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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  • Microsoft blurs the line between desktop and cloud with OneDrive update

    Microsoft blurs the line between desktop and cloud with OneDrive update

    At Microsoft’s Build 2017 event today, the company introduced a new feature for the company’s cloud storage service OneDrive that will allow you to access your files without using up device storage. Called “Files On-Demand,” the feature will roll out along with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and will give users more control over which files are stored locally… Read More

  • CBS launches an All Access-Showtime ‘skinny bundle’ for cord cutters

    CBS launches an All Access-Showtime ‘skinny bundle’ for cord cutters

    CBS has been promising a bundle of its two flagship streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, since last year. And on last week’s earnings call, CEO Leslie Moonves announced a combined package would soon be available. Today, that combined package has arrived. Starting now, consumers can sign up for CBS’s own take on the “skinny” bundle through either the… Read More

  • Google Search will now help you find nearby events

    Google Search will now help you find nearby events

    Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do – like concerts, art exhibits, lectures, festivals, meetups, sporting events, and more – which are happening nearby, either now or in the future. The company says it’s rolling out this new feature now because it sees millions of daily search queries… Read More

  • Microsoft Teams’ developers can now publish their apps

    Microsoft Teams’ developers can now publish their apps

    Microsoft announced this morning at its Build 2017 conference that all developers can now publish their Microsoft Teams applications through the Office Store. The apps will be surfaced in Teams through a new discover apps experience, the company also said. At the event, Microsoft also demoed a handful of Teams features, including its support for tabs, its companion mobile app, integrations… Read More

  • Spotify partners with Capital One to offer half-price premium subscriptions

    Spotify partners with Capital One to offer half-price premium subscriptions

    In an effort to grow its paid subscribers base, Spotify this morning announced a partnership with Capital One that will offer Spotify customers half off the price of their Spotify subscription if they pay with a Capital One Quicksilver or QuicksilverOne cards. The year-long partnership will conclude on April 30, 2018 and will be applicable to all the Premium tier memberships Spotify… Read More

  • PBS KIDS launches its own streaming stick with access to on-demand video, games and live TV

    PBS KIDS launches its own streaming stick with access to on-demand video, games and live TV

    PBS KIDS is ready to take over your kids’ TV. The company this morning announced the launch of its own streaming stick, called the PBS KIDS Plug & Play, which delivers a combination of on-demand video, sing-alongs, and games, as well as access to the PBS KIDS’ live stream when connected to Wi-Fi. The content selection is updated regularly, at no additional cost. There’s… Read More

  • Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

    Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

    San Francisco-based Tubi TV has raised an additional $20 million for its advertising-supported streaming service for TV and movies. Investors in the round are betting on the fact that the next big streaming competitor won’t be a direct rival to Netflix and others with a subscription-based business model, but rather a free service that offers a wide variety of titles for free viewing. Read More

  • Amazon drops its free shipping minimum to $25, undercutting Walmart

    Amazon drops its free shipping minimum to $25, undercutting Walmart

    Amazon is fighting back against Walmart by dropping its free shipping minimum requirement down to $25. The move comes after a number of challenges by Walmart, including the added support for free two-day shipping on orders under $35 with no membership required, announced in January, and the more recent rollout of a new program called “Pickup Discount” that offers lowers prices if… Read More

  • Current launches a Visa debit card for kids that parents control with an app

    Current launches a Visa debit card for kids that parents control with an app

    A startup called Current is today launching a new way for parents to dole out allowances to their kids: with an app. The company offers a Visa debit card that would allow teenagers to shop in stores or online using funds from their own bank account, which is funded through allowance money that mom or dad transfers from their own bank account. Parents can use the accompanying mobile app to… Read More

  • Amazon debuts its own concert series in the UK as a perk for Prime members

    Amazon debuts its own concert series in the UK as a perk for Prime members

    Amazon is expanding its perks for Prime subscribers, with the launch of its own concert series called Prime Live Events. The debut shows will take place in London in May through July, starting with Blondie later his month. Alison Moyet, Texas, and Katie Melua will also each have their own shows this summer. If you can’t make it to London or afford the tickets, you’ll be able… Read More

