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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  • With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

    With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

    Microsoft is moving to a different kind of software model with Windows 10. A developer evangelist noted that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows” during the company’s Ignite conference this week, and a follow-up confirmation from an official Microsoft spokesperson revealed (via the Telegraph) that, indeed, updates to Windows after that release would follow an… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 14: Apple Watch, Bands And Streaming Music Service

    TC AppleCast 14: Apple Watch, Bands And Streaming Music Service

    This week we’re happy to have survived TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 intact, so we talked a bit about how the Apple Watch seemed to make that process a lot easier to handle. The device lets you focus on what’s happening around you, without missing things that aren’t, which is pretty much ideal for conference-going. We also discuss the ‘Made for Apple Watch’… Read More

  • Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6 Now On Sale For $200

    Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6 Now On Sale For $200

    If you’d like to dip your toe into the virtual world ahead of the coming consumer launches of Gear VR, Valve and HTC’s Vive, and the Oculus Rift, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 is available today. You still need $200, and either a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, and a willingness to forgive bumps with a product designed specifically for techie early adopters, but it’s… Read More

  • AI Project Designed To Recognize Scenes Surprises By Identifying Objects, Too

    AI Project Designed To Recognize Scenes Surprises By Identifying Objects, Too

    In this week’s edition of ‘omg the machines are on the verge of sentience,’ we bring you news of a research project out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory: A system designed to recognize specific scenes, which is a key ingredient in making computers smarter, turned out to also be able to identify objects as an unintended side… Read More

  • Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s delivery drone plans may have seemed more like a media stunt than a concrete vision back when it launched, but with active testing taking place in Canada and now, new details showing up in a patent application, things are getting real. The new proposed patent for an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Delivery System” (via BBC) contains some impressive revelations about… Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    This past week’s Disrupt NY 2015 conference was my first opportunity to use the Apple Watch at a multi-day event, and considering Disrupt is always essentially a non-stop workfest for us here at TC, from morning well into night, it’d be hard to find a better real-world test case to see how the Apple Watch performs in this type of setting. In short, events throw into bas-relief… Read More

  • Nate Mitchell Backstage Interview | TC Disrupt NY 2015

    Oculus Confirms Gear VR Consumer Launch On Track For Later This Year

    The Oculus Rift is heading to consumer hands in Q1 of 2016, but that won’t be the first official consumer VR hardware launch that Oculus takes part in: Oculus’ VP of Product Nate Mitchell told me backstage at Disrupt NY that it is indeed still on track to deliver a consumer Gear VR unit in conjunction with Samsung, timed for later this year. Mitchell confirmed that those plans… Read More

  • Apple Details Its ‘Made For Apple Watch’ Third-Party Band Program

    Apple Details Its ‘Made For Apple Watch’ Third-Party Band Program

    If you were hoping to build a third-party band for Apple Watch, then you now have some resources about the official way to make that happen. Apple posted details about its ‘Made for Apple Watch’ program on its website this week, revealing technical specifications related to how to build lugs that meet its standards, as well as providing info about how it will supply lugs itself… Read More

  • Arctuition’s ArcSite Modernizes The Early Stages Of Engineering With The iPad

    Arctuition’s ArcSite Modernizes The Early Stages Of Engineering With The iPad

    Arctuition is hoping to take advantage of the iPad’s portability, flexibility and range of input options to bring meaningful improvements to an area of CAD and engineering that has remained primarily low-tech. When engineering projects kick off, especially in the consulting engineering field specifically, engineers often have to go out into the field and figure out their plan by scouting… Read More

  • Star Wars Is Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

    Star Wars Is Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

    Disney’s doing what many hoped it would – bringing Star Wars to its popular toys-to-life video game series Disney Infinity. Characters from the now Disney-owned Star Wars universe will appear in Disney Infinity 3.0, which is coming to stores this fall, with a Starter Pack for $64.99. Read More

  • The Next Apple TV Could Get A Touch-Friendly Remote Redesign

    The Next Apple TV Could Get A Touch-Friendly Remote Redesign

    Apple’s next Apple TV is rumored to be breaking cover in just a few short weeks at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference it hosts in San Francisco, and said device could also come bundled with a redesigned remote control. The remote redesign will include a touch pad, according to the New York Times, which would allow people to scroll and navigate. Read More

  • Turn Your Smartwatch Into a Personal Trainer with VimoFit

    VimoFit Wants To Be The Only Fitness App You Need

    VimoFit is hoping to be the one fitness app to rule them all, which is a claim we’ve heard before. But co-founder and Stanford electrical engineering PhD Huan Liu says VimoFit, which presented onstage at Disrupt NY today, is different. Built by Liu and his co-founders Joshua Kozak, and Pebble dev extraordinaire Ethan Fan, the VimoFit app is unique in that it is completely automatic… Read More

  • Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

    Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

    Google has acquired Timeful, a startup designed to make scheduling easier by helping you solve larger goals without requiring you to sweat the details. Timeful’s app analyzes your schedule, and uses it to help you achieve specific goals you have in mind. The features Timeful created will be integrated into Google Apps going forward, and the app will remain available, but the Timeful team… Read More

  • Nintendo Answers Amiibo Fan Frustration

    Nintendo Answers Amiibo Fan Frustration

    Nintendo’s Amiibo toys are selling well; almost too well, depending on who you’re asking. Fans are frustrated that many specific models are very hard to get, unless you’re willing to pay a lot on sites like eBay. Nintendo wants you Amiibo-hungry diehards to know it’s going to be okay, thanks to ramped-up shipping efforts and re-issues of Amiibo that have already ended… Read More

  • Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

    Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

    The newfound ability to put entire MS-DOS games hosted by the Internet Archive inside tweets, and then play them back in Twitter’s official web client, is now gone. The feature used Twitter’s Cards setup, but it also violated the terms of that system by putting an entire end-to-end gaming system within Twitter’s embedded video player. Read More

  • 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

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