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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  • WhatsApp hits 100 million calls per day

    WhatsApp hits 100 million calls per day

    In February, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced it had reached one billion users worldwide, and this week, the company added another metric to demonstrate its ongoing traction and growth. According to a brief post on the company blog, WhatsApp claims that it’s now handling more than 100 million voice calls per day on its service. This is equivalent to over 1,100 calls per second, the… Read More

  • YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    Along with news that it’s preparing to introduce live streaming support in its main mobile application, YouTube also this week announced a series of new features for its creator community. The details, which include a new Creator Hub, better support, a benefits program and other tools, were unveiled Thursday at VidCon, an event focused on online video and digital culture. In a… Read More

  • YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube, sounding a little miffed that House representatives were livestreaming their sit-in using Periscope and Facebook Live, reminded its community that it has been offering livestreaming on its site since 2011, “before it was cool,” the company snarked in a series of announcements emerging from this week’s VidCon event. That may be true, but a single-purpose app… Read More

  • Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Even though printing photos is no longer the only means of viewing and sharing them with others, people still often want to do something more meaningful with these images — especially those of their family and children — than simply sharing them via ephemeral social media posts. A new application called Storyboard, launching today from the Disney-backed startup Twigtale, aims… Read More

  • Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    One of the early startups in the app discovery space, Homescreen.me, is relaunching its service that lets you browse which apps others have installed on their iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, too. Despite valiant efforts at creating social networks around apps and app recommendations, one of the best ways to discover those you’ll really like is by word-of-mouth — a friend tells… Read More

  • Real-time crash reporting tool Sentry grabs $9 million from NEA & Accel

    Real-time crash reporting tool Sentry grabs $9 million from NEA & Accel

    Sentry, a real-time crash reporting tool for web, mobile and games, has come a long way from its roots as an internal tool used at the blog comment hosting service Disqus. The startup has since been adopted by a number of big names in the tech industry, including Square, Stripe, Dropbox, Opera, Uber, Airbnb, Postmates, and others. And now it has raised $9 million in Series A funding led… Read More

  • SoundCloud improves music discovery with new Suggested Tracks feature

    SoundCloud improves music discovery with new Suggested Tracks feature

    SoundCloud is launching a new feature that aims to help its users find new tracks and artists they’ll love, based on their activity and listening history. Called “Suggested Tracks,” the addition is essentially SoundCloud’s attempt at personalizing the service to its individual users in order to keep them engaged and listening to more music and audio… Read More

  • YouTube’s 15-minute outage attributed to routine engineering push

    YouTube’s 15-minute outage attributed to routine engineering push

    A routine engineering push was the source of a 15-minute global YouTube outage this morning, not a hack or DDOS attack. The issue has since been resolved, but was surprising given how reliable the Google-owned service has historically been. At the time of the outage, users who visited the site were met with a “500 Internal Server Error,” blank screens or other error… Read More

  • BET Play is Viacom’s new $4 per month streaming service, arriving today outside the U.S.

    BET Play is Viacom’s new $4 per month streaming service, arriving today outside the U.S.

    A new streaming service from Viacom is hitting the international market today: BET Play, a video-on-demand application aimed at an adult audience, offering access to programming from the entertainment-focused BET cable television channel. This is only the second streaming service to emerge from Viacom, but the first for adults. The company previously launched Noggin, which includes a… Read More

  • AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, wakes back up with a launch in Boston

    AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, wakes back up with a launch in Boston

    Amazon’s online grocery shopping service, AmazonFresh, is expanding once again – roughly a long hiatus. Following its arrival in London earlier this month, the retailer announced on Tuesday that it would now make the service available to customers in Boston, Massachusetts in select neighborhoods. The city now joins the other AmazonFresh markets in the U.S., including Seattle… Read More

  • Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo this morning launched a new travel guide for iOS it’s calling Yahoo Radar. While the app will offer traditional travel companion type features like restaurant recommendations and details on popular attractions, landmarks, and other sights in a given city, the app will be more useful to those who use Yahoo Mail as their primary email client. It also heavily relies on a… Read More

  • Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS

    Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS

    Microsoft announced this morning the launch of a new mobile app for SharePoint customers aimed at bringing a company’s SharePoint-powered intranet portal and its content to users’ smartphones and tablets. The app is initially available on iOS – meaning it will work on iPhone and iPad – but it will arrive on both Android and Windows platforms before year end… Read More

  • Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees –… Read More

  • Tumblr launches live video support in partnership with YouTube, YouNow and others

    Tumblr launches live video support in partnership with YouTube, YouNow and others

    Tumblr this morning announced support for live video on its service, confirming our report from yesterday that such a move was in the works. The feature will allow Tumblr users to live stream video directly to their followers’ Dashboards, and will also send out push notifications when users go live or reblog a live stream. Along with the announcement comes further clarification on how… Read More

  • Microsoft Flow, a tool for managing workflows, launches on iOS

    Microsoft Flow, a tool for managing workflows, launches on iOS

    Microsoft Flow, the company’s recently launched workflow management tool, has now arrived on mobile in the form of an iOS application. Essentially a direct competitor to IFTTT, Microsoft Flow debuted in April on the web, offering an interface that lets you mash up up two or more cloud services in order to create workflows –  like those that let you automate file… Read More

  • Tumblr to launch live video on Tuesday

    Tumblr to launch live video on Tuesday

    Twitter has Periscope. Amazon has Twitch. Google has YouTube’s live streaming. And Facebook has Facebook Live. Now, Tumblr is getting into live video, too. The company is preparing to launch a new live video feature on its service, beginning tomorrow, which will introduce a series of live broadcasts as well as a user-facing feature that could compete with Facebook Live, among… Read More

  • Apple invites developers to test the new App Store Search Ads

    Apple invites developers to test the new App Store Search Ads

    Over the weekend, Apple began inviting developers to beta test the App Store’s new Search Ads. Announced in advance of the company’s 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference this month, Search Ads are perhaps one of the biggest changes to the way the App Store operates in years, as it will allow developers to bid to become the top-ranked result when users perform a search by… Read More

  • Fitbit’s newest feature reminds you to go to bed

    Fitbit’s newest feature reminds you to go to bed

    Sleep is an important part of your overall health and wellbeing, which is why Fitbit this morning is rolling out a new feature that will help you establish a more consistent sleep routine as well as send reminders when it’s time to go to bed. While several of Fitbit’s bands already enable sleep tracking, this new setting called “Sleep Schedule” is focused on helping… Read More

  • Tablo launches its live TV and DVR app for Apple TV

    Tablo launches its live TV and DVR app for Apple TV

    Looking to cut the cord and have a new Apple TV? A new app from Tablo can help. Launching shortly for Apple TV 4th generation devices — the new models that include access to the Apple TV App Store — the app allows you to both stream live television and watch recorded programs. The app works in conjunction with the company’s Tablo DVR, a $200 device that can access… Read More

  • Domino’s backs out of free pizza promotion with T-Mobile due to higher-than-expected demand

    Domino’s backs out of free pizza promotion with T-Mobile due to higher-than-expected demand

    T-Mobile’s latest “un-carrier” move — an attempt to reward its customers with freebies offered via an app called T-Mobile Tuesdays — has been just a bit too popular. Demand for the app and its various promotions was so high that the app crashed under the influx of customers right out of the gate. And now, one of the best deals it offered — free… Read More

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