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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  • Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s newest iOS update is out, bringing support for over 300 new emoji, in line with the update that went out for OS X today, too. That means the new, more diverse and potentially more expressive emoticons will work across both platforms. iOS 8.3 also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements, addressing features ranging from Wi-Fi, app launching and Bluetooth to… Read More

  • Photos For OS X Review

    Photos For OS X Review

    Apple’s Photos app is now available to anyone via the free 10.10.3 Yosemite update that went out today, and after spending significant time with the app in beta, we can tell you that it’s a smart upgrade for Apple’s local picture management software. The app is a perfect reflection of the true future of photo storage: All your pictures, when you need them, wherever you… Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple has released OS X 10.10.3, a big update for its desktop OS that brings the new Photos app to the general user population. The update is available now via the App Store’s ‘Updates’ tab, and is a free download for all users of OS X. The update also introduces new emoji, with over 300 new characters available, as well as new Spotlight suggestions, better stability and… Read More

  • Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One owners have a new way to get TV on their console: The game machine supports over-the-air TV now for those in the Xbox One Preview program, and in the coming months for everyone else, provided that you also pick up an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q TV tuner and an HDTV antenna. Xbox is also working with Hauppauge to make it even cheaper to get on board, with a $60 tuner panned for… Read More

  • Tesla’s New Entry-Level Model S 70D Adds All-Wheel Drive And 240 Mile Range

    Tesla’s New Entry-Level Model S 70D Adds All-Wheel Drive And 240 Mile Range

    Tesla has a new entry-level Model S, called the 70D, which offers a 70 kWh battery and all-wheel drive, and which replaces the entry-level Model S 60 in the range. The new 70D offers 240 miles of maximum range, vs. just 2018 for the outgoing entry-level rear-wheel drive base Model S, but will also cost $5,000 more to start with a beginning price of $74,900. The new base model Tesla is still… Read More

  • Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball is a new iPhone app from Studio Neat, prolific fun guys and makers of cool things ranging from the Glif smartphone tripod mount, to the Cosmonaut stylus, to the Neat transparent ice cube making set. The app is thematically in keeping with their most recent product, including the ice kit and the Simple Syrup Kit, providing a repository and sharing tool for cocktail recipes so you… Read More

  • Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram has a couple of new photo editing tools available in its mobile applications, out today on Android and coming soon to iOS: Color and Fade. Color lets you adjust the tone of both the highlights and shadows of your pics, adding a different cast to light for moody effects. Fade lets you wash out colors altogether, getting a more muted effect reminiscent of low-fi prints, with… Read More

  • HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad

    HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad

    The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today. The HBO Now channel was promised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere on the network on April 12, and the new service provides access to HBO’s entire streaming content library, as well as new shows live as they air, for $14.99 per month, with one free month included for users who sign up in April. HBO… Read More

  • Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo’s new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99. The newest piece of hardware fromĀ Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density on a 6-inch display, which matches the screen on the $199.99 Kindle Voyage in terms of resolution, and which should mean extremely crisp, pixel-free rendering of… Read More

  • Leaked Memo Says Apple Will Push Retail Store Shoppers Online

    Leaked Memo Says Apple Will Push Retail Store Shoppers Online

    Apple might be implementing retail changes that discourage the kind of hype-building launch day lines that get headlines with each new device that goes on sale, according to a new memo reportedly from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts shared with retail store employees and obtained by Business Insider. At least for Apple Watch and the new MacBook, Ahrendts is directing store staff to push… Read More

  • Apple Patents Learning Computer Vision For Gesture Control

    Apple Patents Learning Computer Vision For Gesture Control

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) for 3D gesture control, specifically describing the tech used to help a computer identify hand motions made by a user. The patent goes into detail about how the system can not only recognize gestures, but learn them so well that it can even spot them when part of the hand making the gesture is blocked or not visible by the camera, leading to… Read More

  • All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All the existing Star Wars movies are finally being made available as legitimate digital downloads beginning April 10, with pre-orders already available on many platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video and Google Play, and more, with the general price at most retailers set at $20 per movie, or $90 for the whole collection (which means you can save yourself $30 by only… Read More

  • Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to give software developers an easy way to… Read More

  • Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips Hue Go Offers Smart Lighting Without The Cord

    Philips has a new addition to their Hue smart lighting system: The Hue Go, a portable light that packs three hours of use on a full charge before it needs to be plugged in again. The Hue Go has a single button that offers local control over light tone and dynamic effects, as well as a low power standby mode and auto dimming to maximize usage on the go. The Hue Go resembles some of Philips… Read More

  • At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    At 5, The iPad’s Chief Feature Is Its Lasting Elasticity

    The iPad turned five on April 3, and while noneĀ could deny that the Apple tablet has been successful in the intervening half-decade, what’s more interesting is trying to pin down the chief cause of its continued ability to impress users and find a place in their computing workflow. I’d argue that the iPad’s primary success factor, as well as the reason behind both its… Read More

  • Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ Offers Project Creators Community Guidance

    Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ Offers Project Creators Community Guidance

    Kickstarter has enabled a private beta feature that’s starting to show up for logged in project creators, offering a kind of community knowledge base that lets users ask questions and provide answers to other creators about crowdfunding and best practices. The so-called Campus seems designed to act as a central repository for the kind of advice that’s often being exchanged… Read More

  • Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google Maps Easter Egg Sets Pac-Man Loose On City Streets

    Google has created a new Easter Egg for Google Maps (pretty much just in time for actual Easter) which lets you play Pac-Man in real-world locales on the company’s Maps apps for desktop and mobie devices. It’s easy to play, by either navigating to the Google Maps website or opening the app on your Android or iOS device, and then just searching for a location where Pac-Man might… Read More

  • Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

    Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let you stick it where it’s most convenient. The Dash Button is a natural extension… Read More

  • Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

  • New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

    New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch

    The New York Times will offer single-sentence stories on the Apple Watch, here’s what that might look like. Read More