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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  • Amazon expands program that pays Alexa developers for top-performing voice apps

    Amazon expands program that pays Alexa developers for top-performing voice apps

    Amazon today announced a new program that gives developers a way to earn money for their Alexa skills – the voice apps that run on smart speakers like the Echo, and other Alexa-powered devices. According to the company, developers will be compensated for top-performing and “engaging” voice apps across over a half-dozen categories, including games, which were previously… Read More

  • Sling TV now works in the browser

    Sling TV now works in the browser

    Despite having been one of the first to offer live, streaming TV over the internet, Dish’s Sling TV service has just now introduced a way to watch its service via a web browser. The company is today launching an in-browser player for Google Chrome. The player, which is still in beta, will work on both Windows and Mac devices, the company notes. Via the web player, you’re able to… Read More

  • Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile

    Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile

    Facebook is again getting into the daily deals space, this time in collaboration with eBay. The company has launched a new feature within its Marketplace section on its mobile app, where a selection of inventory from eBay’s Daily Deals program is now available. The deals can be shopped directly in Facebook’s app, but checkout takes place on eBay’s website through an… Read More

  • Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google’s consumer-facing chat application Allo, a successor of sorts to Gchat, is today available on the web for desktop users. The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advantage of features like stickers, “smart replies” for one-tap responses, and Google Assistant integration, among other things, has been in the works for some time. In February 2017, Google… Read More

  • Target expands its next-day ‘everyday essentials’ delivery service, Target Restock

    Target expands its next-day ‘everyday essentials’ delivery service, Target Restock

    A day after Target announced the acquisition of transportation technology company Grand Junction, the retailer this morning is expanding its next-day delivery service, Target Restock. Announced this spring, and then opened to select customers in June, the new service is now available in its first markets outside the reach of Target’s Minneapolis headquarters with launches in both… Read More

  • Target acquires transportation company Grand Junction to expand same-day delivery services

    Target acquires transportation company Grand Junction to expand same-day delivery services

    Target has acquired San Francisco-based transportation technology company Grand Junction, in order to help it move more quickly into the business of same-day delivery. The company had already been working with Target on a same-day delivery pilot program in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, prior to this deal. That pilot will expand this fall to more New York area stores before a… Read More

  • Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

    Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

    Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is… Read More

  • Amazon kills its European DVD rental biz, Lovefilm

    Amazon kills its European DVD rental biz, Lovefilm

    Amazon is getting out of the DVD rental business with the closure of Lovefilm, the so-called “Netflix of Europe” that Amazon bought in 2011 for a reported $312 million valuation. The company, which operates in the U.K. and Germany, is a subscription service that lets consumers rent DVDs that are sent out by mail – similar to Netflix’s original business model before… Read More

  • Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India

    Google’s voice typing tech adds support for 30 more languages, reaching further into Africa, India

    Google today is expanding its speech recognition capabilities to support dozens of new languages, particularly those in emerging markets in India and Africa, the company announced this morning. That means more people around the world will gain the ability to search the web by voice as well as type via voice using Google’s keyboard app, Gboard. The company says with the update… Read More

  • Yelp partners with Curbside to add order pickup to its app for CVS, Pizza Hut and more

    Yelp partners with Curbside to add order pickup to its app for CVS, Pizza Hut and more

    Curbside, a startup powering same-day shopping experiences for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, including CVS, is today announcing a new partnership with Yelp that will allow consumers to shop in Yelp’s app, then pick up their items locally. Read More

  • Marvel and Star Wars standalone streaming services are still being considered, says Disney

    Marvel and Star Wars standalone streaming services are still being considered, says Disney

    If you’re wondering why Marvel movies and Star Wars weren’t mentioned as being among the titles included in Disney’s upcoming streaming service, announced yesterday, that’s because they might be getting their own branded services instead. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the company is still considering how it wants to bring Marvel and LucasFilm titles to consumers. Read More

  • BAMTech valued at $3.75 billion following Disney deal

    BAMTech valued at $3.75 billion following Disney deal

    BAMTech, the company that powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and now, Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services, is valued at $3.75 billion following Disney’s new investment. This afternoon, Disney announced it would acquire an additional 42 percent stake in the streaming infrastructure provider for $1.58 billion. The company last year had invested $1 billion… Read More

  • Disney has done streaming before, but its new try could be huge

    Disney has done streaming before, but its new try could be huge

    Disney announced this afternoon that it’s doing the inevitable. It’s launching its own streaming service in 2019, and will pull its movies from Netflix that same year. But this is not Disney’s first streaming service, as you might recall –  just the first that will be available to consumers in the U.S. The company is already running an on-demand subscription video… Read More

  • What we know about CBS’s upcoming streaming service for sports

    What we know about CBS’s upcoming streaming service for sports

    Cord cutters have another reason to get excited, as CBS this week announced it’s planning to launch a live streaming service for sports. The news was discussed on the company’s Q2 earnings call, and though details are light, the service could potentially go a long way to fill a gap that’s not currently well-covered by live TV streaming services and on-demand subscription video. Read More

  • Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

    Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

    Audio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice technologies, and the growing consumer adoption of smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, a company called Audioburst is unveiling a new search engine designed to connect… Read More

  • Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Spotify arrives on Xbox One

    Earlier this month, reports confirmed a Spotify app for Microsoft’s Xbox One was in internal beta testing. Today, that app is becoming publicly available. The new Spotify app for the Xbox One is now launching in 34 markets worldwide, Spotify announced, allowing gamers to play songs, albums and playlists directly from their console, including while in a gaming session. The app, which… Read More

  • Facebook shuts down its Snapchat competitor Lifestage and its standalone Groups app

    Facebook shuts down its Snapchat competitor Lifestage and its standalone Groups app

    Facebook is paring down its collection of standalone apps. The company’s experimental “teens-only” app Lifestage, designed to counteract Snapchat’s threat, has been pulled from the App Store. Its disappearance was first spotted by Business Insider, and Facebook confirmed its removal. However, Lifestage isn’t the only Facebook app that’s being killed off as… Read More

  • Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks

    Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks

    On the heels of a $25 million funding round, connected device maker Tile is today rolling out a more premium line of lost item trackers, with the launch of its Tile Pro series. The line today includes two new devices, a dark slate-and-graphite Tile Sport and a white-and-gold Tile Style. Beyond their more fashionable look, these Pro trackers include upgraded internals, allowing the devices to… Read More

  • CBS to expand CBS All Access internationally, plans a live streaming service for sports

    CBS to expand CBS All Access internationally, plans a live streaming service for sports

    On the heels of this morning’s news of a deal that brings CBS channels to AT&T’s DirecTV Now, the network this afternoon announced its plans to expand its own streaming service, CBS All Access, to international markets. The expansion will begin with a launch in Canada in the first half of next year, with other markets to follow. Read More

  • YouTube roll out in-app video sharing and messaging to users worldwide

    YouTube roll out in-app video sharing and messaging to users worldwide

    YouTube today is launching a new sharing feature in its mobile app, previously in testing with users in select markets. The feature allows YouTube users to send their friends videos and chat from within a new tab in the mobile app – effectively turning YouTube into a mobile messenger of sorts. The feature has been in testing since the middle of last year, and, at the beginning of… Read More