  • Sequoia-backed startup Empower aims to replace your bank’s app

    Sequoia-backed startup Empower aims to replace your bank’s app

    Empower, a startup looking to help millennials better manage their finances, is today launching its mobile app for iOS devices. The new application combines the ability to see an overview of your day-to-day transactions and spending behavior, with other tools to transfer money between accounts, automate your savings, and soon, pay bills and pay down your debt. The ultimate goal… Read More

  • Offline content gets a boost in the new version of Chrome for Android

    Offline content gets a boost in the new version of Chrome for Android

    Google rolled out a “Downloads” feature in its mobile web browser Chrome for Android in December that allows you to save web pages, music and videos for offline access. Today, the company is introducing a series of improvements to make it easier to save content for offline access, as well as quickly find the pages you had already saved. To download a web page previously, you would… Read More

  • Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year

    Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year

    Amazon is dominating the voice-controlled speaker market, according to a new forecast from eMarketer out this morning. The maker of the Echo-branded speakers will have 70.6 percent of all voice-enabled speaker users in the U.S. this year – well ahead of Google Home’s 23.8 percent and other, smaller players like Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon, and Mattel, who combined only account for… Read More

  • Target begins testing next-day delivery with ‘Target Restock’ service

    Target begins testing next-day delivery with ‘Target Restock’ service

    Target announced this morning it’s now testing a next-day home delivery service called Target Restock. The service, which is currently being trialed with Target employees ahead of a customer-facing pilot this summer, is designed to offer an easy way to shop online for household essentials which will arrive the day after you place your order. The move is clearly meant to compete with… Read More

  • Comcast invests in mesh router maker Plume, launches Xfinity xFi for managing your home’s wireless network

    Comcast invests in mesh router maker Plume, launches Xfinity xFi for managing your home’s wireless network

    Comcast this morning has launched a new service called Xfinity xFi that will allow customers to better manage and control their home Wi-Fi network through an online dashboard, voice control via the TV, as well as through apps for iOS and Android devices. The system is designed to make it easier to perform common tasks, like finding the Wi-Fi password or monitoring activity across the network… Read More

  • Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics

    Facebook debuts a Twitter-like ‘Latest Conversations’ feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics

    Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing. The unit gives you a wider view of what people are saying about a news story or other subject by exposing you to sentiments being expressed outside your social circle. Read More

  • Nugget’s new app finds the best deals on Amazon

    Nugget’s new app finds the best deals on Amazon

    There are a number of great deals to be had on Amazon, but finding them across the retailer’s vast array of products is still a challenge. That’s where a new app called Nugget comes in. The app scours Amazon for higher-quality products at lower prices, and then curates them into categories you can browse from your phone. All its deals are sourced from Amazon, so you don’t… Read More

  • Report: Amazon’s video app is coming to Apple TV this year

    Report: Amazon’s video app is coming to Apple TV this year

    According to a report from Recode this morning, Apple and Amazon may have come to an agreement that will finally bring the Amazon Video app to Apple TV. The app is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2017, and would offer Amazon subscribers an easier way to watch content on Apple TV instead of having to use AirPlay. Amazon and Apple have been at odds for years, as both want… Read More

  • Amazon Fire TV code hints at plans for single sign-on support

    Amazon Fire TV code hints at plans for single sign-on support

    Alongside the rollout of its TV app last year, Apple introduced support for single sign-on in iOS and Apple TV, which allows you to enter TV provider’s credentials just once in the Settings so that you can watch streaming TV across a number of authenticated TV apps without having to configure each one with your credentials. Now, it appears that Amazon is working on a similar feature… Read More

  • Report: Smartphone owners are using 9 apps per day, 30 per month

    Report: Smartphone owners are using 9 apps per day, 30 per month

    Smartphone users are spending more time in apps than in years past, and now access over 30 apps on a monthly basis, according to a new report from App Annie out this week. These 30 apps work out to being roughly one-third to one-half of the apps users have installed on their smartphones. And using those apps is a daily habit, as people now launch an average of at least 9 apps per day, the… Read More

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