Darrell Etherington

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

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  • iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available

    iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Meet The Best Desktop Computer Available

    Apple’s newest iMac has the best display ever on a computing device. Let’s just get that out the way right at the start: You won’t find a better screen anywhere else, period. The 27-inch, 5120×2880 screen has a PPI of 218, or roughly equivalent to that of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, but the specs on paper, while impressive in their own right, can’t convey… Read More

  • What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

    Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

  • iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

    Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

  • Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

    Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More

  • iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display. The screen is the key ingredient here, despite changes under the hood, and after a couple of days of use, it’s still the screen that (stating the obvious here) catches my eye. Amid the flurry and elbow-throwing of the… Read More

  • Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    The new Herschel fall lineup includes the Heritage we reviewed earlier in bag week, but there are also new looks for the Little America. The smaller mid-volume version of this bag, in a Select color and material finish combination, might be more the speed of those with smaller backs, or who just don’t need a massive amount of storage space, and the signature Little America… Read More

  • Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple revealed new iPad models on Thursday, and they all go on sale starting today via Apple’s online store. Today is just the beginning of pre-sales, with iPads officially shipping to pre-order customers and arriving in stores sometime “late next week,” according to Apple. Pricing for the new iPad mini, which is essentially the same as the existing model with Touch ID added… Read More

  • MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    Apple isn’t the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases – Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions. The credit card company is launching the “world’s first” fingerprint-enabled credit card with… Read More

  • The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    Apple unveiled new gadgets on stage today, but they didn’t discuss one of its most interesting new innovations – the Apple SIM. As detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the new SIM card lets you switch between participating carriers, which include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. So far, those are the only carriers who have signed on, but Apple is likely… Read More

  • OS X Yosemite Is Now Available To Download

    OS X Yosemite Is Now Available To Download

    Apple’s new OS X Yosemite operating system is now available, as a free download from the Mac App Store, and you can grab it right here. The new version of OS X should work on any Mac that was running OS X Mavericks, and provides a host of new features, like Continuity, which lets you start activities on your iOS 8 devices and pick them up on your Mac, or vice versa. The new update… Read More

  • iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 Hands On

    Video: Up Close And Personal With The New Retina iMac And New iPads

    Apple’s new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display were all unveiled today at a special event in Cupertino, and we had the chance to spend some time with them, albeit just a little for now. The new hardware impressed, and we’ve got all the details on their specs and availability. Check out the new iPads above, and the new iMac below. We’ve also… Read More

  • Hands On With The New iMac With Retina 5K Display

    Hands On With The New iMac With Retina 5K Display

    Apple’s newest iMac has a Retina 5K display, which Apple says is the highest resolution display on the planet. The new screen is, as you might expect, gorgeous at first sight, and prolonged exposure only heightens the experience. And even as someone who’s used to using a Retina MacBook Pro as his main machine, it’s a big step up. The screen shows full resolution photos… Read More

  • Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    The new iPad Air feels a lot like the old iPad Air, and that’s a good thing, But it’s amazing the difference that shaving just a little more off of the thickness of the device can do, in terms of its overall presence in the hand. This iPad Air definitely feels more portable, and I’d imagine will be a lot more comfortable to hold over longer periods, thanks to the additional… Read More

  • OS X Yosemite Review: Apple’s Mac OS Gets A New Look And Killer Mobile Crossover Features

    OS X Yosemite Review: Apple’s Mac OS Gets A New Look And Killer Mobile Crossover Features

    Apple’s new desktop operating system is out today, and the final version of the major software update includes lots of changes for your Mac. It’s still OS X, though – Yosemite hasn’t gone so far afield that people used to Mavericks or Mountain Lion will feel adrift, but it comes with some impressive new additions and feature tweaks that make the overall experience of… Read More

  • Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Today’s the day for Apple’s special October event, at which we’ll most likely see the launch of new iPads, new Macs and OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system. The event is happening live from Apple’s own Cupertino HQ, in their Town Hall Theater, and it all starts at 10 AM PT/1PM ET. We’ll be live blogging all the news as it… Read More

  • Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s a 9-inch slate, built by HTC — a company that’s an unusual choice, given the ample field of OEMs available. The Taiwanese gadget-maker got out of the tablet game a few years ago, but now it’s back with a 9-inch Nexus special that looks kind of like an oversized Nexus 5, albeit with an brushed-metal aluminum rim in place of the… Read More

  • Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google… Read More

  • Bag Week: Venque DSLR CamPro Backpack

    Bag Week: Venque DSLR CamPro Backpack

    The bag industry has some heavyweights, but it’s also shown repeatedly that strong upstarts can make a splash and carve out a niche for themselves. Toronto’s Venque is a new company that is building bags using their experience in the fabric industry to create unique designs with quality materials. The bags have retro flair, but with a very modern aesthetic, and they’re built… Read More

  • Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Chances are, you’ve seen someone wearing a Herschel backpack. They have signature leather elements including zipper pulls and straps, depending on the series, and they always bear the company’s old-timey logo in a small white patch somewhere you can reasonably expect it to get seen. The Heritage backpack is one of the company’s standards, as it likes to work with a limited… Read More

  • Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly is demoing on stage at Disney’s Accelerator Demo Day, but it’s not the company it was when it entered the program. The startup has renamed itself to “Smart Toy,” which better encompasses its vision of interactive toys with computing intelligence beyond just its initial product, which was also called Ubooly. But it’s also no longer a startup – or at… Read More