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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  • Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    SpaceX is launching a satellite for customer Thales Alenia Space today. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket should blast off at around 6:14 ET today, provided the launch window sees favorable conditions once it opens. The mission will see the first satellite operated by Turkmenistan enter orbit, if all goes as planned. The SpaceX mission will involve deploying the commercial satellite around… Read More

  • Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno. These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos. Alongside the new filters, Instagram is also adding support for emoji in hashtags, letting you tag your photos with those tiny pictographs that have come to dominate text conversations, and click on them to find… Read More

  • Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    An X-Wing has made it to space in real life, thanks to a project by a two-person space photography outfit from Essex, UK launched as an attempt to get tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens VIP premiere. Project Helium Tears, which uses weather balloons to take pictures of Earth from the very edge of space, fixed an X-Wing model to one of their balloons and sent it up, capturing the flight… Read More

  • Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

    Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay’s ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today. Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and with Discover, it will reach the overwhelming majority of cardholders in the U.S. Discover was the last noteworthy holdout from the service. Apple Pay with Discover will work the same way it does… Read More

  • Apple Watch Diary

    Apple Watch Diary

    The Apple Watch made its debut on wrists around the world today — and people are unboxing and poking at it as we speak. Several of us here at TechCrunch have been doing the same with ours, and we’ll be documenting that over the next week or so. In order to give you a more holistic picture of what it’s like to use one day to day, and to give you a place to check in on our… Read More

  • Say Hello To The Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More

  • Many Apple Watch Orders Will Ship Earlier Than Expected

    Many Apple Watch Orders Will Ship Earlier Than Expected

    Many customers who ordered the Apple Watch have been receiving email notifications alerting them that their orders are “Processing,” despite being told when they placed their order that they wouldn’t ship until May or June. Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that many Watch orders will indeed be at their doors a lot sooner than expected. Read More

  • Apple Buys LinX, A Camera Module Maker Promising DSLR-Like Mobile Performance

    Apple Buys LinX, A Camera Module Maker Promising DSLR-Like Mobile Performance

    Apple has acquired LinX, an Israeli camera tech company whose most recent offerings include multi-aperture camera models which can enable effects like background focus blur, parallax images and 3D picture capture. TechCrunch received the following from Apple, which is a statement the company provides in lieu of confirmation when it has, in fact, acquired a smaller company: Apple buys… Read More

  • Watch SpaceX Launch The Falcon 9 Rocket For CRS-6 Mission, Take Two

    Watch SpaceX Launch The Falcon 9 Rocket For CRS-6 Mission, Take Two

    SpaceX is going to try to launch its CRS-6 International Space Station resupply mission again today at 4:10 PM ET, after having to scrub the launch yesterday due to adverse weather conditions. Weather today looks mostly favorable, with NASA reporting a “60 percent chance of acceptable conditions” for the target window at the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida. The launch today… Read More

  • Apple Opens ResearchKit To Medical Research App Developers

    Apple Opens ResearchKit To Medical Research App Developers

    Apple announced ResearchKit at its special event in March, as an open framework that could be employed by scientists and medical research to gather data for studies. At the time, it showcased some apps built using the framework with select partners. Today, it’s opening ResearchKit up to all medical researchers, doctors and scientists and the app developers working with them. Read More

  • Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero Returns With First-Person Rocking

    Guitar Hero is poised to make plastic guitar controllers a fixture of living rooms everywhere once again, with a brand new version called Guitar Hero Live that ships this fall, complete with a built-in library of streaming, official music videos and first-person concert experiences that feature crowds that actually react to your axe prowess. The new version of Guitar Hero was created by the… Read More

  • Apple Patents A System To Broadcast Your Availability For Calls

    Apple Patents A System To Broadcast Your Availability For Calls

    Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), that would use contextual information including your current time zone, ringer silence status, battery life, location and cell network strength to automatically determine whether you’re available for a call and display that information to friends. The new Apple patent details a system that would use all relevant… Read More

  • Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Is June 8-12

    Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Is June 8-12

    Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference happens June 8 through June 12 this year, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is by invitation only, with tickets opening up for registration today, allowing developers to sign up for the random selection process. Registration ends on April 17, at 10 AM PT, with the lucky devs who win tickets notified by April 20 of their… Read More

  • Charge The New MacBook From A Battery Pack With Monoprice’s $10 USB-C Cable

    Charge The New MacBook From A Battery Pack With Monoprice’s $10 USB-C Cable

    The new MacBook‘s single USB-C port might lead to some concessions, but it also adds some versatility – like making it possible to use the computer with third-party power banks. And thanks to the Monoprice USB-C to USB-A 2.0 cable, it’s remarkably easy to make that happen, and for just ten bucks, too. Of course, $10 assumes you already have the MacBook in hand, plus an… Read More

  • Apple Seeds iOS 8.4 Developer Beta With All-New Music App

    Apple Seeds iOS 8.4 Developer Beta With All-New Music App

    With iOS 8.3 out the door, it was inevitable that Apple would launch iOS 8.4 in developer preview – and now it’s here. The pre-release software ships with a new version of Apple’s native iOS Music app, complete with a brand new design and a reworked version of iTunes radio. The release notes for the new version of the beta, as noted by 9to5Mac, describe some of the… Read More

  • Watch As SpaceX Launches CRS-6 Resupply Rocket And Tries Drone Ship Recovery

    Watch As SpaceX Launches CRS-6 Resupply Rocket And Tries Drone Ship Recovery

    You can watch live as SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket and attempts to recover the first stage portion via an automated, barge-based landing plan in the Atlantic ocean right here, with the first take-off attempted scheduled for 4:33 PM ET, provided conditions remain good and pre-flight checks go well. A big part of this mission, designated CRS-6 and designed primarily as a resupply flight… Read More

  • Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion And Compressor Creative Apps

    Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion And Compressor Creative Apps

    Apple has updated its Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor pro movie-making software tools, with improvements made to support for new camera hardware, as well as additional 3D animation resources and effects features. The new tools are aimed at helping the suite up its game in terms of giving heavyweight filmmakers more ways to build content ready for blockbuster theater releases. The new… Read More

  • Amazon’s X-Ray Now Provides IMDb Info For Fire TV Movies And TV Shows

    Amazon’s X-Ray Now Provides IMDb Info For Fire TV Movies And TV Shows

    Amazon’s X-Ray is a great Kindle feature, providing a healthy heaping of context on demand about things like plot, characters, authors and more. Now, it can also offer context for movies and TV shows, on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices with a new, free, over-the-air update going out today. With the new update, you’ll be able to figure out where you’ve seen actors and… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    TC AppleCast 12: Apple Watch, MacBook And Beards

    It’s Apple Watch pre-order day! The new device went on sale this morning at just after midnight Pacific time, and now shipping times are extending to at least June across the product lineup. Our guest today, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple (@jdalrymple), not only successfully ordered three but also went to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to check out the in-store experience. I also managed… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, And Apple Watch

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, And Apple Watch

    I’m just going to be honest with you. We record the Gadgets Podcast on Thursday and publish it on Friday. We can usually get away with it, but on the eve of Apple Watch pre-orders, we had a hard time faking it. In the time between recording, the Apple Watch went from being available only through the words of early reviewers to being up for pre-order to being delayed to June… Read More

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