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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  • App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    App downloads up 15 percent in 2016, revenue up 40 percent thanks to China

    The app industry is continuing to grow, according to a new year-end analysis from app intelligence firm App Annie, out today, which found that app downloads, time spent in apps and revenue grew across the board over the course of 2016. Worldwide downloads were up 15 percent year-over-year, time spent in apps was up 25 percent, and the revenue paid to developers increased by 40… Read More

  • AT&T denies refunds for DirecTV Now customers, despite the service’s performance issues

    AT&T denies refunds for DirecTV Now customers, despite the service’s performance issues

    A number of consumers report they’re unable to get a refund for their subscription to AT&T’s recently launched streaming service, DirecTV Now – something they’ve requested after being unhappy with the new service’s performance. According to several postings on AT&T’s official forums, customers found the only way to get help was through a… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter… Read More

  • Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music’s plans to offer original video content

    Earlier this month, The Wall St. Journal reported how Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies for an expanded Apple Music service. Now, Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has offered additional insight about Apple’s plans in this space, as well as how it hopes to differentiate itself from existing streaming competitors… Read More

  • PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    PBS KIDS debuts a new channel and live TV service, available via web and mobile

    The way children watch TV is changing – shifting away from the big screen in the living room to tablets and other mobile devices. In order to better cater to the needs of this more digital audience, PBS has now launched a new 24/7 TV channel, PBS KIDS, which is available on television through PBS member stations, but also as a streaming service via the web and the PBS KIDS… Read More

  • Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

    Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. The company announced this morning it’s introducing a new way to seek out lists on its app, through the launch of list search. This is a surprisingly late addition for the… Read More

  • Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

    Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

    According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the past year. At the top of the list is Spotify, which not only scored the number one spot on the iTunes App Store, but also was the number one revenue earner across both platforms, including both… Read More

  • YouTube launches “Super Chat,” a way for creators to make money from their live streams

    YouTube launches “Super Chat,” a way for creators to make money from their live streams

    YouTube announced a new feature today aimed at helping creators make money while connecting with their fans during a live stream: Super Chat. The addition is reminiscent of streaming site Twitch’s Cheering feature, which allow viewers to pay real money in order to have their messages stand out in the chat stream through the use of emotes (animated icons.) In YouTube’s case… Read More

  • eBay takes on fashion resale startups with launch of authentication program

    eBay takes on fashion resale startups with launch of authentication program

    Ebay is not taking the rise of fashion resale businesses targeting high-end clientele lying down. The over 20-year old marketplace today announced the launch of a new authentication program, called simply eBay Authenticate, which will allow sellers to opt in to have their goods verified. Buyers will be able to see that the items will be authenticated when viewing listings – a move… Read More

  • The mobile app gold rush may be over

    The mobile app gold rush may be over

    Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent over last year, for example — that growth is slowing. And many… Read More

  • Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

    Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

    Microsoft today unveiled the newest addition to its Office 365 suite with the debut of an application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. The program was originally introduced in… Read More

  • Facebook Pages can now “go live” from the desktop, add live contributors and more

    Facebook Pages can now “go live” from the desktop, add live contributors and more

    Facebook Live, the social network’s live video streaming platform, received a series of updates this week, the most notable being the ability for broadcasters to “go live” from their desktop and laptop computers. Video creators will be able to stream from their web browser directly to their Facebook Page, the company explains, which makes the system ideal for certain types… Read More

  • VSCO shuts down its New York office

    VSCO shuts down its New York office

    Instagram competitor and visual arts technology company VSCO has closed up shop in New York and laid off all staff, TechCrunch has learned and the company confirmed. The decision was made in order to centralize staff at the company’s Oakland location, its main headquarters. VSCO also has an office in Denver, Co., which was added when it acquired the Denver-based printing shop… Read More

  • YouTube improves video discovery by highlighting new talent on a weekly basis

    YouTube improves video discovery by highlighting new talent on a weekly basis

    YouTube announced today it’s making a change to a prominent video discovery feature on its site in order to showcase more videos made by newer creators and music artists. The company says that it will begin to highlight those video makers who are “On the Rise” on its Trending Tab in the U.S., and will rotate the selection of promoted videos on a weekly basis. Each week… Read More

  • Twitter is shutting down its business app, Twitter Dashboard

    Twitter is shutting down its business app, Twitter Dashboard

    Twitter announced today it’s shutting down a feature called Dashboard, launched last summer, that allows businesses a suite of tools to track tweets, schedule posts, access analytics, monitor tweets about their brand or other keywords and more. The company says that Dashboard will be fully shuttered on February 3rd, 2017, but there’s not a solid transition plan in terms of how… Read More

  • Google Maps’ Foursquare-like lists feature is getting closer to launch

    Google Maps’ Foursquare-like lists feature is getting closer to launch

    A feature that will allow Google Maps users to make lists of places is getting closer to public launch. A number of Google Maps users this month have uncovered a new addition to their Google Maps mobile application — a way to make lists of starred and favorite places, as well as create buckets lists of those places they want to visit, and a means to build out their own custom… Read More

  • Amazon Prime’s latest perk is a new Rewards Visa Card with 5% back

    Amazon Prime’s latest perk is a new Rewards Visa Card with 5% back

    Amazon announced this morning it’s teaming up with Chase to introduce a new Visa credit card exclusively for its most loyal customers, Prime members. The card offers Prime members 5 percent back on Amazon purchases, as well as other rewards, including 2 percent back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores, and 1 percent back everywhere else. This is not Amazon’s first entry… Read More

  • Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

    DoubleDutch, a startup providing mobile apps and analytics for events and conferences is downsizing again. The company has just announced another round of layoffs, affecting roughly 40 percent its workforce, TechCrunch learned and DoubleDutch confirmed. Around 70 positions were eliminated, including those in senior leadership roles. DoubleDutch’s CFO, CCO, VP of Customer Success and… Read More

  • Google Voice is getting an upgrade

    Google Voice is getting an upgrade

    Google’s somewhat aging VoIP calling service, Google Voice, is preparing to roll out a significant update, the company has confirmed. Several Google Voice users this week reported seeing an upgrade link touting “the new Google Voice” on the web version of the service, along with a link that would let them try it out. Clearly, the message was posted too early because the… Read More

  • Apple, Facebook and Google top Greenpeace’s clean energy report

    Apple, Facebook and Google top Greenpeace’s clean energy report

    Apple has earned the title of greenest tech company in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace. In a new report, “Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet,” Apple lead the pack with an “A” grade and a clean energy index score of 83 percent. Facebook and Google also did well… Read More

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