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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  • Fox will premiere its new show ‘Ghosted’ on Twitter before it airs on TV

    Fox will premiere its new show ‘Ghosted’ on Twitter before it airs on TV

    Fox is partnering with Twitter to promote its fall TV shows by airing select episodes and other related content on Twitter’s social network. This includes the new comedy series “Ghosted,” which will air nightly on Twitter for several days in September, before its television debut on October 1st. While TV networks have traditionally turned to social media to promote their… Read More

  • You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    Facebook is making it easier for users to access their Instagram profile directly from within the Facebook app. The company confirms it’s rolling out a new addition its main navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. This option appears just below the link to your personal profile in Facebook’s app, and above the links to any Facebook Pages you… Read More

  • Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app

    Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app

    Target is adding an improved indoor mapping component to its mobile app, designed to help shoppers find their way through stores and locate the products they need, the retailer announced this morning, referring to the feature as a “GPS for your shopping cart.” Instead of simply showing a static map, or noting the aisle number where a product can be found, the new Target… Read More

  • Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB

    Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB

    With the release of iOS 11, Apple is making it slightly easier for iOS device owners to download larger apps over a cellular connection by increasing the download limit. Before, Apple would require users to switch to Wi-Fi to download an app over 100 MB in size, which includes many games as well as Apple’s own suite of iWork applications. Now, that limit has increased to 150 MB. The… Read More

  • By integrating with lenders and carriers, Matic makes it easier to buy homeowner’s insurance

    By integrating with lenders and carriers, Matic makes it easier to buy homeowner’s insurance

    Matic, a company that wants to make the process of finding the right homeowner’s insurance easier and more efficient, is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt. If you’ve ever shopped for homeowner’s insurance, you know the process can be challenging, especially for first-time home buyers who aren’t familiar with coverages, how they vary, or why they should pick one… Read More

  • Lilu’s compression bra aims to help nursing mothers pump more milk faster

    Lilu’s compression bra aims to help nursing mothers pump more milk faster

    A startup called Lilu took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco to show off their prototype bra designed to help breastfeeding mothers pump milk more efficiently, and hands-free. The device, which is meant to be worn over or even attached to a standard nursing bra, utilizes a built-in compression mechanism that simulates the breast massage that some mothers perform to help… Read More

  • Apple’s huge App Store makeover arrives today in iOS 11

    Apple’s huge App Store makeover arrives today in iOS 11

    Apple today is releasing its completely redesigned iOS App Store to the wider public as part of the launch of the new iOS 11 operating system. First previewed at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the new App Store has made changes focused on the goal of improving app discovery across a storefront that now has over 2 million applications, according to App Annie. Read More

  • Hulu’s new look and Live TV service arrive on Roku

    Hulu’s new look and Live TV service arrive on Roku

    Good news, Hulu subscribers with a Roku. (Or bad news, maybe, if you’re not a fan of Hulu’s big makeover.) The streaming service announced today its new Live TV service is now available on the Roku platform, including Roku streaming players, Roku Streaming Stick, and all Roku TV models. Specifically, the list of supported devices includes the Stick, Express/Express+… Read More

  • Walmart will allow EBT customers to order their groceries online

    Walmart will allow EBT customers to order their groceries online

    This summer, Amazon debuted a new program that made it easier for those on government assistance programs to join Prime at a reduced cost. Today, rival Walmart is announcing a change that will benefit that same demographic of low income shoppers. The retailer says it will allow customers using EBT benefits to use its Online Grocery Pickup service to pay for their groceries with their… Read More

  • YouTube’s Twitch-like ‘Sponsorships’ open to all YouTube Gaming creators, expand to YouTube’s main app

    YouTube’s Twitch-like ‘Sponsorships’ open to all YouTube Gaming creators, expand to YouTube’s main app

    YouTube today is taking on Twitch with the launch of a new program that will allow gamers to make money from their channels through the use of sponsorships. Like Twitch’s subscriptions, which offer fans access to custom emotes, special badges and other perks, YouTube’s sponsorships also include a similar set of perks, like custom badges, custom emoji in chat, and access to… Read More

  • Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with Points

    Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with Points

    Hilton and Amazon have teamed up on a new initiative that will allow member of Hilton’s Honors loyalty program to shop Amazon using their points. This is the first time a hotel brand has offered such a deal, Amazon says, and will be available to all Hilton Honors members. To use the new benefit, Honors members have to link their account to their Amazon profile. This is a one-time… Read More

  • Google’s search app now makes suggestions of other things to read

    Google’s search app now makes suggestions of other things to read

    Google’s search app for iOS is today introducing a feature that will keep users browsing the web, instead of exiting back to their homescreen to use other mobile application. The app is being updated to include a “related content” section that will appear at the bottom of the web pages you visit while using the Google app. That is, if you search for a topic on Google, then tap… Read More

  • Hinge’s new app lets your friends play matchmaker

    Hinge’s new app lets your friends play matchmaker

    Hinge is launching a way for people in relationships to get in on the dating app craze alongside their single friends. No, not like that! The company today is introducing a new, standalone app called Hinge Matchmaker that will allow people to see which of their friends are on Hinge, and then make recommendations by suggesting potential matches. According to Hinge founder Justin McLeod, the new… Read More

  • Pokémon Go creator’s next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience

    Pokémon Go creator’s next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience

    Niantic, makers of the hugely popular mobile game Pokémon Go, is developing a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the gaming experience, according to company CTO Phil Keslin. The executive had just exited the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, where he had spoken on a panel about the upcoming wave of AR applications, and the potential for the AR market in the wake of… Read More

  • Pinterest’s new Sections feature begins beta testing, public launch in ‘weeks’

    Pinterest’s new Sections feature begins beta testing, public launch in ‘weeks’

    Pinterest is rolling out a new feature inspired by its power users, said Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann, speaking today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. The new addition, called Sections, allows Pinterest users to divide their board into various sub-groups related to the board’s main topic. For example, if you’re redesigning your home, you might create sections… Read More

  • Apple’s iMessage-based mobile payments service won’t be arriving tomorrow in iOS 11

    Apple’s iMessage-based mobile payments service won’t be arriving tomorrow in iOS 11

    Apple’s upcoming iMessage-based mobile payments service, powered by Apple Pay, won’t arrive tomorrow with the release of the new operating system for Apple’s mobile devices, iOS 11. According to an announcement released today by the company, the service will instead ship in a later release to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, due this fall. Apple didn’t give an exact time frame… Read More

  • Netflix and HBO cleaned up at the Emmys

    Netflix and HBO cleaned up at the Emmys

    Hulu made Emmys history last night by becoming the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but it was Netflix that actually took home more awards at this year’s Emmys. That’s not surprising, given how nominations Netflix earned this year – with 91 Emmy nods, it had come close to doubling its Emmy presence from 2016… Read More

  • A cord cutter’s guide to watching tonight’s Emmy Awards

    A cord cutter’s guide to watching tonight’s Emmy Awards

    This year, it’s finally easy to live stream tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards if you’re a cord cutter. While you could always invest in a digital antenna to watch broadcast stations, the live streaming options for this year’s Emmys are numerous, compared with the 2016 event. When the Emmys aired on ABC last year, streamers had to authenticate using their cable or satellite… Read More

  • Alexa Shop Assistant directs you to the right aisle, answers product questions

    Alexa Shop Assistant directs you to the right aisle, answers product questions

    Can Alexa help shoppers in large, retail stores where store associates are spread out and often hard to find? That’s the premise behind the hack, “Alexa Shop Assist,” presented today at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 hackathon in San Francisco. According co-creator Lawrence Chang, the idea was prompted by real-world experiences he and fellow team members – James Xu… Read More

  • Hulu to spend $2.5 billion on content in 2017, add 7 more original series

    Hulu to spend $2.5 billion on content in 2017, add 7 more original series

    Hulu is spending around $2.5 billion on content this year, according to a report from Variety, citing remarks made by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins at an event this week at the Paley Center for Media in New York. The streaming service, which has now earned its first Emmy nods with over a dozen nominations for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will also launch seven new original series, arriving… Read More

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