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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  • HTC Vive Developer VR Headsets Now Shipping

    HTC Vive Developer VR Headsets Now Shipping

    HTC and Valve are playing catch-up a bit with Oculus in terms of getting their virtual reality headset out in the wild, but today they began shipping their developer hardware, which by all accounts is much further along than Oculus VR’s first kick at the can following their original Kickstarter campaign. The Valve/HTC Vive developer kit includes a Vive headset, along with two Lighthouse… Read More

  • Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Here’s What’s Involved In Devising And Building An App

    Building an app isn’t just coming up with an idea and then coding (or finding someone to code it for you). There’s a lot involved in the end-to-end process that you wouldn’t necessarily think about when you’re idly dreaming about making one yourself. Developer David Smith, who created the much-loved Pedometer++, as well as Emoji++, Feed Wrangler and many more, has created… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    TC AppleCast 17: WWDC 2015 Preview Extravaganza!

    The Apple WWDC 2015 keynote is just days away, so we discuss what you can expect to see at that special presentation. Basically it’s going to be a whole lotto iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, with a healthy heaping of Apple Watch and Watch OS thrown in. Beyond that, there are probably a few surprises in store. We go into detail about what we expect to see regarding Proactive, Home and HomeKit… Read More

  • What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

    What To Expect From Apple’s WWDC 2015

     This year’s kick-off event at WWDC will likely have a developer focus, given the nature of the event, but there will plenty for everyone to pay attention to, especially if you’re a fan of iOS, OS X or the latest new Apple device: The Apple Watch. Here’s a roundup of what’s likely to go down at WWDC this year, along with a few far-out wishes and some cold water… Read More

  • Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype For Web Beta Now Open To All U.S. And U.K. Users

    Skype’s web-based client, along with both IM and video/audio call functionality, is now available to all users in open beta, the company announced today. The web-based version of the popular chat and calling tool came out at the end of last year, with access gated based on an invite system, but now everyone can join in, so long as you’re residing in the U.S. or U.K. The Skype web… Read More

  • Here’s A Close Look At Disney Infinity 3.0’s Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set

    Here’s A Close Look At Disney Infinity 3.0’s Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set

    Disney knows a it has a good thing going with its Infinity line of interactive toys, which is way it wasted little time integrating Star Wars into the franchise. The new Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition arrives later this year, and now we’re getting a closer look at the Star Wars Rise Against The Empire Play Set. This is an add-on set that goes with the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter… Read More

  • 2015 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Review

    2015 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Review

     The updated machine gets super fast flash storage, as well as the new Force Touch trackpad, an improved dedicated GPU and an extra hour of battery life. It didn’t get new processors, but in practice, it’s still a worthwhile upgrade for those who need the might and screen real estate of a larger laptop. Basics 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L… Read More

  • Android TV Gets Over 600 New Apps To Choose From In The Play Store

    Android TV Gets Over 600 New Apps To Choose From In The Play Store

    Google’s second foray into television, Android TV, has been a bit slow off the starting blocks in some respects – app support was one area where it definitely felt a little threadbare. Now, however, Google is expanding its software catalogue considerably, adding over 600 new apps via a Play Store update today for Android TV devices, including the Nexus Player. The new 600+ apps… Read More

  • Tweetbot 2.0 Secures Its Reputation As The Best Twitter Client For Mac

    Tweetbot 2.0 Secures Its Reputation As The Best Twitter Client For Mac

    Third-party Twitter client Tweetbot, from two-man development studio Tapbots, has long been the unofficial default option for iOS and Mac users who weren’t satisfied with first-party clients, dating back to the days prior to Twitter’s decision to clamp down on clients not of their own making. The Mac version launched in 2012, but its look and feel hasn’t changed to match… Read More

  • Apple Watch In-Store Retail Sales Begin In Two Weeks

    Apple Watch In-Store Retail Sales Begin In Two Weeks

    Apple will begin selling some models of the Apple Watch starting in two weeks, according to a press release from the company today. Also, on June 26, we’ll see Watches go on sale in seven more countries, including Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. All orders for Apple Watch which were placed in May will ship to customers within the next two weeks… Read More

