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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  • Momento for iMessage turns your photos into GIFs

    Momento for iMessage turns your photos into GIFs

    Although the iMessage App Store is currently dominated by sticker packs, there are a few clever apps breaking through. One such app is Momento, an iMessage-only app that automatically turns your photos from your Camera Roll into GIFs you can text to your friends. What makes the new app fun to use is that it doesn’t require that you do anything to create these GIFs yourself – it… Read More

  • Mattel’s ThingMaker, the 3D printer that let kids make their own toys, delayed until next year

    Mattel’s ThingMaker, the 3D printer that let kids make their own toys, delayed until next year

    Remember ThingMaker? Mattel’s $300 3D printer that would let kids print out their own toys? Its ship date – which was supposed to be this month – just got pushed back another year, according to a report from Engadget. The toy maker says it needs the extra time to “enhance the digital functionality” in order to deliver the “most engaging” experience… Read More

  • Drake’s new short film “Please Forgive Me” arrives as an Apple Music exclusive

    Drake’s new short film “Please Forgive Me” arrives as an Apple Music exclusive

    Drake’s new short film “Please Forgive Me” launched today ahead of schedule as an Apple Music exclusive. The 23-minute film begins with a plot similar to “Indecent Proposal,” as it involves a wealthy millionaire offering Drake’s girlfriend, played by Belgian model Fanny Neguesha, $1 million to spend the night with him. From there it delves into more of… Read More

  • Google adds Spanish-language voting guides to Search

    Google adds Spanish-language voting guides to Search

    Google is continuing its push to get more Americans registered to vote ahead of the upcoming presidential elections by expanding its voter information guides in Google Search to Spanish. While the company was already providing web searchers with details on how to get registered and how to vote, based on your current location, those guides were only triggered by searches for English phrases… Read More

  • Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud

    Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud

    You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex’s media player. The popular service, which allows you to watch TV and movies from your own collection, including those you’ve recorded via an attached digital antenna, is making itself more accessible to mainstream users via a new online option, called Plex Cloud. Instead of installing… Read More

  • Roku unveils its new line of streaming players

    Roku unveils its new line of streaming players

    Confirming earlier leaks, Roku this morning unveiled a refreshed and rebranded line of streaming media players, with the intent of plugging every hole in the market. Instead of numbering the Roku devices as before, the new streamers use names like “Express” for the entry-level devices up to “Ultra” for the high-end player, and focus on consumers’ particular… Read More

  • Apple’s iTunes soon to serve up “Spoken Editions” of publishers’ content

    Apple’s iTunes soon to serve up “Spoken Editions” of publishers’ content

    If you prefer listening to the news over reading the news, you’ll soon have a new way to do so, via iTunes. In the near future, you’ll be able to browse through a variety of podcasts focused on turning media publishers’ articles and news into audio content, dubbed “Spoken Editions.” On iTunes, podcasts branded “Spoken Edition” will be short-form… Read More

  • Defunct smart jewelry startup Cuff sued by vendors for unpaid work

    Defunct smart jewelry startup Cuff sued by vendors for unpaid work

    Cuff, the smart jewelry maker that promised a line of fashion wearables capable of sending emergency alerts to trusted family and friends, shut down earlier this year leaving a number of customer orders unfilled and vendors unpaid. Now, the company is being named in a bankruptcy suit filed by five of its manufacturing partners. Read More

  • Apple’s iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs

    Apple’s iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs

    In just over a week, Apple’s iMessage App Store has grown to over 1,650 applications and sticker packs – more than the original iPhone had at launch as well as the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad at the time of its debut, but far less than the 3,500+ the Watch App Store arrived with last year. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the most popular type of mini… Read More

  • Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

    Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

    As indicated by an earlier report, Yahoo today confirmed it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a data breach which affected the account information of “at least” 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now believes to be a state-sponsored actor. The stolen information includes… Read More

  • Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

    Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

    Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. The company first revealed Daydream at… Read More

  • The CW goes after cord cutters with its own free, cross-platform streaming service

    The CW goes after cord cutters with its own free, cross-platform streaming service

    As the number of cord cutters in the U.S. continues to grow, The CW is doubling down on its own, subscription-free, over-the-top streaming service, which will now become the only way to watch in-season episodes of the network’s shows. The service will also expand across platforms, including support for Roku, Chromecast, AirPlay, Apple TV, Xbox, and Amazon Fire TV, in addition to… Read More

  • Amazon undercuts rivals with launch of new photo printing service, Amazon Prints

    Amazon undercuts rivals with launch of new photo printing service, Amazon Prints

    Watch out, Shutterfly. Amazon has quietly launched a new service called Amazon Prints, which allows consumers to print photos and custom photo books, and soon, other photo products like stationery and calendars, at prices significantly cheaper than rivals. Though the company made no formal announcement, Amazon Prints debuted last week and is being made available to customers who use the… Read More

  • Yahoo View brings Hulu’s free programming to mobile, but is limited to clips

    Yahoo View brings Hulu’s free programming to mobile, but is limited to clips

    Yahoo View, the company’s recently launched gambit to go after cord cutters by offering free video content from Hulu, is now available on mobile. Yahoo has just debuted an iOS version of the mobile TV service, which will soon be followed by launches on Android and the mobile web, the company says. In case you missed it earlier, Yahoo View was developed in partnership with Hulu to bring… Read More

  • Tinder’s newest app, Tinder Stacks, lets you swipe on anything

    Tinder’s newest app, Tinder Stacks, lets you swipe on anything

    Tinder today is launching a new application for social polling. The company announced the debut of “Tinder Stacks,” an app for iMessage users that will let you use the “swipe to like” gesture the dating app popularized for anything you want – whether that’s polling your friends which photo should be your new profile picture, what outfit you should wear… Read More

  • Everalbum is proof that SMS invite spam still works

    Everalbum is proof that SMS invite spam still works

    Developers call it “growth hacking.” Recipients call it spam. The latest app to engage in the less-than-wholesome practice of asking users to text invite links to your entire contact list is Everalbum. The fast-growing photo-sharing and backup service climbed to the top of the iOS charts earlier this year ahead of launching on Android, but later decided that organic growth… Read More

  • YouTube enlists volunteers to moderate its site via a new “YouTube Heroes” program

    YouTube enlists volunteers to moderate its site via a new “YouTube Heroes” program

    Earlier this month, YouTube launched its own social network of sorts with the debut of YouTube Community; now it’s enlisting help from viewers to help moderate it, along with other content on the video-sharing site. The company has announced the launch of a new, crowdsourced moderation program called “YouTube Heroes,” which asks volunteers to perform tasks like flagging… Read More

  • NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

    NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

    Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in an effort out-tech them all, will instead stream the debates in virtual reality. Welcome to the future, where watching TV is that weird thing that only grandma still does. NBC says… Read More

  • Tumblr brings Apple’s Live Photos to the web

    Tumblr brings Apple’s Live Photos to the web

    Tumblr today is bringing Live Photos to the web version of its service, while also rolling out tools that will allow other web developers to do the same. The company has released an open source JavaScript library it calls “Laphs” — or Live Anywhere Photos — which lets you support Live Photos on any website. To activate a Live Photo on the web, you use a… Read More

  • Instagram rolls out a “Save Draft” feature to all users

    Instagram rolls out a “Save Draft” feature to all users

    Following tests earlier this year, Instagram today confirmed it’s rolling out a “Save Draft” feature to all users. This addition means you’re now able to begin working on a post, then save a copy of your changes to be completed later. This option appears when you hit the “Back” button in the app – something that would have previously discarded… Read More

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