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 its Dash Button program to 50 more brands, says orders taking place twice a minute

    Amazon expands its Dash Button program to 50 more brands, says orders taking place twice a minute

    Confirming reports from earlier this week, Amazon announced this morning an expansion of its Dash button program – the small, push-button devices that allow consumers to place orders of specific products, ranging from paper towels to trash bags to even bubble gum and condoms, via Amazon.com. The retailer says today it’s adding over 50 new brands to the service, which now includes… Read More

  • Google Earth and Maps get sharper satellite imagery with new update

    Google Earth and Maps get sharper satellite imagery with new update

    Several years ago, Google engineers figured out a way to stitch together satellite imagery to remove clouds, giving Google Earth and Google Maps users a better and more comprehensive view of the ground below. Today, the company has repeated the process, but this time with newer, crisper imagery from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat 8 satellite. When Google first… Read More

  • Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers

    Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers

    On the heels of Amazon’s entry into the learning materials market, Google this morning also unveiled a series of product announcements aimed at expanding use of Google products and technologies in the classroom setting. At the ISTE conference today, the company introduced a number of new tools for educators, ranging from a research project that helps teaches kids to code called… Read More

  • Boon + Gable closes on $2.5 million for its in-home stylist and shopping service

    Boon + Gable closes on $2.5 million for its in-home stylist and shopping service

    Online clothes shopping can be a gamble – you never really know if items will fit until you try them on. Meanwhile, shopping at local retailers can be time-consuming. A startup called Boon + Gable aims to solve both those problems with a service that offers a personal stylist who comes to your home with a curated selection of clothes for you to try, then buy on the spot if you like them. Read More

  • Leet debuts a simple app for sharing your best gameplay highlights

    Leet debuts a simple app for sharing your best gameplay highlights

    Services like YouTube Gaming and Twitch are great for watching videos and live streams from your favorite gamers, but a new app called Leet, launching now, has a slightly different take. Instead of focusing on live-streamed gameplay and real-time chat, Leet lets gamers share short highlights from their favorite console or PC games to its online community and the social web. Others can then… Read More

  • WhatsApp hits 100 million calls per day

    WhatsApp hits 100 million calls per day

    In February, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced it had reached one billion users worldwide, and this week, the company added another metric to demonstrate its ongoing traction and growth. According to a brief post on the company blog, WhatsApp claims that it’s now handling more than 100 million voice calls per day on its service. This is equivalent to over 1,100 calls per second, the… Read More

  • YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    Along with news that it’s preparing to introduce live streaming support in its main mobile application, YouTube also this week announced a series of new features for its creator community. The details, which include a new Creator Hub, better support, a benefits program and other tools, were unveiled Thursday at VidCon, an event focused on online video and digital culture. In a… Read More

  • YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube, sounding a little miffed that House representatives were livestreaming their sit-in using Periscope and Facebook Live, reminded its community that it has been offering livestreaming on its site since 2011, “before it was cool,” the company snarked in a series of announcements emerging from this week’s VidCon event. That may be true, but a single-purpose app… Read More

  • Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Even though printing photos is no longer the only means of viewing and sharing them with others, people still often want to do something more meaningful with these images — especially those of their family and children — than simply sharing them via ephemeral social media posts. A new application called Storyboard, launching today from the Disney-backed startup Twigtale, aims… Read More

  • Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

    One of the early startups in the app discovery space, Homescreen.me, is relaunching its service that lets you browse which apps others have installed on their iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, too. Despite valiant efforts at creating social networks around apps and app recommendations, one of the best ways to discover those you’ll really like is by word-of-mouth — a friend tells… Read More

  • Real-time crash reporting tool Sentry grabs $9 million from NEA & Accel

    Real-time crash reporting tool Sentry grabs $9 million from NEA & Accel

    Sentry, a real-time crash reporting tool for web, mobile and games, has come a long way from its roots as an internal tool used at the blog comment hosting service Disqus. The startup has since been adopted by a number of big names in the tech industry, including Square, Stripe, Dropbox, Opera, Uber, Airbnb, Postmates, and others. And now it has raised $9 million in Series A funding led… Read More

  • SoundCloud improves music discovery with new Suggested Tracks feature

    SoundCloud improves music discovery with new Suggested Tracks feature

    SoundCloud is launching a new feature that aims to help its users find new tracks and artists they’ll love, based on their activity and listening history. Called “Suggested Tracks,” the addition is essentially SoundCloud’s attempt at personalizing the service to its individual users in order to keep them engaged and listening to more music and audio… Read More

  • YouTube’s 15-minute outage attributed to routine engineering push

    YouTube’s 15-minute outage attributed to routine engineering push

    A routine engineering push was the source of a 15-minute global YouTube outage this morning, not a hack or DDOS attack. The issue has since been resolved, but was surprising given how reliable the Google-owned service has historically been. At the time of the outage, users who visited the site were met with a “500 Internal Server Error,” blank screens or other error… Read More

  • BET Play is Viacom’s new $4 per month streaming service, arriving today outside the U.S.

    BET Play is Viacom’s new $4 per month streaming service, arriving today outside the U.S.

    A new streaming service from Viacom is hitting the international market today: BET Play, a video-on-demand application aimed at an adult audience, offering access to programming from the entertainment-focused BET cable television channel. This is only the second streaming service to emerge from Viacom, but the first for adults. The company previously launched Noggin, which includes a… Read More

  • AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, wakes back up with a launch in Boston

    AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, wakes back up with a launch in Boston

    Amazon’s online grocery shopping service, AmazonFresh, is expanding once again – roughly a long hiatus. Following its arrival in London earlier this month, the retailer announced on Tuesday that it would now make the service available to customers in Boston, Massachusetts in select neighborhoods. The city now joins the other AmazonFresh markets in the U.S., including Seattle… Read More

  • Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo Radar is a mobile travel guide with a chatbot-like assistant

    Yahoo this morning launched a new travel guide for iOS it’s calling Yahoo Radar. While the app will offer traditional travel companion type features like restaurant recommendations and details on popular attractions, landmarks, and other sights in a given city, the app will be more useful to those who use Yahoo Mail as their primary email client. It also heavily relies on a… Read More

  • Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS

    Microsoft brings SharePoint to iOS

    Microsoft announced this morning the launch of a new mobile app for SharePoint customers aimed at bringing a company’s SharePoint-powered intranet portal and its content to users’ smartphones and tablets. The app is initially available on iOS – meaning it will work on iPhone and iPad – but it will arrive on both Android and Windows platforms before year end… Read More

  • Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple launches coding camps for kids in its retail stores

    Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees –… Read More

  • Tumblr launches live video support in partnership with YouTube, YouNow and others

    Tumblr launches live video support in partnership with YouTube, YouNow and others

    Tumblr this morning announced support for live video on its service, confirming our report from yesterday that such a move was in the works. The feature will allow Tumblr users to live stream video directly to their followers’ Dashboards, and will also send out push notifications when users go live or reblog a live stream. Along with the announcement comes further clarification on how… Read More

  • Microsoft Flow, a tool for managing workflows, launches on iOS

    Microsoft Flow, a tool for managing workflows, launches on iOS

    Microsoft Flow, the company’s recently launched workflow management tool, has now arrived on mobile in the form of an iOS application. Essentially a direct competitor to IFTTT, Microsoft Flow debuted in April on the web, offering an interface that lets you mash up up two or more cloud services in order to create workflows –  like those that let you automate file… Read More

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