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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  • AWS Launches New C4 Instances For Compute-Intensive Applications On EC2

    AWS Launches New C4 Instances For Compute-Intensive Applications On EC2

    Late last year, at its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon announced that it would soon launch its fastest EC2 instances yet. Starting today, developers on AWS can spin up these new C4 instances to power their highly compute-intensive applications in Amazon’s cloud. As Amazon notes, these new instances are designed for applications where CPU performance is critical. These include… Read More

  • 3D Robotics Talks Drones and the IRIS+

    Talking Drones With 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson

    Drones were one of the hot topics coming into CES, but the show itself didn’t actually feature any standout products. Many of the new drones we saw were little more than knockoffs of DJI’s extremely successful Phantom Vision line (though there were a few interesting exceptions). Maybe it’s no surprise then that the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, 3D Robotics… Read More

  • Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    Imint Wants To Bring Real-Time Video Stabilization To Android

    We saw a number of companies launch apps for video stabilization in the last year — including Instagram’s Hyperlapse for iOS — and Apple brought stabilized video to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera. Now,  Imint wants to do something similar for Android phones with the launch of Vidhance Mobile. Before you get too excited, though, it’s worth noting that Imint… Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo, the popular language learning tool, today announced the launch of Duolingo for Schools, a service that makes it easier for schools to use its platform in a structured learning environment. Using this new service, teachers can use Duolingo for their classes and track their students’ progress through a centralized dashboard. From there, they can get detailed reports on the… Read More

  • Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    Robotbase Wants To Put An Intelligent Robot In Every House

    If it’s up to Robotbase, you’ll soon be coming home and a robot will greet you at the door. While you were away, the Robotbase Personal Robot patrolled your home, made sure the temperature was lowered when you left, maybe locked the door after you were gone and, through its built-in camera, allowed you to check in on your dog, too. Robotbase is launching its Kickstarter campaign… Read More

  • FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

    Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz., today became the first real estate agent who can legally use a drone for real estate photography. If you have recently looked at the listings in your local MLS (or on Zillow and Redfin), you have likely seen plenty of images that could have only come from a drone. Under the FAA’s strict definition, however, those weren’t… Read More

  • Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    Ford Has Big Plans For Autonomous Cars And The Future Of Driving

    At its CES keynote today, Ford announced its Smart Mobility initiative, a set of 25 experiments ranging from big data analytics to a car swap service that let you swap your Mustang in for a minivan for the weekend. The company also talked about its plans for autonomous cars. Ford CEO Mark Fields noted four trends for the auto industry’s future: Increasing urbanization, and its… Read More

  • Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

    Glassdoor Closes $70M Funding Round Led By Google Capital And Tiger Global

    Glassdoor, the site that lets employees rate their companies’ work environment and anonymously disclose their salary information, today announced that it has raised a $70 million funding round led by Google Capital, the search engine’s late-stage growth equity fund, and Tiger Global. Other participants include current investors Battery Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures. This new… Read More

  • VW Debuts The Golf R Touch With All-Touchscreen User Interface, Gesture Control

    VW Debuts The Golf R Touch With All-Touchscreen User Interface, Gesture Control

    Yesterday at its CES press conference, Nvidia talked a lot about how it believes the future of the car will involve large numbers of screens. Today, Volkswagen debuted its prototype of the Golf R Touch, which includes the automaker’s vision of what the car of the future’s user interface will look like. It’s surprisingly similar to Nvidia’s. Read More

  • Qualcomm Breaks Down Its Plans To Build Chips For The Internet Of Everything

    Qualcomm Breaks Down Its Plans To Build Chips For The Internet Of Everything

    During its CES press conference today, Qualcomm, a semiconductor company, announced partnerships with Walgreens and Novartis to use its 2net wireless health platform. The San Diego-based company’s president, Derek Arberle, also spent a chunk of time discussing its previously announced Snapdragon 810 chip making its debut in the new LG G Flex 2 today, which will include support for 4K… Read More

  • Nvidia Announces Two New Computing Platforms For Cars

    Nvidia Announces Two New Computing Platforms For Cars

    At its CES press conference, Nvidia today announced the Drive CX, a digital cockpit for cars that is based on the company’s new X1 processor. It will include an advanced visual computing architecture. It can power 16.6 megapixels for cars that have multiple screens — that significantly more than even the iMac 5K Retina display’s 15 million pixels. Read More

  • Parrot Announces Smart Devices H2O and the Pot

    The Parrot Pot And H2O Give You A Robotic Green Thumb

    When you think of Parrot, chances are you are thinking about the A.R. Drone or its recently launched Bebop drone. But as its CEO Henri Seydoux told me in an interview earlier today, drones are only one area of interest for the company. Parrot is interested in everything that connects to the smartphone and these days, that includes your house plants. The company today unveiled two new gadgets… Read More

  • Nvidia Announces Tegra X1 With Maxwell GPU

    Nvidia Announces Tegra X1 With Maxwell GPU

    At a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia today announced an update to its highly successful Tegra K1 mobile processor. The X1 combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a graphics chip based on the company’s Maxwell architecture. The K1 used Nvidia’s older Kepler GPU technology. The X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU and an eight-core 64bit CPU. That, the company says, makes… Read More

  • United And Orbitz Sue “Hidden Cities” Flight Search Engine Skiplagged

    United And Orbitz Sue “Hidden Cities” Flight Search Engine Skiplagged

    United Airlines and Orbitz are suing Skiplagged, a small startup founded by Aktarer Zaman that helps travelers hack the airlines’ opaque pricing schemes to get better deals by finding so-called “hidden city” fares. Airline pricing is incredibly complex and one of its many oddities is that when you are looking for a good price, it’s often cheaper to buy a ticket from… Read More

  • Good Riddance To Social Search

    Good Riddance To Social Search

    Remember how not too long ago the future of search — at least according to the big search engines — was social search? Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any mention of social search on Google or Bing (let alone Yahoo Search). Let’s be thankful for that because social search was an ill-begotten idea to begin with. Read More

  • Careful With That Drone Now

    Careful With That Drone Now

    So you got a drone for Christmas (or an unmanned flying vehicle, as the FAA likes to call it, or a quadcopter, if you prefer). That’s awesome. But don’t just head into your backyard and try to fly it without any preparation (unless it’s one of those Parrot MiniDrones, of course). As we reported earlier this week, the FAA would like you to follow a couple of common sense… Read More

  • What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone

    I’m pretty sure there will be more drones sold this Christmas season than ever before. Having more drones in the air, though, also means there is a higher chance for things to go wrong. Read More

  • North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a joint investigation into the allegations. North… Read More

  • Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+; starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won’t do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes. You can also… Read More

  • Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

    Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

    Canonical’s stripped down “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform. If you’ve followed along over the last few weeks, that’s not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google’s Compute Engine platform earlier this week. It was… Read More

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