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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  • Ringly Raises $5.1 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz To Expand Its Smart Jewelry Collection Beyond Rings

    Ringly Raises $5.1 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz To Expand Its Smart Jewelry Collection Beyond Rings

    Ringly, the maker of a line of smart jewelry for women including a high-tech ring that buzzes and lights up when you receive a phone call or text, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, the company announced this morning. Also participating in the round were new investors High Line Ventures and Silas Capital, and prior investors First Round Capital… Read More

  • Updated Chrome For iOS App Gets Material Design, Support For Handoff

    Updated Chrome For iOS App Gets Material Design, Support For Handoff

    Google’s mobile web browser, Chrome for iOS, is the latest Google application to receive the new “Material Design” look with a new release of the app for iPhone and iPad users out today. Google’s new design motif, introduced with the latest version of Android, is meant to give Google’s mobile platform and services a universal look-and-feel, regardless of which… Read More

  • NBC Will Live Stream The Super Bowl For Free

    NBC Will Live Stream The Super Bowl For Free

    Good news for cord-cutters: NBCUniversal has said it will offer an 11-hour free digital video stream of this year’s Super Bowl, including pre-game coverage, the halftime show, and even an episode of “The Blacklist” following the big game. The stream, which will be offered for free, will begin at noon on February 1st and then wrap up at 10 PM ET that evening. However, NBC… Read More

  • Shapr Raises $3 Million For Its Business Networking Mobile App

    Shapr Raises $3 Million For Its Business Networking Mobile App

    A New York and Paris-based startup called Shapr has raised $3 million to build a better way to professionally network with others in your industry. However, unlike business networking giant LinkedIn, Shapr’s software is mobile-first, with apps for both iOS and Android devices that allow users to select a subset of their contacts who they really know and endorse, and then share those… Read More

  • LastPass Launches A Native Password Manager For Mac Offering Quick Search, Security Checks And Offline Access

    LastPass Launches A Native Password Manager For Mac Offering Quick Search, Security Checks And Offline Access

    Longtime password management software company LastPass is rolling out a new, native Mac application this morning, which will offer users more native integration on OS X, while also introducing a number of new features, including instant logins, the ability to run security checks on your online accounts, and a fast search function. With data breaches becoming par for the course, it seems… Read More

  • Social Network Tsu Is Hacking The App Store’s Pay-Per-Download Rules

    Social Network Tsu Is Hacking The App Store’s Pay-Per-Download Rules

    A newer, much-debated social network called Tsu has launched a workaround to Apple’s longtime ban on “incentivized” app installs (aka pay-per-installs). Technically, users are being rewarded for creating content on Tsu and inviting others to join, but the money they earn for this activity comes from Tsu’s advertisers. That means Tsu serves as something of a middle… Read More

  • Workestra Turns Your Mobile Push Notifications Into Organized Tasks

    Workestra Turns Your Mobile Push Notifications Into Organized Tasks

    A new application called Workestra for iOS, Android and Windows Phone turns your push notifications from various apps and services into tasks you can “snooze” or mark as done. The idea is to offer a more inbox-like tool for managing the various updates from your apps, allowing you to better control which sorts of notifications you want to see, and which accounts you want to see… Read More

  • Microsoft Outlook Hacked In China, New Report Finds

    Microsoft Outlook Hacked In China, New Report Finds

    Only a few weeks after Google’s Gmail service was blocked in China, a new report from online censorship monitoring organization GreatFire.org released this morning states that Microsoft’s email system Outlook was recently subjected to a “man-in-the-middle” attack in China. This is a form of eavesdropping where the attacker inserts himself in between the… Read More

  • VetPronto Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

    VetPronto Brings Veterinary House Calls To San Francisco

    A new company looking to make it more convenient for pet owners to see their local veterinarian, VetPronto, is now live in San Francisco. A member of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, VetPronto is offering on-demand house call veterinary services for dogs and cats, allowing customers to skip a visit to the clinic or just see a vet at a more convenient time – like on evenings and… Read More

  • Bellabeat Leaf, A Health Tracker For Women, Will Now Track Your Reproductive Cycle Too

    Bellabeat Leaf, A Health Tracker For Women, Will Now Track Your Reproductive Cycle Too

    Bellabeat, the maker of a trio of health trackers for moms and moms-to-be, is now broadening its focus to include a feature set designed to appeal to all women after selling out of its initial pre-orders, netting the company $1.2 million in revenue. With the Bellabeat Leaf, a piece of “smart jewelry” that can be worn as a necklace, pendant, bracelet or brooch to track activity… Read More

