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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  • Twitter Revamps Its Apps For iOS 7, But Bigger Changes Are Yet To Come

    Twitter Revamps Its Apps For iOS 7, But Bigger Changes Are Yet To Come

    Amid preparations for its forthcoming IPO, Twitter rolled out updated iOS applications today which feature several small changes, including of course an updated design to better reflect the new style of Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system. But these updates are merely a hint of what’s ahead for the company in its push to make its products more mainstream-friendly. Read More

  • Growing Payment-Splitting Platform PayByGroup Expands Internationally

    Growing Payment-Splitting Platform PayByGroup Expands Internationally

    PayByGroup, a 500 Startups-backed payments platform which lets friends split the cost of purchase on bigger items like vacation rentals, parties, trips, sports tickets and more, is now making its service available internationally. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with 53 payment gateways in 71 countries, including France, Brazil, Germany, India, and others, in response to what… Read More

  • Memoir, A “Google Now” For Photo Memories, Is An App That Helps You Remember The Past

    Memoir, A “Google Now” For Photo Memories, Is An App That Helps You Remember The Past

    Thanks to the ubiquitous spread of smartphones, and the ease of photo-taking they bring, our photo galleries have become filled with what are almost like disposable memories – we snap and share, but then never return and reminisce. New York-based Memoir, a new app launching today on iOS first, wants to change that by offering a way to time travel through your past, allowing you to… Read More

  • Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers

    Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers

    Feedly, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced today that it’s now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications. This is a notable step toward Feedly’s goal of not just being another feed-reading application itself, but rather a platform which will allow an app ecosystem to thrive. Read More

  • Jumio Adds Facial Detection To Its Web & Mobile Identify Verification Service, Netverify

    Jumio Adds Facial Detection To Its Web & Mobile Identify Verification Service, Netverify

    Jumio, a mobile payments and ID-scanning startup backed by $35.3 million in outside funding, is expanding its suite of identity verification tools with the launch of “Face Match,” a feature which will allow its business customers to match provided photo IDs with an end user’s actual face. To be clear, this isn’t exactly the same thing as “facial… Read More

  • App Annie Scores $15 Million Series C From Sequoia & Others For Further Global Expansion

    App Annie Scores $15 Million Series C From Sequoia & Others For Further Global Expansion

    Mobile app analytics and market intelligence service App Annie has long since established itself as a major player among app developers, publishers, enterprise customers, and even VCs digging in for due diligence ahead of mobile investments or reporters looking for app stats. Today, the company is announcing the fruits of its growing traction in the industry with a new raise of $15 million… Read More

  • Google Expands Chrome Data Compression Feature On iOS

    Google Expands Chrome Data Compression Feature On iOS

    Google has begun expanding access to its Chrome data compression feature to more users, specifically those on iOS devices who have the company’s mobile browser app installed. The feature’s existence was announced some time ago, but TechCrunch understands that Google is now rolling out notifications about its iOS availability to more users, making many aware of the feature for… Read More

  • Google Wallet Takes On Apple’s Passbook With Support For Loyalty Cards, Coupons, Offers & More

    Google Wallet Takes On Apple’s Passbook With Support For Loyalty Cards, Coupons, Offers & More

    Google today announced a new version of its mobile payments platform, Google Wallet, which now allows users to send money to friends directly from credit and debit cards or a bank or Wallet balance; store loyalty cards and join related programs; and store and use Google Offers, Valpak coupons, and more. This represents a major upgrade for an application that, to date, has somewhat struggled… Read More

  • Google’s Patent Search Engine Expands Global Footprint With Support For China, Germany, Canada & WIPO

    Google’s Patent Search Engine Expands Global Footprint With Support For China, Germany, Canada & WIPO

    As the scourge of patent trolls continues to take its toll on technology innovators, some, like Rackspace and now FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor, are fighting back with lawsuits of their own. Google is making a move to expand the capabilities of its patents search engine, google.com/patents — often one of the first stops for entrepreneurs in search of information on existing patents. Read More

  • Amazon’s Instant Video App Adds AirPlay Support For Streaming To Apple TV

    Amazon’s Instant Video App Adds AirPlay Support For Streaming To Apple TV

    Amazon rolled out an update to its Instant Video application for iOS which now introduces support for AirPlay, allowing users to stream movie and TV content from Amazon’s service to Apple TV. The update should be well received by current Apple TV owners, who have yet to see a native Amazon Instant Video app for Apple TV become available – though the update has them hoping that such… Read More

