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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  • Hands On With Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition Console

    Hands On With Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition Console

    Sony has a new version of its PlayStation 4 console going on sale soon, which is limited to only 12,300 units globally, and which comes in the original gray color of the first PlayStation hardware. The anniversary edition will retail for $500, which seems steep, but it also includes a stand for vertical mounting and a PlayStation 4 Camera in the box, neither of which are included in any of… Read More

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

    Nintendo’s hit holiday season continues with an unlikely hero: Captain Toad, the toadstool-esque stock supporting character from Super Mario games, who takes the helm for a full-fledged puzzler based on mini games from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes unique advantage of the Wii U’s capabilities, in addition to being just generally super fun, and while… Read More

  • Watch NASA’s Second Orion Rocket Launch Attempt Live

    Watch NASA’s Second Orion Rocket Launch Attempt Live

    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is set to launch its Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight today, in an early step towards an eventual manned mission to Mars. The launch was originally slated for yesterday, but a combination of technical issues and weather conditions scrubbed the launch. The new window kicks off today at 7:05 AM ET, so tune in above and you don’t have… Read More

  • Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

    Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Review

    The HTC Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet running pure, unadulterated Android, and it’s a very capable piece of hardware, made better because it’s running Lollipop, which is a big step up for Android overall. Google has just begun shipping Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio accessories, too, which give the tablet a magnetic cover with a built-in keyboard, complete with mechanical keys… Read More

  • Apple Stores Will Host Free Coding Workshops For Second Annual ‘Hour of Code’

    Apple Stores Will Host Free Coding Workshops For Second Annual ‘Hour of Code’

    Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer… Read More

  • LG G Watch R Review

    LG G Watch R Review

    The G Watch R is LG’s second Android Wear smartwatch, which is impressive given that the platform has only been available to the general public for about half a year, and other big Android OEMs haven’t yet shipped a first device. The original G Watch felt very much like the wearable hardware equivalent of a “FIRST” Internet comment, however, delivering little in the way… Read More

  • Apple Details An Elaborate Transit Navigation System In Patent Applications

    Apple Details An Elaborate Transit Navigation System In Patent Applications

    Apple has a couple of new patent application with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that details what could be its solution for providing transit directions. The patents describe something that resembles a combination of the apps it has acquired it this space, including Embark and HopStop. The system would offer comparison of a number of different commuter options, including buses, shuttles, trains… Read More

  • Watch NASA’s Orion Rocket Launch Live (Update: Scrubbed For Today)

    Watch NASA’s Orion Rocket Launch Live (Update: Scrubbed For Today)

    Update: The launch has been scrubbed for today due to a combination of technical issues and weather conditions. NASA will try again starting at 7:05 AM ET tomorrow morning, if it can fix a valve issue affecting launch. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is launching its Orion rocket today, in a test that helps pave the way for a manned mission to Mars that should take place some… Read More

  • Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

    Sound Might Be The Key To Touching Objects In Virtual Reality

    The key to a sense of touch in VR might be sound, ironically – a team working out of the University of Bristol in the UK (via New Scientist) have worked out an improved version of haptic tech that can use high-frequency sound emitters to mimic the effect of touching a physical object, without any physical object present. Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Winter Warrior

    A Gift Guide For The Winter Warrior

    It’s winter! For some of us, anyway – you Californians don’t know what winter is. But in case you know someone who does, or you have the misfortune of living somewhere in the dreary middle or east of North America, we’ve got a list of good tech-related gifts to keep you warm and cozy. Dyson AM05 Hot+Cool Fan Heater This Dyson fan and heater combo will warm up your… Read More

  • Intel Teams With Luxottica To Build The Future Of Smart Eyewear

    Intel Teams With Luxottica To Build The Future Of Smart Eyewear

    It’s pretty clear at this point that Intel wants to own face computing: The company has been pegged as providing the chip powering the next version of Google Glass, and now it’s officially announcing a partnership with (Glass partner) Luxottica Group, maker of most of the world’s most recognized eyesore, including Oakley, Persol, Armani, Coach and more. The team-up will see… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 29: Lollipop’s Adoption Lag, Google Glass’s Second Act

    TC Droidcast Episode 29: Lollipop’s Adoption Lag, Google Glass’s Second Act

    This week, Darrell Etherington, Greg Kumparak and Kyle Russell opine about Android 5.0’s low early adoption rate, and whether Google can ever solve that particular problem. Google Glass and its Intel-powered future are also on the agenda, as well as the Puzzlephone, how modular phones might scare away buyers on the casual end of the spectrum, and what modularity really means for… Read More

  • Misfit Raises $40M From Xiaomi And Others As It Eyes More Growth In China

    Misfit Raises $40M From Xiaomi And Others As It Eyes More Growth In China

    Wearable device maker and health and fitness platform provider Misfit has raised an additional $40 million in a Series C funding round led by GGV Capital and including Xiaomi, JD.com (online retailer with massive reach), Shunwei and existing investors, including Horizons Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund and Northwest Venture Partners. The new funding brings Xiaomi and JD.com on board… Read More

  • Watch NASA’s Live Briefing On Manned Mars Mission Progress And Orion Testflight

    Watch NASA’s Live Briefing On Manned Mars Mission Progress And Orion Testflight

    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is gearing up for its manned mission to Mars, and a key step will be Thursday’s launch of the Orion capsule to a destination 3,600 miles from Earth, loaded with sensors rather than people for this initial trial run. The test launch will use NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System in the future, but for this trial run it’ll be using… Read More

  • Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock Review

    Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock Review

    Thunderbolt is one of those tech innovations with a lot of promise, but not much felt effect for the average user. Thunderbolt docks can change that, and the new Elgato Thunderbolt 2 dock promises a much more complete upgrade vs. the Thunderbolt docks of years past. With USB charging, 4K output via the HDMI port, both audio out and microphone in ports, plus three USB 3.0 ports and a… Read More

  • Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

    Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

    Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent also includes descriptions of other more advanced and fantastic… Read More

  • Pioneer AppRadio 4 With Apple CarPlay Review

    Pioneer AppRadio 4 With Apple CarPlay Review

    If you want Apple’s CarPlay in-car smartphone system in your automobile, you can either buy a brand new car, or you can opt for one of the aftermarket solutions currently available. I optedĀ for the Pioneer AppRadio 4, which supports CarPlay as well as Pioneer’s own software for use with iOS and Android devices, and which replaces your car’s stereo with a double DIN deck… Read More

  • Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere

    Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere

    The boxed copy sales model for professional software is dead, and increasingly companies are realizing that charging certain customers at all doesn’t make much sense. Microsoft figured it out, and Autodesk is expanding the pool of people who get free access to include all students, teachers and schools at academic institutions around the world. That’s in addition to the U.S., where… Read More

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    I seldom spend 100 hours on anything these days, let alone a video game, but I spent at least that much time with Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest sprawling epic RPG from BioWare, studio that brought us Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series. Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third game in its high fantasy franchise, and it’s easily the most ambitious. Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

    A Gift Guide For The Starter Smart Home

    The proliferation of smart home products means there’s never been a better time to get on board, even if you’re not that tech crazy or familiar with the market. Here’s the list of things to get you rolling with your own basic setup, plus a few nice-to-haves in case you want to go the extra mile. Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit Connect lightbulbs now have their own pretty… Read More