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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  • Twitter kills TweetDeck for Windows, automates log-ins for TweetDeck users

    Twitter kills TweetDeck for Windows, automates log-ins for TweetDeck users

    Twitter today rolled out a change that will make it easier for users who switch between its desktop application TweetDeck and its website, by no longer requiring users to log in to TweetDeck separately. That is, if users have the Twitter website open and are already logged in, they’ll be able to skip the log-in process on TweetDeck. Related to this news, Twitter says it’s also… Read More

  • Nintendo’s first smartphone app, a social game called Miitomo, launches in Japan

    Nintendo’s first smartphone app, a social game called Miitomo, launches in Japan

    As promised last fall, Nintendo has launched its first mobile smartphone application – but it’s not a new Mario game, and the app is for now only available in Japan for the time being. Today, the company unveiled “Miitomo,” a social app that lets users create cartoon-like avatars of themselves – like the “Miis” that Nintendo introduced with the launch… Read More

  • Digg unveils a news bot for Slack, coming soon to other messaging platforms

    Digg unveils a news bot for Slack, coming soon to other messaging platforms

    News aggregator Digg may no longer be the internet force it once was, but it still offers an interesting and engaging selection of curated news articles and videos across a number of categories, from science and technology to viral Internet memes. Now, the company will bring those articles to its users in messaging and communications applications, beginning with Slack, instead of… Read More

  • YouTube and Google Play agree to join T-Mobile’s Binge On Program, following criticism of video throttling

    YouTube and Google Play agree to join T-Mobile’s Binge On Program, following criticism of video throttling

    YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV will now participate in T-Mobile’s “Binge On” program, which offers cellular subscribers the ability to watch a variety of services without those streams counting against users’ data plans. Google’s participation comes following its recent criticism of the program, which it said was unfairly throttling video services… Read More

  • AliveCor unveils Kardia Band, a medical-grade EKG band for Apple Watch

    A medtech startup called AliveCor today unveiled what may be the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band, pending its FDA clearance. The product is intended to help wearers detect cardiac arrhythmia conditions that can cause stroke, as well as indicate whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal. The band works with an accompanying Apple Watch application… Read More

  • Plan launches a better calendar for busy people

    Plan launches a better calendar for busy people

    Today, we have a variety of apps to manage our days – calendars, task lists, reminders, notes, and more. But the apps don’t always interoperate, and having the information in separate silos can make it hard to get a handle on how to properly manage our time, or how our tasks connect. A new application for web and mobile called Plan is launching today to offer a different approach… Read More

  • Waze now tells you when to leave, thanks to its new Planned Drives feature

    Waze now tells you when to leave, thanks to its new Planned Drives feature

    Turn-by-turn navigation application Waze announced this morning a handy new feature that will make it easier for those who are planning to drive to an upcoming appointment, meeting or other important trip: Waze Planned Drives. The option allows you to tell the app when you need to reach your destination, and it will then alert you as to when you should leave, while taking into… Read More

  • Uber debuts Family Profiles to let you pay for others’ rides

    Uber debuts Family Profiles to let you pay for others’ rides

    On-demand car service Uber announced this morning a new feature designed to make it easier for its customers to pay for rides for their friends and family: Family Profiles. The option was one of Uber’s most frequently requested features, the company notes, and will initially go live in a handful of markets, including Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix, before rolling out elsewhere. Though… Read More

  • Google puts presidential campaign finance information and more directly in search

    Google puts presidential campaign finance information and more directly in search

    Just in time for “Mega Tuesday,” Google has rolled out new features to Google Search that will allow you to better track the primaries and learn more about the candidates. One new addition provides easy-to-understand campaign finance information, so you can see things like which percentage of funds come from SuperPACs versus individuals, or which industries are more heavily backing… Read More

  • Popular ‘blue light’ reducing app F.lux arrives on Android

    Popular ‘blue light’ reducing app F.lux arrives on Android

    F.lux, the popular color-adjusting application for computers and mobile devices that reduces blue light emissions for better nighttime usage, has now arrived on Android. Unfortunately, the application (for now) requires users to have a rooted phone in order to take advantage of its functionality. The release is notable, however, as it comes at a time when the major platform makers are building… Read More

