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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  • Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

    Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

    Jason Citron, who previously founded and sold the early mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, returned to gaming startups with the launch of Discord in May 2015. This voice and text chat app for gamers — a challenger to incumbents like Skype and Teamspeak — has since grown to 25 million registered users, who are sending 100 million messages per day across its platform. Read More

  • Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers has officially launched on mobile. As TechCrunch reported last month, Yahoo’s experimental app code-named Yahoo Hive had been rebranded as Yahoo Answers Now — a move that indicated Yahoo’s plans to bring its desktop Q&A site to the App Store. However, at the time, the app still required an invite in order to test it out — that restriction… Read More

  • Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook today announced it’s correcting a few more issues with its metrics in areas like audience estimation for ads, live video reaction counts and its Like and Share buttons. Though the fixes are referencing several of Facebook’s more high-profile products, the issues being addressed aren’t as significant as the ones Facebook identified earlier in 2016, when it discovered… Read More

  • Hulu launches user profiles, each with their own recommendations, Watchlist and history

    Hulu launches user profiles, each with their own recommendations, Watchlist and history

    Hulu today is launching a new feature that will make its service more appealing to those who share their account with other family members: user profiles. Starting today, the TV streaming service will begin to roll out to its more than 12 million subscribers the option to enable profiles. A user account can have up to six individual profiles attached, the company says. The launch… Read More

  • Hyper News’ offline video app lets you catch up on the headlines during your commute

    Hyper News’ offline video app lets you catch up on the headlines during your commute

    A new video app from Hyper wants to help you catch up on the latest news during your commute. What’s interesting about Hyper News, compared with apps from traditional news publishers, is that it has been specifically designed so you can watch its videos even when there is no internet connection available. This makes it ideal for people who travel on the subway to work, or for… Read More

  • Facebook’s new tool lets anyone create custom profile frames

    Facebook’s new tool lets anyone create custom profile frames

    Facebook is launching a series of new features to help people customize their photos and videos in the social network’s continuing battle with Snapchat, an app that put the camera, photos and video at the front-and-center of social interactions. Today, Facebook is unveiling a new tool that will allow anyone, including Facebook Page owners, to create custom profile frames for… Read More

  • Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana gets a revamp on Android and iOS

    Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana gets a revamp on Android and iOS

    In the battle of the virtual assistants, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, the latter hasn’t had much success off the Windows 10 platform — its iOS app is ranked No. 1,295 on the top charts, for example. In an effort to give its assistant broader appeal, Microsoft is today announcing a redesign of its smartphone application, which is now focused on… Read More

  • Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App Store last year, and had been well-received until now. With a number of clever twists on standard… Read More

  • Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack and Google announce partnership focused on better integrating their services

    Slack announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud this morning, which will bring a number of new features, including deeper integrations with Google services, to its collaboration platform for teams. Among the additions are new bots for notifications, as well as support for Google’s recently launched Team Drives, document previews, permissioning and more. The move comes at a… Read More

  • November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and download numbers were not provided, however, which makes it more difficult to put this announcement into perspective compared with prior… Read More

  • Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor is on its way. Announced this week at press event in New York, Pandora Premium, as the service is called, offers on-demand listening of millions of songs, streamed ad-free, and supports offline access to music. But the company is aiming to make personalization its biggest differentiator from rivals including Apple Music, Spotify and others. The new service… Read More

  • TiVo tests a cloud DVR

    TiVo tests a cloud DVR

    Reports that media player and DVR maker TiVo is testing a “cloud DVR” type functionality have been circulating in recent weeks. If the feature was to make it into commercial production it would be a notable addition for the hardware maker, whose products have been more focused on competing with traditional DVRs by combining TiVo’s unique user experience with the ability… Read More

  • 4K movies come to the Google Play Movies & TV app

    It may be getting a late start, compared with streaming services from Amazon and Netflix, but today Google Play Movies & TV is adding 4K movies to its content library. Google says there are now over 125 movies in 4K resolution, using VP9, available for purchase via its web or mobile storefront. These can be streamed via a Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TV, or Xiaomi Mi Box… Read More

  • Netflix rolls out video previews worldwide, but only on its TV app

    Netflix rolls out video previews worldwide, but only on its TV app

    Netflix is rolling out a new user interface for its app for televisions and streaming media players which will now include video previews, instead of still images. The previews will appear when you’re browsing through the library looking for something to watch, and pause on a specific title. Video previews are something Netflix began testing more broadly earlier this year, so… Read More

  • Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google’s flagship mobile application is getting a big makeover today, with a focus on making it easier to separate the things you need to know about – like upcoming appointments or flights -from the things you’re interested in, like news, sports, and entertainment. The app still maintains its previous card-style design, but it now offers two different sections to better… Read More

  • Instagram fights abuse with comment disabling and liking

    Instagram fights abuse with comment disabling and liking

    Twitter’s sluggish approach to combating harassment looks even slower today as Instagram pushed its third round of safety features this quarter. The company announced this morning three new features aimed at giving Instagram users more control over their accounts and the way they interact with others on the service. This includes the ability to turn off comments on individual posts… Read More

  • Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube collaborate to remove ‘terrorist content’ from their services

    Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube collaborate to remove ‘terrorist content’ from their services

    Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube today announced they would cooperate on a plan to help limit the spread of terrorist content online. The companies said that together they will create a shared industry database that will be used to identify this content, including what they describe as the “most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos” that have been removed… Read More

  • Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

    Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

    Netflix’s decision to introduce an in-app subscription option in its iOS app over a year ago has helped the streaming service steadily gain more subscribers, and surge up the Top Grossing charts in the Apple App Store. Back in November of last year, the app hit the Top Grossing chart for the first time, reaching the No. 9 position. Today, Netflix has reached another milestone, as the… Read More

  • Netflix goes big on unscripted programming with 20 original shows planned for 2017

    Netflix goes big on unscripted programming with 20 original shows planned for 2017

    Netflix is making headway on its ambitions to fill half its library with original content. According to Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, the company is planning to release about 20 unscripted series next year, bringing it closer to its goal of having 1,000 annual hours of original programming available on its service in 2017. That’s more than the amount of… Read More

  • Infltr lets you filter your photos directly in the iMessage app

    Infltr lets you filter your photos directly in the iMessage app

    Photo-editing app Infltr is best known for giving Instagram a run for its money with an app that lets you choose from an infinite number of photo filters – well, technically, it’s just over 7 million. The idea is that you can use color combinations to give your photo a unique look, instead of relying on built-in filter presets. Now, Infltr is bringing its photo editor to the… Read More

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