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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  • Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

    Google Now has been expanding the range and variety of its Google Now cards, with 40 third-party partners unveiled in January. 70 more are being added to the Google app on Android today, bringing the total pool of Now partners up to 110. Some marquee partners from the new group include Zipcar, which will now display upcoming end times for reservations so that you can remember to get it back… Read More

  • This Is The LG G4

    This Is The LG G4

    The LG G4 is here, and as previewed, it does indeed feature a leather back, designed for comfort and durability according to the company. The smartphone has some serious bona fides when it comes to hardware specs, including a quad HD (1440 x 2560) 5.5-inch screen which uses new “quantum display” tech for better color reproduction, a completely redesigned camera with a larger… Read More

  • SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it’s finally letting everyone in. The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options. They challenge existing industry leaders, including Libsyn, as well as provide the RSS hooks necessary to also publish to iTunes and get picked up by… Read More

  • Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

    Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

    Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO, that details how wireless devices like iPhones and iPads might become context-specific remote input gadgets for use with creative desktop apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic or even Photoshop. Using the tech described, your iPhone 6 Plus could become a touch-screen video scrubber for editing movies, for example, and then easily switch to a… Read More

  • Apple Boasts Over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps Already Available

    Apple Boasts Over 3,500 Apple Watch Apps Already Available

    Apple CEO Tim Cook said on today’s company earnings call that there are over 3,500 apps available at launch for the Apple Watch, which is better than the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad when that device launched in April of 2010, and 7 times the 500 apps available when the iPhone’s App Store first debuted in July 2008. Read More

  • Apple ‘Working Hard’ To Catch Up With Apple Watch Demand

    Apple ‘Working Hard’ To Catch Up With Apple Watch Demand

    Apple is “working very, very hard” to meet the strong demand for Apple Watch, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told Bloomberg Businessweek in the wake of the company’s earnings call today. Apple is facing demand that it hopes to largely catch up with by the end of June, according to the executive. “It’s been really great to see the reaction of customers since their… Read More

  • Apple’s 61M iPhone Sales Lead Q2 2015 Hardware Performance

    Apple’s 61M iPhone Sales Lead Q2 2015 Hardware Performance

    Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus continue their hit parade, building on a massive first quarter of 2015 with a very strong second quarter total of 61.2 million handsets sold. This isn’t an all-time quarterly record, but it’s normal to see a slight decrease quarter-over-quarter coming out of a launch sales period, and this is a huge increase year-over-year compared to the 43.7… Read More

  • 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

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