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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  • Russia-backed RT unblocked on Facebook, claims Dataminr also revoked access

    Russia-backed RT unblocked on Facebook, claims Dataminr also revoked access

    Russian state-funded media company RT (previously Russia Today) was temporarily banned from posting content to Facebook — a move that would have prevented the organization form posting articles, photos or video to the social network until Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration. However, Facebook says now that it has lifted the ban, and will look into the reasons behind… Read More

  • Dish’s Air TV set-top box is half-baked at launch

    Dish’s Air TV set-top box is half-baked at launch

    At this year’s CES, Dish introduced a 4K-ready streaming media player called Air TV, which is designed to combine Sling TV’s internet television service with over-the-air channels pulled in through your digital antenna, along with Netflix. The promise of the box, then, is one of an integrated experience – where all your favorite cable channels from Sling are accessible… Read More

  • Disney launches its own adult coloring book app

    Disney launches its own adult coloring book app

    Adult coloring book apps are all the rage, and now Disney’s getting in on that action, too. The company has today released its own take on the genre with the launch of the Color by Disney mobile application, and app that lets wannabe artists practice their skills by coloring in templates featuring popular characters and scenes from Disney and Pixar and films. At launch, there are… Read More

  • Hulu will offer offline access to videos in a few months

    Hulu will offer offline access to videos in a few months

    All the top streaming services will now offer offline access to selected content, it seems. Following Netflix and Amazon, Hulu’s CEO Mike Hopkins has confirmed that it will offer users the ability to download content to their devices in a matter of months. The company is currently working on the technology and the rights to make the feature possible, Hopkins said. The tease about… Read More

  • Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

    Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

    Just under two years ago, Facebook introduced a web interface for its private chat application, Messenger. Now, Facebook is integrating that same web app into the desktop version of Facebook, where it replaces the older messaging experience. The change has been spotted by a number of users in multiple markets – including TechCrunch staff in the U.S. and Europe – which… Read More

  • Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    A streaming service for stand-up comedy called Laugh.ly, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, Laugh.ly is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart… Read More

  • Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… Read More

  • Evernote attempts to simplify with its new iOS app

    Evernote attempts to simplify with its new iOS app

    Did anyone really love the Evernote mobile app? No? Well, good news then: the company is giving it another crack today, introducing what it hopes will be a simpler, more efficient tool to help you record your ideas, as well as search through and organize your Evernote content. As a reminder, the earlier app was a bit busy. Spread across the top of the screen were posting shortcuts –… Read More

  • Vine is shutting down, so don’t forget to export your videos today

    Vine is shutting down, so don’t forget to export your videos today

    As first announced back in October, Twitter is about to shut down its looping video app and social network, Vine. The company had originally implied it would pull the Vine app from the app stores, but later said it would transition it to a new, low-maintenance app called Vine Camera instead. Ahead of this, Vine’s website and app were updated to allow you to export your Vines for… Read More

  • Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a new way to find things to watch. The company has long offered a handy companion app that works… Read More

  • 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

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