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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  • Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data

    Google & H&M’s Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data

    At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google introduced a new Awareness API that would allow for smarter applications that could understand where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even the weather, in order to more intelligently react to your current situation. Today, Google introduced a new application that’s taking advantage of this sort of data… Read More

  • Super Bowl posts on social media are up from last year, but didn’t top 2015’s record numbers

    Super Bowl posts on social media are up from last year, but didn’t top 2015’s record numbers

    Super Bowl LI may have made history as the first Big Game to go into overtime, but that may not have translated into record ratings, or, as it turns out, record social media engagement, either. According to Facebook, 64 million people posted 240 million interactions its social network last night, an increase over last year’s 60 million users and 200 million posts during what was, then… Read More

  • Google Maps redesign puts traffic, transit, places and more at the bottom of the screen

    Google Maps redesign puts traffic, transit, places and more at the bottom of the screen

    Google Maps is getting an upgrade today aimed at putting the information you need most often within easier reach in the app’s interface. With a swipe up from the home screen, you’ll now be able to view things like the current traffic conditions – and how that impacts your ETAs to home and work – as well as transit schedules, places to eat or drink, nearby ATMs… Read More

  • One of the worst comments sections on the internet is shutting down

    One of the worst comments sections on the internet is shutting down

    Good riddance to one of the worst places to socialize on the internet. Amazon-owned IMDb announced today it will be closing down its discussion board later this month, and turning off the ability for users to private message each other. The company claimed the decision was made because the boards were “no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more… Read More

  • WhatsApp tests real-time location sharing in its app

    WhatsApp tests real-time location sharing in its app

    Facebook may be distancing itself from location-sharing between friends in its own app, but Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to moving in this direction. A new feature spotted in the beta version of the popular mobile messaging software shows that WhatsApp has developed a real-time location-tracking option that could be used among the app’s friends. The addition was spotted this week… Read More

  • Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

    Domino’s now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger – no setup or account required

    Domino’s is about to put its ordering bot, Dom, to a big test. Just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the pizza chain is rolling out the ability to order off its full menu via Facebook Messenger – even if you haven’t already set up a pre-configured “pizza profile.” The update means it will be easier for more casual Domino’s customers to give the bot a try, as… Read More

  • Plex users can now play their movies, TV shows and music just by asking Alexa

    Plex users can now play their movies, TV shows and music just by asking Alexa

    Plex is getting voice-activated. The popular media player software maker just launched voice control through a new Plex Skill for Alexa-powered devices. That means you can ask Alexa via your connected Echo speaker, Fire tablet or Fire TV to play your favorite content from your Plex media library, without having to use a remote control. For example, you could say, “Alexa, ask Plex to… Read More

  • Comcast will treat Rokus like CableCARDs, not set-top boxes

    Comcast will treat Rokus like CableCARDs, not set-top boxes

    There’s a bit of confusion over how cable operator Comcast will treat Roku devices on its network, in terms of the pricing. As Variety spotted when the new Xfinity TV app went live earlier this week, it appears that additional fees would be levied for those using Roku devices to access Comcast’s TV service, thanks to a note on the support pages on Comcast’s… Read More

  • Women’s March turns its site into a Meetup.com for the movement

    Women’s March turns its site into a Meetup.com for the movement

    Social media plays a large role in politics today, from the election of Donald Trump to those now resisting his policies, such as through the grassroots-born movement that was the Women’s March on Washington. The movement began as a Facebook page for frustrated voters, then morphed into an event that drew in an estimated 5 million participants, thanks to its sister marches beyond D.C. Read More

  • Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

    Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

    Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on the app’s icon, or you can do a search for “QR” in… Read More

  • CapGenius’ caption keyboard for iPhone ups your social media game

    CapGenius’ caption keyboard for iPhone ups your social media game

    Trying and failing to be clever on social media? Want your friends to think you’re naturally funny? A new app called CapGenius aims to help. This fun little addition to your iPhone keyboard offers a search engine for quips, puns, quotes, lyrics and other phrases that you can quickly pop into your Instagram posts, status updates, snaps, tweets, texts, and more. The app was created by… Read More

  • iPhone 7 sales helped Apple reclaim the top spot in the global smartphone market

    iPhone 7 sales helped Apple reclaim the top spot in the global smartphone market

    iPhone 7 sales put Apple back on top as the world’s top smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, which attributed at least some of the growth to Apple’s ability to capitalize on Samsung’s recent missteps. The latter, of course, is referring to the Note 7 battery recall, which had led to exploding devices due to design… Read More

  • Facebook’s new “Discover People” feature wants to help you make friends

    Facebook’s new “Discover People” feature wants to help you make friends

    Facebook is rolling out a new section on mobile called “Discover People,” which encourages users to introduce themselves by updating their profile, then scroll through a list of upcoming events to see who else may also be going, as well as browse through lists of people in their city or who share the same employer. The feature, designed to facilitate connections between people… Read More

  • Comcast launches its Xfinity TV app into beta on Roku

    Comcast launches its Xfinity TV app into beta on Roku

    Comcast’s Xfinity TV application launched into beta today on Roku, offering both live and on-demand programming, including local broadcast stations as well as public access and government channels. It also lets customers watch their cloud DVR recordings. But make no mistake: this isn’t really an app for cord cutters for the time being. To use the app, most Comcast customers… Read More

  • Facebook launches a marketing mix modeling portal for comparing Facebook ads to TV, print & more

    Facebook launches a marketing mix modeling portal for comparing Facebook ads to TV, print & more

    Facebook today announced a laundry list of updates regarding its measurement partnership program, including expanded partnerships with Nielsen and comScore, and the addition of a new partner, DoubleVerify. The company also offered details on the status of current integrations, and the launch of a new online portal to help marketers see how their Facebook ads perform, in comparison with… Read More

  • LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations

    LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations

    Club Penguin may be shutting down, but there’s a new social network for kids arriving today from LEGO. The company known for its physical blocks and building sets is launching LEGO Life, a safe, online space where kids can share their LEGO creations, and connect with a broader community. Available as an iOS and Android application, the social network is aimed at those under the age of… Read More

  • Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin is shutting down

    Club Penguin, the Disney-owned social network for kids, announced this morning it’s shutting down. In its place, the company will launch a new product for mobile, Club Penguin Island, which has been in development over the past several years. Club Penguin Island will launch in March, while the Club Penguin game on the desktop and mobile devices will shut down on March 29, 2017. The… Read More

  • Plex acquires Watchup to bring streaming news to its media app

    Plex acquires Watchup to bring streaming news to its media app

    In recent months, streaming media app Plex has expanded its focus from offering tools to organize and stream your home media collection of photos, TV shows and movies, to more directly targeting cord cutters. Related to these efforts, the company has now made its first acquisition, with a deal to bring in the news video service Watchup to its platform. Founded by a former journalist… Read More

  • Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

    Walmart has just issued its strongest response to the growing Amazon threat, since its acquisition of e-commerce newcomer Jet.com last summer. Starting today, Walmart will begin offering free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. The range of items will include “everyday essentials,” like household products, baby needs, pet supplies… Read More

  • Lyft surges to the top 10 on Apple’s App Store following the #DeleteUber campaign

    Lyft surges to the top 10 on Apple’s App Store following the #DeleteUber campaign

    Lyft’s app has surged in the App Store thanks to the “Delete Uber” campaign which took place via social media over the weekend. People were angry that Uber appeared to be taking advantage of a taxi strike at JFK in order to promote its car-hailing service. The company had tweeted that surge pricing at JFK had been switched off, shortly after the NY Taxi… Read More

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