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 Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone

    Apple Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone

    Apple has finally done what many had long hoped it would – released an official dock for Lightning-sporting iPhones, ranging from the 5 all the way up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new design should work with devices going forward, too, unlike previous Apple docks, because it features a freestanding Lightning connector that doesn’t require your device to fit the dimensions of a… Read More

  • Oru Seeks Adventure With The Coast Folding Expedition Kayak

    Oru Seeks Adventure With The Coast Folding Expedition Kayak

    A company that brought you the world’s first origami-inspired folding kayak is back again with a new model – the 16-foot Coast (and Coast+), which is a longer, expedition-style kayak designed for multi-day trips and choppier waters. The Coast offers some neat improvements over Oru‘s original 12-foot folding kayak, but retains the remarkably simple fold-out design that makes… Read More

  • Apple Debuts New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch And $1,999 27-Inch Retina iMac

    Apple Debuts New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch And $1,999 27-Inch Retina iMac

    Apple has updated both the 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display, and the 27-inch iMac, with new specs that include Intel Core processors, as well as a new Force Touch trackpad for the MacBook, which provides opportunities for unique input via a secondary, deeper click, as well as Apple’s trademark “taptic” feedback, which makes it feel like the trackpad is physically… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 15: Stealing Time And WWDC Predictions

    TC AppleCast 15: Stealing Time And WWDC Predictions

    On this week’s AppleCast, we discuss the overblown reaction to the news (gasp!) that people might steal your Apple Watch. There’s also more news coming in about potential Apple TV features, and the rumor mill in general is heating up ahead of WWDC, so we make some predictions about what we’ll see there, in terms of Apple TV, WatchKit and other potential… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    Can you hear me now? Hopefully you can after a month of silence out of the TC Gadgets Podcast team. But freshly acquired by Verizon, we’re back and ready to chat. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is valued at $4.4 billion. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the podcast, so I’ll just ask you to direct your attention to the player below. Check out… Read More

  • Oculus Details Rift’s Recommended PC Specs, ‘Pauses’ Mac Development

    Oculus Details Rift’s Recommended PC Specs, ‘Pauses’ Mac Development

    We’re still a little while off from the Oculus Rift’s official consumer launch – pre-orders are starting later this year, the company revealed recently, with shipping beginning early next year. But the company has now revealed the recommended specifications for PC rigs powering the Oculus Rift headset, which gives potential buyers a good idea of what kind of system they need… Read More

  • Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

    Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

    Samsung is indeed making a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, as The Korea Times reported in April. The mobile maker posted a teaser image to its official Twitter account today, depicting what looks like a special edition box wherein the phone is likely to be housed. What will said phone look like? If I have to guess, I’m thinking it’ll sport red and… Read More

  • Lyft Raises An Additional $150M, Including $100M From Carl Icahn

    Lyft Raises An Additional $150M, Including $100M From Carl Icahn

    It may not have the mega-valuation of rival Uber, but ridesharing startup Lyft’s new $150 million extension to its $530 million round from March certainly puts it in the upper stratosphere of startups in terms of perceived value. The new $150 million extension is led by Carl C. Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises, which put up $100 million of the total. It’s an unusual move by Icahn… Read More

  • Apple Says First HomeKit-Enabled Devices Land Next Month

    Apple Says First HomeKit-Enabled Devices Land Next Month

    Apple has been relatively quiet on HomeKit, the protocol it announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year for connecting its devices to third-party smart home gadgets and accessories. But that changed today. The company provided the following statement to TechCrunch confirming that HomeKit-enabled devices will come to market starting next month, meaning users won’t have to… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Do Some Of Your Shopping For You, Prime Members

    Amazon Echo Can Now Do Some Of Your Shopping For You, Prime Members

    Amazon’s Echo speaker/intelligent tube/listening pal revealed a bit more of its true nature today: It can now field voice-powered buying requests, translating your spoken desire for more paper towels into more actual paper towels, for instance. The catch is that it’s restricted to Prime members, it only works with Prime-eligible goods, and you need both a U.S. billing address and… Read More

  • Apple Explores How Touch ID Input Could Be Used For UI Navigation

    Apple Explores How Touch ID Input Could Be Used For UI Navigation

    Apple could have more extensive plans for that fingerprint sensor behind Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad – a new patent application published by the USPTO today details a system for detecting movement of a recognized fingerprint on said sensor and navigating between different parts of a user interface in response to said movement. Imagine being able to page through a document, or scroll… Read More

