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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  • HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product

    HSN is looking for the next big American consumer product. Today, 100 makers and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. will pitch their products for a chance to win airtime on HSN, a listing on HSN.com, a piece in Good Housekeeping magazine and its “Seal of Approval,” following testing. The products will come from across categories, like home, kitchen, toys, productivity, and yes… Read More

  • CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier

    CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier

    CBS’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, CBS All Access – and soon to be home to the new “Star Trek” series – is today rolling out the option of a commercial-free subscription for the price of $9.99 per month. The existing subscription is still available at $5.99 per month, and includes the same content lineup. The launch comes at a time when the network… Read More

  • Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    Tile’s lost-item finder will now fit in your wallet

    The popular, Bluetooth-connected lost item finder Tile is today introducing a new product dubbed “Tile Slim” that’s designed to be kept in your wallet, so you can find it if it ever goes missing. The device – which the company claims is the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker – finally makes it possible to use Tile with not only your wallet without the bulk… Read More

  • Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    Google’s Search app on Android can now find content buried in your apps

    More of the content we’re looking for is saved in mobile applications, which is why Google has been working to bring that information to the surface by indexing apps in search. Now, it will do the same thing on your phone, too. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called “In Apps,” which will allow you to search inside your mobile applications for… Read More

  • Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

    Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

    Facebook’s goal of tracking ads all the way through to a customer’s purchase at point-of-sale is getting a big boost today with a makeover of the Facebook Offers program. Now designed to be more mobile-friendly, Facebook is allowing businesses to create two kinds of offers – those customers can redeem online and those they redeem in-store – while also making it… Read More

  • Wayfair snatches up Boston startup Trumpit to bring photo & video messaging to its mobile app

    Wayfair snatches up Boston startup Trumpit to bring photo & video messaging to its mobile app

    Online furniture shop Wayfair has acquired a Boston-based mobile messaging application called Trumpit, with the aim of utilizing its technology in order to expand its customer service offerings. So yes, that means messaging will be a part of the mobile Wayfair application in the future. Today, the app only offers users the ability to email or call the company when they click into the… Read More

  • You can now order pizza from your Apple TV

    You can now order pizza from your Apple TV

    Do you know what goes great with binge watching Netflix? Pizza. At least, that’s one reason why Papa John’s has today launched a new application for Apple TV which allows you to order a pizza, select from past orders, and pay, right from your television set. The future is now, my friends. The new app is actually the first-ever from a quick serve restaurant or pizza company to arrive… Read More

  • Uber & Visa launch Local Offers, a rewards program offering free rides for spending at nearby businesses

    Uber & Visa launch Local Offers, a rewards program offering free rides for spending at nearby businesses

    Uber and Visa this morning announced the launch of a new rewards program which will credit Uber users with free rides by spending at nearby businesses. Called “Local Offers,” the system works by offering one “Uber point” for each dollar spent at a business using the Visa card that’s saved in your Uber account. When you accumulate 100 points, you’ll earn a… Read More

  • Moo.do turns Gmail into a task management system

    Moo.do turns Gmail into a task management system

    If starring your important emails is your way of creating a to-do list in your inbox, but you long for something more robust, a new product from Moo.do aims to help. With Moo.do for Gmail, the idea is to combine an email client with a task manager you can use to organize your to-dos, documents, projects, calendar, contacts, and more. The product has been in beta testing, but is now available… Read More

  • Google’s new app Crowdsource asks users to help with translation, transcription & more

    Google’s new app Crowdsource asks users to help with translation, transcription & more

    A new Google application called Crowdsource has quietly appeared on Google Play, asking users to perform brief tasks that will help improve the quality of Google services like Maps, translation, image transcription, and more. The app, surprisingly, doesn’t offer any sort of rewards or micropayments in exchange for users’ work, however – which means it won’t be much of… Read More

  • Google opens up registration for its first-ever indie games festival

    Google opens up registration for its first-ever indie games festival

    Google is kicking off registration for its first-ever festival aimed at celebrating indie games on Android. The company is now taking sign-ups for those who want to attend the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, and it’s announcing the exhibitor line-up. This includes 30 games, half of which have yet to be released to the general public, or are still in a limited… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone

    Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone

    On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis, as part of Zuckerberg’s trip of Italy, announced following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week, killing hundreds. After discussing the importance of connecting people in the world without internet access, Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a drone – but, alas, not… Read More

  • Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Roku’s popular media players will be getting a refresh later this fall, according to a new report, as well as a rebranding which will see the device models renamed from those sporting numerical characters (e.g. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4) to names like “Premiere,” “Ultra,” “Express,” and others. It appears that select devices will also receive… Read More

  • Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

    Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

    Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to… Read More

  • Rheo, a personalized video app designed by ex-Apple product vets, scores $2.3 million

    Rheo, a personalized video app designed by ex-Apple product vets, scores $2.3 million

    A personalized video channel for Apple TV, Rheo, has now closed on $2.3 million in seed funding, the company announced this week. It has also updated its application and expanded its content lineup, thanks to a new deal with Vimeo which brings the network’s catalog of short videos, including its “Staff Picks,” short films, animations, music and more, to Rheo’s… Read More

  • FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports GO has now arrived on Apple TV, allowing viewers to watch up to four games at the same time, thanks to an innovative split-screen interface that lets you arrange video feeds side-by-side, picture-in-picture style, or in a mosaic pattern. With the app, you’ll be able to stream from channels including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes, and Fox College… Read More

  • Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was… Read More

  • Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More

  • TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps

    TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps

    New York-based Citymaps, a social mapping application backed by $12 million in venture funding, has been acquired by TripAdvisor, the companies have announced. The service, which serves both as a mapping and navigational tool as well as a travel guide of sorts, will continue on as a standalone business at TripAdvisor, following the deal’s close. Deal terms were not disclosed. Co-founded… Read More

  • Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality… Read More

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