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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  • Spammy social network Tsu shuts down

    Spammy social network Tsu shuts down

    No big surprise here: Tsu, a social network that worked around the App Store’s rules on pay-per-installs, incentivized its users to create content, rewarded people for signing up friends, and got banned from Facebook for spamming, has now shut down. Yes, “pay you to post” and “pay you to friend” turns out to be an unsustainable business model, after all. Read More

  • Google search now includes info on how to vote

    Google search now includes info on how to vote

    Google has rolled out an update to search aimed at helping U.S. users find out how they can vote in the upcoming November election. This includes information on what sort of ID you need to bring with you to your polling places, voting deadlines, details on early voting and mail-in ballots and more. The added guides will appear in Google search when certain phrases are googled, like “how… Read More

  • Amazon brings free episodes of its Original Series to YouTube & Facebook

    Amazon brings free episodes of its Original Series to YouTube & Facebook

    Amazon this morning announced that, for the first time ever, it will begin distributing its Original Series from Amazon Video to social media sites, including Facebook and YouTube. Pilot episodes from ten primetime and kids series are now available in both places, in their entirety, allowing anyone – including non-Amazon Prime members – to watch. While the company has before… Read More

  • Apple releases its 6th developer betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS

    Apple releases its 6th developer betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS

    Barely a week after Apple released its fifth developer beta builds of its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and MacOS Sierra platforms, the sixth beta releases have now arrived in short order. Given the quick turnaround time, there isn’t much that’s changed between the previous and current builds, besides some minor bug fixing, it appears. In addition, Apple also rolled out the iOS 10 public beta… Read More

  • Vidcode and Snapchat team up on a contest aimed at getting teens to code

    Vidcode and Snapchat team up on a contest aimed at getting teens to code

    Getting teens – and in particular, young women – interested in coding is a challenge a number of companies and organizations today have been tackling in recent years. But a newer startup called Vidcode is taking a different approach. Instead of online courses aimed only at teaching coding basics, Vidcode is appealing to teens by having them learn to create things… Read More

  • Pokémon Go cracks down on cheaters with lifetime bans

    Pokémon Go cracks down on cheaters with lifetime bans

    Pokémon Go cheaters will now be permanently banned from playing the popular game, according to updated wording in the game’s terms of service. Niantic Labs, the game’s developer, writes that accounts can be banned for cheating, including by “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an… Read More

  • Spotify launches a new Kids category with a focus on learning activities, language development

    Spotify launches a new Kids category with a focus on learning activities, language development

    Spotify this morning is announcing a change to its service designed to appeal to families with small children: it’s relaunching the app’s Kids category to include new playlists focused on vocabulary and language-development activities, as well as voiceover prompts in between songs that encourage parents to interact with their children while listening to music together. The… Read More

  • Microsoft Flow, the company’s IFTTT competitor, comes to Android

    Microsoft Flow, the company’s IFTTT competitor, comes to Android

    Microsoft Flow, the company’s workflow management tool, has now arrived on Android. The app, a competitor of sorts of IFTTT and Zapier, offers an interface where you can mash up two or more services in order to create workflows – like getting a text when you receive an important email, or copying images from Instagram to Dropbox, saving a Twitter search to an Excel file, among… Read More

  • Wonder is a bot that will remember anything for you

    Wonder is a bot that will remember anything for you

    Quick! What’s your gym locker combination? Your girlfriend’s favorite Starbucks order? The type of ink your printer uses? Can’t remember? Gotta look it up? There’s a lot of information that we can’t access via a Google search, but instead tend to make a mental note of in order to recall. Sometimes, we might jot these things down in Notepad, but often we forget to… Read More

  • Craves’ new fashion app tells you what the celebs are wearing and finds you similar items

    Craves’ new fashion app tells you what the celebs are wearing and finds you similar items

    Want to have a wardrobe like Tay-tay’s? You can now, thanks to Craves. The company is today debuting a mobile fashion application that takes advantage of visual search technology to identify clothing and accessories as seen in photos. In particular, it’s focused on showing you what celebrities are wearing and where you can buy those items – or something similar, but… Read More

