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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  • Original Grain Wants You To Wear Their Watch, And An Apple Watch – On One Wrist

    Original Grain Wants You To Wear Their Watch, And An Apple Watch – On One Wrist

    The Apple Watch poses a potential problem for traditional watch companies: your wrist is extremely limited real estate. It’s something that even smartphone makers don’t face to such an extreme extent, since it’s very possible to carry two phones, even if it’s not the norm, and in fact many people do have one phone for work and one for personal use already. Read More

  • Lightning Is Twitter’s Plan To Be ‘Event Central’ For Users And Non-Users Alike

    Lightning Is Twitter’s Plan To Be ‘Event Central’ For Users And Non-Users Alike

    Twitter’s plan to expand its reach doesn’t require that it also grow its user base, something which it has not done at a pace investors have found satisfactory since going public in 2013. A new report from BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan details ‘Project Lightning,’ a new initiative at the company that’s designed to reach both logged in and non-member audiences… Read More

  • Next Apple Watch Hardware Could Reportedly Get FaceTime Video

    Next Apple Watch Hardware Could Reportedly Get FaceTime Video

    The Apple Watch is still very young, having only made its official debut about two months ago, but a new report claims to have information about the next version of Apple Watch, which it says could include FaceTime video calling via a built-in camera, as well as more features available when the Watch is used away from an iPhone. The report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who has an… Read More

  • The DxO ONE Is A Plug-In iPhone Camera With A 1-Inch Sensor

    The DxO ONE Is A Plug-In iPhone Camera With A 1-Inch Sensor

    Your iPhone camera is already one of the better mobile cameras available, but a new accessory from imaging technology leader DxO could up the iPhone’s game considerably. The Lightning-enabled DxO ONE has a super bright f1.8 aperture lens, and a 20.2 megapixel, 1-inch sensor. That sensor size is on par with the Sony RX100 series of compact camera, which produces amazing pictures in terms… Read More

  • You Can Now Reserve An Apple Watch To Buy In-Store

    You Can Now Reserve An Apple Watch To Buy In-Store

    Apple Watch has been severely supply constrained since launch, but you can now finally get one in a physical Apple retail store. The Apple Store website now supports online reservations of the Watch, letting you see if models are available in any stores near you and ensuring that if the model you’re after is there, staff will set it aside and have one waiting for you when you can come… Read More

  • Super Mario Maker Will Let You Build Your Own Mario Levels This September

    Super Mario Maker Will Let You Build Your Own Mario Levels This September

    Nintendo is letting players take control of its Mario platform game building tools with Super Mario Maker, and now we know when it’ll be available: September 11, 2015. The “game” allows people to create their own levels in either Super Mario Bros 8-bit graphics, or more modern 3D style (albeit with the same mechanics underneath), and then play them instantly. During their… Read More

  • Nintendo Shows Off Star Fox Zero For Wii U With GamePad Aiming

    Nintendo Shows Off Star Fox Zero For Wii U With GamePad Aiming

    Nintendo kicked off its special ‘Digital Event’ at E3 2015 with a trailer for Star Fox Zero, the upcoming sci-fi fighter game based on Nintendo’s much-loved dogfighting title. The original Star Fox premiered on the Super Nintendo back in 1993, and its signature characters have appeared in sequels and in other games like Super Smash Brothers ever since. Star Fox Zero is the… Read More

  • Twitter Now Autoplays Video And GIFs

    Twitter Now Autoplays Video And GIFs

    Twitter has introduced auto-playing video and animated GIFs to its official timelines in both the iOS application and on the web, with support for the feature coming to the Android app soon. The feature means that you’ll see native video uploaded directly to Twitter, Vines and GIFs uploaded to the service playback instantly as you scroll – similar to how video works on… Read More

  • Nvidia Shield Review: The Best Way To Experience Android TV

    Nvidia Shield Review: The Best Way To Experience Android TV

    The new Shield (not to be confused with the old Shield, which is now the Shield portable) is an over-the-top box that uses Android TV to provide access to a range of mobile apps and games formatted for the big screen. But it does more than that, thanks to powerful gaming features that work with Nvidia services to give this small streamer powers akin to the top home gaming consoles. Video… Read More

  • Watch Conan Play Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer With The Cast Of Silicon Valley

    Watch Conan Play Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer With The Cast Of Silicon Valley

