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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  • CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

    CloudMagic, an email application that has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of email from people they don’t know: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, Sender Profile lets you quickly view a summary of information about the person who… Read More

  • A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

    News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants… Read More

  • Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Twitter aims to boost its visibility by switching from ‘Social Networking’ to ‘News’ on the App Store

    Following yet another quarter of sluggish user growth, Twitter has changed how its flagship mobile application is categorized on Apple’s iTunes App Store. Instead of competing against Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Pinterest, and others in the crowded “Social networking” category, where Twitter had previously ranked in the top 10, the company has moved its app… Read More

  • Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it’s now displaying if an app contains advertisements. This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch. The change… Read More

  • The NYT is giving out 300,000 more Google Cardboard viewers

    The NYT is giving out 300,000 more Google Cardboard viewers

    The New York Times is giving out free Google Cardboard VR devices. Yes, again! The company had previously distributed a million some devices to print subscribers as part of the kickoff celebration around its then-new NYT VR app, built in collaboration with Google, back in November 2015. Today, the media company says it will send out another 300,000 Cardboard viewers to its “most… Read More

  • Comcast to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

    Comcast to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

    In an effort to increase its competition with family entertainment juggernaut Disney, Comcast announced this morning that it will spend $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation, home to popular kids’ franchises like “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and others. The deal will close by year-end, subject… Read More

  • New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    New Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps arrive for Windows 10

    After Facebook’s stellar quarter, which sees users spending massive amounts of time on its mobile apps, including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram, the company announced this morning it’s bringing this popular trio of apps to Windows 10. Facebook and Messenger are now rolling out to Windows 10 on the desktop and Instagram is arriving on Windows 10 mobile. As you may expect… Read More

  • Court holds Amazon liable for years of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Court holds Amazon liable for years of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    In an entirely unsurprising ruling, a federal judge has sided with the FTC in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon, which had said that the company did not do enough to safeguard customers against unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. According to the FTC’s original complaint, Amazon billed its customers millions of dollars in these charges. The problem came about… Read More

  • Oops! Tinder’s new friend-finding feature, Tinder Social, is outing which of your friends use the app

    Oops! Tinder’s new friend-finding feature, Tinder Social, is outing which of your friends use the app

    Tinder announced this morning it’s testing a new friend-finding feature called “Tinder Social” in its popular dating app. The idea is to offer a way for you and your group of friends to find and connect with other groups out in the real world. Similar to how Tinder works for finding prospective dates, Tinder Social lets friends swipe and match with other groups they want… Read More

  • TiVo’s new Roamio OTA DVR for cord cutters has no monthly fees, more storage

    TiVo’s new Roamio OTA DVR for cord cutters has no monthly fees, more storage

    While DVR maker TiVo has been focused on the future with the recent unveiling of its 4K-ready DVR designed for the streaming era, the company is continuing to improve its other popular device for cord cutters as well, the TiVo Roamio. This morning, TiVo announced an updated version of this product, the TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB. As the name implies, one of the biggest advantages to this new version… Read More

  • Android TV gets its own iPhone app

    Android TV gets its own iPhone app

    Google has quietly introduced a new iPhone application that works with Android TV, its smart TV platform for standalone media players and TVs. The Android TV app for iOS lets those with any supported device use their iPhone as a remote control for their system – just like the Android counterpart already offers. With a basic, no-frills design, the app lets you search using your voice or… Read More

  • Nintendo unveils its next smartphone games to follow App Store hit, Miitomo

    Nintendo unveils its next smartphone games to follow App Store hit, Miitomo

    Nintendo will follow up its App Store success Miitomo with a pair of new games, released this fall, the company announced this morning. The details were unveiled alongside other company news, including a release date for its new gaming console, the Nintendo NX and details on a Zelda delay, among other things. And no, the new smartphone games will still not feature Mario, in case… Read More

  • Starbucks launched its own keyboard app so you can text emojis of unicorns drinking coffee

    Starbucks launched its own keyboard app so you can text emojis of unicorns drinking coffee

    Can the latest app from Starbucks become the next Kimoji? Nah, probably not. But the company this week has released its first consumer-facing app that’s solely focused on entertainment, as opposed to its core business of selling food and drink. Yes, that’s right. Starbucks has its own emoji keyboard app now, so you can more easily text friends pictures of Frappuccinos, coffees… Read More

  • Skype for Business hits the Mac in Preview mode

    Skype for Business hits the Mac in Preview mode

    Microsoft announced this morning the launch of Skype for Business for Mac Preview  – the business-focused version of Skype’s communications services aimed at a commercial client base. I.T. administrators and individuals can sign up to test the new desktop software, which introduces features like Outlook integration, additional security, and calls that allow for up to 250 people… Read More

  • Amazon cracks down on fake reviews with another lawsuit

    Amazon cracks down on fake reviews with another lawsuit

    Amazon is continuing its efforts to crack down on fake, paid-for reviews of the products it sells on its website, by filing yet another lawsuit against those who offer glowing reviews in exchange for cash. In this latest suit, filed on Friday, the company is targeting the operators of five websites engaged in this business practice. The sites offer verified reviews for books and other… Read More

  • Turner to launch its own movie-streaming service, FilmStruck

    Turner to launch its own movie-streaming service, FilmStruck

    New video streaming services are launching left and right these days, and now Time Warner-owned Turner is looking to get a piece of the action for itself, too. The company announced this morning plans to debut an on-demand service focused on films, including both indie titles and mainstream Hollywood hits from major studios, including Warner Bros. Called FilmStruck, the service is being… Read More

  • Amazon’s food delivery service arrives in San Francisco, will price match the restaurant menu or pay the difference

    Amazon’s food delivery service arrives in San Francisco, will price match the restaurant menu or pay the difference

    Amazon is ramping up the competition with other restaurant delivery services starting today by announcing that it will not mark up the menu prices of the items it offers on-demand via Prime Now Restaurant Delivery, and it will, in fact, refund customers the difference if they discover a higher price on Amazon’s service within 24 hours of placing their order. This “Price… Read More

  • Yik Yak tries to make a comeback with launch of private chat

    Yik Yak tries to make a comeback with launch of private chat

    Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported that Yik Yak would soon be introducing a new feature designed to help the floundering app boost its user retention numbers: private chat. Today, the company confirmed the feature is now going live, along with the introduction of a new “Safety Center,” which will provide resources and tips focused on having a positive experience in the app. Read More

  • Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online – users report accounts hacked, emails changed

    Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online – users report accounts hacked, emails changed

    A list containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials – including emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details – has popped up on the website Pastebin, in what appears to be a possible security breach. After reaching out to a random sampling of the victims via email, we’ve confirmed that these users’ Spotify accounts were compromised only days ago. Read More

  • Top kids app maker Toca Boca sells to Spin Master, plans to launch subscription video service and toys

    Top kids app maker Toca Boca sells to Spin Master, plans to launch subscription video service and toys

    One of the world’s largest children’s mobile app makers, Toca Boca, whose studios have produced apps totalling over 140 million downloads, has been acquired. The company had originally operated like a startup within the 200-year-old Swedish publishing firm Bonnier, but has now been bought by Spin Master, a children’s entertainment company with 950 people working in offices… Read More

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