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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  • SnapUp Lets You Go Shopping, Track Prices Just By Taking Screenshots On Your iPhone

    SnapUp Lets You Go Shopping, Track Prices Just By Taking Screenshots On Your iPhone

    A new application launching today on the iTunes App Store wants to make mobile shopping – including organizing products you like from multiple stores and receiving price drop notifications – as simple as taking a screenshot on your phone. SnapUp, as the app is called, is able to automatically identify and recognize the products you save as screenshots in your iPhone’s… Read More

  • HODOR!

    HODOR!

    Stop. the. presses. Yo, the ridiculously simple messaging app that lets you send a “Yo” to your friends and nothing more, has a new rival. (Or perhaps a more appropriate word would be “parody.”) Introducing Yo, Hodor. As the name implies, this recently launched app offers a different spin on the Yo concept by letting you virtually shout “HODOR!” to… Read More

  • The RealReal’s Latest App RealBook Will Tell You What Your Designer Goods Are Actually Worth

    The RealReal’s Latest App RealBook Will Tell You What Your Designer Goods Are Actually Worth

    Luxury consignment marketplace The RealReal is expanding its mobile footprint today with the launch of a new app called RealBook, which lets both potential buyers and sellers better understand the value of luxury items, including fashion and apparel, fine jewelry and watches. RealBook now joins the company’s previously launched smartphone apps, The RealReal’s mobile shop and Consign. Read More

  • Mail Digitization Startup Outbox Relaunches As Able, A Collaborative Small Business Loan Provider

    Mail Digitization Startup Outbox Relaunches As Able, A Collaborative Small Business Loan Provider

    In January, the intriguing but ultimately unsuccessful startup Outbox announced it was shutting down its service that digitized U.S. postal mail. However, the team said at time that they weren’t done yet – having raised a $5 million Series A round just last summer, the founders were going to focus their efforts on a new product, they explained. Now we know what that new product… Read More

  • Mobile, Social News Startup NowThisNews Acquires Video Distribution Platform Cliptamatic

    Mobile, Social News Startup NowThisNews Acquires Video Distribution Platform Cliptamatic

    New York-based NowThisNews, a startup looking to reinvent video journalism for the mobile and social era, has acquired a company in a similar space, Cliptamatic, a platform which helps premium content owners distribute video to social media in real-time. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the acquisition was for equity. Cliptamatic had raised north of $2 million a few years… Read More

  • Pipes Is A Clever App That Lets You Track Any Topic You Care About

    Pipes Is A Clever App That Lets You Track Any Topic You Care About

    Prepare to further isolate yourself in a world containing only the news and information you care about. A new mobile application called Pipes has just launched a simple tool to help you find and follow any topic, from Apple or Google to the FIFA World Cup, or whatever else you want. The app is similar in some ways to short-form news reading apps like Circa or Yahoo’s News Digest, or… Read More

  • Shopping App Wish Raises $50 Million

    Shopping App Wish Raises $50 Million

    Wish, a social shopping site and mobile application, raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Legend Capital and others. In April, the company announced $19 million in funding from the same investors, minus Founders Fund. However, that round actually happened in… Read More

  • A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

    A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

    Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage, and offers… Read More

  • Secure Messaging App Wickr Raises $30 Million Series B

    Secure Messaging App Wickr Raises $30 Million Series B

    Self-destructing and encrypted messaging app Wickr raised $30 million in Series B funding, the company is announcing today, in a round led by Jim Breyer, founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, with participation from CME Group and Wargaming. Breyer will now join the company’s board. The new round comes on the heels of Wickr’s $9 million Series A announced earlier this year. Read More

  • No, The New Gmail API Is Not Killing IMAP

    No, The New Gmail API Is Not Killing IMAP

    Yesterday, at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a new way for developers to build apps that integrate with Gmail, via its brand-new Gmail API. Designed to allow programmatic access to messages, threads, labels and drafts, the API was initially misunderstood by some as Google’s attempt to “kill off IMAP,” an older email protocol that offers… Read More

