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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  • Selfie, Shrug, ROFL, Face Palm, Whiskey, Clowns and more among new emoji arriving in June

    Selfie, Shrug, ROFL, Face Palm, Whiskey, Clowns and more among new emoji arriving in June

    New emoji are coming! The organization that approves new emoji before they hit your keyboard has just announced 72 more emoji which will be added to the Unicode standard (Unicode 9.0) later this month. This selection includes several fun additions, including those reflective of internet slang – for example, Rolling on the Floor Laughing – which has its roots in the… Read More

  • Google launches a simpler website testing tool aimed at small businesses

    Google launches a simpler website testing tool aimed at small businesses

    Google today is launching a new tool aimed at helping business owners determine how well their website performs on the mobile web, including on both smartphones and tablets. Given that mobile searches surpassed desktop search for the first time last fall, it’s critical for website owners – but also for Google – that the sites showing up in search results are accessible… Read More

  • Instacart becomes the default ingredients-buying app for Food Network’s websites

    Instacart becomes the default ingredients-buying app for Food Network’s websites

    Instacart this morning announced a new partnership with Food Network, which will see the grocery delivery service’s technology integrated across the network’s sizable websites, FoodNetwork.com and Food.com, which today include over half a million recipes. This will allow users who are browsing recipes online to click a button to add ingredients they need to their Instacart… Read More

  • Google tests a feature that tells you which apps to remove when you run out of room on your phone

    Google tests a feature that tells you which apps to remove when you run out of room on your phone

    Running out of room on your smartphone is a problem many mobile consumers have today, thanks to sizable photo, video, and music libraries saved on their device. That means that when these users try to download a new app, that process may fail due to a lack of disk space. Since mid-May, Google been testing a new feature that could help solve this problem. Thanks to an updated user interface… Read More

  • Google Fiber’s TV Boxes add support for Google Cast

    Google Fiber’s TV Boxes add support for Google Cast

    Google Fiber, the company’s steadily expanding gigabit internet service, will now more easily work with Google Cast – the technology that powers Chromecast – the company announced this morning. Instead of requiring subscribers to use a device like Chromecast, Google Cast will actually be integrated directly into their Fiber TV Box, says Google. This allows customers to… Read More

  • Apple TV begins hiding apps from the charts if you have them installed

    Apple TV begins hiding apps from the charts if you have them installed

    Apple rolled out a small but interesting change to its Apple TV App Store Top Charts recently, which, for the first time, are now personalized to the individual user. Instead of simply showing a list of the Top Paid, Top Free and Top Grossing apps on the platform, the charts are now hiding listings for those TV apps you already have installed. The change was initially noticed by app… Read More

  • Google’s My Account will now help both iOS and Android users find their lost phones

    Google’s My Account will now help both iOS and Android users find their lost phones

    Google has announced an update to its “My Account” service launched last year which will now include a feature that helps users find their lost or stolen phone. You’ll soon be able to find this new option just by googling “I lost my phone,” the company says. While Google already offered tools for Android users with missing devices, this expands Google’s… Read More

  • Armarium lets you borrow luxury fashion from your smartphone

    Armarium lets you borrow luxury fashion from your smartphone

    A number of startups want to make wearing the latest – and in some cases, luxury – fashion more affordable, including Rent the Runway, Le Tote, Gwynniebee, The Ms. Collection, and others. These companies offer to rent out clothing, instead of selling garments new. Today, welcome the latest to join this crowd: a new on-demand app called Armarium is launching to serve those with… Read More

  • Periscope introduces real-time comment moderation

    Periscope introduces real-time comment moderation

    Livestreaming app Periscope is rolling out a new experiment with real-time comment moderation, the company announced today. While its parent company Twitter has struggled over the years with spam and abuse — without much success, let’s be honest — Periscope is aiming to go a different route with the introduction of a community-policed system where users can report and… Read More

  • Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet

    Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet

    You might not have thought of – much less visited – Myspace in years. (Yes, it’s still around. Time, Inc. acquired it and other properties when it bought Viant earlier this year.) But user data never really dies, unfortunately. For Myspace’s new owner, that’s bad news, as the company confirmed just ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S., that it… Read More

  • Instagram officially announces its new business tools

    Instagram officially announces its new business tools

    Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles, analytics and the ability to turn Instagram posts into ads directly from the Instagram app itself. The launch comes following a series of leaks and reports of the tools’ imminent launch, and largely confirms details we already knew — like how the profiles would… Read More

  • Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use

    Nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use

    Apple’s iTunes App Store is home to over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million, but the number of apps that actually get installed and used on consumers’ devices is still quite small. We already knew that people only interacted with a small handful of third-party apps on a regular basis, and now, according to a new study on mobile app usage, we learn that about one… Read More

  • Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

    One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn’t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit. And even though a number of today’s retailers offer free returns, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as ordering a piece online, only to find it won’t work for your body type, size or shape after it arrives. A new startup… Read More

  • Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which today is closing in on its first million users, over half of whom are paying… Read More

  • Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These clips automatically include links back to the original live broadcaster, which eliminates… Read More

  • FullContact launches a better alternative to your Mac’s built-in Contacts app

    FullContact launches a better alternative to your Mac’s built-in Contacts app

    Managing a large database of contacts can get messy, which is why a number of startups over the years have attempted to tackle this space with a wide variety of apps that attempt to streamline the process of keeping contact information up-to-date, while also offering other tools to clean up your contacts, organize them, and more. One company that has carved out a solid niche in contact… Read More

  • Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town

    Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town

    Nintendo’s first smartphone application – the social game called Miitomo, which allows avatars to interact in a virtual world – may already be in decline, according to a new report. Following its launch earlier this year, it seemed that Miitomo found immediate success, shooting to the top of both the iOS and Android app stores. Nintendo also claimed in May that the… Read More

  • Pokémon GO launches into beta in the U.S.

    Pokémon GO launches into beta in the U.S.

    Niantic Labs, the game maker that was spun out of Google last year following Google’s move to Alphabet, announced today that its new title Pokémon GO is launching into beta in the U.S. Those early adopters who signed up to become “field testers” earlier in May are now receiving their invites to the game, in order to offer the company feedback ahead of its broader… Read More

  • Flipboard confirms it will get cut off from Instagram after the feed API ends this month

    Flipboard confirms it will get cut off from Instagram after the feed API ends this month

    As Instagram continues to make moves to strengthen its platform with more features to keep users visiting it and staying longer, Instagram’s decision to kill off its feed API on June 1 has claimed another victim: Flipboard today confirmed that it will not be able to provide Instagram integration for the majority of its users after May 31. While Instagram has claimed that feed API… Read More

  • SimilarTech tells you what’s powering any website, alerts web companies to new leads

    SimilarTech tells you what’s powering any website, alerts web companies to new leads

    Over the years, developers have turned to resources like BuiltWith to help them figure out what technology is under the hood powering today’s websites – including things like shopping carts, analytics, hosting platforms and more. Now BuiltWith has new competition: SimilarTech, which not only monitors the technologies used by any site, but also automates the process of finding leads… Read More

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