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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  • 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

  • Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

    Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

    Google’s Project Loon, the company’s effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia’s largest telco provider Telstra next month and today, Google released a bit more info about the state of the… Read More

  • Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google. The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design… Read More

  • HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank

    HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank

    HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finalist, today announced it is expanding into mobile with the launch of DroidRank. Recruiters could already test for Java skills on the service (in addition to 15 other languages). While that’s the basis for programming Android apps, being able to write Java apps doesn’t necessarily mean you are… Read More

  • Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates

    Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport. But in reality, most smaller websites don’t offer these kind of secure connections because getting the kind of digital public-key certificate that makes HTTPS connections… Read More

  • New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

    New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

    Image recognition has come a long way over the last few years and maybe more so than anybody else, Google has brought some of those advances to end users. To see how far we’ve come, just try searching through your own images on Google Photos, for example. But recognizing objects (and maybe basic scenes) is only a first step. In September, Google showed how its approach, using the… Read More

  • Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

    Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine

    Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta. Using this new feature, developers can now have Compute Engine automatically spin up new machines based on demand. If your CPU utilization goes above a certain value or your HTTP load… Read More

  • SysCloud Raises $2.5M To Help Businesses Keep Their Google Apps Accounts Safe

    SysCloud Raises $2.5M To Help Businesses Keep Their Google Apps Accounts Safe

    SysCloud, a service that offers a comprehensive suite of services aimed to keep companies’ Google Apps accounts safe and backed up, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million Series A round led by existing investor Inventus Capital Partners and new investor KAE Capital. Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa

    Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa

    Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company’s other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and Luleå, Sweden (the company also operates out of a number of smaller shared locations). This is the first of two data centers the company is building at this site in Altoona. Read More

  • Amazon Launches Its Fastest EC2 Instances Yet

    Amazon Launches Its Fastest EC2 Instances Yet

    Amazon today announced its fastest EC2 instances for compute yet. The new so-called c4 instances will feature a 2.9 GHz Haswell processor (with bursts up to 3.5 GHz with Turbo boost) with up to 36 virtual CPUs and up to 60 GiB of RAM. Read More

  • Amazon Announces EC2 Container Service For Managing Docker Containers On AWS

    Amazon Announces EC2 Container Service For Managing Docker Containers On AWS

    At its re:invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon today announced its first Docker-centric product: the EC2 Container Service for managing Docker containers on its cloud computing platform. The service is available in preview now and developers who want to use it can do so free of charge. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels noted today, despite all of their advantages, it’s still… Read More

  • Google’s Search App For Android Gets Material Design Update And New Smarts

    Google’s Search App For Android Gets Material Design Update And New Smarts

    The Google app for Android — the app that handles your voice searches, Google Now Updates and more — is getting an update today that brings Google’s new Material Design user interface to the app for devices that already run Android Lollipop (that is, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at this point). The update also introduces a number of new features that will be available on any… Read More

  • Amazon Launches Aurora, A High-Performance Relational Database Engine

    Amazon Launches Aurora, A High-Performance Relational Database Engine

    At its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon today announced Aurora, a new relational database service the company built from the ground up. As Amazon’s Andy Jassy, the head of the company’s cloud services platform, noted in today’s keynote, the company has been working on this project for over three years now. Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Visual Studio 2013, Previews Next Major Release

    Microsoft Updates Visual Studio 2013, Previews Next Major Release

    At its Connect() developer event in New York today, Microsoft announced the latest in its quarterly updates to Visual Studio and showed a preview of Visual Studio’s next major release, which is now available for download. The other important update today, though, is probably the launch of Visual Studio Community 2013, the free version of the IDE for small teams. You can read more… Read More

  • Microsoft Takes .NET Open Source And Cross-Platform

    Microsoft Takes .NET Open Source And Cross-Platform

    For more than 12 years now, the .NET framework has been the programming model for developers who want to build apps for Windows. But in its efforts to take many of its developer tools cross-platform, Microsoft today announced that it plans to take .NET to both the Mac and Linux soon and that it is open-sourcing most of the full server-side .NET core stack (not client-side .NET), starting with… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Free, Unrestricted Version Of Visual Studio For Small Teams

    Microsoft Launches Free, Unrestricted Version Of Visual Studio For Small Teams

    Microsoft today launched the Community 2013 edition of Visual Studio, which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version the company has been offering for a few years now. There is a huge difference between Visual Studio Express and the aptly named Visual Studio 2013 Community edition, though: The new version is extensible, so get access to the over 5,100 extensions now… Read More

  • GitHub Brings Its Enterprise Offerings To AWS

    GitHub Brings Its Enterprise Offerings To AWS

    With the latest version of GitHub Enterprise, large organizations can now take the service’s virtual machines and stand up a highly scalable version of GitHub‘s services on Amazon’s cloud computing platform. Since its launch seven years ago, GitHub has become the de facto standard for many developers who want to host and manage their source code in the cloud. Enterprises… Read More

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