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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  • Microsoft To Bring Cortana To iOS And Android With Companion App

    Microsoft To Bring Cortana To iOS And Android With Companion App

    Microsoft is not limiting the features of Windows 10 to people who play entirely in its own sandbox; the company announced today, via a video hosted by MS operating system lead Joe Belfiore, that both Android and iOS devices will be getting access to a companion app that gives them access to content from their Windows 10 PC from whatever device they choose – and Cortana’s coming… Read More

  • Apple’s Hybrid Keyboard Patent Combines Touch Input And Mechanical Typing

    Apple’s Hybrid Keyboard Patent Combines Touch Input And Mechanical Typing

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that combines the best of both worlds when it comes to input – physical keys and touch-based input. The hybrid design would provide users with more flexibility when it comes to doing things beyond typing, all without taking away the satisfying click of a real, switch-based keyboard. Read More

  • Apple Names Jony Ive ‘Chief Design Officer’

    Apple Names Jony Ive ‘Chief Design Officer’

    Apple’s Jony Ive, the design genius often credited for Apple’s innovative and unique industrial design language over the past couple of decades, has taken on a new role at the company: Chief Design Officer. The new role elevates him above his previous SVP status, and also installs Richard Howarth as the new head of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye as head of User… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

    TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

    This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More

  • Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Hubs And Batteries For Your New MacBook

    Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Hubs And Batteries For Your New MacBook

    Anker, the company that makes affordable, good-quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 9 Could Herald A New Future For Older iPhones And iPads

    Apple’s iOS 9 Could Herald A New Future For Older iPhones And iPads

    Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS… Read More

  • Someone Build A Startup To Make Things Less On-Demand

    Someone Build A Startup To Make Things Less On-Demand

    Tech companies old and new are powering an on-demand revolution, letting us get everything from house cleaning, to lunch, to products, to almost literally everything where we want it, when we want it. Read More

  • Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores

    Apple has indeed started putting Apple Watch inventory on sale for walk-in shoppers in its retail stores for the first time since the Apple Watch officially launched. Reports from this morning started coming in of stores getting stock, and now TechCrunch has verified this by going to the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre (thanks for the tip, Ian) and purchasing a strap (the 42mm… Read More

  • Oculus Connect 2 Will Give Developers What They Need For Consumer Rift Launch

    Oculus Connect 2 Will Give Developers What They Need For Consumer Rift Launch

    Oculus is hosting its second annual primary developer conference between September 23 and 25, the company announced today. The big show, called ‘Connect 2′ in keeping with the original event last September, will feature keynote presentations from Oculus execs Michael Abrash, John Carmack and Brendan Iribe, and will also provide “everything developers need to know to launch on… Read More

  • Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac… Read More

  • Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More

  • Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple is looking into a way to provide both 3D and 2D images from the same display, without requiring any special ocular equipment like 3D glasses, according to a new patent application (via AppleInsider). The display would use gaze-tracking to serve specific images to viewers, and would be able to actually provide different images to multiple viewers at the same time. The display tech would… Read More

  • Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google has introduced a new limited run of Android device accessories called ‘Edition’ cases. These cases, which come in sizes compatible with Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, also come with a live wallpaper to match which displays satellite-captured images of Earth by night and constellation pics from the night sky of your current location by night. Read More

  • Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

  • Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather than foot pedals, for instance). The prosthetic market has changed quite a bit in the… Read More

  • Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Hauppage. The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox One owners across the U.S. and Canada, following a preview launch of the software features via the Xbox beta program. The OTA TV support for Xbox One means you… Read More

  • Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    The leading edge of Apple Watch accessories is starting to flood in, and to prove that fact, I recently had not one, but two Watch docks arrive on my doorstep in the same day. One of those was the Mophie Watch Dock, a stand accessory from the well-respected external battery and charging case maker. There seem to be almost as many Watch stands as there are Apple Watch model and strap variants… Read More

  • Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus is inviting press to a special event on June 11 in San Francisco. The company provided the image above along with the invite (which also accompanied news consumer pre-orders would start later this year, which bears the tagline “Step into the Rift,” as well, suggesting we’ll probably get more information about the consumer Rift headset launch, including possibly more… Read More

  • Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google has added Tweets to its search results on mobile, via the official Android and iOS Google apps, as well as on mobile browsers. The search results can be triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches for specific accounts and hashtags, but also surface Tweets for any standard search, too. In its official blog post detailing the news, Google says this is an attempt to put… Read More

  • Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s own photo collage creator Layout is now available on Android, after launching on iOS only back in March. The app allows users to combine multiple pictures from their camera roll (or direct from the camera itself) to create a single composite image with a square aspect ratio suitable for sharing on Instagram. The app allow you to customize the layout, using a number of… Read More

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