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).

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  • Porch Goes Beyond Data Services, Launches Tools To Connect Homeowners With Pros

    Porch Goes Beyond Data Services, Launches Tools To Connect Homeowners With Pros

    Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that aggregates home remodeling data, today announced its first mobile app — and with this, the launch of its first service offerings that directly connect home pros with homeowners. In addition, the company is also launching a beta of its booking service with pre-negotiated rates in the Seattle area today. Read More

  • Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches With Support From Over 40 Companies

    Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches With Support From Over 40 Companies

    OpenStack, one of the largest open-source enterprise projects around, made a bit of a splash last year. With Cloud Foundry, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service OpenStack project also has a counterpart in the Platform-as-a-Service world and that project is hoping that 2015 will be its break-through year. To get to this point, the more than 40 companies behind the project today announced the launch… Read More

  • YouTube Now Tells You How Copyrighted Music Will Affect Your Video Before You Upload It

    YouTube Now Tells You How Copyrighted Music Will Affect Your Video Before You Upload It

    Google today launched a new feature in the YouTube Audio Library that allows uploaders who use copyrighted music to see exactly what will happen to their videos before they upload them. When you upload a video to YouTube today, the service’s Content ID system will automatically try to figure out if you’re using any copyrighted music in it. Read More

  • Google Launches Consolidated Partner Program

    Google Launches Consolidated Partner Program

    Over the last few years, Google has run a reseller program for Google Apps For Work, as well as programs around some of its other services. Today it is relaunching and consolidating these programs under the Google Apps for Work and Education Partner Program moniker. The new partner program will combine Google’s existing programs around Apps, Chrome, Cloud Platform, Maps and Search. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Azure RemoteApp For Running Windows Apps In The Cloud Comes Out Of Beta

    Microsoft’s Azure RemoteApp For Running Windows Apps In The Cloud Comes Out Of Beta

    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the public beta of its Azure RemoteApp service. Just like the name implies, it allows you to run virtualized apps on Azure and use them remotely, no matter whether that’s on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. As Microsoft announced today, RemoteApp is coming out of beta (and getting an SLA) on December 11. During the preview period, RemoteApp was… Read More

  • AppGyver Launches Supersonic, A New Framework For Hybrid Apps

    AppGyver Launches Supersonic, A New Framework For Hybrid Apps

    AppGyver quickly made a name for itself over the last year with the help of Steroids.js and Composer, its drag-and-drop tool for building HTML5 apps. Today, the company is announcing its biggest product release yet with the launch of Supersonic, its new framework for both building user interfaces and data. It’s also launching a new and significantly faster wrapper for Android and… Read More

  • Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

    Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

    The end of the CAPTCHA is nigh — and very few tears will be shed for them. As Google today announced, those ubiquitous forms that make you prove you are human by typing in barely legible words and house numbers will soon be replaced with a single click — at least on sites that use Google’s reCAPTCHA service. Read More

  • Weaveworks Raises $5M To Help Bring Containers To The Enterprise

    Weaveworks Raises $5M To Help Bring Containers To The Enterprise

    Weaveworks (formerly known as Zettio), is one of the many companies in the quickly growing ecosystem of Docker-related companies. The service was founded by  Alexis Richardson and Matthias Radestock, the team that also built the RabbitMQ message broker. Weaveworks wants to help developers build and migrate their applications to run on container technology. The company today announced that it… Read More

  • Opera Brings Easy Bookmark Sharing To Its Desktop Browser

    Opera Brings Easy Bookmark Sharing To Its Desktop Browser

    Opera launched version 26 of its desktop browser today. The marquee feature of this new version is bookmark sharing. Say you are doing some research for your next vacation and you’ve bookmarked a couple of potential all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos, how do you easily share those with your friends? With Opera 26, you now simply click the share button and Opera will make those items… Read More

  • Firefox Could Soon Come To iOS

    Firefox Could Soon Come To iOS

    For a year now, Mozilla has categorically stated that it wouldn’t release a version of Firefox for iOS because Apple won’t let it use its own web engine on its platform. With a new CEO on board, however, it looks like Mozilla’s position may be changing. At an internal Mozilla event in Portland today, the company talked about the need to get its browser onto iOS. Read More

  • AWS Simplifies EC2 Reserved Instance Pricing

    AWS Simplifies EC2 Reserved Instance Pricing

    Amazon Web Services is making some major changes to how it charges for reserved EC2 instances — a move that seems to be at least partially motivated by the changes Google announced earlier this year. As Amazon announced today, developers can still pay upfront for the full term of the instance (either one or three years), but in addition to this, they can also pay only a portion of… Read More

  • Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information

    Developers Can Now Use Google’s Cloud Platform To Handle Credit Card Information

    Google today announced that its Cloud Platform is now in compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS). This means developers can now hold, process and exchange credit card information from branded credit cards on Google’s cloud computing platform without running afoul of existing regulations. Read More

  • The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The team behind The Grid is developing a website builder that uses artificial intelligence to automatically create new sites based on the content you provide. The company ran one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a software product earlier this year, but the team also went out to raise a larger fundraising round. Read More

  • Firefox 34 Launches With Yahoo As Its Default Search Engine

    Firefox 34 Launches With Yahoo As Its Default Search Engine

    Mozilla today rolled out Firefox 34. While most browser updates these days aren’t all that exciting, this one includes a couple of interesting new features. What most users in North America will notice right off the bat, however, is that this is the first version of Firefox with Yahoo as its default search experience. Read More

  • CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime

    CoreOS Calls Docker “Fundamentally Flawed,” Launches Its Own Container Runtime

    Docker containers are one of the hottest technologies around and CoreOS, a Linux-based operating system for very large server deployments, built its service around Docker containers and contributed heavily to the project. But as the company announced today, it is now working on its own container runtime, largely because it disagrees with Docker’s overall direction. Read More

  • Rules For Drones

    Rules For Drones

    People are idiots and when you put high-powered flying lawnmowers machines into their hands, things can get ugly fast. This Christmas, more people than ever will get quadcopters and that means even more of them will think it’s a good idea to fly them on a field right next to their local (or international) airport or over a stadium full of people. Thanks to people like this and general… Read More

  • What’s Next For Firefox?

    What’s Next For Firefox?

    When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More

  • Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

    Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

    Last week we learned that Mozilla had made a pact with Yahoo to switch Firefox’s default search engine to a yet-to-be launched new version of Yahoo’s Bing-powered search experience. At that time, we already noted how easy it is to switch between search engines in Firefox and now the organization is making it even easier with the launch of a new search experience in the Firefox… Read More

  • Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

    Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

    Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, today announced ZenFleets, its first paid service. As the name implies, ZenFleets is meant for companies that have a large number of cars on the road at any given time. With ZenFleets, businesses can track where those cars are, but more importantly, the service also tries to figure out if the driver is focused… Read More

  • Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January

    Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January

    Starting in January 2015, Google’s Chrome browser will block all old-school Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI) plugins. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Google started its efforts to remove NPAPI plugins more than a year ago. Over the last year, Google went from recommending that developers move away from this old architecture to actively blocking almost all NPAPI plugins. Read More