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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  • Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it’s adding three new original podcast series on its service, with plans for more originals to arrive later this year. The series, which are produced in partnership with other media partners like Slate spin-off Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and Loudspeaker Network, aim to help further differentiate… Read More

  • Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s now up-and-running in 54 countries worldwide and has added the ability to show realtime statistics. That is, you’re able to see how fast a tweet has been deleted by a politician or… Read More

  • EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted

    EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted

    Half of the web’s traffic is now encrypted, according to a new report from the EFF released this week. The rights organization noted the milestone was attributable to a number of efforts, including recent moves from major tech companies to implement HTTPS on their own properties. Over the years, these efforts have included pushes from Facebook and Twitter, back in 2013 and 2012… Read More

  • Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

    Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

    A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a different way to read stories on your phone: as text message-like chats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, a social publishing platform for authors whose community now includes over 45 million readers worldwide, who visit its site or its flagship mobile app to read its nearly 250 million stories. With Tap, Wattpad is stepping… Read More

  • Twitter debuts custom profiles for businesses’ agents, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots

    Twitter debuts custom profiles for businesses’ agents, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots

    Twitter this morning is launching a new customer service feature for businesses using its service, which will allow agents to respond to direct messages using custom profiles. That is, their names and profile pictures will display when they are engaged in conversations with customers, instead of the company’s Twitter photo and name. The idea is to give these service interactions a… Read More

  • The #DeleteUber campaign returns following sexual harassment allegations at the company

    The #DeleteUber campaign returns following sexual harassment allegations at the company

    Following the allegations of sexual harassment at Uber, angry customers have once again been tweeting the #DeleteUber hashtag – a tag that indicates they’re removing the app from their device and encouraging others to do so, as well. The social media campaign was first started when Uber was perceived to have taken advantage of a taxi strike against Trump’s immigration ban… Read More

  • Users spent more on apps in 2016, with games and entertainment apps leading the way

    Users spent more on apps in 2016, with games and entertainment apps leading the way

    The amount of money U.S. users are spending on iPhone apps is steadily climbing, but one category in particular saw significant growth last year: Entertainment apps. The category – home to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO NOW – saw consumers’ average spending increase by 130 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from app intelligence firm Sensor… Read More

  • Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

    In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out “basic” economy fares – no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult… Read More

  • UPS tests show delivery drones still need work

    UPS tests show delivery drones still need work

    The logistics juggernaut specifically launched an octocopter, or multi-rotor drone, from the top of a delivery van. The drone delivered a package directly to a home, then returned to the van which had now moved down the road to a new location. The van pulled the drone down with robotic arms, to dock on its roof. The drone used in Monday’s test was made by Ohio-based Workhorse Group Inc. Read More

  • Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

    Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

    Google’s wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google’s product forums. Users will be able to tell that they’ve been added to this lucky group of testers because their signal indicator will continue to display LTE when they’re making or receiving a… Read More

  • App Store bug boosts paid apps over subscriptions in the top charts

    App Store bug boosts paid apps over subscriptions in the top charts

    A number of smaller, paid applications scored a spot on the App Store’s Top Grossing chart over the weekend in what may have been either the test of a new App Store algorithm or a fairly significant bug. The issue began on Friday, and only seemed to affect the Top Grossing apps, but not the other charts, like Top Free or Top Paid apps. However, the Top… Read More

  • Postmates now allows drivers to opt out of mandatory arbitration

    Postmates now allows drivers to opt out of mandatory arbitration

    In fall 2015, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Postmates that challenged the legality of the company’s mandatory arbitration agreement between it and its contractors. Yesterday, Postmates updated its legal document to offer contractors a way to opt out of mandatory arbitration. Read More

  • Twitter snags Showtime as a live-streaming partner (but just for a boxing match)

    Twitter snags Showtime as a live-streaming partner (but just for a boxing match)

    Twitter has been picking up live-streaming deals left and right these days, including most recently for rugby matches, and before that with Dick Clark Productions. Today, the company announced another high-profile grab: Showtime. But before you get too excited, the deal is just for a Saturday-night boxing match from Showtime Sports. This is the first time that Showtime has brought live boxing… Read More

  • Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows

    Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows

    The growth of politically focused mobile apps has been booming since November, with the top five political apps receiving a combined 300,000 downloads across iOS and Android over the past three months, according to new data from App Annie. Anyone surprised by this? Read More

  • EasilyDo brings its powerful Email app to Android

    EasilyDo brings its powerful Email app to Android

    EasilyDo’s simply named “Email” application is one of the most popular productivity apps on iOS, because it closely resembles the look-and-feel of Apple’s default Mail app, but comes with more powerful features. Now EasilyDo’s Email has made its way over to Android. Read More

  • Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Meetup, the site that helps people organize get-togethers like hiking trips and cooking classes, is taking a very solid political stance in the face of the new administration’s policies here in the U.S. — a move that has angered Trump supporters, who are deleting their accounts and calling for a boycott. While Meetup’s platform is open to anyone on both sides of the… Read More

  • Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter is putting online bullies in “time out.” As one of the company’s many new anti-abuse measures, users whose accounts have been identified engaging in abusive behavior will have the reach of their tweets temporarily restricted. During this time, the abuser’s tweets will only be shown to their followers, Twitter says. The change was spotted by BuzzFeed and… Read More

  • Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

    Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

    Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video stories” that were said to closely resemble Snapchat’s Stories. Deal terms were not revealed, but Tinder says that it will integrate video features into its app in the future. Wheel… Read More

  • Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    What if our photographs and social media updates could be turned into memories we – or our children – could later access just by asking a virtual assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa? That’s the premise behind a new startup called Mylestone, which is experimenting with turning our digital footprints into narratives that help us recall highlights from our lives, as well… Read More

  • Google expands fact-checked news to Brazil, Mexico & Argentina

    Google expands fact-checked news to Brazil, Mexico & Argentina

    In October, Google announced it would begin highlighting fact-checked resources in its Google News vertical, allowing readers to more easily find links to reputable sources of factual information related to major stories. Today, Google says it’s expanding this feature to new markets, including Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The company had previously launched fact checks outside the U.S. Read More

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