  • Twitch to stream Julia Child’s cooking show to kick off launch of new Food Channel

    Twitch to stream Julia Child’s cooking show to kick off launch of new Food Channel

    Do video game geeks want to watch classic cooking shows? A new experiment on the Amazon-owned video game streaming service Twitch is looking to answer that question, as the company today announced the debut of a full-time Food Channel that will include all 201 episodes of Julia Child’s “The French Chef.” Child’s famous show is kicking off the launch of this channel… Read More

  • UberEATS’ standalone food delivery app launches in its first U.S. cities

    UberEATS’ standalone food delivery app launches in its first U.S. cities

    UberEATS, the newer, standalone app for Uber’s restaurant food-delivery business, is today launching in its first U.S. markets: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The U.S. expansion was announced earlier this year when the app made its initial debut in Toronto. Uber says many more markets are planned to go live on the new app in the near future, too… Read More

  • Netflix pulls its Android Beta Program, says it was not meant for consumers to join

    Netflix pulls its Android Beta Program, says it was not meant for consumers to join

    Netflix confirmed this morning the existence of what appeared to be a new Android beta testing program, but says it did not intend to make it available to consumers via Google Play. In addition, the company tells us that features in the beta app should not be taken as indication of those planned for forthcoming releases. That said, some testers had reported seeing the option for a… Read More

  • Skype for Web upgraded, now supports dialing mobile phones, landlines and more

    Skype for Web upgraded, now supports dialing mobile phones, landlines and more

    Skype for Web, the browser-based version of Microsoft’s popular communications software introduced last year, is getting a slew of new features that brings it more in line with its desktop and mobile counterparts – most notably the added ability to dial mobile phones and landlines. The web version also now allows you to bring non-Skype users into a conversation easily… Read More

  • Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

    Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

    This weekend, Apple’s App Store head Phil Schiller responded to complaints that spam apps and rip-offs were appearing in the App Store’s “New” and “What’s Hot” sections for certain categories. Unfortunately, this has been a longtime issue for Apple’s third-party application marketplace, and the subject of much developer frustration over the years. Read More

  • Microsoft targets Evernote users with software that makes it easy to switch to OneNote

    Microsoft targets Evernote users with software that makes it easy to switch to OneNote

    Microsoft today released a new tool that will make it easier for users of Evernote’s note-taking service to make the transition to rival application OneNote, a part of the Microsoft Office suite. The “OneNote Importer tool,” as the software is called, aims to address the switching costs that can hold back users from making a move to a competing platform. Microsoft even goes… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon Alexa can now pay your Capital One bill

    Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, embedded in devices like the Echo speaker and Fire TV, is today taking on a new role: she’s now a banking assistant, too. Capital One announced this morning the rollout of a new “skill” (like an app for Alexa-powered devices), which will allow consumers to do their banking by voice, including checking balances, reviewing… Read More

  • Kodak tries its hand at social with new “Kodak Moments” storytelling app

    Kodak tries its hand at social with new “Kodak Moments” storytelling app

    The saying “Kodak Moment” is a holdover from another era where camera owners had to be thoughtful about which snapshots deserved to be taken, due to the limitations involved with running out of film. Today, the phrase has lost its meaning as mobile users take photos of everything, then curate after the fact using social media services like Facebook or Instagram. Today, Kodak Alaris… Read More

  • Wikipedia’s new iOS app focuses on discovery, personalization

    Wikipedia’s new iOS app focuses on discovery, personalization

    Wikipedia today launched an upgraded version of its iOS application aimed at helping users better discover content matching their own interests, including both articles and images. In addition, the app has been optimized for Apple’s newer OS and latest iPhones (6s and 6s Plus) with support for 3D Touch and Spotlight Search integrations. This is the latest in a series of efforts from… Read More

  • Vimeo unveils its next set of Originals, including its first-ever feature film and concert

    Vimeo unveils its next set of Originals, including its first-ever feature film and concert

    Vimeo is furthering its investment in original programming, the company announced this morning with the unveiling of the video network’s second slate of programs and films. The new batch includes the company’s first-ever feature film as well as its first concert film, representing an expansion in terms of the type of content it aims to host on its service. The announcement… Read More

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