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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  • Twitch to relaunch Curse, acquired last year, as the more social Twitch Desktop App

    Twitch to relaunch Curse, acquired last year, as the more social Twitch Desktop App

    Hot on the heels of rolling out its own version of Twitter, called Pulse, video game streaming site Twitch today announced its new desktop application, Twitch Desktop App. Twitch says the app will include community servers, voice and video messaging and game content distribution. Read More

  • Facebook scores a deal to live stream Major League Soccer matches

    Facebook scores a deal to live stream Major League Soccer matches

    Facebook has scored a significant deal that will allow it to stream at least 22 live Major League Soccer matches on its social network. Through a collaboration with both MLS and Univision Deportes, Facebook gained the rights to stream the 2017 MLS regular-season matches in English, as well as enhance the video content with various interactive elements. Read More

  • Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

    Twitter tests a feature that warns users of profiles with ‘potentially sensitive content’

    Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature that flags users’ profiles as potentially including “sensitive content.” When you click on one of these profiles from a link on Twitter, or if you visit the profile’s web page directly, you won’t be immediately shown the users’ tweets. Instead, a warning message displays, reading “Caution: This… Read More

  • Plex’s hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud, opens to all

    Plex’s hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud, opens to all

    After a couple of stops and starts — and some concerns — media player software maker Plex is opening its online service known as Plex Cloud to all paying Plex users. The service, which was first introduced into private beta in September, eliminates the need for an always-on PC or other network-attached piece of hardware in order to use the Plex media player software for… Read More

  • Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

    Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

    Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand children’s apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures, which backed the startup following its more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016 — which has allowed the business to reach more than a quarter million registered users across the… Read More

  • Sling TV expands access to its Cloud DVR, as streaming TV competition heats up

    Sling TV expands access to its Cloud DVR, as streaming TV competition heats up

    Dish’s streaming TV service, Sling TV, is today launching its new Cloud DVR feature to more customers through a “First Look” early access program. The DVR was first announced back in November, but has been in private beta for Roku users until now. The feature works a lot like a standard DVR, but instead of storing recordings locally on a hardware device, they’re… Read More

  • Gboard gets upgraded with instant translation, GIF & emoji suggestions and more

    Gboard gets upgraded with instant translation, GIF & emoji suggestions and more

    Gboard, Google’s attempt to further infiltrate your phone by way of a keyboard application, is rolling out an update this morning that will introduce a handful of new features, including GIF and emoji suggestions as you type, easier voice typing, Google Translate and more keyboard themes. The latter option will allow you to personalize the keyboard by selecting from an expanded selection… Read More

  • Soon’s event-finding app is a social calendar for the mobile generation

    Soon’s event-finding app is a social calendar for the mobile generation

    Facebook’s Events feature is fairly good at recommending the sort of real-world meetups and activities you may be interested in, but there’s a whole host of other “events” you could be missing out on — like TV show premieres, live broadcasts, pre-orders for a hotly anticipated device, Twitch streams and more. A new app called Soon, from Lowercase Capital… Read More

  • Parental control service “Circle with Disney” to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more

    Parental control service “Circle with Disney” to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more

    Circle with Disney, a device that helps parents manage their home’s internet rules and restrictions, wants to be more than just a modern-day net nanny. Already, it had differentiated itself from competing software solutions, by offering a licensed selection of Disney content – like games, videos, trailers and more – to make its service more appealing. Today, it’s taking… Read More

  • Google Play unveils its first original podcast series, ‘City Soundtracks’

    Google Play unveils its first original podcast series, ‘City Soundtracks’

    Google Play is adding its first original podcast series, called “City Soundtracks,” to its music service, Google announced this morning. The series will feature interviews with various musicians about how their hometowns influenced their work, including the people and the moments that had an impact. The podcasts will be hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway – a name that may already… Read More

  • Vimeo rolls out support for 360 degree video

    Vimeo rolls out support for 360 degree video

    Video sharing platform Vimeo is joining competitors Facebook and YouTube by also adding support for 360 degree video. The site, which targets video creators more specifically, is taking the extra step of helping coach people on how to make these sorts of immersive videos through a series of online tutorials. There’s also a new channel on the site, which allows viewers to explore… Read More

  • Amazon Prime launches in Mexico

    Amazon Prime launches in Mexico

    Amazon announced this afternoon that its annual membership program, Amazon Prime, is now available in Mexico. The service will offer unlimited free shipping on over 20 million items for the price of 449 pesos ($23) for the first year, before rising to the standard price of 899 pesos ($46) the following year. The move comes less than two years after Amazon launched full operations in the… Read More

  • Twitter’s Moments get their own analytics

    Twitter’s Moments get their own analytics

    Twitter Moments, Twitter’s own take on short-form content told as a series of connected tweets, are today getting their own analytics, the company announced today. This will allow Moments’ creators to track how well their content is working on Twitter, by offering details on opens, likes, shares and more. The idea is that this data will aid in crafting better-performing Moments… Read More

  • Pinterest brings its visual search technology to the web

    Pinterest brings its visual search technology to the web

    Pinterest has been ramping up its efforts in visual search to make its search and discovery features more useful, but today it’s opening up the technology a bit more with an integration into the company’s Chrome browser extension. With the updated extension, you’ll be able to hover on any image on the web in order to find related ideas and products – that is, you… Read More

  • British TV streaming service BritBox launches in U.S.

    British TV streaming service BritBox launches in U.S.

    Adding to the plethora of streaming services on the market, BBC Worldwide announced the launch of its subscription-based, video-on-demand service called BritBox, arriving today. The service offers a large catalog of British television series to U.S. users, many for the first time, at a cost of $6.99 per month. Read More

  • Spotify acquires audio detection startup Sonalytic

    Spotify acquires audio detection startup Sonalytic

    Streaming music service Spotify announced this morning it has acquired a company called Sonalytic, makers of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips, as well as track copyright-protected material, and aid in music discovery. These features line up with services that Spotify offers, making Sonalytic a natural fit for the company. Deal terms were… Read More

  • Google’s smarter, A.I.-powered translation system expands to more languages

    Google’s smarter, A.I.-powered translation system expands to more languages

    Last fall, Google introduced a new system for machine-assisted language translations, Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT), which takes advantage of deep neural networks to translate entire sentences – not just phrases – for greatly improved translations. The company put the system to work in Google Translate for eight language pairs in November, and is today… Read More

  • PlayStation Vue’s TV streaming service now lets you watch 3 streams on one screen

    PlayStation Vue’s TV streaming service now lets you watch 3 streams on one screen

    With a growing number of streaming TV services on the market – including, as of last week, YouTube TV – Sony’s PlayStation Vue is today launching a new feature aimed at differentiating its offering from the rest: “multi-view.” As you might guess by its name, this feature will allow you to watch multiple channels all on the same screen. With multi-view… Read More

  • CNN’s streaming service opens to cord cutters, adds original programming

    CNN’s streaming service opens to cord cutters, adds original programming

    CNN’s online streaming platform, CNNgo, is shifting its strategy to target those without a pay TV subscription, according to a report from Variety. The Turner-owned news network is introducing an expanded lineup of original programming that won’t require users authenticate using their TV provider’s credentials, beginning with a series called “Mostly Human.” The… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa now supports Office 365 Calendar

    Amazon Alexa now supports Office 365 Calendar

    Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices now work with Office 365 calendars, Amazon announced this morning. The addition is one of several in recent weeks that sees Alexa becoming a device that can help you with work, instead of just music, entertainment and controlling your smart home. Alexa earlier this month added support for Outlook Calendar, which also… Read More

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