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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  • TheNeeds Brings Its Personalized News Reader To iPhone

    TheNeeds Brings Its Personalized News Reader To iPhone

    Newly launched iOS application TheNeeds is the latest attempt at offering users a better, more personalized news-reading experience with a service that focuses not only on your interests, but also how those interests evolve over time. The app, something of a competitor to the magazine-like Flipboard, or a community site like Reddit, helps to surface the best articles, blog posts, videos… Read More

  • Google To Pay $15 For Each New User With Debut Of Google Apps Referral Program

    Google To Pay $15 For Each New User With Debut Of Google Apps Referral Program

    Google announced today the start of a new referral program for customers of its online office and productivity suite, Google Apps, which will encourage the company’s current users to recommend the service to others in exchange for a $15 bonus per user. The announcement was made via a brief post on the Google Enterprise Blog. The initiative, explains the blog post, is meant to continue… Read More

  • Drifty, Makers Of The Ionic Mobile Framework, Raise $1 Million

    Drifty, Makers Of The Ionic Mobile Framework, Raise $1 Million

    Drifty, a participant in the TechStars Cloud 2013 incubator, and makers of a suite of tools for mobile developers building apps and websites, most notably, the Ionic framework, has closed on a million in seed funding, the company is announcing. The funding comes from Arthur Ventures, and will help the company grow its team and continue development on the Ionic framework. The startup was… Read More

  • Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog

    Tumblr Now Lets You Dial A Toll-Free Number To Post Audio To Your Blog

    Tumblr today added a new audio posting feature that lets you dial a toll-free number with your phone in order to post a short recording directly to your blog. We nearly missed the news of the addition because, in typical Tumblr fashion, the company doesn’t exactly describe the feature in detail on its blog. In fact, the post only reads, “Operators are standing by. Call… Read More

  • Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking App Out Of Beta

    Moven Takes Its Mobile Banking App Out Of Beta

    Moven, a mobile banking service similar in some respects to recently acquired Simple, exited from beta this week, meaning users no longer have to request an invite to sign up for an account. Now publicly available, the company is allowing users to open a bank account directly from their smartphone, which can be funded through external transfers and/or direct deposits. For background, like… Read More

  • Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Too Bad! Tickle, The App That Saves You From Awkward Situations, Doesn’t Really Exist

    Stuck in an awkward situation? A newly announced application called Tickle has been promising to give you an excuse to get away in the form of an urgent, but fake, phone call, which you can slyly activate just by “tickling” (rubbing your finger over) your iPhone. Sounds good, right? Well, it’s too good to be true, as it turns out. Despite what you’ve read in… Read More

  • Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

    Spot On Time’s New App Helps Drivers Arrive On Time, Find Parking Too

    The problem with navigation applications is that they assume you’re trying to find your way from Point A to Point B right now. They don’t permit busy travelers to pre-plan their trips in advance, and they don’t help you with the last leg of the journey – finding parking – either. A new application called Spot On Time wants to change that. From a company called… Read More

  • Shopping Search Engine TheFind Arrives On Android

    Shopping Search Engine TheFind Arrives On Android

    Shopping search and comparison engine TheFind, which launched its iPhone application last fall and has now grown its iOS footprint to over 1 million users, today launched its service on Android. Like its iOS counterpart, the new app lets you type in keywords or scan barcodes in order to search across over 500,000 stores and 500 million products, then find coupons, store locations, and… Read More

  • Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    How do you deal with email overload, and the incessant pings of incoming email alerts? Baydin, the company behind a suite of productivity tools for busy workers, has a solution: just stop checking your inbox so darned much. Of course, this is easier said that done: Humans seem to have a Pavlovian response to our “new email!” notifications. But now, the company says it has revamped… Read More

  • Now At PayPal, Braintree Again Courts Startups By Waiving The First $50K In Processing Fees

    Now At PayPal, Braintree Again Courts Startups By Waiving The First $50K In Processing Fees

    In October 2012, payments company Braintree set aside $2 million from its Series B to court startups to its platform by waiving the processing fees for the first $50,000 in transactions. At the time, the promotion was limited to 1,000 sign-ups. Now a part of PayPal following its acquisition, Braintree is at it again, only this time, that same offer is open to anyone as part of… Read More

  • Amazon Debuts An Official Mobile App For Amazon Sellers

    Amazon Debuts An Official Mobile App For Amazon Sellers

    Amazon quietly launched a new mobile application designed for Amazon Sellers, the individuals and businesses who leverage Amazon’s scale to reach the company’s millions of shoppers by listing their products on Amazon’s site. Amazon Seller, as the app is simply called, offers a suite of mobile tools that allow sellers to search and scan barcodes of items, check prices… Read More

