Darrell Etherington

Darrell Etherington is a Writer at TechCrunch, focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus. Darrell used to work for Apple in the PR department, but he does not currently hold any Apple stock.

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  • Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    After being rebuffed by U.S. regulator reticence, Amazon is now engaged in testing its drone delivery services in British Columbia, just north of the U.S. border in Canada, on a piece of land dotted with oak trees and firs, the Guardian reports. The ecommerce company is using the test field to trial drones weighing under 55 lbs carrying packages ranging up to 5 lbs, flying through airspace… Read More

  • Amazon Home Services Gets Its Official Launch

    Amazon Home Services Gets Its Official Launch

    Amazon has officially introduced Amazon Home Services, as TechCrunch reported it would last week, the marketplace for professional services including things like TV installation, house cleaning, waiting, plumbing, electrical work and more. The home services category originally soft-launched in limited beta last year, before going wide today with 700 different services on tap, and availability… Read More

  • Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

    Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

    Pebble went back to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help fund the Pebble Time, its second major hardware iteration. The company likely could’ve gone with a more traditional product launch, with a brief pre-order window or direct to market availability, but the campaign did break Kickstarter’s all-time records, netting over $20 million ($20,338,986 to be exact) from 78,741… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But wait, that’s not all! We… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many Users Right Now (Update: It’s Back!)

    Facebook Is Down For Many Users Right Now (Update: It’s Back!)

    Update: Service is now fully restored according to Facebook. Facebook has been down for at least an hour for some users, according to reports on social media and downrightnow. The outage has affected some but not all users of the platform, with an informal survey of TechCrunch staffers revealing that those outside the U.S. and attempting to connect via the desktop site are most likely to… Read More

  • Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

    Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

    Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial devices. All of the language in the announcement of the partnership suggests… Read More

  • Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

  • Apple Explores Ways To Secure, Set Up And Sell iOS Devices While Still In The Box

    Apple Explores Ways To Secure, Set Up And Sell iOS Devices While Still In The Box

    Apple has a new patent application (via Patently Apple) that could make it even easier to get started with a new iOS device before you even take it out of the box – using settings from your existing device to configure the new one. If implemented, this could take the sting out of upgrades, or make it even easier to expand your iOS universe with newly acquired additions like iPads, or… Read More

  • TC Droidcast 43: HTC One M9 And… Facebook?

    TC Droidcast 43: HTC One M9 And… Facebook?

    This week, Chris Velazco joins us to discuss the HTC One M9, which he got to review over at Engadget. The company’s new smartphone looks pretty similar to last year’s model on the outside, but HTC also revamped the camera. I’d argue that this is hardly the time for modest upgrades for HTC, but Chris gives us some insight into what they were thinking. We then leap logically… Read More

  • Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of select markets, has also recently expanded to include a… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Comments Plugin Syncs Conversations Between Sites And FB Pages

    Facebook’s New Comments Plugin Syncs Conversations Between Sites And FB Pages

    Facebook has a new commenting system it unveiled at F8 today that should help keep conversations in sync across FB itself, on brand pages and on sites that use its embedded comments. The revamped commenting from FB now lets you see comments both on the web pages where they appear, and on links shared on FB itself, and also see replies made in either place across both essentially in real-time. Read More

  • Facebook To Support Spherical Video In News Feed And Oculus

    Facebook To Support Spherical Video In News Feed And Oculus

    Facebook is going to support spherical video in News Feed, and in the Oculus hardware it creates through Oculus VR. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature today at F8, the company’s annual developer conference. The immersive video experience will also eventually support live broadcasts, Zuckerberg said. This is what the company was referring to when it teased… Read More

  • Kickstarter Spotlight Gives Project Creators Better Post-Funding Storytelling Tools

    Kickstarter Spotlight Gives Project Creators Better Post-Funding Storytelling Tools

    Kickstarter has a new project page layout called Spotlight that acts as a showcase that outlasts each project’s actual crowdfunding campaign. The new Spotlight landing pages put much more focus on the results of the projects themselves, with pages that can be changed by the companies and individuals who ceated the campaign to reflect updates to the story. The new landing pages can also… Read More

  • All 650 UK House Of Commons Members To Get An iPad Air 2

    All 650 UK House Of Commons Members To Get An iPad Air 2

    Apple’s iPad Air 2 is getting its own ‘Oprah moment’ in the UK today, as all 650 Members of Parliament in the UK House of Commons members are getting the devices following the general election coming up in May. Already, about 209 of the governing body’s members have an iPad, but the Apple tablet will be standard issue once this new initiative goes live. The standard… Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Gets Suspend And Resume, External HD Backups On March 26

    PlayStation 4 Gets Suspend And Resume, External HD Backups On March 26

    Sony’s upcoming “Yukimura” update for PlayStation 4 brings the console one magic power that many players have been eager to get their hands on: The ability to suspend game play and resume  play right where you left off after putting the console into Rest Mode  and then waking it up again. The Suspend/Resume function means you won’t have to save to stop the action… Read More

  • Watch This Amazing Fan-Made Star Wars TIE Fighter Short Film

    Watch This Amazing Fan-Made Star Wars TIE Fighter Short Film

    If you’re excited about the forthcoming cinematic universe Disney appears to be planning around Star Wars, then this amazing seven-and-a-half-minute short created by a fan over four years should do a lot to help tide you over. The animated film was created by Paul Michael Johnson, and animated in the style of epic 80s anime series’ like Mobile Suit Gundam, Patlabor and many… Read More

  • Inklet Adds Pressure Sensitive Drawing To Macs With Force Touch Trackpads

    Inklet Adds Pressure Sensitive Drawing To Macs With Force Touch Trackpads

    A new app update from Ten One Design available today brings pressure sensitive input via the new Force Touch trackpad to any drawing app on your Mac. Inklet 1.6, the latest version of adds support for the pressure sensitivity features of the new Mac input hardware, which ships on the most recent 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, as well as the upcoming all-new 12-inch MacBook. Inklet has been… Read More

  • Apple Blazes A Trail With Streaming Route Sharing Patent

    Apple Blazes A Trail With Streaming Route Sharing Patent

    Apple has a new patent that could result in interesting use cases, including getting directions from a robot scouting ahead, or live route information from your local friend while visiting an unfamiliar city. The new patent (via AppleInsider) describes the sharing of live path tracking between devices, which goes beyond the kind of location sharing in Find My Friends by giving you an evolving… Read More

  • Google Hires Morgan Stanley’s Ruth Porat As Its New CFO

    Google Hires Morgan Stanley’s Ruth Porat As Its New CFO

    Google has a new CFO, to replace Patrick Pichette, who announced his retirement from Google earlier this month after seven years on the job. The incoming CFO is Ruth Porat, who currently occupies that role at Morgan Stanley, where she has worked since 1987. Porat has a long and storied history, including leading financing rounds on a number of tech companies including Amazon, eBay and… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Light-Splitting iPhone Camera Sensor System

    Apple Patents A Light-Splitting iPhone Camera Sensor System

    Apple has secured a new patent (via AppleInsider) for a special three sensor camera designed for thin, wireless devices like the iPhone. The three sensors would each capture a separate color component, as divided by a special light-splitting cube that would divide up light entering the camera into red, green and blue (or other color set) wavelengths. Why? Better resolution and lower noise… Read More