Sarah Perez

Sarah currently works as a writer for TechCrunch, after having previously spent over three years at ReadWriteWeb. Prior to her work as a reporter, Sarah worked in I.T. across a number of industries, including banking, retail and software.

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  • Hulu rolls out support for 60fps, a top request from sports fans

    Hulu rolls out support for 60fps, a top request from sports fans

    Hulu announced on Wednesday it has begun to rollout 60fps (frames per second) to its Live TV service – something that’s been one of the most-requested features, especially from those who stream live sports. These higher-quality streams are initially coming to a select number of channels and devices as the first phase of a larger rollout. One of the troubles with switching from… Read More

  • Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

    Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

    Amazon today is launching a new Amazon Polly WordPress plugin that gives your blog a voice by creating audio versions of your posts. The resulting audio can be played from within the blog post itself, or accessed in podcast form using a feature called Amazon Pollycast, the company says. The plugin itself was jointly designed by Amazon’s AWS team and managed WordPress platform… Read More

  • Tinder is launching a new location-based feature set this year

    Tinder is launching a new location-based feature set this year

    Tinder will launch a series of new features based on location in 2018, its parent company Match Group revealed during this week’s Q4 2017 earnings. The dating app maker has been fairly vague on what these new features will entail, having only described them previously as something that will blur the “distinction between digital and real-life dating, and dating and simply engaging… Read More

  • Google launches Olympics-themed features across search, video, VR and more

    Google launches Olympics-themed features across search, video, VR and more

    Google announced today it’s adding a series of features to Google Search and other products to help users looking for the latest information about the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. As the company often does for major events, extra information will begin to appear at the top of Google Search results after being triggered by various keywords and search terms. In addition, Google… Read More

  • Echo Look to dole out fashion advice from Vogue and GQ

    Echo Look to dole out fashion advice from Vogue and GQ

    Amazon’s Echo Look may not be the best-selling device from the Echo lineup of Alexa-powered smart speakers, but those who purchased the camera/smart speaker combo likely have a high interest in fashion, accessorizing, and shopping. That’s why Condé Nast’s Vogue and GQ are now working with Amazon to insert fashion recommendations into the companion app for Echo Look users… Read More

  • Twitch now has 27K+ Partners and 150K+ Affiliates making money from their videos

    Twitch now has 27K+ Partners and 150K+ Affiliates making money from their videos

    Twitch today announced new metrics related to the growth of its game streaming service, including, most notably, that the number video creator Partners who profit from their Twitch content has climbed to 27,000 over the course of 2017, and the number of Affiliate streamers reached 150,000. Until mid-2017, Twitch had only allowed a smaller subset of its creator community to make money from… Read More

  • The NYT debuts its first augmented reality-enhanced story on iOS

    The NYT debuts its first augmented reality-enhanced story on iOS

    Apple’s investment in AR technologies has been ushering in a new wave of apps, from those that let you perform more practical tasks – like visualizing furniture placement in rooms – to those with mass consumer appeal – like AR gaming, including Niantic’s upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. But AR can also be used to create unique experiences within more… Read More

  • Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

    Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

    Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box, and Google today by offering to essentially buy out customers’ existing contracts if they make the switch to OneDrive for Business. The company says that customers currently paying for one of these competitive solutions, can instead opt to use OneDrive for free for the remainder of their contract’s term. The… Read More

  • Voicegram lets anyone record and share a conversation with Alexa

    Voicegram lets anyone record and share a conversation with Alexa

    If you’ve ever wanted to share a voice conversation you had with Alexa, you probably pointed your smartphone at your Echo speaker and recorded a shaky mobile video. That solution may work for the occasional tweet, but businesses and developers may want an easier, more professional way to show off their Alexa skills. That’s where Voicegram comes in. Created by the makers of… Read More

  • Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

    Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

    I’ve been struggling with whether or not to download Facebook’s new app aimed at children, Messenger Kids, onto my daughter’s iPad. This weekend, I took the plunge. I sat with her as she typed her first message and sent a selfie. I watched as she discovered GIFs. I wasn’t sure I had done the right thing. No one wants to surrender their kids to online social networks… Read More

