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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  • A New Android App Called Glove Will Tell You What Carrier Is Best For You

    A New Android App Called Glove Will Tell You What Carrier Is Best For You

    Glove, a new Android application launching today, is attempting to address a real-world pain point that affects an important decision that nearly every individual or family in the U.S. has to make at some point: which wireless carrier is the best one for you? To do so, the app is installed on your device where it will run in the background for three days, keeping tabs on where you use your… Read More

  • Payments Startup Loop Debuts A Mobile Wallet App That Lets You Pay With Your iPhone

    Payments Startup Loop Debuts A Mobile Wallet App That Lets You Pay With Your iPhone

    Loop, the mobile payments startup backed by $10 million in Series A funding, and the makers of a series of hardware devices that allows smartphones to function like magstripe credit cards at point-of-sale, is today publicly launching its LoopWallet application in the U.S. Apple App Store. An Android version will be available in April. The company, for background, is headed up by payments… Read More

  • Amazon Coins Come To Android Users In U.S., U.K. & Germany

    Amazon Coins Come To Android Users In U.S., U.K. & Germany

    Amazon Coins, the virtual currency introduced by the e-commerce giant last spring, are now available on Android devices, including both smartphones and tablets, in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. This is the first time the Coins have been offered outside Kindle Fire tablets, which is where they first launched. Read More

  • LinkedIn Opens Its Publishing Platform To All Members

    LinkedIn Opens Its Publishing Platform To All Members

    To date, LinkedIn has allowed a small, editorially selected group of “Influencers” like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Barack Obama to publish their thoughts and advice to its network as long-form blog posts. Now, that changes, as LinkedIn prepares to open up access to its publishing platform to all 277 million users on its network. Read More

  • Kimono Is A Smarter Web Scraper That Lets You “API-ify” The Web, No Code Required

    Kimono Is A Smarter Web Scraper That Lets You “API-ify” The Web, No Code Required

    A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Kimono wants to make it easier to access data from the unstructured web with a point-and-click tool that can extract information from webpages that don’t have an API available. And for non-developers, Kimono plans to eventually allow anyone track data without needing to understand APIs at all. This sort of smarter “web scraper” idea… Read More

  • Kidizen Lets Parents Buy & Sell Kids’ “Pre-Loved” Clothing And Other Items Via Their iPhones

    Kidizen Lets Parents Buy & Sell Kids’ “Pre-Loved” Clothing And Other Items Via Their iPhones

    A new iOS application called Kidizen is launching a mobile, peer-to-peer marketplace allowing parents to buy and sell their children’s clothing, toys, shoes and other easily shippable accessories. By offering parents the option to ship items directly to the buyers themselves, sellers can retain roughly 90 percent-plus of the selling price, the company promises. This undercuts… Read More

  • Shrtwv Is A New Anonymous Sharing App That Ties Your Thoughts & Photos To Physical Locations

    Shrtwv Is A New Anonymous Sharing App That Ties Your Thoughts & Photos To Physical Locations

    The shift toward more private and anonymous sharing continues, and today another new application called Shortwave (or Shrtwv, as they’re now abbreviating it, to eliminate confusion with another Shortwave) is officially debuting its own take on the trend with an app for anonymous sharing of both photos and thoughts. The difference between Shrtwv (pronounced… Read More

  • YC-Backed Eventjoy Is A One-Stop Shop For Organizing Events

    YC-Backed Eventjoy Is A One-Stop Shop For Organizing Events

    Y Combinator-backed Eventjoy, a service that makes it easier to organize events using online and mobile tools, is officially making its debut today, offering support for online ticketing, event websites, mobile event apps, Twitter walls, and more. The company, previously known as EXMO, had in the past been more focused on its mobile application for event organizers, but is now working to offer… Read More

  • Tidy Organizes Your Smartphone Photos Into Albums With Just A Swipe

    Tidy Organizes Your Smartphone Photos Into Albums With Just A Swipe

    A new application called Tidy wants to help you better organize the photos you have stored on your smartphone, by grouping them into albums by time, distance, or even by “shapes,” meaning type of photo – panoramas, squares, screenshots, portrait or landscape, for example. The app doesn’t do the groupings automatically, but rather offers an interface that lets you drill… Read More

  • Anonymous Messaging App Blink Arrives On Android

    Anonymous Messaging App Blink Arrives On Android

    Blink, a mobile application that allows users to send each other self-destructing messages, has now arrived on Android. The app, which first debuted on iOS last spring, lets you share text, photos, videos, sketches, and even voice messages with your friends, though the company has found that the majority of its users are using Blink for “ephemeral” texting purposes. The app… Read More

