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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  • The White House Joins Snapchat

    The White House Joins Snapchat

    After expanding access to President Obama’s State of the Union address by making it available on Amazon for on-demand streaming, the White House is now targeting the younger demographic with the launch of an official account on social media service Snapchat. White House’s director of product management Josh Miller cited Snapchat’s strong user numbers – including over… Read More

  • Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Amazon To Stream Obama’s Final State Of The Union; Lyrics Site Genius To Power Annonations

    Following news of last night’s Golden Globes wins, Amazon has now taken another step to establish itself as a streaming media competitor worth notice: for the first time, the company will now make President Obama’s State of the Union address available for on-demand streaming through its Amazon Instant Video service, says White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman. The… Read More

  • Streaming Services Dominate 2016 Golden Globes, But Amazon Takes The Win

    Streaming Services Dominate 2016 Golden Globes, But Amazon Takes The Win

    Streaming services showed up in force for Sunday night’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards, but it was Amazon’s year to shine. Though Netflix had led the pack this year with a total of eight nominations – even beating out HBO – the streaming service didn’t take home the top prize in any of the categories it competed in. Instead, it was Amazon that was tonight’s… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Insole Maker SOLS Lays Off 20 Percent Of Staff

    3D-Printed Insole Maker SOLS Lays Off 20 Percent Of Staff

    SOLS, a company using 3D-printing technology to make custom shoe insoles, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce, or 14 employees in total across all teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. The staff reductions come just ahead of a forthcoming product announcement due in a few weeks, as well as further efforts aimed at broadening SOLS’ product offerings, says co-founder and CEO Kegan… Read More

  • Report: NFL Will Live-Stream All London Games, Bidders Include Apple & Google

    Report: NFL Will Live-Stream All London Games, Bidders Include Apple & Google

    The NFL continues to embrace streaming as it furthers its attempts to reach a generation of fans who don’t necessarily tune in through traditional TV viewing. In addition to today’s news that all of the 2015 NFL postseason games will be streamed live online and on mobile, a new Reuters report has surfaced which indicates the NFL plans to live-stream all three of the games… Read More

  • YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube will be joining Netflix and Amazon with support for HDR (high dynamic range) video, the company announced this week at CES 2016. The news was briefly mentioned during an onstage conversation about 360-degree video taking place between Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, and VRSE CEO Chris Milk. Along with the news of a partnership between GoPro… Read More

  • Peel Turns Your Apple Watch Into A Universal Remote Control

    Peel Turns Your Apple Watch Into A Universal Remote Control

    Does it make sense to use your Apple Watch as a remote control for your media devices? Smart remote maker Peel thinks so, having just launched a universal remote control application for the Apple Watch which lets you operate over 400,000 models of home electronics, including not only televisions, but also DVD players, and even audio and streaming devices, like the Roku. The Apple Watch app… Read More

  • Screen Recorder For iOS Vidyo Gets Yanked From App Store

    Screen Recorder For iOS Vidyo Gets Yanked From App Store

    If you didn’t grab a copy of the new screen recording app Vidyo that sneaked into the iTunes App Store yesterday, it’s now too late. Apple, not surprisingly, has pulled the app from the store. Vidyo quickly drew a lot of attention, given that screen recording utilities are usually prohibited, and there was some hope that Apple’s policies on the matter had changed. In case… Read More

  • Nielsen: Music Streams Doubled In 2015, Digital Sales Continue To Fall

    Nielsen: Music Streams Doubled In 2015, Digital Sales Continue To Fall

    2015 was a good year for streaming services, according to Nielsen’s year-end Music report out now. In 2015, on-demand streaming services grew to 317 billion streams – that’s a doubling from 2014, which saw 164.5 billion songs streamed, Nielsen report states. Also interesting is how the shift to streaming is impacting album sales. Though album sales were still down by 6… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Access To Prime Video To U.S. Military Members Overseas

    Amazon Expands Access To Prime Video To U.S. Military Members Overseas

    Amazon said today it will expand access to Amazon Prime Video to military members and families serving overseas, as a part of the company’s ongoing efforts to deliver programming to those who reside on U.S. military bases around world. The service was already offered beginning back in 2014 on select international military bases, including those in Afghanistan, Turkey, Japan and Kuwait. Read More

  • NBCU’s Comedy Subscription Service For Cord Cutters, Seeso, Goes Live

    NBCU’s Comedy Subscription Service For Cord Cutters, Seeso, Goes Live

    Seeso, NBCUniversal’s oddly named subscription service aimed at cord cutters, is now live. The ad-free streaming service is solely focused on comedies, pulling together well-known titles and fan favorites, including Monty Python classics, “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” (US and UK versions), “The IT Crowd,” “The Kids In The Hall,”… Read More

