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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  • Report: 69% Of Tablet Owners Watch TV And Surf The Web Simultaneously

    Report: 69% Of Tablet Owners Watch TV And Surf The Web Simultaneously

    Just watching TV without also using a tablet or smartphone at the same time seems to be on its way out. Earlier this month, Nielsen launched the first part of its report on primetime TV viewers in the U.S. and today, the analytics company is taking a deeper dive into the demographics of those who simultaneously watch TV and use their tablets. According to Nielsen, 45% of tablet owners watch TV… Read More

  • U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    U.S. House Passes Controversial CISPA Cybersecurity Bill 248 To 168

    This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 248 to 168. Unlike SOPA, which focused on copyright violations, CISPA wants to give Internet companies and the U.S. government the tools to protect and defend themselves against cyber attacks by sharing information with each other. Critics, however… Read More

  • Onion Browser: A Mobile Browser For The Truly Paranoid

    Onion Browser: A Mobile Browser For The Truly Paranoid

    If, for whatever reason, you need to cover your tracks while you are browsing the web on your desktop, you have plenty of options to keep anonymous. Thanks to Orbot, Android users, too, have the option to use the Tor network to anonymize their web browsing sessions and avoid being monitored. Now, thanks to Onion Browser ($0.99), iPhone and iPad users also finally get an easy option to encrypt… Read More

  • Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

    Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

    Wolfram Alpha, the “computational knowledge engine,” just launched a desktop app for Windows 7 PCs through Intel’s AppUp store. After launching numerous iOS and Android apps (including for the B&N Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire), this is the first time Wolfram Alpha is introducing a dedicated desktop app for its service. The application costs $2.99 and is only… Read More

  • Twitter Updates iPhone and Android Apps: Improves Discover Tab, Search & Push Notifications

    Twitter Updates iPhone and Android Apps: Improves Discover Tab, Search & Push Notifications

    Twitter just announced the latest updates to its mobile apps for Android and iOS. With these updates, these apps get a number of much-needed new features, including an improved Discover tab, better support for search and support for push notifications for interactions. These new push notifications now let you know whenever somebody retweets you, favorites one of your tweets or when somebody… Read More

  • Opera 12 Beta Launches, Loses Voice, Unite and Widgets

    Opera 12 Beta Launches, Loses Voice, Unite and Widgets

    Opera is launching the first official beta of the next version of its desktop browser today. As usual, the Opera 12 beta includes a number of new features and enhancements, but also marks the end of some of the company’s more ambitious projects. With Opera 12, the company is ending support for Unite, the browser’s built-in personal cloud/streaming media platform that made its debut… Read More

  • Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million

    Ancestry.com Acquires Archives.com For $100 Million

    Utah-based genealogy site Ancestry.com just announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Silicon Valley-based startup Inflection to acquire its competitor Archives.com for $100 million is cash and assumed liabilities. Inflection’s other product, people search public records site PeopleSmart, is not part of this acquisition. A number of Archive.com’s employees… Read More

  • Google’s Latest TV Ad: How Chrome Can Help You Get Your Ex Back

    Google’s Latest TV Ad: How Chrome Can Help You Get Your Ex Back

    Do you hate how things ended between you and your ex and are you trying to get him/her back? Google apparently knows what that feels like and wants you to use Chrome to set things right. At least, that’s what it looks like judging from Google’s latest TV commercial for Chrome, which debuted last night. In this latest ad, Mark (markpotter7@gmail.com) is trying hard to get his ex Jen… Read More

  • Google Adds 3D Photo Tours To Google Maps

    Google Adds 3D Photo Tours To Google Maps

    Google just added a cool new feature to Google Maps that lets you see photo tours of 15,000 popular landmarks around the world. If these were just photo tours with a Ken Burns effect thrown in for good measure, of course, this wouldn’t be very exciting news. What makes Google’s photo tours stand out is that the company’s engineers use computer vision techniques to create… Read More

  • Live Blog: Apple’s Q2 Earnings Call

    Live Blog: Apple’s Q2 Earnings Call

    Apple just released its FY2012 Q2 earnings and will host its earnings call at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern today. We will live blog this call for you below, but you can also listen in to the call here (QuickTime required). Read More

  • Firefox 12 Has Arrived: Introduces Silent Updates For Windows Users And Improved Developer Tools

    Firefox 12 Has Arrived: Introduces Silent Updates For Windows Users And Improved Developer Tools

    A new version of Firefox used to be a big deal, but since Mozilla switched to a rapid release schedule, these updates are becoming pretty routine. Today, Mozilla launched Firefox 12. For most users, this is likely one of the least interesting Firefox updates in recent history, as it only introduces a few minor changes. For developers, however, this update is a bit more interesting. In total… Read More

  • Now That Google Has Cloned It, What’s Next For Dropbox?

