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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  • 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

  • Amazon’s Other App Store, Alexa’s “Skills” Section, Has Quietly Grown To Over 130 Apps

    Amazon’s Other App Store, Alexa’s “Skills” Section, Has Quietly Grown To Over 130 Apps

    Amazon has been quietly building out an ecosystem of applications for its connected device, the Amazon Echo. While nowhere near as well-known or buzzed about as the two top app stores on the market today – Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google’s Play Store – the Echo app store, aka the “Skills” section in the Amazon Alexa mobile app, has now grown to over… Read More

  • Microsoft Says Windows 10 Is Now Running On Over 200 Million Devices

    Microsoft Says Windows 10 Is Now Running On Over 200 Million Devices

    Microsoft this morning announced promising numbers related to the growth and traction of its Windows 10 operating system. The company confirmed today that Windows 10 is now running on over 200 million monthly active devices worldwide, and is also the fastest-growing release of any version of the Windows operating system ever. Microsoft said Windows 10 growth has outpaced Windows 7 by nearly… Read More

  • Roku Expands Its Smart TV Platform, Will Launch Its First 4K TV This Spring

    Roku Expands Its Smart TV Platform, Will Launch Its First 4K TV This Spring

    If cord-cutting and streaming services are the future of TV watching, then it makes sense that one of the top makers of streaming media players, Roku, is expanding its television footprint. The company announced this morning that it will continue to roll out more models of televisions with Roku’s smart TV platform built-in, with plans to introduce at least 60 new TV models in 2016. Read More

  • Twitter’s Revamped Mac App Finally Arrives

    Twitter’s Revamped Mac App Finally Arrives

    As promised earlier this fall at Twitter’s developer conference Flight, the company’s long-neglected Mac application has been updated today with a host of new features that put the app more on par with Twitter’s other applications for mobile and web. Specifically, the revamped Mac app now includes support for things like inline video playback, GIFs in the timeline… Read More

  • Apple’s “Start Something New” Campaign Kicks Off With Online Gallery, In-Store Artist Workshops

    Apple’s “Start Something New” Campaign Kicks Off With Online Gallery, In-Store Artist Workshops

    Apple wants to show consumers how its devices – including Macs, as well as mobile devices like iPhones and iPads – can be used to create art. Specifically, its latest pushback at the dated concept that mobile devices aren’t tools for creation, the company is planning to host a series of workshops in Apple stores that will teach people how to shoot professional-quality… Read More

  • Credit Karma Acquires Innovative Mobile Notifications Startup Snowball

    Credit Karma Acquires Innovative Mobile Notifications Startup Snowball

    Credit and finance management platform Credit Karma, known best as the startup that offers free, no-strings-attached credit scores, has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired the makers of the mobile application Snowball, with plans to leverage the team’s expertise in mobile notifications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the Snowball app will be pulled from… Read More

  • Yarn’s App Lets You Share Short Clips From Movies, TV Shows And Music Videos

    Yarn’s App Lets You Share Short Clips From Movies, TV Shows And Music Videos

    GIF-sharing is so 2015. Or at least, a startup called Yarn hopes that will be the case. The team’s recently launched mobile app offers a different way to have fun while messaging your friends, by offering a way for you to search for and discover short clips from movies, TV and music videos that you can then pop into your conversation. Today, Yarn only supports Facebook Messenger, but… Read More

  • Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    Report: Apple Devices, “Phablets” Dominate Holiday Sales

    More consumers were unwrapping new “phablet” devices this holiday season, according to a report out this afternoon from Flurry. The big-screened form factor, whose name is a mashup of “phone” and “tablet,” accounted for 27 percent of a new device activations in the week leading up to Christmas – a doubling of its share from the year prior, and up from… Read More

  • Trademark Filings Point To More Beats Radio Stations Coming To Apple Music

    Trademark Filings Point To More Beats Radio Stations Coming To Apple Music

    Just-spotted trademark applications from Apple-owned Beats Electronics, LLC point to Apple’s plans to introduce more live streaming radio stations to its Apple Music service to accompany its 24-hour station, Beats 1. It appears Apple’s radio lineup may be expanding to include Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4, and Beats 5, according to the applications filed with the U.S. Patent and… Read More

  • Live Studio Turns Your Videos And GIFs Into Live Photos

    Live Studio Turns Your Videos And GIFs Into Live Photos

    A good handful of apps have emerged to expand the capabilities of Live Photos introduced in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including a tool to turn Live Photos into GIFs,  a Live Photo editor called Alive and another app known as Lively. A fourth option from an indie student developer is Live Studio which – though a slightly less-polished app overall – offers a few unique tricks… Read More

  • After Topping The App Store On Christmas, Fitbit’s Stock Shoots Up

    After Topping The App Store On Christmas, Fitbit’s Stock Shoots Up

    It looks like Santa delivered a lot of Fitbits for Christmas this year. After topping the App Store just after Christmas morning, Fitbit’s stock has shot up by around 5 percent in pre-market trading on Monday morning. The app this morning is now the #2 Free App on the iTunes Store, and the #1 app in the Health & Fitness category. The stock surge has been reported by The Street… Read More

  • Google And Microsoft Launch Their Santa Trackers

    Google And Microsoft Launch Their Santa Trackers

    Remember when kids just peered out at the stars, trying to spot the lights of Santa’s sleigh (or Rudolph’s shiny nose)? Well, those days are long gone. Santa tracking once again has received its annual digital upgrade. Today, Microsoft and NORAD begin tracking Santa along with Google, on its own just-launched Santa Tracker website. Google’s site this year offers a… Read More

  • Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

    Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

    Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to Yahoo’s recently launched “Account Key,” which also offers a… Read More

  • “App Santa” Promo Drops Prices On 20 Top iOS And Mac Apps

    “App Santa” Promo Drops Prices On 20 Top iOS And Mac Apps

    There are a number of holiday app sales now running as mobile developers slash prices in hopes of reaching potential customers who will soon be unwrapping smartphones for Christmas. But one of the better promotions, starting today, is called “App Santa” and involves a group of indie developers behind some of the most popular applications on the iOS and Mac App Stores. The group… Read More

  • Google Brings Its Interactive, 360-Degree “Spotlight Stories” To YouTube

    Google Brings Its Interactive, 360-Degree “Spotlight Stories” To YouTube

    Google is bringing its Spotlight Stories – immersive, 360-degree animated videos meant to introduce a new form of storytelling – to YouTube, the company announced this morning. The first story to arrive is a holiday film called “Special Delivery,” from Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations. This movie will now be viewable on the YouTube app on many… Read More

  • Microsoft Buys Ray Ozzie’s Communications Startup Talko, Team Will Join Skype

    Microsoft Buys Ray Ozzie’s Communications Startup Talko, Team Will Join Skype

    Microsoft is buying Talko, the mobile messaging startup founded by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect until 2010. The company says today the acquisition, whose terms were not disclosed, involves the Talko technology and the team. Talko employees will now join Skype, while Talko itself is being shut down. Ozzie, however, will not be rejoining Microsoft as a part of… Read More

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