  • Banter Debuts An Anonymous Social Network On Mobile That Focuses On Interests, Not Confessions

    Banter Debuts An Anonymous Social Network On Mobile That Focuses On Interests, Not Confessions

    A new mobile app called Banter wants to build an anonymous social network on mobile by carving out a niche for itself that falls somewhere in between mobile messaging apps, like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and the more “confessional” apps like Secret and Whisper. Instead, chats in Banter are designed to flow like real-world conversations do, without the fear that everything… Read More

  • SquareOne For iPhone Organizes Your Email, Gives You Better Control Over Notifications

    SquareOne For iPhone Organizes Your Email, Gives You Better Control Over Notifications

    Dropbox’s acquisition of Mailbox for $100 million has fueled more interest and development of mobile applications aimed at helping users triage their way through overcrowded inboxes. The latest idea in the making is SquareOne, an email app arriving now in beta, which will allow users to designate which emails are important and worth their time. But it does this in a different way… Read More

  • Target CIO Resigns Following Massive Data Breach

    Target CIO Resigns Following Massive Data Breach

    Target Corp.’s Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob is resigning, effective immediately, in the wake of the massive data breach during the holiday 2013 shopping season during which as many as 70 million customers had their personal information stolen, including 40 million debit and credit card accounts. The retailer also said it would be overhauling its information security practices… Read More

  • Flipboard Is Buying Zite From CNN In A Deal Valued Up To $60M, After CNN Bought It For Around $20M 3 Years Ago

    Flipboard Is Buying Zite From CNN In A Deal Valued Up To $60M, After CNN Bought It For Around $20M 3 Years Ago

    This just in: Flipboard is buying Zite from CNN, which acquired the service three years ago for around $20 million. As part of the deal, it will integrate CNN content on to Flipboard, covering over 300 feeds. Terms of the deal were not disclosed on the call but CNN is reporting its value “as high as” $60 million*. The move is a sign of ongoing consolidation in the space and comes… Read More

  • Led By Ex-Google Play Marketing Chief, Unspoken Tales Aims To Bring Hardcore, Story-Driven Games To Tablets

    Led By Ex-Google Play Marketing Chief, Unspoken Tales Aims To Bring Hardcore, Story-Driven Games To Tablets

    A team of gaming veterans, including founder Patrick Mork, former global marketing director for Google Play, are coming together to form a new company called Unspoken Tales, which aims to bring story-driven, action role-playing games for the hardcore gamer to tablet computers. To be clear, these games would sit at the opposite end of the spectrum of where many top mobile hits reside… Read More

  • Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    One question we had concerning Facebook’s interest in buying drone aircraft maker Titan Aerospace is why would Titan, a young company founded in just 2012, want to sell? Facebook’s interest in the business, after all, makes sense: It wants to use the drones to help spread Internet access to developing nations, via the Internet.org initiative, which is focused on connecting the… Read More

  • Sharalike Automatically Turns Photos & Videos Into Shareable Slideshows

    Sharalike Automatically Turns Photos & Videos Into Shareable Slideshows

    Sharalike, a new application that lets you create video slideshows similar to Facebook’s recently popular “Lookback” videos, is now launching into beta. The company’s technology takes your own photos and videos and automatically sorts them into animated, HTML slideshows in just a matter of seconds. Users only have to point the app to the media they want to include… Read More

  • Meetup’s Multi-Day Outage Was Due To A Newer, More Powerful Type Of DDoS Attack

    Meetup’s Multi-Day Outage Was Due To A Newer, More Powerful Type Of DDoS Attack

    A bit of follow-up on Meetup’s DDoS (denial of service) attack which saw the company’s website and accompanying mobile services down for several days: according to the company, this was an example of the increasingly common NTP-based DDoS attack. Explains CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince, who stepped in to help Meetup get back online, NTP-style attacks are a newer choice among… Read More

  • Skype For Outlook Now Available Worldwide, Adds HD Video Calling Support

    Skype For Outlook Now Available Worldwide, Adds HD Video Calling Support

    Skype for Outlook.com, the integration of Skype’s messaging features into Microsoft’s webmail platform, is now available worldwide, the company is announcing this morning. To get started with the feature, users must first download a web browser plugin, which is available for IE, Chrome, Firefox and now, Safari, browsers. Afterwards, those who already have Skype accounts can link… Read More