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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  • WTF is Verizon doing with its streaming app go90?

    WTF is Verizon doing with its streaming app go90?

    Is anyone actually watching videos in Verizon’s go90 mobile streaming application? That question was posed to the audience this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, and fewer than 10 people raised their hands. Yikes. It’s fair to say that Verizon’s* entry into the mobile streaming market — a means of competing with other over-the-top services like Netflix, Hulu or… Read More

  • Twitter can now alert you when someone you follow starts live streaming

    Twitter can now alert you when someone you follow starts live streaming

    Twitter is increasing its focus on live streaming today with the launch of a new Notification button on its app that lets you subscribe to be alerted when someone you follow starts live-streaming. When you receive the alert, you can immediately join the broadcast with just a tap. The feature works both for alerting users to new streams from Periscope, as well as for content from… Read More

  • eBay launches a smartphone trade-in site called “Quick Sale”

    eBay launches a smartphone trade-in site called “Quick Sale”

    eBay today is launching a new program that aims to capitalize on the large number of older iPhones and other mobile devices poised to hit the resale market, thanks to the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, announced last week. Called “Quick Sale,” the new program is powered by eBay Valet – the service where eBay pairs consumers with power sellers who… Read More

  • Google’s new iOS app Cardboard Camera lets you snap VR photos to share with friends

    Google’s new iOS app Cardboard Camera lets you snap VR photos to share with friends

    Google today launched a new application for iOS users called “Cardboard Camera,” which allows you to create 3D, 360-degree photos using your mobile device’s camera. The app was previously available only on Android, following its launch in December 2015, but didn’t yet include a social sharing feature. Using the new version of Cardboard Camera, you can take VR photos… Read More

  • Facebook isn’t entirely killing off the mobile web version of Messenger

    Facebook isn’t entirely killing off the mobile web version of Messenger

    Earlier this summer, Facebook began to disable messaging in its mobile web app in order to push people to use its mobile Messenger app. However, this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, Messenger head David Marcus said that the option to use the mobile web experience isn’t going away entirely. Instead, the company is selectively disabling the mobile web view for users of certain… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger now allows payments in its 30,000 chat bots

    Facebook Messenger now allows payments in its 30,000 chat bots

    Facebook today filled the biggest hole in its chatbot platform. Messenger bots can accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016. Finally, the credit card info people already have stored in Facebook or Messenger can be used to instantly make purchases in bots that are… Read More

  • Instagram now lets everyone filter comments using blocklists, will show friends’ comments first

    Instagram now lets everyone filter comments using blocklists, will show friends’ comments first

    Instagram today is rolling out a feature to all its users that will allow everyone to decide for themselves how they want to moderate comments on the photo-sharing service. First launched for business accounts in July, the social network is now making its default and custom comment keyword blacklists available to all users. This new feature will allow people to either enable a filter that… Read More

  • TiVo debuts its newest DVR, the 4K-ready BOLT+ with 6 tuners

    TiVo debuts its newest DVR, the 4K-ready BOLT+ with 6 tuners

    TiVo this morning announced the launch of a new product in its BOLT family of DVRs, the BOLT+. While the 4K-ready BOLT, which debuted last fall, featured a white chassis and unique, curved shape, the BOLT+ instead returns to the standard black body, even while it maintains the odd form factor. More importantly, it offers more storage (3 TB) and more tuners (six are included), as compared with… Read More

  • Last Mile Club helps you find fellow passengers who want to split a cab

    Last Mile Club helps you find fellow passengers who want to split a cab

    At the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Hackathon, a team demonstrated a new ride-sharing app called Last Mile Club, which aims to help travelers with the final leg of their trip – getting from the airport to the hotel. Built over the weekend, the Android application addresses this often overlooked – and expensive – part of travel planning, by connecting passengers on a flight… Read More

  • Twitter launches an Alexa app

    Twitter launches an Alexa app

    Too lazy to read your tweets? Now, Amazon Alexa can just read them to you instead. Yes, that’s right: Twitter today has launched an app for Amazon’s voice platform Alexa, which means you can listen to the latest from Twitter right on your Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device. The new app can give you general information on trends, or deliver information from your own… Read More

  • Facebook photo-sharing app Moments expands to web, adds support for full-res photos

