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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  • Oculus Rift Special Event Live Blog

    Oculus Rift Special Event Live Blog

    We’ll be at Dogpatch Studios in SF to check out the latest from Oculus, which is most likely going to share some details regarding its upcoming consumer Rift headset launch (set for early 2016). Hopefully we’ll get a lot more specific on release timeline and price, as well as final hardware design. Stay tuned as we reveal all below!   Read More

  • Watch Oculus VR’s Special Rift Event Live Here At 10 AM PT

    Watch Oculus VR’s Special Rift Event Live Here At 10 AM PT

    Oculus is hosting a special, pre-E3 press event today in San Francisco, and the festivities kick off at 10 AM PT. The stream above will provide live video from the show so you can follow along with all the announcements. This is probably going to be the day Oculus takes a lot of the remaining mystery out of its much-anticipated consumer launch, which is happening early in 2016. We could get… Read More

  • Here’s How Apple Designs Experiences For Devices That Don’t Exist Yet

    Here’s How Apple Designs Experiences For Devices That Don’t Exist Yet

    Apple famously keeps info about upcoming products locked down on a need-to-know basis, but that doesn’t mean it waits until hardware is fully-formed before creating software for it. Nor does it create either hardware or software in a vacuum, building one independent of the other. So how does it go about coming up with and prototyping product ideas with limited info or access to… Read More

  • HomeKit In iOS 9 Supports Custom Triggers, Apple Watch Without iPhone And More

    HomeKit In iOS 9 Supports Custom Triggers, Apple Watch Without iPhone And More

    Apple’s HomeKit is getting some great new abilities in iOS 9, including new features developers can use to improve their connected home apps, and things that make using HomeKit easier and more feature-rich for everyday users. One of the more impressive new features is the implementation of custom triggers; in iOS 8, Apple let developers use time-based triggers, and geo-fences, so that… Read More

  • Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine

    Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine

    The Apple Watch is set to become almost an entirely new device with the introduction of watchOS 2 this fall, but the changes set to arrive with the update seem like they’ll have extreme benefits for one group in particular: podcast aficionados, and podcasters themselves. How does watchOS 2 achieve this? Two ways: support for local, long-form audio playback, and support for audio… Read More

  • Sony’s Compact RX-100 IV And RX-10 II Cameras Pack A Big Punch

    Sony’s Compact RX-100 IV And RX-10 II Cameras Pack A Big Punch

    Sony has a couple of new cameras it revealed today, including the RX-100 IV and the RX-10 II. The new compact cameras offer powerful sensors in small packages, continuing Sony’s long tradition of shaking up the consumer and prosumer photography categories. New to the cameras is a special sensor, the “first stacked 1.0 type CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip,” according to Sony… Read More

  • 5 Great Things Apple Watch Apps Will Be Able To Do In watchOS 2

    5 Great Things Apple Watch Apps Will Be Able To Do In watchOS 2

    The Apple Watch is set to get a lot more powerful thanks to the all-new watchOS 2, the first major platform update for the wearable. Apple’s next watch software is due to launch this fall, but here’s a look at just some of the new things Watch app developers will be able to offer with their native software on the platform – over and above basics like running apps on the… Read More

  • Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple is encouraging developers to stop thinking about their user interfaces in terms of specific devices and orientation, and to start thinking in terms of different view types, in the interest of building interfaces that work with the multitasking mode introduced for using apps side-by-side on iPad in iOS 9. The changes reflect the best example of Apple’s tendency to… Read More

  • Here’s How Third-Party Apple Watch Apps Can Track Workouts In watchOS 2

    Here’s How Third-Party Apple Watch Apps Can Track Workouts In watchOS 2

    Good news developers: You’re able to create native Watch apps that track a wearer’s activity, and can report back to Health with information about the workout, as well as remain active throughout the workout session just like Apple’s own native Workout app. Thanks to new watchOS 2  workout APIs, third-party apps will gain access to activity and workout data. Watch apps also… Read More

  • Here Are All The New Data Types For HealthKit In iOS 9, Including Basal Body Temperature And Ovulation

    Here Are All The New Data Types For HealthKit In iOS 9, Including Basal Body Temperature And Ovulation

