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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  • Adobe Launches Smart Portfolio-Based Talent Search For Recruiters On Behance

    Adobe Launches Smart Portfolio-Based Talent Search For Recruiters On Behance

    When Adobe bought Behance in December 2012, it looked like a smart matchup for both companies and the acquisition is definitely starting to pay off for Adobe. Over time, the company has integrated more of Behance’s features into its own products, but the site itself continues to thrive, too. Today, Adobe is adding a new feature to Behance that will make it an even more attractive… Read More

  • Adobe Launches Public Beta Of Its Creative SDK For iOS, Android Coming Soon

    Adobe Launches Public Beta Of Its Creative SDK For iOS, Android Coming Soon

    At its MAX conference in Los Angeles today, Adobe announced the public beta launch of its Creative SDK. The Creative SDK, which the company first revealed a few months ago, brings some of Photoshop’s editing features, as well as the ability to easily work with PSD files, access Adobe’s new Creative Market and use the company’s recently launched hardware products to… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches New Office 365 Subscription Plans For Small And Midsize Businesses

    Microsoft Launches New Office 365 Subscription Plans For Small And Midsize Businesses

    Microsoft is rolling out new Office 365 plans for companies with fewer than 250 employees that will slowly replace the company’s existing plans for small and midsize businesses. The company had already outlined some of these changes earlier this year, so this week’s announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Here is what these new plans look like: Office 365… Read More

  • Google’s Play Newsstand App Makes Reading Print Magazines On Phones Easier

    Google’s Play Newsstand App Makes Reading Print Magazines On Phones Easier

    Google’s Play Newsstand app lets you read news from free and paid sources ranging from blogs and newspapers to The New Yorker and everything in between. The app has been available for Android for about a year and the iOS version launched only a week ago. Today, Google is launching a big update for the Android app that it says is meant to improve the magazine reading experience on phones… Read More

  • Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent

    Earlier this year, Google announced massive price drops for all of its cloud computing services that were quickly matched by Amazon, Microsoft and others. Today, during Google’s Atmosphere Live event, the company’s senior VP Urs Hölzle announced yet another — but smaller — round of price drops centered around the company’s Compute Engine cloud computing service. Read More

  • Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion

    Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion

    Houzz, the fast-growing home-remodeling site, today announced that it has raised a $165 million Series D round led by Sequoia Capital, one of its early backers. Existing investors Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also participated in this massive round, as well as new investors DST Global and T. Rowe Price. As Houzz co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • 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

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