  • Waze’s new Events program will help route drivers around stadium and concert traffic

    Waze’s new Events program will help route drivers around stadium and concert traffic

    Waze, which has been expanding steadily into the enterprise in recent months, is today unveiling a new program aimed at stadiums, marathons and other event organizers, that will allow partners to add road closures to Waze’s map, monitor traffic conditions in real-time, and inform Waze drivers of closures and other event information. The Waze Global Event Partner Program, as… Read More

  • CVS Pharmacy launches its own mobile payments and loyalty solution, CVS Pay

    CVS Pharmacy launches its own mobile payments and loyalty solution, CVS Pay

    CVS Health today is launching its own mobile payments solution that will allow customers to pay for products, pick up prescriptions, earn ExtraCare loyalty rewards, as well as pay – just by scanning the barcode in the CVS mobile app. The idea, the company explains, is to eliminate the number of steps it takes today to complete a checkout, which today is a very manual… Read More

  • Former Facebook engineers launch Fabric, an automated personal journal of your life

    Former Facebook engineers launch Fabric, an automated personal journal of your life

    Technology has made it simple to record and archive our digital memories through posts, snapshots, videos and more, but it can sometimes be a struggle to surface our past – our memories, activities and other experiences – in an easily accessible way. A new mobile application called Fabric, built by two former Facebook engineers, aims to solve that problem. Co-founders… Read More

  • The White House’s new Messenger bot lets citizens send notes to President Obama

    The White House’s new Messenger bot lets citizens send notes to President Obama

    Sending a letter to the White House is getting a digital upgrade today. In addition to accepting hand-written missives by postal mail and emails, the public can now send a note to President Obama via Facebook. On the the White House’s Facebook page, you can use Messenger to “speak” to the administration by way of the newly launched White House Messenger bot. To use the… Read More

  • App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

    App Store to reach 5 million apps by 2020, with games leading the way

    The Apple App Store shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that people seem to limit the number of apps they use regularly to just a small handful. But developers keep building, so the apps keep coming. According to new analysis out this morning from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the App Store is expected to more than double its size over the next four years, reaching 5… Read More

  • Apple releases its 5th developer betas

    Apple releases its 5th developer betas

    Good news, Apple developers – Apple today has released its 5th version of the iOS 10 beta build along with new betas for watchOS 3, macOS, and tvOS. With this release, we’re getting closer to the final, public build of iOS – it’s likely that there will only be one or two more betas before its release expected in September. While the first few betas were buggy, as… Read More

  • Instagram is testing a “Save Draft” feature

    If your Instagrams are works of art that take more than a few moments to finesse, you’ll appreciate a new feature that may soon be coming to Instagram: “Save Draft.” The option is something many Instagram users have wanted for quite a while, but has not yet rolled out to the entire Instagram user base. If you have it, however, you’ll see the option to save your work… Read More

  • Adobe’s Acrobat Reader app finally lets you use any cloud service you want

    Adobe’s Acrobat Reader app finally lets you use any cloud service you want

    In April, Adobe expanded its Document Cloud service to add support for Box and Microsoft OneDrive, to complement its existing support for Dropbox. This allowed users to work with documents stored in other third-party services when using Adobe’s software, like Adobe Sign or Acrobat Reader, for example. However, that support hadn’t fully made its way to mobile – an issue Adobe… Read More

  • Google tests a more personalized version of its virtual assistant, Google Now

    Google tests a more personalized version of its virtual assistant, Google Now

    Google Now, the intelligent personal assistant bundled into Android and Google’s search application, is already adept at bringing you the information you need at the right time, whether that’s traffic alerts, event reminders, sports scores, stock updates, weather, flight info, and much more. But one area where Google Now falls a little short is in customizing the assistant… Read More

  • Amazon Video pilots will stream on Twitch

    Amazon Video pilots will stream on Twitch

    Twitch has been expanding its video content beyond gaming for some time, thanks to classic shows featuring Bob Ross and Julia Child, as well as its own “Creative” channel where artists and musicians can showcase their work. Now, the Amazon-owned streaming video platform will soon offer a few more reasons for non-gamers to tune in: Amazon Video pilots. Read More