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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  • Pebble Launches A Preview SDK With Color Support For The New Pebble Time

    Pebble Launches A Preview SDK With Color Support For The New Pebble Time

    The Pebble Time is still going strong on Kickstarter, but Pebble is already thinking about the device’s launch in May, and is accordingly making tools available early to help both existing and new developers target the platform. A new developer preview of the Pebble SDK 3.0 is now available, and it includes a software emulator that shows you how your apps will look on the Pebble… Read More

  • How To Watch The Apple Watch Event Live On March 9

    How To Watch The Apple Watch Event Live On March 9

    It’s almost certain Apple’s March 9 event will provide specifics about the upcoming April launch of the Apple Watch, but you can find out for yourself by tuning in to a live video feed Apple will provide for the event that starts at 10 AM PT. All you’ll need is Apple’s dedicated live events site, and a recent version of Safari running on OS X, or on iOS. You can… Read More

  • Apple Sends Out Invites For March 9 Event, Likely For Apple Watch

    Apple Sends Out Invites For March 9 Event, Likely For Apple Watch

    Apple has issued invites for a new media event on March 9, with the tagline “Spring Forward,” which likely refers to time, hence the Apple Watch is a good guess for the star of the show. The event kicks off at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 9, and we should get more details regarding the April launch window for… Read More

  • Startup Building Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Plans To Launch A Working One In 2016

    Startup Building Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Plans To Launch A Working One In 2016

    You know when you have a good idea for a game or blog and you tell a friend who might actually make it, since you don’t have time? That’s kind of like what Elon Musk did with his ambitious Hyperloop, a next-level transportation system that uses near friction-free tubes to zip capsules containing humans long distances with incredible speed for shorter commutes. And now… Read More

  • SolarCity Creates $750M Fund For Residential Solar With $300M From Google

    SolarCity Creates $750M Fund For Residential Solar With $300M From Google

    SolarCity, the solar power startup whose chairman is the seemingly ever-present Elon Musk, has announced a new $750 million fund created to help fund residential solar projects, including defraying the upfront costs of solar panel installation at homes in 14 different states across the U.S. and in D.C. The new fund includes a contribution of $300 million, or just under half the total value… Read More

  • Wattpad Offers A Dedicated Sexy Stories App To Ride The ’50 Shades’ Wave

    Wattpad Offers A Dedicated Sexy Stories App To Ride The ’50 Shades’ Wave

    If you like your erotica like you like your restaurant recommendations, (crowdsourced and free), then Wattpad has an app for you: It’s called After Dark, and it’s a free app that curates content from Wattpad’s social network for readers and writers that specifically offer titillation and romance. After Dark’s stories are divided by category to help fans find the… Read More

  • Google Builds An AI That Can Learn And Master Video Games

    Google Builds An AI That Can Learn And Master Video Games

    Google has built an artificial intelligence system that can learn – and become amazing at – video games all on its own, given no commands but a simple instruction to play titles. The project, detailed by Bloomberg, is the result of research from the London-based DeepMind AI startup Google acquired in a deal last year, and involves 49 games from the Atari 2600 that likely provided… Read More

  • Hands On With The New Moto E

    Hands On With The New Moto E

    Just this morning, Motorola sent over its brand new Moto E, a $149 (off-contract) Android smartphone that wants to give budget-conscious shoppers a device choice with fewer compromises. We’ve spent the AM putting the Moto E to the test, and based on initial impressions, it’s a pretty capable device, with a nice design that offers a lot in the way of customization and attention… Read More

  • Google Play Music Increases Cloud Storage Limit To 50,000 Songs

    Google Play Music Increases Cloud Storage Limit To 50,000 Songs

    Google has bumped the storage limit for its locker service for Google Play Music from 20,000 to 50,000 songs, giving users more than double the capacity to store their own collection in the cloud, over and above the extensive streaming library that makes up Google Play Music’s own category. The extended library allowance is a free upgrade for users, meaning people get the additional… Read More

