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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  • Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia operating system could run on almost anything

    Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia operating system could run on almost anything

    Google has a new operating system called Fuchsia in development, with the early results publicly available on Github (and you can even compile and run it yourself, should you feel daring). The new OS differs from both Android and Chrome OS since it doesn’t run on a Linux kernel, and instead uses as its core code something called Magenta, which might make it better suited to running… Read More

  • Salesforce Inbox gains calendar from Tempo acquisition

    Salesforce Inbox gains calendar from Tempo acquisition

    Salesforce’s efforts to turn its Inbox app into a central resource for salespeople has a new trick: An integrated calendar built from its acquisition of Tempo that pulls in contact data from your Salesforce database, giving you a way to quickly find out more about the people you’re meeting with. Only CRM data is pulled right now, but in the future, the product will draw in… Read More

  • I want a companion ship

    I want a companion ship

    It’s time: We need a drone with automated follow features that not only includes a camera for cataloging your many feats, but also has an on-board voice assistant to and a cellular connection to get stuff done for you while you’re out and about. It’s time for friendly flyers; it’s time we each had a companion ship. I don’t know who gets this done –… Read More

  • GM expressed interest in buying Lyft, but Lyft declined

    GM expressed interest in buying Lyft, but Lyft declined

    Close partners GM and Lyft were apparently nearly even closer: The Information reports and TechCrunch has separately confirmed that the carmaker expressed its interest in purchasing Lyft, going so far as to specify a price it would’ve been wiling to pay. Lyft apparently explored what other strategic partners might be offering before deciding to say no to GM and opt instead to raise… Read More

  • How to make your own ‘Han Solo frozen in carbonite’ fridge

    How to make your own ‘Han Solo frozen in carbonite’ fridge

    Growing up, I can remember spending a lot of time thinking about what it would be like to be frozen in carbonite, the way Han Solo was after being betrayed by Lando on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back. I never imagined it might feel like you were a fridge, but a new video on Adam Savage’s Tested YouTube channel has me thinking differently. The concept of the video is simple enough: Can… Read More

  • MIT’s DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces

    MIT’s DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces

    Your next tattoo could be functional as well as aesthetic. A new MIT Media Lab product called DuoSkin created in partnership with Microsoft Research turns temporary tattoos into connected interfaces, letting them act as input for smartphones or computers, display output based on changes in body temperature and transmit data to other devices via NFC. Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, PhD Student at the MIT… Read More

  • Minecraft comes to VR via Oculus Rift next week

    Minecraft comes to VR via Oculus Rift next week

    Minecraft in virtual reality: It’s a dream for fans of the immersive crafting and world building sim, and it’s going to be a reality for Oculus Rift owners starting next week. The VR version of the popular Microsoft-owned game was tipped for launch in “the next few weeks” on Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta late last month, and was supposed to arrive with the… Read More

  • Spotify now has a gaming section, including soundtracks and playlists

    Spotify now has a gaming section, including soundtracks and playlists

    Music to game to – it’s a real thing. From the ambient, otherworldly soundtrack of No Man’s Sky, to the songs you most associate with playing a certain title (Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes is forever linked to Goldeneye 007 for me, for instance), music and games go hand in hand, which is why it makes perfect sense that Spotify has launched a dedicated Gaming… Read More

  • Tesla’s Autopilot 2.0 said to add triple camera system and more radar

    Tesla’s Autopilot 2.0 said to add triple camera system and more radar

    Tesla’s Autopilot is set to get a major update soon, according to multiple reports, and a new one from Electrek details some of the new hardware improvements that will pave the way for its arrival. The autonomous driving assistant for Tesla vehicles will benefit from a new front-facing triple camera array, Elecktrek reports, and will also add additional radar around the car, to… Read More

  • New Pokémon in Sun and Moon include sad fish, surfing Raichu

    New Pokémon in Sun and Moon include sad fish, surfing Raichu

    Please, please let me visit the room where new Pokémon are created. I want to know exactly what was going on when the team came up with Wishiwashi, a small, sad fish that becomes a group of slightly less sad fish when it reaches a certain level. Wishiwashi is one of three entirely new Pokémon revealed today for the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon games for Nintendo 3DS. The other all-new… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires Beam interactive game live streaming service

