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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  • Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google is cleaning up its Chrome Web Store – the marketplace where you can browse for extensions and apps for its Chrome web browser. The company says it’s making changes to browser’s User Data Policy, which will now require developers to be more transparent about how they handle customer data, and which will require user consent when data is collected, among other… Read More

  • Hulu’s smarter, more personalized Watchlist rolls out to all users

    Hulu’s smarter, more personalized Watchlist rolls out to all users

    Hulu’s revamped “Watchlist,” the section on its service that helps users track their favorite shows, is now exiting beta and being rolled out to all users, the company announced this morning. Along with the launch, Hulu is also introducing several new features based on what it learned during the testing period, including suggested actions, alerts for new shows, and a new… Read More

  • China is now #2 in iOS revenue, behind the U.S.

    China is now #2 in iOS revenue, behind the U.S.

    Earlier this year, app store analytics firm App Annie predicted that China could overtake both the U.S. and Japan in terms of revenue generated from iOS applications as soon as this year. The year isn’t yet half over, but that prediction appears to be on its way to coming true: China has just moved past Japan to take the number two position for iOS revenue – up from third place… Read More

  • Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

    Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

    Microsoft is making Skype in the browser plugin-free, the company announced this morning. But before you get too excited, be aware that this new experience only works in Microsoft Edge for now. Other browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, will continue to require plugins as before. Skype for Web, the browser-based version of the online communications software rolled out publicly… Read More

  • Sorted offers a new take on the standard To Do list app

    Sorted offers a new take on the standard To Do list app

    A new application called Sorted launches today to offer a better, faster and more efficient way to manage your tasks via your mobile phone. Yes, it’s another To Do list application. Do we really need such a thing? The answer to that question may be subjective, but a small team of developers in Hong Kong believes there’s room for another app in this space to carve out its… Read More

  • Minecraft Education Edition, aimed at teachers, arrives in May

    Minecraft Education Edition, aimed at teachers, arrives in May

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it was expanding its investment in Minecraft, the popular game it acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, by building out a new version that would allow teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. Today, Microsoft announced that “Minecraft Education Edition,” as this version is called, will become available in beta format starting in… Read More

  • Apple’s iTunes Allowances will be shut down next month

    Apple’s iTunes Allowances will be shut down next month

    Apple is discontinuing support for iTunes Allowances, the feature that allowed parents to send monthly credits to a recipient’s – meaning, their child’s – Apple ID for use in the iTunes Store. That allowance could then be spent on music, videos, apps or books, as the child desired. Now, according to an update to the iTunes Allowances support page on Apple’s… Read More

  • Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo brings eSports coverage to mobile with launch of new app

    Yahoo has recently been trimming down its digital media business, with the closure of several of its online magazines, but other verticals – including eSports – are still seeing investment. To that end, the company has now launched its first eSports mobile application on Android. The new app brings eSports match coverage, including the ability to watch live or replay past games… Read More

  • Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook’s new chatbots still need work

    Facebook debuted chatbots for Messenger this week to much fanfare, promising consumers a new way to interact with their favorite businesses over the company’s popular messaging service. The idea is that Messenger users could simply “chat” with these automated software programs to do things like read the latest news from CNN, get a weather report or even go shopping. In… Read More

  • Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    Shopify gets into chatbots with acquisition of Kit CRM

    The chatbot craze has claimed another victim. I mean, acquisition. Shopify, the makers of a popular platform used by over 243,000 businesses, from smaller online merchants to big names like Tesla and Budweiser, announced today it’s buying a startup called Kit CRM. The company helps businesses interact with their customers over text messages – yes, “conversational… Read More

  • Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV, the Dish-owned online streaming service that promises live TV via the internet, has been plagued with one serious problem since launch: you could only stream Sling TV to one device at a time. Today, the company is attempting to address that issue with the launch of a new “multi-stream” service, now in beta, that lets you stream live TV to up to three devices at a time… Read More

  • Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US

    While Amazon, Google and a number of startups like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and others are focused on quick, same-day deliveries of groceries and household items, Walmart has been taking a different approach. It has instead tapped into its large brick-and-mortar footprint to roll out curbside grocery pickup in a number of locations across the U.S., allowing customers to shop online or… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined see 3 times more messages than SMS

    Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined see 3 times more messages than SMS

    At Facebook’s F8 developers conference this morning, the company shared some interesting metrics related to the traction and growth of its popular messaging applications, Messenger and WhatsApp. One especially notable figure CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled was that Facebook’s two messaging services, when combined, saw more activity on a daily basis than SMS (traditional texting). Read More

  • Twitter Moments become tweetable playlists thanks to SoundCloud

    Twitter Moments become tweetable playlists thanks to SoundCloud

    An upgrade to Twitter’s Moments feature, originally designed to offer users a curated “best of Twitter” experience, now turns Moments into a source for tweetable playlists. Through an ongoing partnership with music streaming service SoundCloud, Twitter Moments will now allow curators to create and share Moments containing SoundCloud’s audio cards – that is… Read More

  • Vimeo’s short films will hit select theaters this weekend

    Vimeo’s short films will hit select theaters this weekend

    Vimeo is ramping up its efforts focused on getting its programming in front of an adult audience interested in indie video content, with the announcement of a partnership with Spotlight Cinema Networks that brings its short-form videos to the silver screen. Spotlight, which is owned by Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Arthouse Marketing Group, works with independent theater chains, and… Read More

  • Google will now warn users when websites host deceptive ‘social engineering’ ads

    Google will now warn users when websites host deceptive ‘social engineering’ ads

    [Update: Google published this news today on its corporate blog, but this was previously announced earlier this year. We’ve asked Google to clarify why it was republished, if that was in error, or if it represents any changes since the first announcement.] Google says it’s expanding its efforts at keeping web surfers better protected from deceptive content online through an… Read More

  • Starbucks rolls out a more personalized mobile app along with a revamped Rewards program

    Starbucks rolls out a more personalized mobile app along with a revamped Rewards program

    Starbucks this morning announced the overall of its mobile application, now used by 17 million people, in an effort to create a more personalized experience for its customers. The changes rolled out alongside an overhaul of the company’s popular customer loyalty program, Starbucks Rewards, which is now doling out stars based on dollars spent in stores, rather than how often… Read More

  • Botlist is an app store for bots

    Botlist is an app store for bots

    A new site launching today wants to be the app store for bots. Botlist, as it’s called, is a third-party database that’s a catalog a lot of the bots currently available across platforms, including email, web, SMS, Slack, mobile, apps, and more. There’s no question that bots are all the rage. Facebook is planning to introduce chatbots on Messenger this week; Microsoft just… Read More

  • These two apps let you pretend you actually handwrote that greeting card

    These two apps let you pretend you actually handwrote that greeting card

    Getting a hand-written note in the mail today is a rare treat, as most of our communications have gone digital. Another reason for this? Our penmanship has massively suffered as we spend more time typing, and less writing with pen and paper. I mean, sure, I could send you a note right now – but could you actually read it? Highly doubtful. Fortunately, a pair of mobile applications, Felt… Read More

  • Slidebox brings its Tinder-like photo management app to Android

    Slidebox brings its Tinder-like photo management app to Android

    A new application called Slidebox aims to help Android users clean up their photo library by swiping to delete unwanted photos, as well as use other tools to more easily organize photos into albums. It’s sort of like a “Tinder for Photos” with a few extra features, in fact. The app is now one of many utilities arriving to address a longtime challenge smartphone users… Read More

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