  • Motorola Debuts The New Moto E With A Unique Press Conference

    Motorola Debuts The New Moto E With A Unique Press Conference

    Motorola has a brand new Moto E, which packs a quad-core processor and LTE into a low-cost package that’s available to everyone. The Moto E starts at just $149, and goes on sale today in 40 markets around the world. It’s a good deal, especially now that Motorola has brought a number of high-end features from the Moto X to the lower-cost device, but even more impressive than the… Read More

  • Microsoft’s After-Hours Employee App Project Offers A Slate Of New Software

    Microsoft’s After-Hours Employee App Project Offers A Slate Of New Software

    Microsoft Garage is an initiative at Microsoft that works like an internal accelerator, taking ideas that employees have outside of their ordinary day jobs and turning them into real apps. The first batch broke cover last October, and now there are nine new projects making their official debut today. These include a mobile app that lets software engineers check in on Visual Studio Online… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 39: The Galaxy S6’s ‘Six Appeal’

    TC Droidcast Episode 39: The Galaxy S6’s ‘Six Appeal’

    This week on the Droidcast, it’s basically the eve of the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, so we get into those, including the most recent leaks, like carrier slip-ups around the S6’s ‘Six Appeal’ and the big spill of the One M9 in three videos. We also touch on Android Wear being used with iOS devices, via a forthcoming application from a… Read More

  • Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results

    Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses From Search Results

    Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are. The service resembles Path Talk’s direct messaging platform with local businesses, but incorporates its service right into… Read More

  • Here’s The HTC One M9, As Revealed In New Leaked Videos

    Here’s The HTC One M9, As Revealed In New Leaked Videos

    HTC is just a few days away from revealing its new HTC One M9, but the surprise has been spoiled by a trio of leaked videos. Originally shown off by frequent Android leaker account @Upleaks, the videos below show the M9 in detail, including its design, as well as software features contained in the next version of HTC’s Sense UI. The first video reveals a thorough overview of the M9… Read More

  • Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech that provides benefits drone users can enjoy now, without spending a fortune or managing an architectural firm or large-scale agricultural concern. Perceptiv Labs, a YC Winter 2015 cohort startup with a founding team out of Waterloo’s top-flight robotics engineering department, is offering high-flying… Read More

  • Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Media management software Plex is making big strides after eking out a niche for itself as an app beloved by a dedicated but specialized audience for years. The app now has presence on two of the three major modern home consoles, and its debut on those platforms included a re-thinking of its approach to content discovery. A new version of the app coming today for Roku continues the work… Read More

  • Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble Hits Its $500K Kickstarter Target For Pebble Time In Just 17 Minutes

    Pebble knew that a return to Kickstarter was the right path for its new hardware, and the speed with which it reached its goal has proven that to be true: Already, the campaign has passed $500,000 on the crowdfunding platform. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told me in an interview that part of the reason they went back to KS was as a “stunt,” and this proves that kind of marketing… Read More

  • Meet Pebble Time, The All-New Smartwatch From Pebble

    Meet Pebble Time, The All-New Smartwatch From Pebble

     The new hardware has a full color, always-on e-paper screen, but features a slimmer, sleeker design and maintains its week-long battery life. The software is new, too, with a focus on providing you with all the information you need at a glance in one place, both for now and for the future. Pebble Time The Pebble Time smartwatch is named ‘Time’ because it uses time as its… Read More

  • The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    Amazon has been using reader feedback to find and publish new titles via Kindle Press, using the Kindle Scout program it introduced back in October of last year. The Scout platform uses votes from readers to select what books get published, and those which receive the most favorable response are provided 5-year renewable contracts for digital publication rights, $1,500 advance and 50… Read More

  • Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

    Apple’s Latest Betas Bring More Diversity To Emoji

    Apple is adding more diverse emoji options to both iOS and OS X, new developer preview builds reveal. These includes various skin color options for emojis featuring people, faces, hands and other exposed skin, as well as new country flags that add to the rather limited original set. The new skin tone options are available as alternates when a user clicks (or taps) and holds on any of the… Read More

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