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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  • Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

    Laugh.ly, a Pandora for comedy, launches into beta

    Laugh.ly, a startup that’s something like a Pandora – but for comedy – is today launching into public beta. Via its website and forthcoming mobile application, users can stream stand-up sets and other routines from over 400 of today’s leading comics, including big names like Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock… Read More

  • Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

    Google’s new Arts & Culture app brings the world’s art, virtual tours and more to your smartphone

    Experiencing the world’s art just got a little easier, thanks to Google’s newly launched Arts & Culture application which puts works of art from over a thousand museums across 70 countries into the palm of your hand. But the app goes beyond offering only static images and text – instead, it now offers tools to search art works by any keyword, browse by color, as well as… Read More

  • Microsoft debuts Bookings, a new Office 365 service for online appointment scheduling

    Microsoft debuts Bookings, a new Office 365 service for online appointment scheduling

    Microsoft this morning announced an expansion to its Office 365 suite with the debut of a new service called Bookings, which will allow customers to schedule appointments with a business using online software. In addition to connecting businesses and customers without the need for a phone call, Bookings will also manage other aspects to appointment management, including sending out… Read More

  • Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around three years, and had been available on iPad for a year. With its iPhone… Read More

  • Civic launches a free service that aims to stop identity theft before it happens

    Civic launches a free service that aims to stop identity theft before it happens

    A new startup called Civic, launching today, wants to help Americans stop becoming victims of identity theft. The company is aiming to topple similar identity protection services like LifeLock by focusing on a broader market than just credit monitoring, while also allowing people to respond to fraud alerts in real-time in order to prevent the fraud from actually taking place. Today… Read More

  • Amazon launches Singles Classics to resell timeless essays from top writers and magazines

    Amazon launches Singles Classics to resell timeless essays from top writers and magazines

    Amazon this morning is introducing a new way to read short-form content on Kindle devices and in the Kindle app with the launch of “Singles Classics.” The service will bring articles, stories and essays from well-known authors and top periodicals – many available in digital format for the first time. The articles will be priced at 99 cents each, with writers and… Read More

  • Zoosk takes on Tinder with debut of Lively, a free app that uses video to tell stories

    Zoosk takes on Tinder with debut of Lively, a free app that uses video to tell stories

    Zoosk, the online dating company with 38 million members, is today launching a new application called Lively, aimed at a younger demographic. The app is meant to be Zoosk’s answer to Tinder’s success, but it moves beyond the “hot or not” swiping mechanism Tinder popularized in favor of something more original: stitched together photo and video collages that tell… Read More

  • One of Apple Music’s biggest problems is getting fixed

    One of Apple Music’s biggest problems is getting fixed

    Apple is addressing a major complaint some users had with the way its Apple Music streaming service functions when it comes to matching your personal music collection to an online catalog – a feature that allows you to stream your tracks from the cloud, via Apple’s iCloud. The company is now switching from a poorer matching technology to use audio fingerprinting. By doing so… Read More

  • Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

    Facebook’s new ad tool helps target people who will actually use, not just install, mobile apps

    Getting people to download apps on their phone is hard enough. Getting to use them and return is even harder. And getting valuable users who spend money in the app or take other actions that the developer wants to encourage, is the most difficult task of all. Today, Facebook announced plans to attack that latter problem with the debut of more advanced ad targeting options for mobile app… Read More

  • Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Earlier this month, the first Pokémon Go malware was spotted in the wild, but the app was not much of a threat to users as it never made it into the official Google Play store for download. The same cannot be said of a new group of dangerous applications targeting Pokémon Go users by promising cheats, tips, and other functionality. Despite their innocuous-sounding titles, the apps… Read More

  • Google launches voter registration assistance in its search results

    Google launches voter registration assistance in its search results

    Google today is rolling out a new search feature that will help U.S. users learn how they can register to vote, according to their state’s requirements. When people search for “register to vote” on Google, the search engine will now display detailed guidelines, voting requirements, as well as information on how to register online, by mail and in person, as applicable. The… Read More

  • Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

    Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

    Just in time for the weekend, Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your favorite Netflix titles. “It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix,” the site explains. The new tool lets you create these lists based on a genre or theme of some sort, then share them with friends or family… Read More

  • Pokémon Go’s retention rates, average revenue per user are double the industry average

    Pokémon Go’s retention rates, average revenue per user are double the industry average

    New data released this morning on the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go shows that the popular game isn’t only the biggest in U.S. history – it’s also breaking records when it comes to its ability to monetize and retain its users, as well. According to a report from SurveyMonkey, Pokémon Go is seeing retention rates at more than double the industry average, and is pulling… Read More

  • BitTorrent Now’s music and video streaming app comes to iOS, Apple TV

    BitTorrent Now’s music and video streaming app comes to iOS, Apple TV

    BitTorrent’s name may still be associated with piracy, but BitTorrent the company has been working to legitimize the peer-to-peer technology as a tool that can be used to distribute content in legal ways. Its products have over 170 million users, the company claims. Today, its streaming application BitTorrent Now is launching on iOS and Apple TV, in order to allow content creators to… Read More

  • Viewing links shared in Messenger just got easier

    Viewing links shared in Messenger just got easier

    Reading the links your friends share with you in Messenger is getting a little easier, starting today. Facebook says it’s beginning to roll out support for “Instant Articles” – the fast-loading, distraction-free versions of publishers’ sites – in its popular mobile messaging app. The Android version of Messenger will be the first to receive this… Read More

  • Pokémon Go installed on more devices than Candy Crush, LinkedIn, Lyft, Tinder & more

    Pokémon Go installed on more devices than Candy Crush, LinkedIn, Lyft, Tinder & more

    Still fascinated by the viral spread of Pokémon Go? So are we. The app on Monday topped Twitter’s daily users, and has people spending more minutes per day playing the game than browsing Facebook, reports have indicated. Now comes word that game has also topped Pandora, Netflix, Google Hangouts, and Spotify, in terms of daily active users, and is installed on more devices than… Read More

  • Twitter signs a live-streaming deal to bring Pac-12 university sports to its service

    Twitter signs a live-streaming deal to bring Pac-12 university sports to its service

    Twitter’s quest to become a live-streaming service continues this morning with another announcement of a new partnership that will bring live events to its social network. This time, Twitter and Pac-12 Networks are teaming up to stream more than 150 university sporting events during the 2016-2017 season, the companies said. The news follows similar deals Twitter has made with the NFL… Read More

  • Farmigo shuts down its online farmer’s market

    Farmigo shuts down its online farmer’s market

    Farmigo, an online farmer’s market that allowed consumers to shop for locally grown food via the web, then pick up those orders at nearby locations, says it will now be shutting down its delivery service. According to an announcement penned by Farmigo founder and CEO Benzi Ronen on the startup’s homepage, the company can no longer continue its community delivery operations… Read More

  • Pokémon Go tops Twitter’s daily users, sees more engagement than Facebook

    Pokémon Go tops Twitter’s daily users, sees more engagement than Facebook

    Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most viral mobile applications of all time. The game is now the biggest ever in the U.S.; it has now topped Twitter’s daily users, and it sees people spending more time in its app than in Facebook, according to reports from various tracking firms. Read More

  • Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever

    Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever

    Yesterday’s checkout glitches didn’t impact Amazon’s ability to pull off another successful Prime Day sales event, as it turns out. The online retailer announced this morning, without giving specific figures, that its Prime Day 2016 was the “biggest ever.” Not just in terms of other Prime Days, either, but the “biggest day in the history of Amazon.”… Read More