Darrell Etherington

Darrell Etherington

Darrell Etherington is a Writer at TechCrunch, focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus.

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  • TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    On this week’s AppleCast, we get into the Apple Watch experience, since we’ve both now been actively using them for at least a few days. We expand on our thoughts regarding the device at length in our extensive review, but here on the podcast, we talk about very different aspects of the device, including how first-hand experience differed from what we thought we’d find… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners. So this brings in-house one of the technologies… Read More

  • Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Microsoft announced support for over-the-air TV broadcasts, including HD content, early in April. I’ve been using the setup since, after enrolling in the Xbox One Preview program and receiving a Mohu Leaf indoor HDTV antenna and a Hauppauge 955Q USB TV tuner to take it for a test ride. The end result is that, for me at least, Xbox One is closer than ever to achieving its vision of being… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many… Read More

  • Amazon Brings HD And Cellular Streaming To The iOS Instant Video App

    Amazon Brings HD And Cellular Streaming To The iOS Instant Video App

    Amazon has answered a long-standing request with an update to Amazon Instant Video that delivers streaming of HD resolution content, and allows streaming over cellular connections, rather than just Wi-Fi. The new 3.0 update also lets you beam the Amazon Instant Video library of movie and TV shows to your Apple TV via AirPlay in HD. Read More

  • Go Ahead, Play Prince Of Persia In This Tweet

    Go Ahead, Play Prince Of Persia In This Tweet

    If you want to relive your classic MS-DOS gaming experiences, you need venture no further than Twitter. The Internet Archive’s website-embeddable games also now work directly in tweets, when you’re viewing them on the web, or in native embeds like the one below. Jordan Mechner’s classic Prince of Persia is a good place to start, if you ask me, but anything in this… Read More

  • Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple’s iPhone is just about the best smartphone camera you can get, but a new patent application provides a good indication of how it could get even better. The patent is for a “small form factor telephoto camera (via AppleInsider) and describes how the company might make a camera with a narrower field of view, but a much higher magnification factor, as well as how such a camera… Read More

  • Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population

    Apple And IBM Team With Japan Post To Address The Needs Of An Aging Population

    Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro was on-stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty this morning to announce a new joint initiative and highlight some of the fruits of the IBM/Apple enterprise partnership. Through that partnership (which was announced last summer), IBM is developing software and support for large businesses, as well as helping to provision Apple hardware to… Read More

  • Apple Watch Review

    Apple Watch Review

    The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious. Here at TechCrunch, we’ve been sharing our thoughts in an ongoing diary, featuring daily entries describing what it’s like to use the Watch as we become more familiar with the new gadget. Read More

  • Taptic Component Bottleneck Blamed In Part For Apple Watch Supply Shortage

    Taptic Component Bottleneck Blamed In Part For Apple Watch Supply Shortage

    The Apple Watch is rolling out to customers, but it’s taking longer to get into user hands than some might like. A new report out today by The Wall Street Journal puts the blame for the slow rollout primarily on a shortage of Apple Watch Taptic Engine components, caused by issues found in the parts supplied by one supplier in particular. The WSJ author who penned the piece clarified… Read More

  • Microsoft Has “Hundreds” Of HoloLens Devices For Devs To Test At Build

    Microsoft Has “Hundreds” Of HoloLens Devices For Devs To Test At Build

    Microsoft’s HoloLens has been in development for a few years, and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on stage at Build today that during that time, the hardware has improved by a couple of orders of magnitude due to advances in mobile processing, sensor and computer power and affordability. Read More

  • Twitter’s New Dedicated Food Account Could Help Broaden Appeal

    Twitter’s New Dedicated Food Account Could Help Broaden Appeal

    Twitter is launching @TwitterFood today, a dedicated account that sifts through the myriad food-related tweets shared on the social network and offers up a curated selection of hand-picked missives from heavyweights in the field, including Martha Stewart and Alton Brown, as well as choice posts from the general public. Read More

  • Journey To Zelda’s Hyrule In Any Web Browser

    Journey To Zelda’s Hyrule In Any Web Browser

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was a technical feat on a home console back in 1991 when it was launched, but today a team has brought the entire overworld map from the game to your browser using only HTML5. Thanks to the team behind “JADSDS engine,” you can now navigate to Hyrule from any device, including your iPhone or iPad, and check out a scrollable version of the map… Read More

  • Star Wars X-Wing And TIE Fighter Games Come To Steam

    Star Wars X-Wing And TIE Fighter Games Come To Steam

    Well it’s essentially Star Wars time, with May the 4th in sight and the new movie set for launch later this year – and it probably won’t not be Star Wars time ever again if Disney has its way. To celebrate, Steam is hosting a big Star Wars Day sale, with discounts on classic games, and debuting the X-Wing and TIE Fighter series on its platform. Read More

  • Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Now has been expanding the range and variety of its Google Now cards, with 40 third-party partners unveiled in January. Seventy are being added to the Google app on Android today, bringing the total pool of Now partners up to 110. Some marquee partners from the new group include Zipcar, which will now display¬†upcoming end times for reservations so that you can remember to get it back… Read More

  • This Is The LG G4

    This Is The LG G4

    The LG G4 is here, and as previewed, it does indeed feature a leather back, designed for comfort and durability according to the company. The smartphone has some serious bona fides when it comes to hardware specs, including a quad HD (1440 x 2560) 5.5-inch screen which uses new “quantum display” tech for better color reproduction, a completely redesigned camera with a larger… Read More

  • SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it’s finally letting everyone in. The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options. They challenge existing industry leaders, including Libsyn, as well as provide the RSS hooks necessary to also publish to iTunes and get picked up by… Read More

  • Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

    Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

    Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO, that details how wireless devices like iPhones and iPads might become context-specific remote input gadgets for use with creative desktop apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic or even Photoshop. Using the tech described, your iPhone 6 Plus could become a touch-screen video scrubber for editing movies, for example, and then easily switch to a… Read More

  • Apple Boasts Over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps Already Available

    Apple Boasts Over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps Already Available

    Apple CEO Tim Cook said on today’s company earnings call that there are over 3,500 apps available at launch for the Apple Watch, which is better than the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad when that device launched in April of 2010, and 7 times the 500 apps available when the iPhone’s App Store first debuted in July 2008. Read More

  • Apple ‘Working Hard’ To Catch Up With Apple Watch Demand

    Apple ‘Working Hard’ To Catch Up With Apple Watch Demand

    Apple is “working very, very hard” to meet the strong demand for Apple Watch, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told Bloomberg Businessweek in the wake of the company’s earnings call today. Apple is facing demand that it hopes to largely catch up with by the end of June, according to the executive. “It’s been really great to see the reaction of customers since their… Read More

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