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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  • Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK

    Shopify launches its POS app and card reader in the UK

    Shopify is launching its retail hardware and point-of-sale app for merchants in the UK. The reader supports tap, chip and swipe payments, letting retailers accept both contactless and traditional card-based payments, and the free app works in tandem with the reader device on either iPhone or iPad. The Shopify app and reader combo means sellers can accept a range of payment options at… Read More

  • Twitter for iOS gets ‘night mode’ support

    Twitter for iOS gets ‘night mode’ support

    Twitter is rolling out night mode to users of its official iOS app, the company announced today. Night mode turns Twitter’s dark-text-on-light-background interface upside down, giving a darker look that should be easier to read at night or in dimmer indoor environments. Rolling out today – we're bringing night mode to iOS! ūüĆô https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9… Read More

  • The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history

    The Analogue Nt mini console is a loving tribute to NES history

    The Analogue Nt mini isn’t an NES – it’s better. The third-party system created by designer Christopher Taber is a work of art in its own right, crafted from a solid piece of aluminum and offering internals that boast no-compromise gameplay experience, vs. what you’d get from a home hack using emulation software. Analogue’s Nt mini is the smaller sibling to… Read More

  • MIT built a self-assembling cell phone

    MIT built a self-assembling cell phone

    Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell phone that’s self-building, Fast Company reports, using a basic DIY cell phone design create by MIT professor David Mellis as a model. How can a phone put itself together? The key is actually simplicity – there are six parts… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

    Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

    Microsoft announced today that it acquired Genee, an AI-powered scheduling assistant bot that specializes in planning meetings for large groups or when organizers don’t have direct access to the calendars of everyone involved. Genee’s app is a chatbot accessible via an iPhone app, email, SMS, FB, Twitter or Skype, and it understands natural language input, so you can just text it… Read More

  • Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

    Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

    Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plunking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC support, Bluetooth, aux input and a dedicated hardware button for triggering voice… Read More

  • Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

    Samsung said to sell its own refurbished smartphones in 2017

    Samsung is looking to sell its own refurbished devices in order to make money on its premium smartphones a second time around, according to Reuters. The company will introduce a refurbished device sales program “as early as next year,” according to Reuters’ source, and will use inventory provided by customer who sign up to a year upgrade program in markets where… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest original pilots now streaming, including ‘The Tick’

    Amazon’s latest original pilots now streaming, including ‘The Tick’

    Want to sit in judgement of original content and decide its fate? Now’s your chance — Amazon’s latest slate of original TV show pilots is available for streaming, and it includes I Love Dick, a Kevin Bacon-starrer adapted from the novel by Chris Kraus; The Tick, yet another incarnation of the comic character who first graced TV in a much-beloved three-season¬†animated series… Read More

  • More new Pok√©mon revealed for Sun and Moon, and one is a pile of sand

    More new Pok√©mon revealed for Sun and Moon, and one is a pile of sand

    The Pok√©mon Company, what is going on right now. How is it possible that one of the new pocketable monsters you created for Pok√©mon Sun/Moon is actually a pile of sand?? Look: What are you doing to me? Do you think this is okay? Here’s what the sand blob evolves into when hit with a water attack: THAT’S A DAMN SANDCASTLE, POK√ČMON! Get it together. Meanwhile, there are other… Read More

  • Cadillac’s new Escala concept reveals design evolution inside and out

    Cadillac’s new Escala concept reveals design evolution inside and out

    What does the future of Cadillac look like? The Escala, the company’s new concept car, holds the answers. The Escala is on show publicly for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend, and reveals a car that takes its name (Spanish for ‘scale’) to heart,¬†as a larger sedan that previews the future lines of Cadillac’s body design, and the… Read More

  • Hudly wants to bring your favorite apps to the car with an aftermarket HUD

    Hudly wants to bring your favorite apps to the car with an aftermarket HUD

    In-vehicle infotainment systems on newer cars increasingly offer access to your favorite media and navigation apps, thanks to systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, but older cars from even just a few years ago can still feel stuck in a connected tech first gear. Hudly, which debuted on Kickstarter today, wants to change that with an easy-to-install aftermarket heads-up display (HUD) add-on… Read More

  • Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum succeeds by seeing more

    Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum succeeds by seeing more

    Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum has been a long time coming to U.S. carpets. The squat little cylinder of a bot first broke cover in September 2014, with a splashy product announcement and a consumer launch in Japan in 2015. North American homes are only just getting their first taste of Dyson’s inaugural foray into robotics, however, and my own has been playing host to one for the… Read More

  • Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new dock for the International Space Station

    Watch NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new dock for the International Space Station

    NASA astronauts are venturing out into space to install a component key to the future of commercial crew mission. The International Space Station is getting a new dock, which will be used in 2017 by Boeing and SpaceX to start ferrying crew to and from the station, marking the first time private companies have been able to do so, and ending the current Russian monopoly on ISS astronaut transit. Read More

  • Nintendo 3DS sales up 80% year-over-year on Pok√©mon Go success

    Nintendo 3DS sales up 80% year-over-year on Pok√©mon Go success

    Nintendo had a very good month in mobile gaming, according to NPD Group’s latest data. The 3DS won in both hardware and software sales for the analyst firm’s latest tracker report, with the 3DS and its family of systems (including New 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS devices) up 80 percent for July this year versus July 2015. Pok√©mon Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire, the latest console titles in… Read More

  • Tesla Model S aftermarket wireless charging is almost here

    Tesla Model S aftermarket wireless charging is almost here

    Aftermarket EV charging company Evatran is almost ready to start shipping its Plugless wireless charging aftermarket solution to Tesla Model S owners who pre-ordered the product, and a new video shows the production system in action. As you can see, what the company offers is a way to create a drive-up wireless charging pad, which provides induction power via an add-on module installed on… Read More

  • Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa

    Genesis owners can now start their engines with Amazon Alexa

    Amazon’s Alexa skill set continues to grow, and owners of the Genesis G80 and G90 from Hyundai’s standalone luxury car brand are the latest to benefit. Genesis now uses lets Amazon Echo, Tap, Dot and Fire TV owners use voice commands to remotely start their engine, set climate control, lock and unlock doors and honk the horn or turn on the lights, all from the comfort of their… Read More

  • Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com, pioneering web publication and the brainchild of Nick Denton, will be shut down as of next week, according to Gawker itself. The closure of the site comes after Univision’s winning bid for the Gawker Media company, which was forced into bankruptcy following a successful lawsuit by Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) funded by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel. Univision’s bid… Read More

  • NASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020s

    NASA hopes to hand the International Space Station to a commercial owner by mid 2020s

    NASA is giving us some more insight into its plans to get humans to Mars, under the blanket mission called ‘Journey to Mars,’ and during the press conference, NASA¬†Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Bill Hill revealed that the current hope is to hand off control of the International Space Station to a commercial owner by sometime around the mid… Read More

  • Uber and Volvo put $300M into building self-driving cars ready for sale by 2021

    Uber and Volvo put $300M into building self-driving cars ready for sale by 2021

    Part of the arrangement that will bring self-driving Uber on-demand vehicles to Pittsburgh roads by the end of this year will also help Volvo bring its own self-driving cars, for use as either personal vehicles or as autonomous taxis, to market by 2021, according to the WSJ. The two companies are investing a combined $300 million, roughly split between the two, in a deal that will seek to… Read More

  • Uber’s launch of self-driving cars mimics its approach to ride-for-hire

    Uber’s launch of self-driving cars mimics its approach to ride-for-hire

    Uber revealed¬†today that it would put self-driving Volvo SUVs on the road in Pittsburgh, picking up actual passengers, with a driver on board only to make sure everything goes smoothly. It’s a launch of near-complete autonomous vehicles that seemed to come out of nowhere – just like Uber itself. In Bloomberg’s telling of the launch of Uber’s self-driving program, they… Read More