the Tinder swipe model to private organizations. A pivot from the earlier general purpose… Read More

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