    Apple’s iOS 9 updates for HealthKit will greatly expand the range of data types it can track, with significant additions around monitoring signals vital to tracking female reproductive health especially. Some of the new HealthKit data types were discussed by Apple on stage at the WWDC 2015 keynote, but many were not illustrated in detail. Apple’s water intake metric was one that… Read More

  • Web Developers Can Create Custom Force Touch Interactions In OS X 10.11

    Web Developers Can Create Custom Force Touch Interactions In OS X 10.11

    The version of Safari that ships with OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’ allows web developers to build custom experiences that work with Force Touch input, similar to how native app developers have had access to that new hardware before now. That means that you can set custom actions for how content on your web page responds to deeper clicks on the trackpads that ship in Apple’s… Read More

  • AirPlay Works With Safari Media Content In OS X 10.11

    AirPlay Works With Safari Media Content In OS X 10.11

    Apple’s under-the-hood changes in OS X 10.11 will offer some good advantages to developers hoping to create better web-based content for consumption in Safari. One such advantage is the extension of AirPlay video support to Apple’s browser on the desktop, where it had previously only been available on iOS. Users can, in 10.11, play media from the web to AirPlay-enabled device like… Read More

  • New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    Microsoft isn’t waiting for next week’s E3 show to start showing off new things – the company revealed a new version of its Xbox One console today, with a matte black paint job and a larger 1TB hard drive built in. This revamped console also allows you to plug in an external USB 3.0 hard drive for even more local storage for games and media content. The new iteration of the… Read More

  • Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple’s New Developer Program Offers iOS, OS X And watchOS Tools For $99

    Apple has consolidated its developer program, bundling together access to developer tools and pre-release software builds for iOS, OS X and watchOS all under one umbrella. The unification of the dev programs is very much in favor of developers; previously, the Mac and iOS programs each cost $99 per year for access, but now it’s just $99 annually for both, plus the new watchOS native… Read More

  • Apple Streaming Music Service Launches June 30th At $9.99 A Month, $14.99 Family Plan

    Apple Streaming Music Service Launches June 30th At $9.99 A Month, $14.99 Family Plan

    One of Apple’s biggest announcements at this year’s WWDC event was its brand new streaming music service. The offering has long been rumored, but Apple made it official this morning, setting the stage for the biggest player in digital music sales to also become the biggest player in online streaming music. Apple Music will eventually hit Android, too. The Apple Music offering… Read More

  • WWDC 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    WWDC 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote kicks off later today at 10 AM PT at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and we’ll be there live to fill you in on all the action as it happens. Will Apple debut its on-demand streaming music service? What does a native Apple Watch app look like? What’s in store for the future of iOS and OS X? All will be revealed… Read More

  • HTC Vive Developer VR Headsets Now Shipping

    HTC Vive Developer VR Headsets Now Shipping

    HTC and Valve are playing catch-up a bit with Oculus in terms of getting their virtual reality headset out in the wild, but today they began shipping their developer hardware, which by all accounts is much further along than Oculus VR’s first kick at the can following their original Kickstarter campaign. The Valve/HTC Vive developer kit includes a Vive headset, along with two Lighthouse… Read More

  • Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Building an app isn’t just coming up with an idea and then coding (or finding someone to code it for you). There’s a lot involved in the end-to-end process that you wouldn’t necessarily think about when you’re idly dreaming about making one yourself. Developer David Smith, who created the much-loved Pedometer++, as well as Emoji++, Feed Wrangler and many more, has created… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    The Apple WWDC 2015 keynote is just days away, so we discuss what you can expect to see at that special presentation. Basically it’s going to be a whole lotto iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, with a healthy heaping of Apple Watch and Watch OS thrown in. Beyond that, there are probably a few surprises in store. We go into detail about what we expect to see regarding Proactive, Home and HomeKit… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

    What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

     This year’s kick-off event at WWDC will likely have a developer focus, given the nature of the event, but there will plenty for everyone to pay attention to, especially if you’re a fan of iOS, OS X or the latest new Apple device: The Apple Watch. Here’s a roundup of what’s likely to go down at WWDC this year, along with a few far-out wishes and some cold water… Read More

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