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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  • Now You Can Craft Your Selfie For Maximum Likes – With Science

    Now You Can Craft Your Selfie For Maximum Likes – With Science

    Selfies are so hot that they might already be over (if I’m aware of something being cool it usually isn’t anymore) but you don’t have to just crank out pictures of your mug taken at arm’s length indiscriminately in hopes of finding an angle that plays well on social media. Thanks to MIT PhD student Aditya Khosla (via CSAIL), you’ll save yourself some arm strain… Read More

  • Facebook Launches FB Newswire To Try To Be A Journalist’s Best Friend

    Facebook Launches FB Newswire To Try To Be A Journalist’s Best Friend

    Facebook has launched FB Newswire, the company announced today, which is a product of a partnership with News Corp-owned Storyful and which promises to offer journalists a repository of verified, real-time content for use in covering breaking news stories. Storyful’s entire raison d’etre was to verify news sources from social sites including FB, Twitter and Instagram, and the… Read More

  • Facebook Acquires Fitness And Activity Tracking App Moves

    Facebook Acquires Fitness And Activity Tracking App Moves

    Facebook has acquired the motion tracking app for Android and iPhone ‘Moves,‘ the startup announced today via a blog post. The company’s founders say that the Moves crew will join Facebook’s team to “work on building and improving their products and services” and that the Moves app will continue to operate on its own as a standalone experience. Currently… Read More

  • NYT Up To Nearly 800K Paid Digital Subscribers, Plans New Food And Opinion Apps

    NYT Up To Nearly 800K Paid Digital Subscribers, Plans New Food And Opinion Apps

    The New York Times is crowing about a quarterly rise in revenue today, and that comes thanks to increases in both print and digital ad revenue. Digital subscriptions saw some of its strongest growth in recent memory, with the NYT now counting 799,000 users as paid digital-only subscribers, an increase of 39,000 from last quarter. NYT CEO Mark Thompson cited the launch of some new digital… Read More

  • Apple Working On New Environmental Sensors For Mobile Devices

    Apple Working On New Environmental Sensors For Mobile Devices

    Apple potentially wants your next iPhone (or maybe an iWatch) to be able to detect humidity, atmospheric pressure and temperature data according to a couple of new patents spotted by AppleInsider today. One of the patents describes a sensor package that could detect temperature, pressure, humidity and sound and that features a partial opening for sound input, or that could use existing… Read More

  • Apple Patents A 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input

    Apple Patents A 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input

    Apple has patented a 3D display system (via AppleInsider) that uses a familiar mirror box-type design, but that works with digital images instead of physical objects like those you might find in novelty stores, and that also incorporates 3D gesture-based input from a user for control. The 3D display would project a sort of hologram image above a light source using a UFO-shaped combination of… Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

    Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise,” he said, and also added that he “wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store.” Cook admitted that Apple’s “customers are clearly responding in a good way… Read More

  • Apple Acquired 24 Companies In The Last 18 Months

    Apple Acquired 24 Companies In The Last 18 Months

    Apple’s pace of acquisition has seemed to be picking up lately, and Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed just how many the company has been making of late. Cupertino has nabbed 24 companies over the course of the past year and a half, which is a pace that observers recently noticed actually outpaces the recent acquisition habits of Google. Typically, Apple doesn’t make any official… Read More

  • Apple’s New Retail Leader Angela Ahrendts Officially Steps Into Her Role Next Week

    Apple’s New Retail Leader Angela Ahrendts Officially Steps Into Her Role Next Week

    Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts is going to start officially at the company officially beginning next week, CEO Tim Cook revealed on the company’s earnings call today. Ahrendts comes from Burberry, and her move to Apple was announced in October of last year, but she hadn’t yet begun in her new role yet. A report from last year suggested that Ahrendts might be… Read More

  • Apple’s Greater China Revenue Grew Sequentially In Q2 As iPhone Growth Impresses