    Conan got to play Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer before you did, and he played it with three of his own crew including Andy Richter, against three of the stars of Silicon Valley, including Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller and Zach Woods. Basically everyone’s incompetent, but it still looks like a great game. The game was on stage today at Microsoft’s E3 2015 event, where a huge new… Read More

  • PlayStation Will Have Four-Player Local Morpheus VR Multiplayer At E3 2015

    PlayStation Will Have Four-Player Local Morpheus VR Multiplayer At E3 2015

    Sony is showing off a live four-player local multiplayer mode for its Morpheus virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4 at E3 2015 this year. This marks the first time the company has had this kind of multiplayer experience ready for people to actually try out with a real game, including a new game called Rigs for 3v3 multiplayer arena battles. Virtual reality is coming much closer to… Read More

  • Final Fantasy VII Next-Gen HD Remake Coming To PS4 First

    Final Fantasy VII Next-Gen HD Remake Coming To PS4 First

    A full-scale next-gen console remake the game everyone in the world loves more than anything is coming to PlayStation 4 first: Final Fantasy VII is the game, and based on footage shown during the PlayStation press event at E3 2015 this year, it’s very, very good-looking. Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Will Finally Get The Last Guardian In 2016

    PlayStation 4 Will Finally Get The Last Guardian In 2016

    The Last Guardian, the long-awaited spiritual successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, is coming to PlayStation 4. The game was originally made official back in 2009, and has been in development since 2007, and if you don’t know about it you’re probably a bad person. Just kidding, but really the previous two games put out by the studio behind The Last Guardian, Team Ico, are… Read More

  • Watch Sony’s PlayStation E3 2015 Press Event Live Right Here

    Watch Sony’s PlayStation E3 2015 Press Event Live Right Here

    Sony’s E3 press event happens at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET tonight, and we can expect a lot in the way of game announcements, along with likely pricing and release timeframe info for Project Morpheus, the virtual reality headset for PlayStation Sony is planning to launch this year. PlayStation recently returned to the top of the console sales rankings, but both this event and Microsoft’s… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 18: El Cap And WWDC Recap

    TC AppleCast 18: El Cap And WWDC Recap

    This week’s AppleCast is actually last week’s, and it’s us recapping the WWDC announcements, including iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple Music and watchOS 2. We also dive a little more deeply into 10.11 now that we’ve had some time with it. We cover the watchOS 2 pending updates in some detail, too, and specifically address the new Time Travel and Complications… Read More

  • Here’s A First Look At Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    Here’s A First Look At Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    Here’s a look at some of the marquee features, and what they bring to the experience. Video Preview Notes I’m starting out with something that may seem minor to many because it happens to be among my favorite new additions to OS X with the El Cap update: Notes. The native Notes app in OS X has long been a staple of mine for quick memos, thanks in large part to cross-platform… Read More

  • Microsoft Reveals Dedicated Version Of Minecraft For HoloLens

    Microsoft Reveals Dedicated Version Of Minecraft For HoloLens

    Microsoft showed off a version of Minecraft designed specifically for HoloLens today for the first time at its E3 2015 press show. The HoloLens augmented reality display lets you view Minecraft in 2D anywhere you want, on a wall for instance, but also lets you display a 3D version of the world you’re interacting with on a surface like a table. You can play with others in the Minecraft… Read More

  • Xbox One To Gain Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

    Xbox One To Gain Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

    Microsoft just announced that Xbox One will soon be able to play Xbox 360 games, which gives it backwards compatibility with the previous generation hardware for the first time. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announced the news on stage at the E3 2015 Xbox keynote today, and the crowd went wild. This will work with over 100 titles beginning this holiday season, with 100 more to follow later. Read More

  • SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX isn’t building a Hyperloop, the sci-fi transportation system that would use low-pressure, miles long tube track to essentially shoot transit pods between destinations at super-fast speeds. But it is encouraging others to build it, and today announced a design competition wherein others can submit their own ideas for the passenger-carrying pods themselves. The Pod competition is… Read More

  • Skype For Web Beta Goes Worldwide, Chromebooks Get IM Support

    Skype For Web Beta Goes Worldwide, Chromebooks Get IM Support

    Skype has opened its web-based client beta to the entire world, after launching it broadly in the U.S. and U.K. earlier this month. Skype for Web also now supports Chromebook and Linux for instant messaging communication (no voice and video yet, those require a plug-in installation). The expansion of the beta adds support for a longer list of languages to help bolster that international… Read More