    Microsoft acquires Beam interactive game live streaming service

    Microsoft has acquired Beam, a Seattle-based interactive game streaming service that lets viewers play along with streamers as they watch. Beam’s model takes the mostly passive interaction that streaming fans may be used to from services like Twitch and YouTube, and adds the ability for viewers to interact with the streamer via crowdsourced controls. Players interacting through Beam… Read More

  • BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

    BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

    BMW isn’t letting off the gas on its electric vehicle program – the company plans replacements for the i3 and i8 by 2022, according to Automobile Magazine, and a new entrant dubbed Project i20 internally (but likely to be known as the i5 or i6 when it hits streets) on track for 2021. The i20 has a fully electric drivetrain, like the i3 before it, and will also offer BMW’s… Read More

  • Karma Revero hybrid electric sports car revealed, complete with solar roof

    Karma Revero hybrid electric sports car revealed, complete with solar roof

    The Fisker Karma is back, reborn as the Karma Revero, with a familiar look, along with a new name and some design tweaks and feature additions that mark a departure from its origins. Today marks the first time we’ve seen the Revero, revealed via images shared by Karma detailing the car’s exterior, as well as its unique solar roof and redesigned infotainment system. Karma is a… Read More

  • Logitech’s new Pop Home Switch simplifies smart home control

    Logitech’s new Pop Home Switch simplifies smart home control

    Logitech has a new device called the Pop Home Switch, and it’s a bit different from their usual offerings. A company known for Universal Remotes encrusted with physical keys, touchscreen displays and all manner of interaction options is instead going for single-button simplicity. The Pop is a broad button about the size of your palm, which connects to a hub that plugs directly into an… Read More

  • Toyota Research Institute provides $22M to University of Michigan for AI studies

    Toyota Research Institute provides $22M to University of Michigan for AI studies

    Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a Toyota R&D organization headquartered in Silicon Valley, is providing $22 million over four years in an initial research grant with the University of Michigan. The funding follows Toyota’s opening of a third research facility for TRI at the U of M campus, which it officially announced in April this year. The funding is earmarked for… Read More

  • No Man’s Sky players discover over 10M unique in-game species overnight

    The space exploration game No Man’s Sky features biodiversity that would make Earth weep with envy, and players are incredibly avid taxonomers. Hello Games founder Sean Murray tweeted today that players have racked up over 10 million species discoveries thus far in-game, which is around five to 6.5 times the number of known species on earth, depending on whose numbers you trust. While… Read More

  • Soon, you’ll be able to lock your BMW’s doors with your Amazon Echo

    Soon, you’ll be able to lock your BMW’s doors with your Amazon Echo

    BMW is working on an Alexa skill for its new BMW Connected app, which will arrive later this year and let car owners do things like check their remaining fuel levels and lock their car doors via voice commands to their Echo speaker. The new BMW Connected app arrived in the North American App Store in April, and will roll out in the UK.  It’s able to connect to any car with… Read More

  • Adidas will open a new robot-staffed shoe factory in Atlanta in 2017

    Adidas will open a new robot-staffed shoe factory in Atlanta in 2017

    Your next Adidas runners might be made in America – by a robot. The shoemaker revealed more details today about its coming ‘Speedfactory,’ which it previously announced would be coming to the U.S. in 2017. The factory will call Atlanta home, and feature 74,000 square feet of robot shoemaking capability, with full operational status target for the end of next year. The factory… Read More

  • Elon Musk says SolarCity will build a “solar roof” for your house

    Elon Musk says SolarCity will build a “solar roof” for your house

    What if your entire roof was made up entirely of dedicated solar power cells? No, not adorned with the current kind of solar panels you’ve likely seen on the existing roofs of a few neighbour houses – an entire roof actually made up of solar gathering material, rather than add-ons that install after the fact. That’s the vision described by Elon Musk in SolarCity’s… Read More

  • No Man’s Sky is an immersive wonder for solitary wanderers

    No Man’s Sky is an immersive wonder for solitary wanderers

    I crested a ledge and saw the ship I’d left a couple of hours ago sitting exactly where I’d left it, but from above, making it look small and almost insignificant among the colorful alien landscape. When I set out, it seemed like the center of a game world mostly bounded by a cave mouth and small clearing; when I came back, it was the fly on the back of which microscopic me… Read More

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