  • Apple & Google Begin Rejecting Games With “Flappy” In The Title

    Apple & Google Begin Rejecting Games With “Flappy” In The Title

    The Flappy Bird phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that the original title was yanked out of the App Store by creator Dong Nguyen, whose newfound fame apparently became too overwhelming. But though “Flappy Bird” itself may be gone, the App Store’s top charts today are filled with clones that mimic the addicting, frustrating game that became this… Read More

  • Yahoo’s Contextual Homescreen App Aviate Adds A Smart “Listening Space” For Music Lovers

    Yahoo’s Contextual Homescreen App Aviate Adds A Smart “Listening Space” For Music Lovers

    Aviate, the contextual Android homescreen application Yahoo bought for $80 million in January, has rolled out an update today which introduces a smart “Listening Space” that allows users to more easily find their music applications in one section, while also being pointed to relevant information about their music, including bios and recent tweets from the artist, upcoming… Read More

  • Tocomail Debuts An Email Service Designed For Kids

    Tocomail Debuts An Email Service Designed For Kids

    Tocomail, a new iPhone and iPad application launching today, aims to be kids’ first email service. The app was designed not only with children in mind, but also in collaboration with kids who provided input as Tocomail’s early adopters. But more importantly, Tocomail offers parental controls that allow mom and/or dad to designate who the child is able to email using Tocomail, and… Read More

  • John Oliver Roasts Silicon Valley At The Crunchies

    John Oliver Roasts Silicon Valley At The Crunchies

    Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver returned to host this year’s Crunchies, the tech industry awards show co-hosted by Gigaom, VentureBeat, and TechCrunch, and he didn’t pull any punches. After starting off the night by yelling “f*** you” right away to an audience member whose wolf whistle struck him the wrong way, the host launched into some more pointed… Read More

  • FindIt’s Universal Search App Closes Down

    Tough times for cross-platform personal search tools, maybe? Techstars Chicago grad FindIt, a mobile application offering universal search across your emails and files stored in the cloud, is shutting down, the company announced in an email sent out to the service’s early adopters. The app, which allowed you to quickly connect your Gmail, Dropbox and Google Drive accounts, then search… Read More

  • Groupon Product Chief Jeff Holden To Depart, Is Heading To A Bay Area Tech Company

    Groupon Product Chief Jeff Holden To Depart, Is Heading To A Bay Area Tech Company

    Groupon’s SVP, Product Jeff Holden is leaving the company, effective March 18, 2014, according to a new SEC filing. Though the exec has been fairly tight-lipped about where he’s heading, TechCrunch has learned that Holden will be relocating from Chicago to work with “an early stage Bay Area company,” according to sources inside Groupon. This confirms Crain’s… Read More

  • Apple Copyright Complaints Get Android Customization App “Themer” Pulled From Google Play

    Apple Copyright Complaints Get Android Customization App “Themer” Pulled From Google Play

    Themer, the Android customization app from MyColorScreen which last fall raised a half a million in seed funding, has been pulled from the Google Play marketplace following a copyright complaint from Apple in reference to one of the app’s 200-plus available themes. Themer was pulled down on February 2nd, and the app has been in limbo ever since, they now say, despite having resolved… Read More

  • Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

    Team Behind Facebook For Feature Phones Launches Chaatz, A Mobile Messaging App Aimed At Emerging Markets

    A team with extensive experience working with the OEMs, carriers, and platform makers in the mobile industry, and who was most recently tasked with the creation of the Facebook mobile experience for feature phones, is now preparing to take its former client head-on with a new, multi-platform social messaging app called Chaatz. Like Facebook, Chaatz will also target both developed and… Read More

  • Gone But Not Forgotten: Flappy Bird Clones Fill The App Store’s Top Charts

    Gone But Not Forgotten: Flappy Bird Clones Fill The App Store’s Top Charts

    Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen may have pulled down his simple but maddening mobile game from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped the swelling interest in the success of the seemingly impossible little app – success which, apparently, became too overwhelming for Nguyen to handle. Since then, the game has popped up on a number of places, including… Read More

  • Shazam Revamps iPhone App In Hope Of Increasing Engagement

    Shazam Revamps iPhone App In Hope Of Increasing Engagement

    Shazam’s iPhone app is getting an overhaul, starting with a release that puts a larger focus on TV results, music videos and lyrics, the company is announcing today. The update is the first of what Shazam describes as “a larger refresh of the app,” which is expected to roll out over the month ahead. In the new version arriving today, the app, which now reaches 150 million… Read More