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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  • LEGO Worlds Trailer

    Play Lego Worlds, A New Minecraft Competitor From Lego, Right Now

    When Minecraft came out, I heard a lot of people describe as sort of like virtual Lego. Now, there’s a game for which that description is even more apt: Lego Worlds, an open world building game that lets users create using virtual Lego bricks, and interact with the world as a customizable minifigure avatar. The launch trailer for the title is above, but it’s actually already… Read More

  • Seacrest Out: The Typo iPhone Keyboard Is Dead

    Seacrest Out: The Typo iPhone Keyboard Is Dead

    BlackBerry has successfully ended the short but dazzling life of Typo, the hardware keyboard for iPhone spearheaded by longtime BlackBerry user and iPhone switcher Ryan Seacrest. In a short press release announcing a settlement, BlackBerry notes that according to the terms of the agreement between itself and Typo, the latter company will stop selling any kind of keyboard for devices with a… Read More

  • Nintendo NX Dedicated Gaming System Could Run Android

    Nintendo NX Dedicated Gaming System Could Run Android

    Android-powered gaming systems are not the weird outlier they once were, with Nvidia shipping multiple devices that fit that general description. News from Japan’s Nikkei business news outlet now suggests Nintendo might field a device in that category, in the form of the upcoming Nintendo NX gaming system. The NX is still an enigma wrapped in a mystery, after first being revealed as… Read More

  • Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Windows 10 Will Be Available July 29

    Microsoft kicked off June with news that Windows 10 will ship on July 29, just a little under two months from now. The next big update for MS is designed as a unifying platform that will offer continuity across mobile, desktop, tablets and even the Xbox One gaming console, and it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year. To help ensure easy updates (and probably as a… Read More

  • Take A Walk With Us Through Google I/O 2015

    What’s it like to be at Google I/O? Here’s a walking tour of this year’s show floor at Moscone West, from registration all the way up to the inner den of the press room. Read More

  • Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

    Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

    Google’s ATAP team showed a working version of its Project Ara modular smartphone on stage at I/O today, with engineer Rafa Camargo snapping in a camera module and taking a quick photo on a device running the latest version of Android. It was a brief show of where the project’s at, and amazing when you consider the engineering involved in making it work. ATAP has shown off a… Read More

  • Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

    Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

    Project Vault is a secure computer contained entirely on a micro SD sized device. Google’s ATAP said the micro SD format made sense because there’s already advanced security features on your phone, contained in the SIM card, which protects the things important to carriers. Vault is designed to be an equivalent, but designed to project a user’s important content. They went… Read More

  • Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

    Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

    Google was showing off its Project Jacquard at I/O 2015, a connected fabric tech that lets you build connected surfaces right into your clothes, in a way that makes it easy to connect to devices and power, while letting clothes makers make stuff that actually looks good. It seems promising, especially because they’ve already signed on Levi’s as a first partner. Levi’s… Read More

  • ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

    ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

    Google’s ATAP Project Soli is an attempt to harness the power of hand and finger manipulation to make it easier to interact with ever-smaller devices and screens. It posits that instead of using tools, we should use our “hand motion vocabulary” to control devices, even when the devices aren’t present. What it does is let you control devices using natural hand… Read More

  • Here’s A First Look At Android M

    Android M is still in its very early days; Google just released the first developer preview for use on test devices today. We flashed it onto a Nexus 5, and took a look around to see what was new. The OS is far from feature-complete at this stage, but you can still get a first look at some key features in the video above. The changes to the app drawer, and to volume controls, are small but… Read More

  • Google’s Cardboard VR Now Works (Very Well) With iPhone

    Google’s Cardboard VR Now Works (Very Well) With iPhone

    Google’s Cardboard VR app first appeared last year at I/O 2014, but the initial version was somewhat limited in terms of device support. A new version released this year works with devices with screen sizes ranging up to 6 inches, but the more exciting news for many might be that it now also works with iPhone. Read More

  • Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Google’s Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player. All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put their small-screen content up on the big screen a total of 1.5 billion times in the U.S. alone, and Chromecast floats other Google boats, too – users increase their YouTube viewing time… Read More

  • Google Launches ‘Expeditions,’ An App For Shared Virtual School Field Trips

    Google Launches ‘Expeditions,’ An App For Shared Virtual School Field Trips

    Google is focusing its VR efforts on bringing the variety of the wider real world closer to more people, and its new Expeditions app for virtual field trips is no exception. The app is aimed at giving students the ability to travel to places they otherwise might not had the opportunity to reach. Expeditions ships as a kit that provides classes with everything they need to take a synced… Read More

  • Google’s New Cardboard VR Kit Supports Phones With Up To 6″ Screens

    Google’s New Cardboard VR Kit Supports Phones With Up To 6″ Screens

    Google didn’t go crazy and build a brand new Cardboard VR set for I/O this year as was rumored – but it did modify the original version with tweaks designed to fit the needs of the contemporary smartphone market. The Cardboard VR kit, which is still indeed made of cardboard, now supports phones with displays up to 6-inches in diameter, meaning it will work with the Nexus 6, among… Read More

  • Google Has Shipped Over 1 Million Cardboard VR Units

    Google Has Shipped Over 1 Million Cardboard VR Units

    Google revealed today that Cardboard has quietly become the leading VR platform in terms of platform reach – over 1 million Cardboard units have shipped to users so far, a 100 percent increase on the 500,000 milestone it announced in December last year. Cardboard’s progression is a testament to Google’s approach, which favors simplicity and low barriers to entry instead… Read More

  • Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog

    Google’s I/O developer conference for 2015 kicks off today, with a keynote that begins at 9:30 AM PT. Google typically uses this to make big, splashy announcements about its software platforms and products, and to go into additional detail about what the changes mean to developers especially. We have a special team of highly talented TechCrunch individuals at the event, providing… Read More

  • What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    Google I/O begins Thursday, kicking off with the usual keynote from the search giant during which it generally drops a lot of news. We’ll be there to cover it live as it happens, but a lot of info, rumor and speculation has already been making the rounds about just what we’ll see announced. Here’s a round-up of what to expect, what isn’t all that likely, and what might… Read More

  • Pebble Time Review

    Pebble Time Review

    All smartwatches owe a debt to Pebble; the startup, in its previous life, was building smartwatches for BlackBerry devices back when people still used those. The Pebble Time is the second-generation Pebble hardware released by the company, and it starts shipping out to early supporters of the Kickstarter campaign today. After a week of testing, on both iOS and Android devices, it’s… Read More

  • Oculus Acquires Surreal Vision To Bring The Real World To VR

    Oculus Acquires Surreal Vision To Bring The Real World To VR

    Oculus VR announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision today, bringing the company’s expertise on recreating real-time 3D representations of the outside world into virtualized environments. This means making things like virtual telepresence possible, letting you “be there” without actually being there. Based on info shared by Surreal Vision regarding the acquisition, it… Read More

  • Force Touch And Haptics Said To Be Coming To iOS 9 And iPhone 6S

    Force Touch And Haptics Said To Be Coming To iOS 9 And iPhone 6S

    A new report from 9to5Mac claims iOS 9 will have support for Force Touch features, as well as haptic feedback, and that both of those will be included in the iPhone 6 hardware successor coming this fall. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the iPhone 6s (or whatever it ends up being called officially by Apple) getting Force Touch, the feature introduced with the Apple… Read More

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