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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  • Follow Our Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog May 28 At 9:30 AM PT

    Follow Our Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog May 28 At 9:30 AM PT

    Google’s I/O developer conference for 2015 kicks off tomorrow, 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’ll have a special team of highly talented TechCrunch individuals at the event… 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

  • Periscope Surfaces On Android

    Periscope Surfaces On Android

    Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app, has arrived on Android. After a debut on iOS early this year, the company’s Android app development under former Twitter for Android developer Sara Haider went full-steam on bringing Periscope to Google’s mobile OS. The Android version has all the functionality of the iOS version, but with some new perks, including a “return… Read More

  • Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Arrives With An Arc Reactor Charger

    Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Arrives With An Arc Reactor Charger

    Samsung’s Iron Man-branded Galaxy S6 Edge arrives tomorrow, with a custom paint job, 64GB of on-board storage and a limited edition wireless charger accessory with an appropriate arc reactor graphic included on top. It ships with a clear cover, too, so you can protect your precious “armor” when ticketing around in the real world. The box it comes in is also red and gold… Read More

  • 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

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