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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  • Hacker Emails Testing Service BrowserStack’s Customers, Says Company Lied About Security

    Hacker Emails Testing Service BrowserStack’s Customers, Says Company Lied About Security

    Is there anything worse than being hacked? How about a hacker that manages to acquire your customers’ contact information, emails them that the service is shutting down, and that the company has been lying to everyone about its security? That’s what happened to BrowserStack, the makers of a popular browser-testing service that allows customers to test websites on real desktop… Read More

  • Microsoft Office Apps Skyrocket To The Top Of The App Store Following Pricing Changes

    Microsoft Office Apps Skyrocket To The Top Of The App Store Following Pricing Changes

    Nothing sells like “free.” Microsoft Word is now the number one free iPhone and iPad application on iTunes, closely followed by other Microsoft Office apps including Excel and PowerPoint. The apps have shot up to the top of Apple’s App Store after last week’s pricing changes. Before, Microsoft had required iPad users to subscribe to Office 365 in order to create… Read More

  • SimplePrints Brings A Fast Photo Book Maker To Android

    SimplePrints Brings A Fast Photo Book Maker To Android

    Outside of industry behemoths like Shutterfly, very few photo book makers are able to grow beyond a niche audience. San Francisco-based SimplePrints is hoping to buck that trend, having now grown its iOS photo printing app to a million installs, and hitting a milestone of nearly 100,000 orders and millions in revenue over the past 18 months. Now it’s expanding its service to Android. A… Read More

  • Kidizen, A Mobile Marketplace For Secondhand “Kids’ Stuff” Raises Half A Million

    Kidizen, A Mobile Marketplace For Secondhand “Kids’ Stuff” Raises Half A Million

    Minneapolis-based Kidizen has raised just over half a million in funding for its mobile, peer-to-peer marketplace which allows parents to buy and sell their children’s clothing, toys, shoes and other easily shippable items. The idea is similar to secondhand clothing marketplace ThredUP and several more online consignment shops aimed adults – and typically women – like… Read More

  • Accounts Launches A New Address Book For iOS That Tracks Your Many Identities

    Accounts Launches A New Address Book For iOS That Tracks Your Many Identities

    An application called Accounts, live now on iOS to start, is a new attempt at developing a universal address book. While many competitors that have gone before it have focused on aggregating user accounts from the major social networks – like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Accounts is interesting because it’s trying to catalog the long-tail of users’ social networks. On… Read More

  • FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    FiLIP 2, A Smartwatch For Kids, Arrives Today At AT&T For $100

    Will Santa stuff children’s stockings with smartwatches this holiday season? That’s the hope for Filip Technologies which is today launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for kids at AT&T stores and online at ATT.com for the discounted launch price of $99.99. The watch, which is essentially a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is one of the first “wearables” aimed at… Read More

  • Evercontact Brings Its Automated Address Book Updater To The iPhone

    Evercontact Brings Its Automated Address Book Updater To The iPhone

    A company called Evercontact has just launched a new app that allows you to automatically update your iPhone’s address book with new contact information extracted from email signature lines. The service had previously been available for Gmail, Outlook, Chrome, plus CRM solutions from Salesforce, Highrise, Connectwise, Zoho and more. Disclosure: I’ve been a paying user of… Read More

  • Odysee Automatically Saves Your Mobile Photos And Videos To Your Home PC

    Odysee Automatically Saves Your Mobile Photos And Videos To Your Home PC

    A new application launching today called Odysee offers a different way for consumers to back up photos and videos from their smartphones. Instead of backing up to the cloud, which can be both pricey and sometimes even insecure, with Odysee, content is backed up to your home computer. For free! Well, it’s free until next year when the $5/year pricing plan kicks in. It’s like… Read More

  • Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Just In Time For The Car-Less Generation, Bus And Train Ticket Aggregator Wanderu Raises $5.6M Series A

    Boston-based travel startup Wanderu, which aims to become something of a Kayak.com for booking bus and train tickets — a market that doesn’t yet have a leading aggregation site — has now raised $5.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Metamorphic Ventures, and was said to be over-subscribed. Also participating were Alta Ventures, Craig Lentzsch (former… Read More

  • Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    Mobile Social Network Parenthoods Raises $1.32 Million

    A San Francisco-based social network called Parenthoods has raised a $1.32 million seed round for its modern mobile platform designed to connect millennial parents who are used to apps like Instagram and Snapchat with others locally. In the Parenthoods iOS app, moms and dads chat with fellow parents in order to swap advice, offer support, arrange playdates, and more. The company, which… Read More

  • Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Please And Carrots Debuts Subscription-Based Toys, Expert Advice For New Parents

    Busy parents who don’t have the time to shop for the best developmentally-appropriate and educationally-focused toys for their little ones now have a new option. A company called Please and Carrots is today launching a subscription-based toy company that sends a quarterly box of toys to parents of children from 0 to 3 years old, which includes only those items that have been curated… Read More

  • Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google today announced a new feature for its online storage service Google Drive that will allow users to more easily launch the files they have saved in the cloud using their preferred desktop applications. The feature is not rolling out to the core product, however, but is instead available as an optional Chrome extension. Once installed, users will be able to right-click on applications… Read More

  • Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Longtime social site for groups Meetup has been steadily rolling out new features to its service over the course of the year following the close of a secondary round earlier in 2014. This summer, the company made messaging the big focus of its mobile application, and now Meetup is rolling out its own crowdfunding platform called “Contributions.” The new feature allows Meetup… Read More

  • Majority Of Top Messaging Apps And Tools Fail EFF’s Security Review

    Majority Of Top Messaging Apps And Tools Fail EFF’s Security Review

    It may have taken massive hacks of popular platforms like Apple’s iCloud and messaging app Snapchat to generate mainstream awareness around the fact that any content stored online is vulnerable to attack and exposure. Meanwhile, thanks to revelations from Edward Snowden about the nature of the surveillance state we now live in, more mobile users are aware that steps need to be taken… Read More

  • Amazon-Owned Sites Including Diapers.com Roll Out Free Overnight Shipping To Select Markets

    Amazon-Owned Sites Including Diapers.com Roll Out Free Overnight Shipping To Select Markets

    Amazon subsidiary Quidsi, which operates a number of single-word domains like Diapers.com, is bringing free overnight shipping to three major U.S. metro areas starting today: greater New York, San Francisco, and L.A. The service will be available only on orders of $49 or more made from select Quidsi-operated sites including Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com. The news comes on the heels of… Read More

  • Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Proposed Changes To Emoji Standard Would Allow For More Diversity, Increased Selection Of Skin Tones

    Last summer, an article on Fast Company asked an important question related to the increasingly popular picture-based character set called emoji, now found on the majority of modern smartphones: Are emoji racist? The problem, the post pointed out, is that the people characters in the emoji set based on the Unicode standard tended to be overwhelmingly white. Where was the diversity? Where… Read More

  • Tumblr Users Protest New Image Size Change, Claiming It Broke GIFs And Photosets

    Tumblr Users Protest New Image Size Change, Claiming It Broke GIFs And Photosets

    Another change to a social networking site, another user-driven backlash. Nearly 50,000 Tumblr users have now signed a petition asking the Yahoo-owned blogging platform to reverse its decision to increase the image size requirements, claiming the changes have affected older images hosted on Tumblr, which are now stretched and blurred. Some portion of these angry users also went on a… Read More

  • First Data Debuts Clover Mobile, A Wireless, Tablet-Based Point-Of-Sale

    First Data Debuts Clover Mobile, A Wireless, Tablet-Based Point-Of-Sale

    Payment processor First Data today introduced a new, more portable point-of-sale system called Clover Mobile at the Money 20/20 conference being held now in Las Vegas. The handheld solution is an extension of the Clover brand. As you may recall, First Data debuted its first Clover-branded point-of-sale system aimed at small to medium-sized businesses in October 2013. That was also when First… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

    Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

    Amazon Prime members are getting another benefit today, the company announced this morning: free, unlimited photo storage. In a new service called Prime Photos, paying subscribers of Amazon’s membership program will now be about to store photos in their original resolutions to Amazon Cloud Drive from any device, including iOS, Android, and Fire phones and tablets, as well as Mac and… Read More

  • Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

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