Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois
Frederic has spent more than five years covering news and providing analysis about technology, the industry and consumer tech related to the Internet with potential to influence industry direction. At TechCrunch, his focus spans from emerging technologies and niche startups to major product advances by industry titans – all innovation focused. Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded Silicon Filter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). CrunchBase profile →

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  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    Microsoft Announces Windows 10

    This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10. The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them. Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch… Read More

  • Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage

    Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage

    Students whose school use Google Apps for Education will soon be able to store as many files in their Google Drive folders as they like. Earlier this year, Google launched Drive for Work, its premium $10/month version of Google Drive with unlimited storage and a couple of additional enterprise features. Today, the company announced that is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for… Read More

  • Atlantic.Net Launches $0.99/Month SSD-Based Servers To Challenge DigitalOcean

    Atlantic.Net Launches $0.99/Month SSD-Based Servers To Challenge DigitalOcean

    The price of cloud hosting is quickly trending downward and the latest evidence for this comes from Atlantic.Net, a hosting service that’s been around since 1994. The company is launching a $0.99 per month VPS service today that comes with 256MB of RAM, 10GB of SSD storage, 1TB of outbound bandwidth and a choice of using Linux or FreeBSD as the operating system. Previously, the company… Read More

  • Adobe Brings Photoshop For Chromebooks To Its Education Customers

    Adobe Brings Photoshop For Chromebooks To Its Education Customers

    For the longest time, pundits said that Google’s Chromebook initiative wouldn’t amount to much because Chrome OS couldn’t run complex applications like Photoshop. Those pundits will have to find another example now, because starting today, Photoshop will run on Chrome OS and on Chrome for Windows (if you are an Adobe education customer). Read More

  • Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

    Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

    If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice president for its technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle announced at the Google for… Read More

  • Google Acquires Opinion Poll Service Polar For Google+

    Google Acquires Opinion Poll Service Polar For Google+

    Google today announced that it has acquired Polar, the highly graphical opinion poll service, for an undisclosed sum. Polar’s service includes both a mobile app that allows users to create and participate in polls, as well as services for web publishers (we’ve occasionally run Polar polls here on TechCrunch, for example). The company says it has served over one billion polls over… Read More

  • Mozilla Launches Experimental Tool For Cross-Browser Debugging

    Mozilla Launches Experimental Tool For Cross-Browser Debugging

    When you are building Web apps — and especially when you are debugging them — all the subtle differences between the different browsers start coming into play. Testing on every single browser is a hassle and there are no good tools available that help you easily automate these tests, partly because the different browsers’ developer tools can’t talk to each other. Read More

  • Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

    Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

    Almost a quarter of all sites on the web today run WordPress (including TechCrunch), but it’s not the easiest content management system to scale up for high-traffic sites. A bit of basic caching goes a long way, but to run a very large site — or to manage a huge visitor spike from Reddit and similar services — you need a bit more than a cheap virtual private server. With… Read More

  • Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

    Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

    For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company’s VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention. But fret not, Google tells me that it is “growing its investment in Google Voice” and starting today, it will integrate Voice and Hangouts with the launch of its redesigned Hangouts apps… Read More

  • With Stash Data Center, Atlassian Brings Git To Large Enterprises

    With Stash Data Center, Atlassian Brings Git To Large Enterprises

    With Stash, Atlassian has been offering a Git-based code-management solution for quite a while now. Up until now the company was mostly going after relatively small teams with this service, but today it is launching Stash Data Center, its Git solution for large enterprises. Unlike the regular Stash service, Stash Data Center can run on a cluster instead of a single server. Thanks to this… Read More

  • The iPhone 6 And Apple Watch Keynote Video Is Now Available For Replay

    The iPhone 6 And Apple Watch Keynote Video Is Now Available For Replay

    Earlier today, Apple offered a live stream of its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch event, but if you missed it (or want to watch it again), the full video of the event is now online. During the live stream, Apple ran into numerous issues, ranging from streams that cut out in the early parts of the event to basic audio issues (many viewers heard a live translation into Mandarin Chinese dubbed… Read More

