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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  • Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple has flipped the switch for pre-orders for the Apple Watch, letting customers purchase their device in advance via the Apple Store website and the Store app for iPhone and iPad. Previously, customers could “favorite” their preferred selection, picking from the three Watch collections and the various bands available for each, but now they can actually order a device, with… Read More

  • Jawbone Will Ship UP3 On April 20, Blames Water Resistance Problems For Delay

    Jawbone Will Ship UP3 On April 20, Blames Water Resistance Problems For Delay

    Jawbone has updated the ship date for the UP3 activity tracker, informing pre-order customers and prospective buyers that the wearable gadget will start heading out to U.S. buyers on April 20. The UP3 tracker, announced in November 2014, faced numerous delays, and cited manufacturing problems with an initial apology made back in February. Today, Jawbone cites problems with water resistance as… Read More

  • Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch Will Be Sold Online Only During “Initial Launch Period”

    Apple Watch buyers will have to queue virtually in order to buy the device, at least initially. A press release this morning from the company reveals that the first batch of Apple Watch orders will only be collected via the Apple Store application for iOS devices and the online Apple store site. Apple head of retail Angela Ahrendts confirmed this plan in the press release announcing pre-sales… Read More

  • 2015 MacBook Review

    2015 MacBook Review

     That was the basic question I asked myself when reviewing Apple’s latest Mac, which bravely sports just one USB-C port to handle power, data input and output, accessories and display connections. It also has an Intel Core M processor, which lets the MacBook sip power and drop fans entirely, but comes at the cost of processing muscle. Apple took some risks, for sure, but the… Read More

  • Lego Dimensions Video Game Brings Lego Toys To Life

    Lego Dimensions Video Game Brings Lego Toys To Life

    Lego has a new game in the works with Warner Bros. Interactive, which brings the building blocks into the toys-to-life category to compete with the likes of Skylanders. The new Lego Dimensions game is set for a September 27 release date, and will incorporate a number of popular and familiar properties, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future and The Lego Movie to name just… Read More

  • LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

    LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

    Professional network LinkedIn is getting into the professional skills education market in a big way: The social company purchased Lynda.com, the online learning company founded in 1995 by technical skill instructional book author Lynda Weinman and co-founder Bruce Heavin. Lynda.com has long been the go-to resource for online learning on subjects like Photoshop, basic HTML, CSS, management… Read More

  • TC Droidcast 44: Galaxy S6 Edge And Watches, Watches, Watches

    TC Droidcast 44: Galaxy S6 Edge And Watches, Watches, Watches

    This week, we talk a lot about watches since the first salvo of Apple Watch reviews are out, and we can finally compare it in practical terms to Android Wear. We also discuss the Galaxy S6, which has every sign of being the best Android smartphone available. Our discussion of Android Wear jumps off from Google’s official blog post about the platform today, which seems like a meek response… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s iOS 8.3 Rolls Out With A New World Of Emoji And Bug Fixes

    Apple’s newest iOS update is out, bringing support for over 300 new emoji, in line with the update that went out for OS X today, too. That means the new, more diverse and potentially more expressive emoticons will work across both platforms. iOS 8.3 also includes a laundry list of bug fixes and improvements, addressing features ranging from Wi-Fi, app launching and Bluetooth to… Read More

  • Photos For OS X Review

    Photos For OS X Review

    Apple’s Photos app is now available to anyone via the free 10.10.3 Yosemite update that went out today, and after spending significant time with the app in beta, we can tell you that it’s a smart upgrade for Apple’s local picture management software. The app is a perfect reflection of the true future of photo storage: All your pictures, when you need them, wherever you… Read More

  • Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 With Photos App And New Emoji

    Apple has released OS X 10.10.3, a big update for its desktop OS that brings the new Photos app to the general user population. The update is available now via the App Store’s ‘Updates’ tab, and is a free download for all users of OS X. The update also introduces new emoji, with over 300 new characters available, as well as new Spotlight suggestions, better stability and… Read More

  • Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One owners have a new way to get TV on their console: The game machine supports over-the-air TV now for those in the Xbox One Preview program, and in the coming months for everyone else, provided that you also pick up an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q TV tuner and an HDTV antenna. Xbox is also working with Hauppauge to make it even cheaper to get on board, with a $60 tuner panned for… Read More

  • Tesla’s New Entry-Level Model S 70D Adds All-Wheel Drive And 240 Mile Range

    Tesla’s New Entry-Level Model S 70D Adds All-Wheel Drive And 240 Mile Range

    Tesla has a new entry-level Model S, called the 70D, which offers a 70 kWh battery and all-wheel drive, and which replaces the entry-level Model S 60 in the range. The new 70D offers 240 miles of maximum range, vs. just 2018 for the outgoing entry-level rear-wheel drive base Model S, but will also cost $5,000 more to start with a beginning price of $74,900. The new base model Tesla is still… Read More

  • Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball Is A Classy iPhone App For Classy Cocktails

    Highball is a new iPhone app from Studio Neat, prolific fun guys and makers of cool things ranging from the Glif smartphone tripod mount, to the Cosmonaut stylus, to the Neat transparent ice cube making set. The app is thematically in keeping with their most recent product, including the ice kit and the Simple Syrup Kit, providing a repository and sharing tool for cocktail recipes so you… Read More

  • Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram Adds Post Notifications For Specific Accounts, Color And Fade Tools

    Instagram has a couple of new photo editing tools available in its mobile applications, out today on Android and coming soon to iOS: Color and Fade. Color lets you adjust the tone of both the highlights and shadows of your pics, adding a different cast to light for moody effects. Fade lets you wash out colors altogether, getting a more muted effect reminiscent of low-fi prints, with… Read More

  • HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad

    HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad

    The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today. The HBO Now channel was promised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere on the network on April 12, and the new service provides access to HBO’s entire streaming content library, as well as new shows live as they air, for $14.99 per month, with one free month included for users who sign up in April. HBO… Read More

  • Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less

    Kobo’s new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99. The newest piece of hardware from Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density on a 6-inch display, which matches the screen on the $199.99 Kindle Voyage in terms of resolution, and which should mean extremely crisp, pixel-free rendering of… Read More

  • Leaked Memo Says Apple Will Push Retail Store Shoppers Online

    Leaked Memo Says Apple Will Push Retail Store Shoppers Online

    Apple might be implementing retail changes that discourage the kind of hype-building launch day lines that get headlines with each new device that goes on sale, according to a new memo reportedly from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts shared with retail store employees and obtained by Business Insider. At least for Apple Watch and the new MacBook, Ahrendts is directing store staff to push… Read More

  • Apple Patents Learning Computer Vision For Gesture Control

    Apple Patents Learning Computer Vision For Gesture Control

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) for 3D gesture control, specifically describing the tech used to help a computer identify hand motions made by a user. The patent goes into detail about how the system can not only recognize gestures, but learn them so well that it can even spot them when part of the hand making the gesture is blocked or not visible by the camera, leading to… Read More

  • All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All Star Wars Movies Finally Coming To Digital Stores April 10

    All the existing Star Wars movies are finally being made available as legitimate digital downloads beginning April 10, with pre-orders already available on many platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video and Google Play, and more, with the general price at most retailers set at $20 per movie, or $90 for the whole collection (which means you can save yourself $30 by only… Read More

  • Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

    The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the Raspberry Pi. The Onion Omega is a dev platform designed to give software developers an easy way to… Read More

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