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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  • 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

  • Hailo Says There Won’t Be Any Licensing Deal For Toronto, New Focus Will Be On Growth In Asia

    Hailo Says There Won’t Be Any Licensing Deal For Toronto, New Focus Will Be On Growth In Asia

    Earlier today, Hailo revealed that it would be closing its North American operations. The closure announcement from Hailo included its operations in Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal and Toronto, but Hailo North America President and Toronto office lead Justin Raymond told TechCrunch that in the Canadian market, it would seek a licensing deal and keep the doors open. Hailo… Read More

  • Hailo To Close North American Operations, Toronto Wing Looking To Continue Under License

    Hailo To Close North American Operations, Toronto Wing Looking To Continue Under License

    The e-hail business in North America just got a little less crowded – London-based Hailo will close its operations in North America, citing increasing price pressure from the leading incumbents, Uber and Lyft. The retreat will mean it closes down in Washington, Chicago, and Boston, but the Toronto and Canadian business is looking to continue operating under license. “Hailo… Read More

  • Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    French personal health tech company Withings already tracks your sleep and activity using its wearable monitors, but they do so with less than stellar accuracy. A new addition to the Withings lineup, The Withings Aura, provides a finely tuned sensor for sleep tracking that you don’t have to remember to wear to bed or activate, as well as a nightstand companion that provides power, but… Read More

  • The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    While I came around to the iPhone 6 Plus and its unique allure, as told in a post from a couple of days ago, Apple’s big smartphone still isn’t the easiest to use when typing one-handed. Specifically, it’s tricky to get to the requisite punctuation needed to properly express oneself. A new app, helpfully called “One Handed Keyboard,” eliminates this annoyance, with… Read More

  • Android Ads Arrive In Time For Rumored Nexus 6 And 9 Reveal

    Android Ads Arrive In Time For Rumored Nexus 6 And 9 Reveal

    Google may be tipping its hand with new Android advertisement spots, which were spotted and posted to YouTube by Droid Life. The ads feature an eclectic assortment of Andy the Android characters, wearing various costumes and rendered in various sizes. The Android mascot’s variety is also the main message Google is trying to promote with these ads, which tout the slogan “Be… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s iPad And Mac Event

    What To Expect From Apple’s iPad And Mac Event

    Apple has a second big event planned for this fall, and it’s happening this Thursday, Oct. 16 at its own Town Hall theater in Cupertino. The event promises to deliver a few different new product announcements, likely including new iPads, and new Macs, as well as the public introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple’s next major desktop operating system. Read More

  • The iPhone 6 Plus Wins The Longer Race

    The iPhone 6 Plus Wins The Longer Race

    Apple’s new iPhones have been available for around a month now, and something interesting has happened with this generation: I’m forced to revisit my original reviews and change my initial impression based on later experience. After further testing of the two devices, I find the iPhone 6 Plus has become my smartphone of choice, as a surprising first choice over the iPhone 6. The 6… Read More

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