  • Meet The Apple Watch

    Meet The Apple Watch

    During its iPhone 6 launch event this morning, Apple announced the Apple Watch, its first foray into the world of wearable tech. It’s a smartwatch with inductive charging, a square face, sapphire glass, swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital crown. Users will be able to choose between six different straps, including a sport band, a leather loop, a classic leather… Read More

  • Apple’s New iPhones Get DSLR-Like Camera Features

    Apple’s New iPhones Get DSLR-Like Camera Features

    Apple today announced that its new iPhones will feature new cameras, too. The new 8 megapixel iSight camera will feature a 2.2 aperture that allows for better photos in low-light situations, Apple’s True Tone flash and a brand new sensor. The high-end iPhone 6 Plus will also get optical image stabilization. The standout feature of this new sensor is the phase detection autofocus, however. Read More

  • Get Real Career Development Help with RallyTeam

    Rallyteam Helps Companies Foster And Retain Talent

    Many businesses these days struggle to retain their employees — and especially the millennials who are now entering the workforce. Instead of just a stable paycheck, many now look for a bit more in their jobs, and the companies that can offer that are the ones that will keep their best employees for longer. Rallyteam, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 today, sees itself as… Read More

  • Sell or Buy a House Online for Free on Allre

    Allre Lets You Buy And Sell Your House Online Without A Real Estate Agent

    The Internet has disintermediated almost every business that used to rely on brokers — except for the real estate industry. There, we still pay huge fees to agents who often do very little for their money and aren’t necessarily on our side. Allre, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 today, wants to bring the real estate business into the 21st century by giving buyers… Read More

  • Open Garden Expands Its Mesh Network To The Internet Of Things

    Open Garden Expands Its Mesh Network To The Internet Of Things

    Open Garden launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY more than two years ago. At that time, the company was focused on building a mesh network for Android phones, but since then, it has also found success through its FireChat app for offline chatting. Today, the company is expanding into the Internet of Things. Open Garden’s Mobile Network for IoT devices allows devices to talk to each other… Read More

  • Authy Raises $2.3M To Help Prevent The Next Celebrity Hack

    Authy Raises $2.3M To Help Prevent The Next Celebrity Hack

    Hacking into poorly secured online accounts isn’t all that hard, as a few celebrities found out this week. One of the easiest ways to secure your accounts is by using two-factor authentication so that you have both something you know (your password) and something you have (the second, ever-changing security PIN). Authy, a Y Combinator-funded startup that specializes in two-factor… Read More

  • Git Bounty Wants To Help Open-Source Programmers Get Paid For Bug Fixes

    Git Bounty Wants To Help Open-Source Programmers Get Paid For Bug Fixes

    If you’re using open-source software, you’ve probably come across a bug that you want to fix but don’t have the expertise to do it yourself — and the original author isn’t all that interested in fixing it. With Git Bounty, which was dreamed up by a team of French Canadians (and one Frenchman) from Montreal at our Disrupt SF hackathon this weekend, you can… Read More

  • Android Wear Will Soon Get Offline Music Playback, GPS Support And Downloadable Watch Faces

    Android Wear Will Soon Get Offline Music Playback, GPS Support And Downloadable Watch Faces

    We’ve already seen a flurry of announcements around Android Wear hardware this week, but Google also has some software updates in the works that it will release over the course of the next few months. As the company announced today, a first update will bring offline music playback and GPS support to Android Wear. A second update later in the year will also enable downloadable watch faces. Read More

  • Flywheel Raises $1.2M For Its Designer-Centric WordPress Hosting Platform

    Flywheel Raises $1.2M For Its Designer-Centric WordPress Hosting Platform

    The open-source WordPress software runs a huge chunk of all of the sites on the Internet, so it’s no surprise that there’s also a massive ecosystem that has sprung up around the platform. These days, there’s a specialized WordPress service for virtually any niche you can think of. Omaha-based Flywheel is one of those services. It focuses on designers, freelancers and… Read More