  • New Report Says Not To Expect New Apple TV At WWDC

    New Report Says Not To Expect New Apple TV At WWDC

    Signs were indicating an Apple TV refresh coming in time for the Worldwide Developers Conference next week, but a new credible report indicates it’s not something we should expect to see; The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple predictions, says Apple decided recently to hold off announcing its new set-top streaming box. The… Read More

  • Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Due To “Rare” Fire Safety Risk

    Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Due To “Rare” Fire Safety Risk

    Apple has issued a voluntary recall for the Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker, which is made by the company it acquired last year. The speaker, originally created pre-acquisition, apparently poses a potential fire safety risk in rare cases due to overheating, as determined by Apple. Customers who want to get a refund in exchange for a return of the defective product can head to… Read More

  • Here’s Your First Look At Fallout 4

    Here’s Your First Look At Fallout 4

    As expected, Bethesda Softworks has revealed Fallout 4, the next instalment of its beloved post-apocalyptic game franchise. The last game in the series was 2010’s Fallout: New Vegas, so this sequel’s arrival has five years of pent-up fan expectations to live up to. It looks like you’re a Vault-dweller from Vault 111 based on this trailer, and I’d say the world looks… Read More

  • Disney Playmation Combines Wearables, Connected Toys And Marvel’s Avengers

    Disney Playmation Combines Wearables, Connected Toys And Marvel’s Avengers

    Disney is expanding its foray into the connected toys (or toys-to-life) category with a new offering called Playmation, which combines figurines and wearable devices from popular franchises including Star Wars and the Avengers with each other to create interactive adventures for kids to explore, all without requiring any kind of data connection or dedicated console. The first Playmation… Read More

  • Watch The Trailer For ‘Henry,’ The Second VR Movie From Oculus Story Studio

    Watch The Trailer For ‘Henry,’ The Second VR Movie From Oculus Story Studio

    Oculus made waves earlier this year when it announced it would be developing its own original film content for consumption on its VR devices – now there’s a second movie coming out of the Oculus Story Studio, directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau, who had a hand in both Brave and Monsters University from Pixar. Henry follows the tale of a hedgehog, starting out with an interior view of… Read More

  • Microsoft Purchase Of Wunderlist Confirmed

    Microsoft Purchase Of Wunderlist Confirmed

    Microsoft has indeed added Wunderlist to its growing collection of fabulous productivity apps, the companies confirmed today. After the Wall Street Journal reported the deal as done yesterday, Wunderlist itself admitted it will be joining the Redmond tech giant in a blog post. The post is penned by Christian Reber, CEO and founder of 6wunderkinder, the German company that created Wunderlist. Read More

  • Fallout Teaser Counts Down To Something – Most Likely Fallout 4

    Fallout Teaser Counts Down To Something – Most Likely Fallout 4

    There’s likely a Fallout 4 official announcement happening, since developer Bethesda Softworks posted a teaser video today with a countdown that started at 24 hours this morning. The sequel to the company’s series of post-apocalyptic adventure RPG titles was thought to be coming soon, but we’ll finally get concrete details tomorrow around this time, it looks like. The annual… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Gets More Gaming Cred With GameFly Streaming

    Amazon’s Fire TV Gets More Gaming Cred With GameFly Streaming

    Amazon is crowing about its big Fire TV app and channel catalogue this morning (I have to wonder if the timing has anything to do with the Apple TV announcement rumored for next week), but the best part of the announcement is the addition of GameFly, which brings streaming top-tier games to Amazon’s cheap, lightweight set-top box. GameFly’s presence on the Amazon box is exclusive… Read More

  • Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

    Apple has a patent for earphones (via AppleInsider) that pretty ingeniously suits common usage – the headphones described in the document can automatically detect multiple users using one earbud apiece and switch from stereo sound to mono streams, for instance, or deliver completely different audio streams to each. People share a single headset all the time, which you’ve… Read More

  • Thunderbolt 3 Uses Reversible USB Type-C And Could Be The Ultimate Port

    Thunderbolt 3 Uses Reversible USB Type-C And Could Be The Ultimate Port

    Intel has revealed all about its new Thunderbolt 3 specification at this year’s Computex conference, and it could be the port that best serves Apple’s single I/O vision of the MacBook’s future: Thunderbolt 3 uses a reversible USB-C connector, and includes USB 3.1 support, as well as increasing data transfer speed over Thunderbolt 2 by 100 percent to 40Gbps, and supporting use… Read More