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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  • YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content

    YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content

    YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” and hiding a large selection of LGBTQ+ videos as a result. The company had come under fire last month when it was discovered that users who turned on “Restricted Mode” were no longer able to see a number of innocuous videos referencing… Read More

  • Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

    Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

    On the heels of yesterday’s news about expanded subscription options for partners, video streaming site Twitch today announced another way for its creator community to generate revenue, with the launch of an Affiliate program. Explains the company, the new program will allow non-partnered video creators to gain access to a variety of tools that will allow them to make money from… Read More

  • New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

    New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

    Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users – they’ll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free. This… Read More

  • Amazon’s new Alexa developer policy now bans all ads except in music and flash briefings

    Amazon’s new Alexa developer policy now bans all ads except in music and flash briefings

    Amazon has quietly introduced a change to its Alexa Skills Developer agreement aimed at further restricting advertisements within Alexa’s voice apps, which it calls “Skills.” Previously, the developer agreement stated that it would ban apps that used the Alexa app home cards – the cards that appear in the Alexa companion app – that can describe Skill in question… Read More

  • Alexa now works with your G Suite calendar

    Alexa now works with your G Suite calendar

    Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices will now work with your G Suite calendar, the company announced this morning. Once enabled, users will be able to ask Alexa to give them an overview of their day or make changes and other additions to their calendar as needed, just by speaking. The change represents another step towards making Echo and other Alexa… Read More

  • YouTube jumped to the top of the App Store following news of mobile live-streaming expansions

    YouTube jumped to the top of the App Store following news of mobile live-streaming expansions

    Demand for mobile live streaming on YouTube appears to be strong, given the fact that YouTube shot up to the top of the App Store – a position it hasn’t held since December 2015 – following reports of YouTube opening up this feature to more users. Earlier this week, YouTube was spotted having relaxed its earlier restrictions on mobile live streaming, which was initially… Read More

  • Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers

    Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers

    Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition, was first introduced in November, at Amazon’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. At the time, Amazon explained how Lex can be… Read More

  • Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do

    Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do

    Microsoft acquired the popular mobile to do list application Wunderlist back in 2015, and now it’s preparing users for its eventual demise with the release of its new application “To-Do,” announced today. The new app was built by the team behind Wunderlist, and will bring in the favorite elements of that app in the months ahead, Microsoft says. The company also added that… Read More

  • Hulu’s live TV service to launch by mid-May, sources say

    Hulu’s live TV service to launch by mid-May, sources say

    Hulu has publicly said that its new live TV streaming service will launch sometime this spring, but the company is now telling staff internally that the launch date being targeted is the first week of May, sources tell TechCrunch. The launch will additionally coincide with the arrival of Hulu’s new user experience, shown off earlier this year at CES. However, we understand that… Read More

  • Twitch expands subscriptions with new $9.99 & $24.99 tiers for serious fans

    Twitch expands subscriptions with new $9.99 & $24.99 tiers for serious fans

    Confirming an earlier leak, the Amazon-owned live streaming service Twitch is today announcing an expanded lineup of subscription offerings, which introduces two new levels beyond the original $4.99 per month plan. Now, Twitch’s partnered content creators can offer $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions that will give viewers additional ways to support their favorite creators. The new… Read More

  • Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide

    Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide

    Hot on the heels of Pandora’s public launch of its on-demand streaming service, Pandora Premium, rival Spotify is looking to make its service more appealing to younger users by rolling out discounted student pricing to more countries around the world. The company announced today that its roughly half-priced version of its Premium service is now available to students who qualify in 33… Read More

  • Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

    Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

    Apple quietly rolled out updated versions of its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps on Mac and iOS today, making them free for all customers on both platforms. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free. This expands the… Read More

  • Troubled travel startup Zozi gets acquired by Peek

    Troubled travel startup Zozi gets acquired by Peek

    Zozi, the drama-filled travel industry startup whose former CEO recently sued its board, has been acquired by Peek, a rival in the tours and activities business where Zozi also competes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the two companies will be joining forces, with the assets and team from Zozi heading over to Peek. The news was reported by Skift, which notes that Peek is… Read More

  • Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify will be launching a bot for Facebook Messenger users that lets friends discover and share music directly in their chats. The bot, which takes advantage of Facebook’s soon-to-launch chat extensions, includes search tools, music recommendations, and sharing functionality for sending 30-second song clips to friends that can either be listened to within Messenger, or launched in… Read More

  • Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise of more listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens. On that latter front, Spotify released a data dashboard called Fan Insights in late 2015, allowing artists to see how well their music is performing on the service. Today, Spotify is taking the… Read More

  • Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr today is launching a new app, called Cabana, which allows a group of friends to video chat and watch videos together, in real time. The app is being introduced under the Tumblr brand, and will cater to the type of users who frequent Tumblr’s blogging service – teens and young adults – but it’s not currently designed to interoperate with Tumblr’s product… Read More

  • Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

    Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

    As reported earlier this month, Google today has unveiled its new vision for Google Earth, the software that combines satellite imagery, topographic maps and 3D cities, to help you better visualize the planet. The company is now rolling out an update for Google Earth for web and Android, two years in the making, that will introduce features like guided tours, Knowledge cards, as well… Read More

  • Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium, the company’s paid, on-demand service and rival to Spotify, is today available to all users. The service was technically launched in March, but required users request an invitation to join, as it ramped up to its broader, public availability. The service itself is essentially Pandora’s own spin on on-demand music, offering a combination of radio-like listening as… Read More

  • PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal is joining forces with Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning – an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available as a payment method in the Android Pay service, which will allow U.S. users to pay… Read More

  • CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS has quietly expanded the scope of its streaming and on-demand TV service, its own competitor of sorts to Hulu, to now include movies. The lineup at launch is fairly small with just 18 films becoming available, on top of its existing library of 8,500 on-demand episodes of current shows, prior seasons and classic shows from the network’s archive, as well as its CBS All Access… Read More

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