  • Businesses with Apple and Cisco products may now pay less for cybersecurity insurance

    Businesses with Apple and Cisco products may now pay less for cybersecurity insurance

    Apple and Cisco announced this morning a new deal with insurer Allianz that will allow businesses with their technology products to receive better terms on their cyber insurance coverage, including lower deductibles – or even no deductibles, in some cases. Allianz said it made the decision to offer these better terms after evaluating the technical foundation of Apple and… Read More

  • Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

    Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

    Thirty-nine million Americans now own a smart speaker device, but the voice app ecosystem is still developing. While Alexa today has over 25,000 skills available, a number of companies haven’t yet built a skill for the platform, or offer only a very basic skill that doesn’t work that well. That’s where the startup Storyline comes in. The company is offering an easy to use… Read More

  • To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S.

    To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S.

    YouTube today said it’s launching a change to its service that will offer viewers more transparency around where news broadcasters get their funding. According to a company announcement, YouTube will now add notices below videos that are uploaded by broadcasters who receive some level of government or public funding. “Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help… Read More

  • Spotify debuts a new Songwriter Credits feature on desktop

    Spotify debuts a new Songwriter Credits feature on desktop

    Spotify addressed one of the long-standing complaints about its service with the introduction of a new songwriter credits feature, which is initially available on the Spotify desktop app. The streaming service has had a contentious history with songwriters, who have continuously accused the company of not licensing or paying them for the use of their music. This ultimately led to Spotify… Read More

  • DreamWorksTV launches its first over-the-top streaming service on Amazon Channels

    DreamWorksTV launches its first over-the-top streaming service on Amazon Channels

    Awesomeness, the digital media company acquired by Comcast for $3.8 billion in 2016, is today bringing kid-friendly programming, including original content, to Amazon Prime subscribers with the launch of DreamWorksTV on Amazon Channels. The new subscription service is aimed at kids ages 6 through 12 and will cost $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial period. Until now, DreamWorksTV has… Read More

  • Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

    Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

    YouTube Go, a mobile version of YouTube built for emerging markets with features like offline viewing and nearby sharing, is today expanding to over 130 countries worldwide. This wider rollout will make YouTube Go available to a large number of people who want the ability to watch YouTube videos, even if they don’t have a good connection, or find themselves offline. The list of new… Read More

  • Twitter is opening up its full archive to the broader developer community

    Twitter is opening up its full archive to the broader developer community

    Twitter today is launching a new premium product for developers that will provide access to the full Twitter archive – going all the way back to the first tweet from Twitter CEO @Jack (Jack Dorsey) in 2006. Previously, this level of access was only available to enterprise API customers, but it’s now being made available to the wider developer community. Until today… Read More

  • YouTube TV’s app arrives on Roku & Apple TV

    YouTube TV’s app arrives on Roku & Apple TV

    The YouTube TV app is at last available on Roku devices and Apple TV, starting today. Google had announced earlier that YouTube’s live TV service would be coming to Roku and Apple TV in the first quarter of 2018, following a delay that saw it pushing the launch date back from year-end 2017. Until now, YouTube TV has been fairly limited in its support of living room devices compared… Read More

  • Hulu’s Live TV app now lets you personalize the Olympics to your liking

    Hulu’s Live TV app now lets you personalize the Olympics to your liking

    Teased earlier this month at CES, Hulu today has quietly launched its personalized Olympics experience in its Live TV app. The company hasn’t officially announced the new feature, but the option to track your favorite Olympics events pops up when you launch the app today, allowing you to pick from various events like figure skating, ski jumping, snowboard, luge, alpine skiing and… Read More

  • Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

    Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

    The competition between Alexa and Google Assistant is fierce. How fierce? Cover all of Las Vegas in Google Assistant ads for CES fierce? Put voice assistance in weird things like a light switch or a fridge fierce? How about “don’t dare utter our competitor’s name in your voice app” fierce? Yep, Amazon has banned Alexa app developers from saying “Google”… Read More

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