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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  • 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

  • Boomerang launches a $5 per month cartoon streaming service

    Boomerang launches a $5 per month cartoon streaming service

    Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. have joined the now-crowded market of subscription-based streaming services with the launch of Boomerang, a $5 per month service that streams both classic cartoons and current series. Boomerang’s catalog will offer shows from Warner Bros.’ Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles, which includes new… Read More

  • Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

    Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

    Amazon FreeTime, the subscription service offering kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games, is today rolling out a feature called Discussion Cards that will help parents better understand the content their child is viewing, reading or playing. The feature will be a part of a new Parent Dashboard that will also include activity reports and other insights into how the child has been using… Read More

  • Walmart to lower prices on a million online-only items if you opt for store pickup over shipping

    Walmart to lower prices on a million online-only items if you opt for store pickup over shipping

    Walmart.com is preparing to launch a new feature called “Pickup Discount” that will lower the prices on up to one million online-only items if the customer chooses to pick up their order at a local store instead of opting for shipping. The feature is said to be inspired by the Smart Cart technology developed by Jet.com, the e-commerce startup Walmart acquired for $3 billion last year. Read More

  • Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

    Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

    In its first four days on the market, Apple’s new social video editing app Clips reached between 500,000 and a million downloads, according to estimates from app store analytics firm App Annie. However, despite heavy press coverage and featured positions in the App Store, Clips hasn’t yet broken into the top 20 apps by ranking in the U.S. App Store’s Top Charts. The day… Read More

  • Shopkick’s rewards shopping app expands to grocery stores

    Shopkick’s rewards shopping app expands to grocery stores

    Shopkick, a shopping rewards app that’s currently ranked only #1233 on the App Store, is expanding its focus. The company today is launching a new feature called Shopkick Grocery, to move its business into the area of grocery awards. The app will dole out gift cards to consumers who engage with brands’ content, including by scanning barcodes on products, making purchases… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

    Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

    Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015, but today the company announced the feature is expanding to support groups, as well. The payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones, but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments icon. Read More

  • Roku TVs now know what you’re watching, will suggest related shows

    Roku TVs now know what you’re watching, will suggest related shows

    Roku today is rolling out a software update that’s primarily filled with new features aimed at Roku TV owners – the portion of its business where its media software is integrated into television sets, instead of standalone streaming players. One of the standout features from the new release is a feature Roku calls “More Ways to Watch,” offering viewing suggestions that… Read More

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