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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  • Venmo rolls out QR codes for user profiles in its mobile app

    Venmo rolls out QR codes for user profiles in its mobile app

    Venmo today rolled out a feature designed to make it easier to find friends within its mobile payments app, so you can add them to your connections list or get paid yourself. The feature, found under the new menu option “Scan Code,” is available now in both the iOS and Android version of the Venmo app. When tapped, it launches a new interface that allows you to either use the… Read More

  • DirecTV Now adds CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Pop

    DirecTV Now adds CBS & its networks, including The CW, Showtime, CBS Sports Network & Pop

    AT&T’s live TV service DirecTV Now has just upped the ante for cord cutters debating their various options. The company announced this morning it has reached an agreement with CBS that will allow it to live stream from local CBS and The CW stations in nearly 25 U.S. markets. These stations will be available in all DirecTV Now packages, the company notes, while others, like Pop… Read More

  • FX’s new $6 per month ad-free streaming service isn’t for cord cutters

    FX’s new $6 per month ad-free streaming service isn’t for cord cutters

    FX this morning announced the launch of a new streaming service, FX+, that will offer commercial-free viewing of current seasons of both FX and FXX original series, in addition to all seasons of many other current and back catalog titles of other FX shows. However, there’s a catch. The service isn’t designed to cater to the growing number of cord cutters, but instead is being… Read More

  • Amazon launches ‘Themes,’ a feature for filtering Customer Reviews by popular terms

    Amazon launches ‘Themes,’ a feature for filtering Customer Reviews by popular terms

    Amazon has quietly launched a new feature called “Themes,” designed to make it easier for shoppers to navigate a product’s customer reviews. Now, in the Amazon mobile app, you’re able to see which words have been used the most frequently across the reviews left by other customers, and then tap a button to hop straight to a filtered selection of reviews that include… Read More

  • Facebook tests ‘going live’ from Facebook Camera, Live Stories like Instagram

    Facebook tests ‘going live’ from Facebook Camera, Live Stories like Instagram

    Facebook is testing a new way to “go live” on its social network – an option that was previously available by pressing the “Live” button on the Status update box. Now, for some users, the ability to “go live” – meaning start a live video broadcast – is appearing right within the Facebook Camera screen, alongside other options, like the… Read More

  • Comcast’s xFi upgrade makes it easier for parents to lock down their home’s internet

    Comcast’s xFi upgrade makes it easier for parents to lock down their home’s internet

    Xfinity xFi, Comcast’s Wi-Fi management service launched this spring, is now making it easier for parents to set boundaries for internet usage in their home. The changes include the ability to put the internet “on pause” for a period of time, as well as lock down web searches so they won’t return adult-oriented results, among other things. With the newly launched… Read More

  • Alexa can now find and play music with over 500 ‘activity phrases’

    Alexa can now find and play music with over 500 ‘activity phrases’

    Alexa’s ability to help you find the right music got a boost this week. The virtual assistant is now able to pull up music for a wide range of activities – like music to focus to, music to nap to, to run to, to meditate to, to cook to, and much more – just by asking. The feature works with Amazon’s free streaming service Prime Music as well as Amazon Music… Read More

  • Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

    Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

    Google today announced it’s rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps – meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don’t drain your smartphone battery – will be ranked higher than apps with bugs and other performance issues. The goal with this new ranking algorithm is to ensure that the best apps are being promoted, which in… Read More

  • Amazon’s Prime Photos now works with Alexa on Fire TV

    Amazon’s Prime Photos now works with Alexa on Fire TV

    Amazon today is rolling out a new experience for Prime Photos, its photo backup and sharing app, on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the update, you can now ask Alexa to display your photos, including those saved to your various albums, photos taken on a certain day, week or month, those snapped at a particular location, or even those of specific people or things – like photos of your… Read More

  • Facebook begins testing Stories on the desktop

    Facebook begins testing Stories on the desktop

    Great news, folks. Facebook Stories, the shameless Snapchat clone that sits above the News Feed on Facebook’s mobile app, is now rolling out to Facebook’s desktop site. Here, the Stories feature is no longer at the top of the page, but is instead off to the right side, where it’s at least a bit less intrusive. A small question mark icon appears in the Stories module, as… Read More