  • iStoryTime Debuts A “Netflix For Ebooks” For Kids

    iStoryTime Debuts A “Netflix For Ebooks” For Kids

    If a startup called Oyster is the Netflix for e-books, then iStoryTime is the children’s alternative. One of the oldest players in the kids’ interactive e-books app market is zuuka (aka iStoryTime), a company founded in 2009 and backed by $2 million in Series A funding. The company has been steadily growing its collection of digital, interactive e-books and apps, now reaching… Read More

  • SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations

    SlideIdea Adds Interactivity, Polls & Feedback To Boring Presentations

    A small, Shanghai-based startup called SlideIdea made its official debut at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley this past week, with a new take on presentation tools built for iPad first. Though this space is rife with competitors, including not only Apple’s own Keynote app, as well as Prezi, Haiku Deck, Flowboard, and others, what makes SlideIdea interesting is its “smart… Read More

  • Luma For iPad Is A Personalized TV Guide For Streaming Video…With A Few New Tricks

    Luma For iPad Is A Personalized TV Guide For Streaming Video…With A Few New Tricks

    Movie and TV recommendations app Luma.tv has been working to solve the “what to watch” problem for years. The company first launched as Inveni.com, a free web service backed by nearly $2 million in founder and angel funding, which helped users create their own “taste profiles” in order to serve up streaming video recommendations. Now the same technology that Inveni… Read More

  • PushPage Raises $1.7 Million For Its Q&A-Style Personal Homepage Platform

    PushPage Raises $1.7 Million For Its Q&A-Style Personal Homepage Platform

    Cambridge-based PushPage is launching its personal homepage and Q&A platform today, backed by $1.7 million in seed funding. The product, live now on both web and mobile, offers users an online presence where they can publicize their likes and interests through a series of interview-like questions PushPage provides, as opposed to the sorts of community-based questions you would see over on… Read More

  • The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 this past week, a Warsaw-based startup called IQ Intelclinic was showing off an intelligent sleeping mask which uses sensors to monitor the wearers’ sleep cycles, including REM and non-REM sleep, in order to determine if you’re getting quality Zzz’s at night. The mask uses small electrodes pressed to your head surrounded by cushy material… Read More

  • MyTAG Wants To Make Local Selling Safer And Simpler

    MyTAG Wants To Make Local Selling Safer And Simpler

    Spotted in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, myTAG is a soon-to-launch online platform for local selling that aims to make the e-commerce experience more transparent between buyer and seller by adding “social proof” into the equation. That is, instead of only looking at anonymous postings on a community board like Craigslist, myTAG users pull in their eBay and… Read More

  • WeatherSphere’s RadarCast App Will Help You Navigate Around Upcoming Storms & Snow

    WeatherSphere’s RadarCast App Will Help You Navigate Around Upcoming Storms & Snow

    WeatherSphere, a small Mountain View-based startup founded by former eBay engineer Raghav Gupta in fall 2012, is focusing on developing mobile applications that look at the weather space from the technology point of view. Today, the company has a handful of paid applications in the Apple App Store, which consistently rank in top charts in the Weather (paid) category. Read More

  • Gyft Launches A “Wish List” For Gift Cards

    Gyft Launches A “Wish List” For Gift Cards

    The team from Gyft, an app bringing the gift card industry to your mobile phone, took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 today to introduce a new gift card registry option, which allows users to create something of a “wish list” of the gift cards they want to receive. This registry can then be shared via a link printed on invitations, posted on websites, or on social… Read More

  • Facebook’s Platform Mission: Help You Build, Grow, And Monetize

    Facebook’s Platform Mission: Help You Build, Grow, And Monetize

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 this afternoon, spoke of his vision for Facebook, explaining that when he thinks about the company’s mission in connecting people, it’s not to get everyone using Facebook. “Of course we do, but I don’t think that’s realistic,” he said. “I think what’s more likely… Read More

  • Uni Messenger Is A Cross Platform, Cross Social Network Mobile Messaging App

    Uni Messenger Is A Cross Platform, Cross Social Network Mobile Messaging App

    Spotted in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, Uni Messenger is a new cross-platform mobile messaging application that lets you chat privately with friends on a variety of social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, VK, Mixi, Cyworld, and now, the team is working to add support for Google+ and several others. The company was founded just this June… Read More