  • A Space Black Milanese Loop Band For Apple Watch Spotted On Apple’s Online Store

    A Space Black Milanese Loop Band For Apple Watch Spotted On Apple’s Online Store

    Whoops! It appears Apple accidentally leaked imagery and details regarding a new Apple Watch band, a “Space Black” Milanese Loop, which briefly appeared on various international Apple Store websites, including the one in the Czech Republic. The band was posted earlier today before quickly being brought down. Apple’s online listing didn’t include pricing details or a way… Read More

  • CloudMagic Brings Its Simple, Distraction-Free Email Client To Mac

    CloudMagic Brings Its Simple, Distraction-Free Email Client To Mac

    CloudMagic, the makers of a popular mobile email client for iOS and Android which touts some 3 million users, is expanding to the desktop with today’s launch of a new Mac Store app. Available for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, the universal mail client offers a clean user interface, with a host of features that will appeal to those in search of a more elegant solution for email… Read More

  • Misfit Debuts Spector, “Smart” Headphones That Double As A Fitness Tracker

    Misfit Debuts Spector, “Smart” Headphones That Double As A Fitness Tracker

    Wearables maker Misfit, now owned by Fossil, is following up on yesterday’s news of Ray, a slimmer alternative to its flagship fitness tracker the Misfit Shine, with the launch of its first set of in-ear wireless headphones. Called “Spector,” Misfit says the idea was to create a “smart hearable” product – headphones that actually work like a fitness… Read More

  • Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Season Saw Over $1.1 Billion In App Store Sales

    Attempting to steal a bit of thunder away from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Apple announced this morning a record-breaking holiday season for its App Store, with over $1.1 billion spent on apps and in-app purchases in the two weeks ending January 3. Apple says it broke records for both traffic and purchases during this time. In addition, it wasn’t Christmas Day… Read More

  • Sling TV, Dish’s Internet TV Service For Cord Cutters, Unveils A More Personalized Interface

    Sling TV, Dish’s Internet TV Service For Cord Cutters, Unveils A More Personalized Interface

    Sling TV, Dish Network’s streaming TV service aimed at cord cutters, has been helping to stem subscriber loss for the pay TV provider, but its user interface has needed some work. Today, the company attempted to address this problem with the unveiling of a new interface focused on a more personalized experience for its users and improved navigation. Core to this… Read More

  • Tablo Brings Live Network Television, DVR Functionality To Apple TV

    Tablo Brings Live Network Television, DVR Functionality To Apple TV

    Apple’s own streaming TV service may have been delayed due to stalled negotiations, but a new app launching for Apple’s newest media player will allow you to watch both live and recorded network television programs directly on your TV’s big screen. That is, the makers of a DVR for cord cutters, the Tablo DVR, is soon releasing an app for Apple TV. The Tablo DVR itself is… Read More

  • Amazon’s Email And Calendaring Service, Amazon WorkMail, Exits Preview

    Amazon’s Email And Calendaring Service, Amazon WorkMail, Exits Preview

    Amazon this week took its enterprise-aimed email and calendaring service called WorkMail out of preview mode. The product, which first debuted a year ago, is based on Amazon Web Services and is meant to sub in for legacy solutions, like Microsoft Exchange. However, instead of competing with client software like Microsoft Outlook, WorkMail integrates with it, as it does with as with Apple Mail… Read More

  • Mobile App Usage Up 58 Percent In 2015, With Emoji Keyboards Leading The Pack

    Mobile App Usage Up 58 Percent In 2015, With Emoji Keyboards Leading The Pack

    The number of mobile addicts is increasing, according to a new report released this morning from Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry, which found that 40 percent of the 58 percent total growth in mobile app sessions came from existing users in 2015. That’s a significant increase from the prior years, the company noted, as existing users only accounted for 20 percent of growth… Read More

  • Misfit Ray Is A New, Slimmer Fitness Tracker That Looks More Like A Bracelet Than A Watch

    Misfit Ray Is A New, Slimmer Fitness Tracker That Looks More Like A Bracelet Than A Watch

    With its first major product release since its acquisition by watchmaker Fossil Group in November, Misfit today debuted its latest entry in its line of fashion-forward fitness trackers with the launch of the Misfit Ray. The fitness and sleep monitor features a cylindrical aluminum body, and works with the company’s other Misfit-branded or custom accessories, and can be worn as either… Read More

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