    Now That Google Has Cloned It, What’s Next For Dropbox?

    Google finally launched its long-rumored Google Drive online storage service today. This was probably one of Google’s worse-kept secrets, so the launch itself wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone – least of all Dropbox, which – until today – was pretty much synonymous with online storage for documents. If nothing else, Google Drive is a full-frontal assault on… Read More

  • Google Outs Google Drive On Its French Blog: Here Are All The Details

    Google Outs Google Drive On Its French Blog: Here Are All The Details

    After years of rumors, it looks like the Google Drive has finally arrived. While we are still waiting for official word from Google, but earlier today, the company apparently mistakenly posted the French translation of its announcement to its French blog (and quickly deleted it, of course). Thankfully, intrepid Google+ user Gerwin Sturm made a copy and ran it through Google translate. Read More

  • Wajam’s Updated Social Search Takes On Google’s “Search, Plus Your World”

    Wajam’s Updated Social Search Takes On Google’s “Search, Plus Your World”

    Ever since it launched earlier this year, Google’s “Search Plus Your World” initiative has been heavily criticized for favoring results from its own social network over those from larger and more popular services like Facebook and Twitter. Even though Google’s focus on Google+ is keeping the market open for competition, social search isn’t exactly an easy field… Read More

  • Gmelius Promises To Improve the Look and Feel Of Your Gmail Inbox

    Gmelius Promises To Improve the Look and Feel Of Your Gmail Inbox

    Google started rolling out its new user interface for Gmail late last year. Not everybody is in love with it, of course, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that a little cottage industry of Gmail enhancement tools has cropped up over the last few months. Google will soon migrate even those users who have, until now, resisted this change to the new version. Even if you hate the new… Read More

  • Microsoft Takes On Dropbox With SkyDrive For Windows, Mac and iOS

    Microsoft Takes On Dropbox With SkyDrive For Windows, Mac and iOS

    SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online storage service, is one of the core elements of the company’s cloud strategy. Today, Microsoft is taking the wraps off a number of new SkyDrive services, including a Dropbox-like desktop integration for Windows and Mac (OS X Lion only). With this, SkyDrive will function like any other folder on your machine and any file you save to it will be… Read More

  • Adobe Officially Unveils CS6 And Its $49/Month All-Inclusive Creative Cloud Subscription Service

    Adobe Officially Unveils CS6 And Its $49/Month All-Inclusive Creative Cloud Subscription Service

    Today is a big day for Adobe. Not only is the company officially unveiling the next versions of virtually all of the applications in its Creative Suite 6, but Adobe is also launching its Creative Cloud online offerings. This launch marks a major change in how Adobe is selling and marketing its flagship product: while the company will continue to offer a shrink-wrapped version of CS6… Read More

  • Tiggzi’s Drag-And-Drop Mobile App Builder Goes Beyond Templates

    Tiggzi’s Drag-And-Drop Mobile App Builder Goes Beyond Templates

    There are plenty of services out there that will let you build simple mobile apps without the need to know how to program. The problem with most of these is that you quickly reach their limits once you want to build more complex apps. Tiggzi, a new cloud-based service by software engineering company Exadel, wants to provide a bridge between the world of drag-and-drop app builders and more… Read More

  • Spring Cleaning: Google Shuts Down Patent Search Homepage, One Pass, Google Related & More

    Spring Cleaning: Google Shuts Down Patent Search Homepage, One Pass, Google Related & More

    Ever since Larry Page took over as Google’s CEO, the company has shut down more and more of its products that were only being used by a limited number of users. Today, the company announced another round of “spring cleaning.” In the process, Google is shutting down a number of APIs, as well as its Google Flu Vaccine Finer, Google Related, Google Sync for BlackBerry, the… Read More

  • Microsoft: Windows 8 Preview Usage Up 2X From Windows 7 Beta

    Microsoft: Windows 8 Preview Usage Up 2X From Windows 7 Beta

    Microsoft launched its Windows 8 Consumer Preview at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February. So far, the reactions to this first mainstream preview of Windows 8 have been somewhat mixed – not everybody is in love with the new Metro interface, for example – but it looks like that isn’t stopping people from spending a lot of time with the Windows 8 preview. Read More