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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  • U.S. Marshals Service Is Putting 50,000 Bitcoins Up For Sale

    U.S. Marshals Service Is Putting 50,000 Bitcoins Up For Sale

    The U.S. Marshals Service said today that it will auction off another 50,000 bitcoins that were seized last fall from a computer belonging to Ross Ulbricht, the alleged owner of the online black-market bazaar, Silk Road. This is the second auction of bitcoins related to that arrest – in July, an auction of 30,000 bitcoins had a single winner, Tim Draper, founder and managing director… Read More

  • Target’s Mobile App Gets Indoor Mapping, Interactive Black Friday Maps

    Target’s Mobile App Gets Indoor Mapping, Interactive Black Friday Maps

    Target has teamed up with an indoor mapping technology company called Point Inside to debut in-store maps in its mobile app that show where items are located as a pin on the map – similar to the navigation maps consumers are using today to route their way around town. The feature, which is live now in the Target app, will also help customers during the upcoming Black Friday sales… Read More

  • Shark Tank-Backed GrooveBook Acquired By Shutterfly For $14.5 Million

    Shark Tank-Backed GrooveBook Acquired By Shutterfly For $14.5 Million

    GrooveBook, a photo-printing app and subscription service that creates personalized photo books featuring up to 100 of your photos, shipped monthly, has been acquired by photo printing giant Shutterfly for $14.5 million. The smaller startup is probably best known for as the photo book app from TV’s “Shark Tank,” where founders Julie and Brian Whiteman pitched… Read More

  • Atlas Wearables Raises Another Million For Its Smarter Fitness Tracker, Starts Shipping This Winter

    Atlas Wearables Raises Another Million For Its Smarter Fitness Tracker, Starts Shipping This Winter

    Wearables are a crowded market, but in the fitness-tracking niche, many of the top devices today are still just glorified step trackers with fancier software and a few more bells and whistles. A company called Atlas Wearables wants to push the fitness-band market forward with a device that’s able to track which exercise or activity you’re currently doing, the reps you’ve… Read More

  • Walmart Now Price-Matches Online Retailers In Its Stores, Including Amazon And Walmart.com

    Walmart Now Price-Matches Online Retailers In Its Stores, Including Amazon And Walmart.com

    Just ahead of another busy shopping season, Walmart confirmed that it has updated its price-matching policy company-wide to allow its retail stores to match the prices from nearly any online retailer, including top competitor Amazon. The new policy is meant to extend the informal price-matching store managers have already implemented at local stores, in addition to the Ad Matching policy… Read More

  • Current Brings A Better Version Of Facebook To The Mac Desktop

    Current Brings A Better Version Of Facebook To The Mac Desktop

    A recently launched app called Current turns Facebook into a native application for the Mac desktop. The app offers an alternative to regularly (or perhaps obsessively?) checking the Facebook site in an open browser tab, with support for Facebook Messenger, photos, videos, customizable notifications, and more. Current is effectively a replacement for using Facebook via the browser, creator… Read More

  • PhotoShrinker Lets You Quickly Free Up Space On Your Smartphone

    PhotoShrinker Lets You Quickly Free Up Space On Your Smartphone

    For those struggling with smartphones that seem to be constantly running out of storage space, a new application called PhotoShrinker can help. The app lets you free up space on your iPhone or Android smartphone by compressing photos up to 1/10th of their original size, potentially freeing up gigs of space, and making room for new photos or videos, apps, games, movies, music and more. The… Read More

  • Kanvas Debuts An iOS Keyboard That Lets You Send Decorated Photos, Stickers And GIFs…Or Even Just Text

    Kanvas Debuts An iOS Keyboard That Lets You Send Decorated Photos, Stickers And GIFs…Or Even Just Text

    Kanvas, a photo-editing app that lets users add text, stickers, drawings and music to images as well as stitch together photos, GIFs and videos, is now bringing its set of creative tools to a new application for iOS users: Kanvas Keyboard. As you may guess by its name, the new app is an iOS 8-compatible keyboard app that lets you quickly add text to your photos or colored backgrounds, draw… Read More

  • iOS App Install Tracking Comes To Google Analytics

    iOS App Install Tracking Comes To Google Analytics

    Google Analytics is getting a powerful new feature, the company announced today: the ability to track iOS app installs. The new reporting function, which allows customers to better measure marketing campaigns related to acquiring mobile app users, now works with those who advertise via Google AdWords as well as third-party mobile ad networks including akri, AdMob, AppLovin, Millennial… Read More

  • PhotoTime Is A Mobile Photo Gallery Capable Of Image And Facial Recognition

    PhotoTime Is A Mobile Photo Gallery Capable Of Image And Facial Recognition

    A computer vision company called Orbeus has just launched a photo gallery replacement app for iOS users, PhotoTime, which uses image and facial recognition technologies to allow users to search for photos based on who’s in them, what the photo is of, or where it was taken. This goes far beyond the capabilities of Apple’s native Photos app, which organizes photos by location and… Read More