  • Contour And iON Cameras Merge To Help Take On GoPro

    Contour And iON Cameras Merge To Help Take On GoPro

    The action camera category has a clear leader in GoPro, but others like Contour aren’t taking GoPro’s dominance lying down; the Utah-based maker of POV camera has joined forces with iON Cameras, a New Jersey-based maker of similar devices, in a merger that could help both remain competitive in a space where everyone from Sony to HTC is entering the ring. Contour made a return to… Read More

  • Apple Settles Court Case With Battery Maker A123 Systems

    Apple Settles Court Case With Battery Maker A123 Systems

    Apple has settled a court case with A123 Systems (via BBC), a battery company based in Massachusetts from which Apple hired some senior employees. A123 had filed a claim accusing Apple of poaching its engineers, particularly those leading key projects at the battery firm. The basis of the suit was that A123 claimed Apple was hiring the employees in order to build its own “large-scale… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Mario Amiibo Gets The Silver Treatment

    Nintendo’s Mario Amiibo Gets The Silver Treatment

    Nintendo knows a money-maker when it sees one, and its Amiibo interactive toys are just that. The figurines are getting special editions based on their early success, and the Silver Edition variant is the first-such collector-focused cash-in. The Mario – Silver Edition Amiibo is a bit reminiscent of Metal Mario, but this is a plastic figure similar to the existing versions, albeit with… Read More

  • Apple’s App Analytics Beta Opens To All Developers

    Apple’s App Analytics Beta Opens To All Developers

    Apple is making the beta of its new App Analytics product available for all registered developers, starting today. The program lets developers provides users with access to a selection of metrics regarding their app and its usage, including what types of devices are accessing their software, and from where in the world they’re using them. The native analytics feature don’t appear to… Read More

  • WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

    WaitChatter Helps You Learn A New Language While You Wait For IM Replies

    Despite the pace of online communications, we still spend a lot of time waiting: staring at an IM window is a common occurrence for anyone who spends a better part of their day at a computer. WaitChatter wants to make use of that standby time to promote a vital skill, letting users brush up on their vocabulary for a second language while they wait for their colleague or friend to respond to… Read More

  • Ring’s Smart Doorbell Gets A Smart Speaker

    Ring’s Smart Doorbell Gets A Smart Speaker

    Ring, the connected doorbell with built-in video and two-way talking features, now has a partner in crime: Ring Chime, a Wi-Fi speaker that activates when a visitor presses your Ring, and which can use custom tones you can upload yourself through the Ring mobile app. The Ring Chime is available at a discounted price of $19.95 when it launches for pre-order at the start of June, and will cost… Read More

  • Parrot’s Drone Revenues Were Up 356% Year-Over-Year

    Parrot’s Drone Revenues Were Up 356% Year-Over-Year

    Parrot saw a big bump in drone sales between its first quarter for 2015, and the same period last year – there was a 356 percent increase in revenue derived from the category between those two measurement spans, with consumer drones leading the big increase with 483 percent revenue growth. Pro drones, like Parrot’s eBee Ag agricultural model, also saw revenues rise 164 percent… Read More

  • Duet Display Now Lets Your iPad Act As A Second Screen For Windows

    Duet Display Now Lets Your iPad Act As A Second Screen For Windows

    Duet Display has added a feature that I frankly never thought it would get: Windows support! That means with the app and a Lightning cable you can use your iPad as a secondary display for your Windows PC or tablet. The app supports devices running either Windows 7 or Windows 8, letting you relish the extravagant advantage of multiple screens on the go even if you’re not cool enough to own… Read More

  • Apple Leads The Pack In Greenpeace’s 2015 Clean Tech Update

    Apple Leads The Pack In Greenpeace’s 2015 Clean Tech Update

    Apple continues to be a leader in environmental initiatives among tech companies, according to a new report issued by watchdog agency Greenpeace. Among the top 13 tech companies listed, Apple is the only one to score 100 percent on the Clean Energy Index, which includes all of its planned data centre expansions. This past year, Apple has announced plans to build a new data HQ in Arizona… Read More