    Facebook photo-sharing app Moments expands to web, adds support for full-res photos

    Facebook Moments, the company’s private photo-sharing application which took the place of mobile photo sync late last year, is now expanding beyond the confines of your mobile phone and your personal network. While previously, the app allowed you to share your photos with select Facebook friends, the new version allows you to share a web link to your private album with anyone –… Read More

  • Google Photos on iOS can now enhance your Live Photos

    Google Photos on iOS can now enhance your Live Photos

    The Google Photos iOS app can now do more with your Live Photos, thanks to the addition of rendering and advanced stabilization technology it previously rolled out in a photo editing app called “Motion Stills” this June. The Motion Stills app improves your Live Photos by helping you to do things like crop out the blurry frames (like when you’re lifting the phone), freeze… Read More

  • Tumblr to roll out affiliate links across all users’ blogs

    Tumblr to roll out affiliate links across all users’ blogs

    Tumblr announced on Thursday it intends to roll out affiliate codes across its site – meaning all users’ blogs – as a means of generating additional revenue. The Yahoo-owned blogging platform teamed up with VigLink to make this transition, which will affect all users who have not specifically opted out of affiliate links via a new option in Tumblr’s… Read More

  • Pokémon Go becomes the fastest game to ever hit $500 million in revenue

    Pokémon Go becomes the fastest game to ever hit $500 million in revenue

    Pokémon Go has achieved a number of records since its debut – the most downloaded app in its first week ever and the fastest to reach 50 million installs on Google Play, for example – but now you can add one more to the list: the fastest mobile game to reach $500 million in revenue. According to a new report from App Annie, Pokémon Go has now surpassed $500 million in… Read More

  • Twitter now acts more like a messaging app with read receipts, typing indicators & web link previews

    Twitter now acts more like a messaging app with read receipts, typing indicators & web link previews

    Twitter rolled out an update to its service this morning that aims to make the social app more competitive with mobile messaging clients, including the recently upgraded iMessage arriving in iOS 10. The company says it’s introducing a number of new features for Direct Messages – its private messaging feature – including things like Read Receipts, typing indicators, and web… Read More

  • Yala’s new chatbot knows the best time to post to social networks

    Yala’s new chatbot knows the best time to post to social networks

    Need to post content to multiple social networks at the same time? A new chatbot called Yala wants to help. The bot, live now on Slack with Facebook Messenger support coming soon, not only does the work of posting for you, it’s also intelligent enough to know when to post. That is, Yala uses algorithms and machine learning to determine the best time to post in order to increase… Read More

  • Sling TV’s streaming service for cord cutters hits Windows 10

    Sling TV’s streaming service for cord cutters hits Windows 10

    Dish Network’s streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV, has made its way to Windows 10. The company announced today the launch of its on-demand TV service for Windows 10 PCs and tablets, through a new application live now in the Windows App Store. While Sling TV’s legacy PC software will continue to be supported, the new Windows 10 application has been designed to take… Read More

  • Riders can now stream from Pandora in their Uber

    Riders can now stream from Pandora in their Uber

    Uber this morning announced an expanded relationship with Pandora, which will see the music service integrated into the Uber rider mobile application, along with Spotify. Uber customers in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, will now be able to access their Pandora account from the Uber app in order to listen to their own favorite stations and artists while in the vehicle. The… Read More

  • Apple Pay comes to Japan, New Zealand and Russia this fall; hits the web on September 13

    Apple Pay comes to Japan, New Zealand and Russia this fall; hits the web on September 13

    Apple Pay will arrive in three more countries this fall: Japan, New Zealand and Russia, and will hit the web alongside the launch of iOS 10 on September 13th. The web version of Apple’s payments service will be made available to Safari users on any Mac introduced from 2012 on, which is also running the latest operating system, macOS Sierra. The company detailed the Japan launch of… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 10, watchOS 3 to arrive on September 13

    Apple’s iOS 10, watchOS 3 to arrive on September 13

    Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 10, along with the new release of watchOS, will be arriving on September 13, the company confirmed today at its iPhone 7 press event. The updated iOS brings a number of enhancements, including the ability for Siri to work with third-party apps, so you can do things like request an Uber ride by voice, make a Venmo payment, pause your working with… Read More

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