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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  • Moo.do turns Gmail into a task management system

    Moo.do turns Gmail into a task management system

    If starring your important emails is your way of creating a to-do list in your inbox, but you long for something more robust, a new product from Moo.do aims to help. With Moo.do for Gmail, the idea is to combine an email client with a task manager you can use to organize your to-dos, documents, projects, calendar, contacts, and more. The product has been in beta testing, but is now available… Read More

  • Google’s new app Crowdsource asks users to help with translation, transcription & more

    Google’s new app Crowdsource asks users to help with translation, transcription & more

    A new Google application called Crowdsource has quietly appeared on Google Play, asking users to perform brief tasks that will help improve the quality of Google services like Maps, translation, image transcription, and more. The app, surprisingly, doesn’t offer any sort of rewards or micropayments in exchange for users’ work, however – which means it won’t be much of… Read More

  • Google opens up registration for its first-ever indie games festival

    Google opens up registration for its first-ever indie games festival

    Google is kicking off registration for its first-ever festival aimed at celebrating indie games on Android. The company is now taking sign-ups for those who want to attend the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, and it’s announcing the exhibitor line-up. This includes 30 games, half of which have yet to be released to the general public, or are still in a limited… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone

    Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone

    On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis, as part of Zuckerberg’s trip of Italy, announced following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week, killing hundreds. After discussing the importance of connecting people in the world without internet access, Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a drone – but, alas, not… Read More

  • Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support

    Roku’s popular media players will be getting a refresh later this fall, according to a new report, as well as a rebranding which will see the device models renamed from those sporting numerical characters (e.g. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4) to names like “Premiere,” “Ultra,” “Express,” and others. It appears that select devices will also receive… Read More

  • Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

    Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

    Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to… Read More

  • Rheo, a personalized video app designed by ex-Apple product vets, scores $2.3 million

    Rheo, a personalized video app designed by ex-Apple product vets, scores $2.3 million

    A personalized video channel for Apple TV, Rheo, has now closed on $2.3 million in seed funding, the company announced this week. It has also updated its application and expanded its content lineup, thanks to a new deal with Vimeo which brings the network’s catalog of short videos, including its “Staff Picks,” short films, animations, music and more, to Rheo’s… Read More

  • FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports Go hits Apple TV, allows viewing of four games at once

    FOX Sports GO has now arrived on Apple TV, allowing viewers to watch up to four games at the same time, thanks to an innovative split-screen interface that lets you arrange video feeds side-by-side, picture-in-picture style, or in a mosaic pattern. With the app, you’ll be able to stream from channels including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes, and Fox College… Read More

  • Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was… Read More

  • Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search

    Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More

  • TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps

    TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps

    New York-based Citymaps, a social mapping application backed by $12 million in venture funding, has been acquired by TripAdvisor, the companies have announced. The service, which serves both as a mapping and navigational tool as well as a travel guide of sorts, will continue on as a standalone business at TripAdvisor, following the deal’s close. Deal terms were not disclosed. Co-founded… Read More

  • Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

    Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality… Read More

  • Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter today continues to push forward with its increased emphasis on its messaging feature, with the rollout of a new button for websites that allows visitors to privately message an individual or company directly. The feature, now one of several website buttons available, follows the company’s recent test of a change to brands’ customer support profiles’ that encouraged… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    If customized keyboards for mobile devices are to be the next-gen interface for accessing the wider web – including information you’d normally turn to a search engine to find – then Microsoft today has stepped up its fight with Google with the rollout of a new version of its predictive keyboard app Word Flow. While the app previously offered intelligent word suggestions… Read More

  • YouTube gets a new TV app

    YouTube gets a new TV app

    With more people than ever cutting the cord, watching via smart TVs, and turning to streaming media players like Roku and others, YouTube decided it was time to update is TV application to be easier to use on the big screen. A new version of the application rolling out now will feature a different look and improved organization of categories, in order to better fit in with how people… Read More

  • Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world

    Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world

    Amazon today announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also… Read More

  • Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting

    Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting

    The joy that comes from listening to music with friends is something that’s been around ever since…well, ever since music. But today, thanks to digital services that let you listen anytime, anywhere, music is now more often a solo experience. A new app called Lisn wants to change that, by offering you a way to listen to music with a friend, no matter how far apart you are, and… Read More

  • Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Comcast entered the cord cutting fray last fall with the launch of its online and mobile streaming service Watchable, which offered a variety of videos from popular websites like VICE and Vox, in an effort to reach the growing number of younger subscribers opting out of paying for cable TV. However, much of its content could be found elsewhere online, and there wasn’t really a… Read More

  • Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support for mobile ad creation

    Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support for mobile ad creation

    Facebook today is rolling out a number of improvements to its “Slideshow” ads, announced last fall as a means of offering an alternative to video ads in developing markets where bandwidth may be limited. The company this morning says that advertisers will now be able to create these ads right from their phones, as well as take advantage of new features like the ability to add text… Read More

  • Slice’s new browser add-on will email you when prices drop

    Slice’s new browser add-on will email you when prices drop

    Slice, a company best known to consumers for its mobile shopping assistant that helps you find the best deals, track packages, organize your receipts, and more, is out today with a new service aimed at helping online shoppers save. Called Slice Watch, its latest app lives in your web browser instead, allowing you to track price drops on items you find online. The idea is something akin to… Read More

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