    Apple’s Greater China Revenue Grew Sequentially In Q2 As iPhone Growth Impresses

    Apple’s earnings are out, and the iPhone’s 17 percent growth was likely the most noteworthy number in its hardware results. That’s a big increase for a device that analysts expected to perform pretty much on par in terms of Q2 last year. One probable reason: growth in Greater China, where Apple saw 5 percent increase in revenue sequentially between Q1 and Q2, versus a… Read More

  • Apple Sold 44M iPhones, 16M iPads And 4M Macs In Q2 2014

    Apple Sold 44M iPhones, 16M iPads And 4M Macs In Q2 2014

    Apple shared its quarterly earnings results today, and for fiscal Q2 2014, the company moved 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs. That compares to 51 million iPhones sold during the first fiscal quarter, along with 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs, but that was a holiday quarter, so a dip is to be expected. Last year during the same quarter, Apple sold 37.4… Read More

  • Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung preloads its own apps on its Android devices, including replacements for stock apps like the phone dialer and SMS software, as well as more advanced note-taking and WhatsApp competitor apps. But app away though they may, very few people are actually using them according to a new survey detailed by the Wall Street Journal. instead, people are using the apps you’d expect to be… Read More

  • HBO GO To Land On Amazon Fire TV Later This Year

    HBO GO To Land On Amazon Fire TV Later This Year

    Amazon just announced a multi-year agreement with HBO to offer that cable network’s back-catalog of shows on Amazon Instant Video, free for Prime subscribers. That’s not all, though; HBO GO, which offers not only archived content but also current programming to HBO subscribers, will arrive on Amazon Fire TV by year’s end, the companies announced. HBO GO was the one… Read More

  • Apple Profiles Apps Used To Create Its ‘Powerful’ New Ad

    Apple Profiles Apps Used To Create Its ‘Powerful’ New Ad

    Apple has a new ad out that you may have seen, featuring a track by The Pixies and a whole lot of iPhone users employing mobile software to cover the song. The ad harkens back to earlier Apple ads where people used a variety of software from the App Store to have fun with their devices, and as such represents a pretty strong return to form. I’ll forgive them the obligatory… Read More

  • AOL Will Offer Free Streaming Miramax Movies To U.S. Viewers

    AOL Will Offer Free Streaming Miramax Movies To U.S. Viewers

    AOL is getting into the full-length movie business with a new ‘Movies’ section for the AOL On Network (disclosure: AOL owns TechCrunch). The company’s movie portal is adding titles from Miramax starting April 30, including what the company says will be “tens of films,” with the selection refreshing on a monthly basis. It’s a move into territory that could… Read More

  • The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Android Phone Specs At $299

    The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Android Phone Specs At $299

    Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when… Read More

  • Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program

    Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program

    Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple’s upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population. You didn’t need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake, and technically it was still sort of against the rules. Today, Apple introduced its OS X Beta Seed Program to make pre-release Mac operating… Read More

  • Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

    There’s a conundrum facing software developers these days: Wearable tech is clearly an area of keen interest among consumers and industry watchers, but how to prepare for mass market adoption in this nascent space? There are still so many variables, so much left up in the air, that it’s hard to pick any areas of investment with guaranteed return on investment. But Evernote CEO… Read More

  • Withings Updates Its Pulse Activity Tracker With Blood Oxygen Monitoring

    Withings Updates Its Pulse Activity Tracker With Blood Oxygen Monitoring

    Withings pretty much nailed the activity tracker with the Pulse activity tracker, which features a built-in heart rate sensor that uses pulse oximetry (just like the Galaxy S5). Now, it has updated that product with new sensor capabilities with the Pulse O2. The O2 can also measure blood oxygen level (hence the name) and offers a new bracelet mount for improved wrist-borne wearing. Existing… Read More

  • Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 With Touch ID Improvements

    Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 With Touch ID Improvements

    Apple has released a new update to iOS 7 today, a minor point update with bug fixes and improvements. One such improvement beefs up Touch ID performance, which should mean better recognition of fingerprints registered with your iPhone 5s device. Some users had cited a gradual worsening of the Touch ID sensor’s ability to recognize existing fingerprints, so hopefully this clears that up… Read More