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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  • Google adds recent earthquake info to its search results

    Google adds recent earthquake info to its search results

    If you live anywhere near an earthquake zone (hello, San Francisco!), chances are you’ve occasionally wondered whether what you felt was an earthquake or just the rumbling of a heavy truck driving by (or whether it was a minor nearby earthquake or a big one farther away). Starting today, you can simply use Google (desktop and mobile) and search for ‘earthquake’ or… Read More

  • Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google-backed undersea cable between US and Japan goes online tonight

    Google started making investments in a number of undersea cables back in 2008, but one of its largest investments was in the $300 million FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. Back in 2014, Google announced that it was joining a consortium of six companies, including NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI, to better connect the two countries. As… Read More

  • AWS’s Elastic File System is now ready for production use

    AWS’s Elastic File System is now ready for production use

    Over a year ago, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing unit announced the beta launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS). While AWS already offers a number of cloud storage services in the form of S3, Glacier and Elastic Block Store, the idea behind EFS is to offer AWS users access to a more straightforward file storage system that at least partly mirrors the features of the kind of… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update will arrive August 2nd

    Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will launch on August 2. This is one of the biggest Windows 10 updates yet and will include new features for both consumers and enterprises. As Microsoft also announced today, Windows 10 now runs on 350 million devices and users have spent 135 billion hours using it so far. That’s up from the 300 million devices running… Read More

  • Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    People who love Google+ sure love Google+. That hasn’t changed since Google first launched what at the time seemed like a credible Facebook competitor back in June 2011. If you’re a Google+ fan, today is a day to celebrate: Against all odds, your favorite social network turned five today. For everybody else, the fact that Google+ is still online may come as a surprise. The number… Read More

  • AWS opens its first region in India

    AWS opens its first region in India

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the launch of its first region in India. Formally known as the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region, this new AWS region is the company’s sixth in Asia Pacific. With this, AWS now operates 13 regions, with a total of 35 availability zones. AWS previously announced its plans for opening this new region a year ago. The company says it has more than… Read More

  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering

    MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering

    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure… Read More

  • Backblaze launches its low-cost cloud storage service out of beta

    Backblaze launches its low-cost cloud storage service out of beta

    Backblaze is still best known for its backup service, but the company has also set its sights on the fast-growing cloud storage market. While the company can’t compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google when it comes to the overall feature set of its nascent cloud platform, Backblaze decided to significantly undercut its competitors pricing when it first announced its B2… Read More

  • Microsoft’s open source .NET Core and ASP.NET Core hit 1.0

    Microsoft’s open source .NET Core and ASP.NET Core hit 1.0

    It’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft first announced the open source .NET Core project, which aims to bring the core parts of Microsoft’s .NET framework (and its cousin, the web-focused ASP.NET Core) to Linux, OS X and other operating systems that the company didn’t previously support. As Microsoft announced today, .NET Core and ASP.NET Core have now hit… Read More

  • Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

    Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

    Google today announced Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform that allows developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids (5+) learn to code. While Google worked together with design firm IDEO to build a reference kit, the idea here is to provide a platform that others can use to build their own devices. Google’s team provides the… Read More

  • Microsoft announces new data protection tool to help enterprises secure their data

    Microsoft announces new data protection tool to help enterprises secure their data

    Microsoft today announced a new project that aims to help enterprises protect their data as it moves between servers and devices. The new Azure Information Protection service builds on the Azure Rights Management service and the company’s recent acquisition of Israeli security firm Secure Islands. The new service will go into public preview in the next month. “Organizations… Read More

  • NGINX’s Amplify monitoring tool is now in public beta

    NGINX’s Amplify monitoring tool is now in public beta

    NGINX today launched Amplify, its new application monitoring tool, out of private beta. While the cloud-based tool is still officially in beta, it’s now available to all NGINX users — both those who run the paid NGINX Plus edition or the free open-source version. As NGINX CEO Gus Robertson and CMO Peter Guagenti told me, the company’s users told the team that they wanted to… Read More

  • Docker launches a new marketplace for containerized software

    Docker launches a new marketplace for containerized software

    At its developer conference in Seattle, Docker today announced the private beta of the Docker Store, a new marketplace for trusted and validated dockerized software. The idea behind the store is to create a self-service portal for Docker’s ecosystem partners to publish and distribute their software through Docker images — and for users to make it easier to deploy these… Read More

  • Microsoft expands its support for Docker containers

    Microsoft expands its support for Docker containers

    Docker is hosting its developer conference in Seattle this week and showcasing the quickly growing ecosystem that has grown up around its container tools. One of the companies on stage today was Microsoft, which announced that it is great expanding its support for Docker containers by more deeply integrating it into a number of its enterprise and DevOps tools. Microsoft’s interest in… Read More

  • Here are the FAA’s rules for commercial drone usage

    Here are the FAA’s rules for commercial drone usage

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published its final operational rules for the commercial use of small drones weighing under 55 pounds. These rules will guide the first major expansion of commercial drones after the FAA’s earlier limited exemption process for commercial operators. The rule also establishes a process for licensing commercial drone pilots. For the… Read More

  • Adobe brings content-aware crop, premium stock imagery and better VR support to its Creative Cloud apps

    Adobe brings content-aware crop, premium stock imagery and better VR support to its Creative Cloud apps

    Adobe is launching a major update to its Creative Cloud applications today that includes a number of useful new features to core tools like Photoshop and introduces new features and services around its Adobe Stock stock imagery services. The marquee feature of today’s release is content-aware crop in Photoshop. If you’ve been following along, this doesn’t come as a total… Read More

  • Docker builds container orchestration right into its core Docker Engine

    Docker builds container orchestration right into its core Docker Engine

    Docker, which is hosting its sold-out developer conference in Seattle this week, today announced a major addition to its core Docker Engine. While the company previously split up many of the features it takes to use containers in production (think building containers, deploying them and then orchestrating them), it is now building container orchestration right into the Docker Engine. The… Read More

  • Experimental Firefox feature lets you use multiple identities while surfing the web

    Experimental Firefox feature lets you use multiple identities while surfing the web

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser is getting a new experimental feature today that aims to help you segregate your online identities and allow you to sign in into multiple mail or social media accounts side-by-side without having to use multiple browsers. This new “container tab” feature, which is now available in the unstable Nightly Firefox release channel, provides you… Read More

  • ContainerX’s container management platform caters to both Linux and Windows shops

    ContainerX’s container management platform caters to both Linux and Windows shops

    When it comes to choosing a container management platform, you’re spoiled for choice these days. If you want an out-of-the-box multi-tenant platform that supports both Linux and Windows, though, you don’t quite have as many options. ContainerX, which is launching out of beta today, supports both Docker and Windows Containers (still experimental for now, as Microsoft… Read More

  • Google launches Android N Developer Preview 4

    Google launches Android N Developer Preview 4

    Google today released the fourth preview of Android N, the next — and as yet unnamed — version of its mobile operating system. As far as we can tell, the new preview does not include any major new features. Instead, the focus is on the various new APIs that developers will be able to access to make use of all the new features in Android N. These APIs (and the Android N SDK) are… Read More

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