  • Wildcard Raises $10 Million, Launches A Browser Built For The Mobile Web

    Wildcard Raises $10 Million, Launches A Browser Built For The Mobile Web

    A company called Wildcard is today launching a browser for the mobile age, designed specifically with the support of the newer “card” format in mind. Cards are a new design trend which emerged within mobile applications as a way to better showcase content, including rich media like photos and video, on devices’ small screens. Wildcard is also announcing it has raised… Read More

  • Men Are Now Pinterest’s Fastest-Growing Demographic

    Men Are Now Pinterest’s Fastest-Growing Demographic

    The men are coming to Pinterest. The site, still known best as a collection of craft ideas, recipes, and cute outfits, has traditionally attracted a largely female audience – as high as 70% or 80%, depending on whose metrics you cite. But Pinterest this week revealed that its male audience is now growing more quickly than women, with men accounting for one-third of all sign-ups on… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Say Thanks,” A Personalized Video Creation Tool For Thanking Your Friends

    Facebook Launches “Say Thanks,” A Personalized Video Creation Tool For Thanking Your Friends

    Clearly, Facebook wants more users building and sharing videos on its service. Today, the company announced “Say Thanks,” a new tool that lets you quickly put together personalized video cards using a combination of pre-built themes and your own posts and photos. The end result is an easily shareable — if a bit cheesy — customized video you can post on yours and… Read More

  • VIDA Raises $1.3 Million For “Socially-Responsible” E-Commerce

    VIDA Raises $1.3 Million For “Socially-Responsible” E-Commerce

    An e-commerce company called VIDA, backed by Google Ventures, Universal Music Group and others, is today launching today its site that connects shoppers with “socially-responsible” apparel and accessories from artisans and designers around the world. The company is also disclosing its $1.3 million seed round investment, which additionally includes The Valley Fund, Nanon, Don… Read More

  • Location Technology Startup SocialRadar Buys Gridskippr, Rolls Out SDK

    Location Technology Startup SocialRadar Buys Gridskippr, Rolls Out SDK

    SocialRadar, the location-based social app created by former Blackboard co-founder and CEO Michael Chasen and backed by $12.8 million, is announcing the acquisition of Baltimore-based Gridskippr, a targeted mobile advertising company founded last August. Terms of the all-stock deal were not revealed, but the two companies had already been working closely together over the past year to… Read More

  • CareLulu Raises $1.7 Million For A Service That Helps Parents Find The Best Daycares

    CareLulu Raises $1.7 Million For A Service That Helps Parents Find The Best Daycares

    Ask any working parent with small children about one of their biggest challenges, and they’ll tell you it is (or has been) finding the right daycare. A new company called CareLuLu wants to help by offering an online marketplace that connects parents with local preschools and child care programs. The company has now raised $1.7 million in seed funding – capital that will be used… Read More

  • Dropbox Updates Web Interface For Easier Sharing

    Dropbox Updates Web Interface For Easier Sharing

    Dropbox said today it’s adding a new feature designed to make sharing easier on its service. On the Dropbox website, logged in users will now see a new sharing button that allows you to quickly add people who are allowed to view and sync your shared files and folders with their account, and a new “send link” option for adding people with read-only access. After clicking… Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

    Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

    Amazon is working to make its Cloud Drive service more competitive in the crowded online storage market. After recently bundling free, unlimited photo storage on Cloud Drive for Amazon Prime customers, today the company is going after developers with a new Cloud Drive API. The API will allow third-party developers to integrate Cloud Drive into their own applications, so they can focus more… Read More

  • Two New Apps, Flic And Cleen, Make Managing Your iPhone’s Photo Gallery As Easy As Using Tinder

    Two New Apps, Flic And Cleen, Make Managing Your iPhone’s Photo Gallery As Easy As Using Tinder

    A couple of new mobile applications for iPhone users offer a faster, and arguably more fun, way to free up storage space on your device by allowing you to quickly delete photos from your phone’s gallery. Both apps, Flic and the newly launched Cleen, are sort of like “Tinder for your Camera Roll.” As with the popular dating app, users swipe photos left or right (or up… Read More

  • Raise.com’s New App Lets You Buy Discounted Gift Cards To Instantly Save While Shopping

    Raise.com’s New App Lets You Buy Discounted Gift Cards To Instantly Save While Shopping

    Gift card marketplace Raise.com has just rolled out a new mobile application that lets you save at your favorite local stores by buying unused gift cards for less than their face value. In a matter of seconds, consumers can can find a discounted gift card, purchase it in the iPhone application, and then present a barcode for scanning at point-of-sale to reduce their total out-of-pocket… Read More

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