  • Agent Ribbit Delivers Monthly Science Kits For Kids

    Agent Ribbit Delivers Monthly Science Kits For Kids

    If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember a childhood filled with explorations of the natural world: magnifying glasses, Sea Monkeys, leaf presses, ant farms, at-home chemistry sets, volcano science fair projects, telescopes and microscopes, and more. But today’s kids seem more keen to explore the world of iPad applications than the mysteries around them. A newly… Read More

  • Google I/O Attendees Gifted Brand-New Android Wear Smartwatches

    Google I/O Attendees Gifted Brand-New Android Wear Smartwatches

    Get ready to be jealous, Google fans. Google I/O attendees will walk away from this week’s annual developer conference with some brand-new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. They’ll be able to choose between one of the new Android Wear watches introduced earlier today, including the Samsung Gear Live or LG G3 Android Wear. In addition, they’ll also receive the forthcoming… Read More

  • Chromecast Update Introduces An AirPlay-Like Android Mirroring Feature, Photo Backdrops And More

    Chromecast Update Introduces An AirPlay-Like Android Mirroring Feature, Photo Backdrops And More

    Chromecast, Google’s popular $35 dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, letting you stream video and music to your television, received a number of updates today, Google announced this morning at its I/O developer conference. The most notable updates include support for mirroring your Android device’s screen to your TV, a new, interactive background display feature… Read More

  • Google Unveils New Cross Platform Design Language “Material Design”

    Google Unveils New Cross Platform Design Language “Material Design”

    Google announced a new universal design language, called Material Design, as part of the forthcoming “L” release of Google’s Android mobile operating system. The design is meant to offer a more consistent, universal look-and-feel across mobile, tablets, desktop and “beyond,” the company explains. Read More

  • YouTube Rolls Out A Bigger Video Player Ahead Of Music Subscription Service Launch

    YouTube Rolls Out A Bigger Video Player Ahead Of Music Subscription Service Launch

    Ahead of this morning’s keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference, the company has rolled out an upgraded video player on YouTube.com, which some people on Twitter are already noticing is significantly larger than before. Of course, in the general spirit of hating change because – ugh, it’s different! – not everyone is happy about the switch. Why is… Read More

  • Dreamworks Backs Kids’ App Maker Fingerprint In New $10.9 Million Funding Round

    Dreamworks Backs Kids’ App Maker Fingerprint In New $10.9 Million Funding Round

    Kids using iPads and smartphones is a common sight these days, and that trend has allowed a number of companies focused on this very young demographic to grow and expand. Case in point: San Francisco-based kids app maker Fingerprint, led by former Leapfrog exec Nancy MacIntyre, is announcing $10.85 million in Series B funding from new investor, Hollywood entertainment company Dreamworks… Read More

  • App Store Policy Of Rejecting Apps With Rewarded Video, Social Sharing Gets Rolled Back…With A Few Caveats

    App Store Policy Of Rejecting Apps With Rewarded Video, Social Sharing Gets Rolled Back…With A Few Caveats

    A recent policy change floated by Apple caused a flurry of discussion – and concern – among mobile app developers. According to several public forum postings and other industry sources, we learned that Apple had begun to reject apps that included “incentivized” video ad viewing and rewarded social sharing. Now we’re hearing that things have changed. Read More

  • Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet

    Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet

    The best thing about Twitter is that it forces users to embrace brevity thanks to its 140-character updates. It’s also the worst thing about Twitter, turning loquacious tweeters into Twitter stream hogs – as with the disaster that is the multi-part running commentary known as the Tweetstorm. But now Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “retweet with… Read More

  • With A Series Of Upgrades, Dash Becomes A Viable Competitor Among Smart Driving Apps

    With A Series Of Upgrades, Dash Becomes A Viable Competitor Among Smart Driving Apps

    Dash, a smart driving app that’s something of a “Fitbit for you car,” is now rolling out a series of updates, including integration with notifications platform IFTTT, as well as an API for third-party developers, and more. The company has also beaten competitors to an international launch, which is a notable milestone for apps like this. According to CEO Jamyn Edis, Dash has… Read More

  • Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps

    Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps

    How well the Android app marketplace on Google Play is performing is the subject of a new report from recently expanded app analytics firm App Annie, out today ahead of this week’s Google I/O 2014 developer conference. The report indicates that the past year has been significant for Android app publishers, as Google Play apps, downloads, and revenue have all seen what the firm referred to… Read More