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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  • Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

    Apple makes iWork, iMovie & GarageBand apps free to all Mac & iOS users

    Apple quietly rolled out updated versions of its iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps on Mac and iOS today, making them free for all customers on both platforms. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free. This expands the… Read More

  • Troubled travel startup Zozi gets acquired by Peek

    Troubled travel startup Zozi gets acquired by Peek

    Zozi, the drama-filled travel industry startup whose former CEO recently sued its board, has been acquired by Peek, a rival in the tours and activities business where Zozi also competes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the two companies will be joining forces, with the assets and team from Zozi heading over to Peek. The news was reported by Skift, which notes that Peek is… Read More

  • Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify is launching a Messenger bot for sharing song clips with friends

    Spotify will be launching a bot for Facebook Messenger users that lets friends discover and share music directly in their chats. The bot, which takes advantage of Facebook’s soon-to-launch chat extensions, includes search tools, music recommendations, and sharing functionality for sending 30-second song clips to friends that can either be listened to within Messenger, or launched in… Read More

  • Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise of more listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens. On that latter front, Spotify released a data dashboard called Fan Insights in late 2015, allowing artists to see how well their music is performing on the service. Today, Spotify is taking the… Read More

  • Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos with friends

    Tumblr today is launching a new app, called Cabana, which allows a group of friends to video chat and watch videos together, in real time. The app is being introduced under the Tumblr brand, and will cater to the type of users who frequent Tumblr’s blogging service – teens and young adults – but it’s not currently designed to interoperate with Tumblr’s product… Read More

  • Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

    Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features

    As reported earlier this month, Google today has unveiled its new vision for Google Earth, the software that combines satellite imagery, topographic maps and 3D cities, to help you better visualize the planet. The company is now rolling out an update for Google Earth for web and Android, two years in the making, that will introduce features like guided tours, Knowledge cards, as well… Read More

  • Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium, the company’s paid, on-demand service and rival to Spotify, is today available to all users. The service was technically launched in March, but required users request an invitation to join, as it ramped up to its broader, public availability. The service itself is essentially Pandora’s own spin on on-demand music, offering a combination of radio-like listening as… Read More

  • PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

    PayPal is joining forces with Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning – an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available as a payment method in the Android Pay service, which will allow U.S. users to pay… Read More

  • CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

    CBS has quietly expanded the scope of its streaming and on-demand TV service, its own competitor of sorts to Hulu, to now include movies. The lineup at launch is fairly small with just 18 films becoming available, on top of its existing library of 8,500 on-demand episodes of current shows, prior seasons and classic shows from the network’s archive, as well as its CBS All Access… Read More

  • Google adds real-time updates from the NHL & NBA directly to its search results

    Google adds real-time updates from the NHL & NBA directly to its search results

    Google announced this afternoon it’s adding new features to both Google Search and Google Play Newsstand that will help people keep up with their favorite teams and their standings during the NBA and the NHL playoffs. In Search, you’ll now find Knowledge Panels with information directly from the teams, like highlights, photos or GIFs, for NHL, NBA as well as MLB teams. Read More

  • Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections

    Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections

    Instagram will make its bookmarking feature more useful, the company announced this morning, with the introduction of “collections.” The new feature will allow users to organize the posts they save into private groupings for easier access. The addition may further challenge Pinterest, which also favors image bookmarking and the ability to save items to particular boards. When… Read More

  • Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

    Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia

    Google has reached a settlement with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex had originally filed, claiming Google had violated local competition rules. The case revolved around how Google had required handset makers to pre-load their devices with Google apps and services in order to also gain access the Google Play… Read More

  • Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

    Google’s parental control software Family Link hits iOS

    In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link – but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents’ app for configuring and monitoring the child’s device usage has just arrived on iOS devices. That… Read More

  • Let’s Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

    Let’s Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

    A new application for iMessage called “Let’s Watch It!” introduces an easy way for you to share and watch YouTube or Twitch videos with friends to watch together, as well as react to them, and even voice or video chat while viewing. The iMessage App Store doesn’t yet have a lot of breakout hits at this point, but group video chatting seems to be an exception. Last month… Read More

  • Google Areo is a new app for ordering food or home services in India

    Google Areo is a new app for ordering food or home services in India

    Google is getting into the restaurant delivery and home services businesses – nope, not in the U.S., but rather in parts of India. The company has quietly launched a new app called Areo which currently only works in Bangalore and Mumbai, India, allowing users to order meals from nearby restaurants or schedule appointments with local service professionals, including electricians… Read More

  • Hulu to open a dedicated customer service center in San Antonio with 500+ employees

    Hulu to open a dedicated customer service center in San Antonio with 500+ employees

    One of the key selling points for Hulu’s forthcoming live TV service – which we’ve now heard will be $39.99 per month to start – is its promise of better, more accessible customer service compared to what’s offered today by traditional cable TV providers. This morning, Hulu announced a development related to those efforts, with news that it’s opening a… Read More

  • Hulu’s Live TV service to cost $39.99 per month, sources say

    Hulu’s Live TV service to cost $39.99 per month, sources say

    The pricing for Hulu’s live TV service, a competitor with cable television – as well as a host of other streaming TV services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV NOW, and YouTube TV – will likely be $39.99 per month, with ads and access to Hulu’s on-demand library, according to sources with knowledge of Hulu’s plans. That’s in line with Hulu CEO… Read More

  • Google makes fashion image searches more like Pinterest

    Google makes fashion image searches more like Pinterest

    Google is not taking Pinterest’s search ambitions lying down. The company recently launched a “Similar Items” feature on mobile web and Android to point users to more products they’ll love – like handbags, sunglasses, and shoes, for example – and today it’s expanding that functionality to include apparel. More notably, it’s also introducing a… Read More

  • Android Pay now works in Bank of America, USAA, Discover & other mobile banking apps

    Android Pay now works in Bank of America, USAA, Discover & other mobile banking apps

    Android Pay, Google’s answer to Apple Pay and other mobile payment technologies, today unveiled new partnerships with a handful of banks from around the world, who will integrate the service into their own apps. The feature will be available within the mobile banking apps provided by Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, and mBank, says Google. This is the first time… Read More

  • Facebook Moments’s standalone website doesn’t do much

    Facebook Moments’s standalone website doesn’t do much

    Late last year, Facebook brought its mobile photo-sharing application Moments to the web in a limited capacity by adding a link to the service in the desktop version of Facebook. We’ve spotted that Facebook also has a standalone web version for the service that offers access to the online albums you’ve previously shared with friends. However, like the stripped-down version of… Read More

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