  • Facebook will soon start ranking faster loading webpages higher in News Feed

    Facebook will soon start ranking faster loading webpages higher in News Feed

    Facebook today announced it will soon be rolling out a change to its News Feed that will increase the distribution of links to faster loading web pages – including those that use its own Instant Article format, it seems. The change will negatively impact Pages whose links load more slowly, the company also notes. The update to News Feed will roll out gradually in the months ahead… Read More

  • Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

    Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

    Wi-Fi hotspot maker Karma Mobility will this fall unveil a specialized version of its KarmaGo hotspot device that includes built-in security features, including support for private anonymous browsing through Tor, an integrated VPN, black listing, and ad blocking. For customers, the promise is a device that encrypts your web activity, hides your physical location and identity, and adds… Read More

  • The redesigned Google Earth app arrives on iOS

    The redesigned Google Earth app arrives on iOS

    In April, Google unveiled a new vision for its Google Earth application, two years in the making, that introduced more ways to explore the planet through guided tours, informational cards, integrated 360-degree videos and Street View imagery, and more. Initially, the new Google Earth was available only on Android and Chrome. Today, it’s arriving on iOS. The updated iOS application for… Read More

  • You can now use PayPal through Skype’s mobile app

    You can now use PayPal through Skype’s mobile app

    The PayPal partnerships keep coming. The still growing payments giant today announced a new deal with Skype that will allow users in 22 countries worldwide to send money to other Skype users through an updated version of the Skype mobile app. This extends PayPal’s potential reach by a sizable amount – the Skype app has been downloaded over a billion times to date, and has… Read More

  • Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting

    Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting

    Plex today is taking its Live TV service, including its DVR, out of beta, while also expanding to Apple TV and Android, and introducing a new “time-shifting” feature that allows you to pause, rewind and fast-forward through your live TV programs. The company first introduced its DVR capabilities for those who connect a TV tuner and antenna to their Plex setup last fall, then moved… Read More

  • VSCO launches its first video editing tool

    VSCO launches its first video editing tool

    VSCO is a brand well-known among photographers who take advantage of its presets for desktop and its mobile app featuring film-inspired filters and pro image tools. Now the company is moving into video editing, with the launch of its first video editing tool on iOS. The tool will allow users to apply presets and tools to any size video from their smartphone camera, then share the… Read More

  • CBS adds 24/7 news from CBSN to its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access

    CBS adds 24/7 news from CBSN to its standalone streaming service, CBS All Access

    CBS’ streaming service for cord cutters, CBS All Access, is rounding out its programming lineup by adding live, anchored new coverage and original reporting to its subscription service by way of CBSN. The 24/7 news channel will initially be offered to CBS All Access subscribers on desktop and laptop computers via CBS.com starting on August 3rd, with the ability to watch via other CBS… Read More

  • Google Image Search gets more like Pinterest by connecting you to recipes, products and more

    Google Image Search gets more like Pinterest by connecting you to recipes, products and more

    A day after Pinterest rolled out an update that put its visual search feature in the front-and-center of its app, Google announced it, too, is giving its visual search engine an upgrade. The company is today updating Image Search with a new feature that aims to connect web users with more than just a list of photos, as before – its results will also now highlight when there’s more… Read More

  • Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

    Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

    Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a number of potential use cases for this technology – like hotel rooms that sense your entry then set the temperature accordingly and turn on your favorite music, or phones that can merge their address books while… Read More

  • Niantic postpones its Pokémon GO events in Europe after its Chicago festival ended in disaster

    Niantic postpones its Pokémon GO events in Europe after its Chicago festival ended in disaster

    Following the disastrous outcome of the first-ever Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago this month, Niantic has decided to delay its upcoming European events, previously scheduled for August. These events were meant to further stoke interest in the still popular mobile game, which encourages people to venture out in the real world to catch Pokémon, and compete in battles and raids. But the Chicago… Read More

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