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 new in Android Oreo

    Google officially launched Android Oreo. today. To be honest, it’s probably one of the least exciting operating system releases in recent memory. While the team did plenty of work on the backend, Android Oreo only includes a few noteworthy user interface updates. The highlight of this release is probably the new Notification Dots — and that sums things up pretty well. Read More

  • Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

    Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see. This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director… Read More

  • CoreOS’s Tectonic container platform gets full support for Microsoft Azure

    CoreOS’s Tectonic container platform gets full support for Microsoft Azure

    CoreOS today announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure support for its Kubernetes-based Tectonic container management platform. It previously only fully supported container deployments on bare metal servers and AWS. Beta support for Azure launched in March and with this new release, Tectonic now offers hybrid support for multi-cloud deployments across its three supported… Read More

  • Google brings Q&As to Google Maps

    Google brings Q&As to Google Maps

    Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that this feature allows you to ask questions about a place and answer other users’ inquiries and indeed, it’s that straightforward. Starting now, when you find a place in Google Maps, for example, you can… Read More

  • Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features

    Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new collaboration features

    G Suite, Google’s set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these updates focus around collaboration, but the service is also getting support for Google Cloud Search and the company is adding new templates and add-ons from partners like LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others. Read More

  • Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

    Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

    Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications. The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid complements Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps, Microsoft’s existing serverless offerings. Read More

  • Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

    Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

    The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one of the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39 (though until October, you can only get it as part of the Babbel back to work bundles… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

    Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old Connecticut-based company that focuses on helping enterprises orchestrate high-performance computing jobs, large data workloads and other “big computing” jobs in the cloud. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Read More

  • Opera shuts down Max

    Opera shuts down Max

    Only a few years ago, Opera Max was the rising star in the browser maker’s portfolio. The service offered a system-wide data-saving proxy that funnelled all app data through Opera’s servers to compress images and videos. Now, however, Max is heading for the deadpool. The company, which is now owned by a consortium of Chinese firms, today announced that it will shut down… Read More

  • Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Two years ago, Google launched universal app campaigns to make it easier for developers to easily promote their iOS and Android apps across its various platforms. This has turned out to be such an effective service — thanks in large part to the company’s advances in machine learning — that Google is moving all app install campaigns to UAC over the rest of this year. Read More

  • Amazon Macie helps businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud

    Amazon Macie helps businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service hosted its annual NY Summit today and it used the event to launch a new service: Amazon Macie. The idea behind Macie is to use machine learning to help businesses protect their sensitive data in the cloud. Read More

  • With $2.5M in seed funding, IOpipe brings monitoring to serverless applications

    With $2.5M in seed funding, IOpipe brings monitoring to serverless applications

    Serverless applications are all the rage right now — and some companies are even leapfrogging containers to go all-in on services like AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. Unsurprisingly, these services are now spawning their own startup ecosystems. IOpipe, coming out of beta today, is an application operations platform (with a current focus on monitoring) for AWS’s pioneering… Read More

  • Microsoft Azure launches two new regions in Australia

    Microsoft Azure launches two new regions in Australia

    Microsoft today announced the launch of two new Azure regions in Australia. These two new regions will complement Microsoft’s existing two regions on the continent and bring the total number of global Azure regions to 42. The plan is for these new regions to go online in the first half of 2018. Microsoft specifically notes that these two new regions will be certified to run both… Read More

  • Google updates its Cloud Speech API with support for more languages, word-level timestamps

    Google updates its Cloud Speech API with support for more languages, word-level timestamps

    Google’s Cloud Speech API, which has allowed developers to use Google’s services to transcribe spoken words into text since its launch in 2016, is getting a major update today. The most interesting of these is probably the addition of support for 30 new languages on top of the 89 languages the service already understood (though, to be fair, Google includes multiple regional variants… Read More

  • Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

    Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

    Microsoft today announced a new version of Windows 10 that’s specifically geared toward professional users that use high-end hardware to support mission-critical workloads. As rumored, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will feature Microsoft’s server-grade file system, support for persistent memory, faster file sharing with SMB Direct and support for high-end hardware. Read More

  • Backblaze’s unlimited backup service increases upload and restore speeds, adds file sharing and more

    Backblaze’s unlimited backup service increases upload and restore speeds, adds file sharing and more

    Backblaze is one of the few unlimited backup services standing — in part because of its prowess in securing its own hard drives and building its own cloud services. Today, the company launched version 5.0 of its service and desktop clients. This new version introduces faster backups and restores, as well as improved browsing speed, image previews on the restore page and a new file… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework

    Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework

    Interest in blockchains is at an all-time high, but there are still plenty of technical issues to solve, especially for enterprises. For them, issues like throughput, latency, governance and confidentiality are still major stumbling blocks for using blockchains. With its new Coco Framework, Microsoft wants to solve these issues and make blockchains more suitable for the enterprise. Read More

  • AWS joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    AWS joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    Rumor is that Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform will soon launch its own Kubernetes-based container management service. Those rumors are getting a bit more concrete because AWS today joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source home of the Kubernetes project, as a top-level Platinum member. Read More

  • Tableau acquires ClearGraph, a startup that lets you analyze your data using natural language

    Tableau acquires ClearGraph, a startup that lets you analyze your data using natural language

    Business intelligence and analytics firm Tableau today announced that it has acquired ClearGraph, a service that lets you query and visualize large amounts of business date through natural language queries. Tableau expects to integrate this technology with its own products as it looks to make it easier for its users to use similar queries to visualize their data. Read More

  • Microsoft launches a faster, smarter Outlook.com into public beta

    Microsoft launches a faster, smarter Outlook.com into public beta

    Microsoft is launching a new opt-in beta program for Outlook.com today that will give users access to a faster and more personalized email experience, as well as an overhauled design. Over the next few weeks, the Outlook.com team will roll out to all users a new toggle for opting into the beta. Those who don’t like the new look and feel can easily switch back to the old version. Read More

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