  • Hoping To Engage More Readers, Wikipedia Rolls Out A Redesigned Mobile App

    Hoping To Engage More Readers, Wikipedia Rolls Out A Redesigned Mobile App

    The Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out a new version of its Wikipedia mobile application beginning this afternoon, which offers an improved reading experience, better search and an image-centric design, the company says. The updated app will be released on Android first, with an iOS release scheduled to follow. Read More

  • Dating Service Zoosk Lays Off 15% Of Staff, Company Confirms

    Dating Service Zoosk Lays Off 15% Of Staff, Company Confirms

    Dating service Zoosk has laid off 15 percent of its employees this week, sources told TechCrunch, and the company now confirms. According to a spokesperson, the move was made as part of a larger effort to lower expenses in many areas. News of the layoffs follows the exit of Zoosk’s founders from their leadership roles last month, and confirmation that the company was indefinitely… Read More

  • Fiksu Finds More Evidence Of iOS 9 Testing Underway

    Fiksu Finds More Evidence Of iOS 9 Testing Underway

    This afternoon, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu unveiled new data indicating that iOS 9, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now being publicly tested. According to the company’s research, Fiksu says it has now seen 145 distinct IDFAs (Identifier for Advertisers) in 2015 which hail from iOS 9 devices. The IDFA, a marker used by mobile advertisers, is a… Read More

  • Camu Brings Its All-In-One Camera App, Photo Editor And Mobile Messenger To Android

    Camu Brings Its All-In-One Camera App, Photo Editor And Mobile Messenger To Android

    Camu, a mobile app for editing photos and video that was earlier named one of the App Store Best of 2014 applications following its launch this past August, is now available to Android users after receiving 3 million downloads via iTunes. The app is designed to simplify the process of shooting, editing then sharing photos and videos by offering the ability to do many of the more common… Read More

  • Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids

    Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids

    A new company called Kiko Labs is today releasing a series of “brain-training” games for children. Think, perhaps: a Lumosity for the preschool-plus set. Like others claiming to promote cognitive skill development through gameplay, Kiko Labs’ games were developed in partnership with a scientific advisory board, who advised the company on how to best translate dozens of… Read More

  • Underground Cellar Is A Wine-Buying Site That Rewards You With “Better” Bottles For Free

    Underground Cellar Is A Wine-Buying Site That Rewards You With “Better” Bottles For Free

    While the Internet is not lacking in places to buy wines online, a new Y Combinator-backed startup called Underground Cellar has come up with an interesting new concept for wine sales, where its customers are able purchase package deals that include random, free upgrades to premium, rare, and private-stash bottles from a number of wineries. These wines can then be shipped immediately to… Read More

  • Xpire, Now On Android, Brings “Disappearing” Posts To Twitter

    Xpire, Now On Android, Brings “Disappearing” Posts To Twitter

    Disappearing messages, like those on popular apps like Snapchat, give users a sense of greater privacy when compared to larger, more public social networks like Facebook or Twitter. While not infallible (see 2014’s Snapchat hack, for example), the idea is that your content doesn’t live forever etched in stone online, but exists to be consumed in the moment, then discarded. Read More

  • Microsoft Announces A Skype For iOS Testing Program

    Microsoft Announces A Skype For iOS Testing Program

    In addition to rolling out an updated version of the Skype for iPhone mobile application this morning, Microsoft also announced the launch of a new testing program for Skype iOS users who are willing to download, use and give feedback on pre-release versions of the mobile calling and chatting software. Participants in the program need to be 18 years old or older, plus have a valid email… Read More

  • ClosetSpace Brings Fashion Inspiration And Recommendations To Your Smartphone

    ClosetSpace Brings Fashion Inspiration And Recommendations To Your Smartphone

    A new application called ClosetSpace from fashion analytics company Stylitics wants to put a digital closet in your pocket, while also feeding you daily inspirations, outfit suggestions, and more, as well as offering access to a personal stylist for just $25.00. The app, targeting mainly at women, is meant to serve as your centralized fashion hub that helps you with everything related to… Read More

  • PayPal Here Adds Windows Support, Will Launch An EMV Card Reader Later This Year

    PayPal Here Adds Windows Support, Will Launch An EMV Card Reader Later This Year

    The PayPal Here card reader, PayPal’s hardware device that lets merchants accept credit and debit card payments through a dongle attached to their iOS or Android device, is being updated with support for EMV and contactless transactions, the payments company announced today at the National Retail Federation conference taking place this week in New York. An alternative to competitors… Read More

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