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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  • More than 3M businesses now pay for Google’s G Suite

    More than 3M businesses now pay for Google’s G Suite

    During today’s earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new milestone for the adoption of Google’s G Suite productivity tools. “G Suite achieved a significant new customer milestone last quarter,” he said. “More than 3 million paying businesses are now using G Suite to collaborate smartly and securely in the cloud.” The last time Google announced… Read More

  • MailChimp goes beyond email marketing and launches support for Facebook ad campaigns

    MailChimp goes beyond email marketing and launches support for Facebook ad campaigns

    MailChimp has long offered its users an easy way to manage and run their email marketing campaigns. Now, for the first time in its long history, the company is going beyond email marketing with the launch of a new tool that lets its users create Facebook ad campaigns right from the existing MailChimp dashboard. The company may be best known for its email platform, but as a company… Read More

  • IBM adds support for Google’s Tensorflow to its PowerAI machine learning framework

    IBM adds support for Google’s Tensorflow to its PowerAI machine learning framework

    PowerAI is IBM’s machine learning framework for companies that use servers based on its Power processors and NVIDIA’s NVLink high-speed interconnects that allow for data to pass extremely quickly between the processor and the GPU that does most of the deep learning calculations. Today, the company announced that PowerAI now supports Google’s popular Tensorflow… Read More

  • Chrome now reloads pages 28% faster

    Chrome now reloads pages 28% faster

    Google today announced that it has worked with Facebook and Mozilla (the organization behind the Firefox browser), to make page reloads in Chrome for desktop and mobile significantly faster. According to Google’s data, reloading sites with the latest version of Chrome should now be about 28 percent faster. Typically, when you reload a page (and that’s a feature even the… Read More

  • Real-time performance review platform Reflektive raises $25M Series B round

    Real-time performance review platform Reflektive raises $25M Series B round

    Now that the holidays are over, many companies are about to make their employees go through the most dreadful exercise of the year: the annual performance review. Reflektive aims to replace the typically painful review process with a far more lightweight and less demotivating real-time feedback system that integrates into an employee’s daily workflow. In 2015, the company raised a… Read More

  • Microsoft partners with Trimble, University of Cambridge to make HoloLens a better tool for the construction industry

    Microsoft partners with Trimble, University of Cambridge to make HoloLens a better tool for the construction industry

    Microsoft has long positioned its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) helmet as a tool for the enterprise. One of the verticals the company has been especially interested in is construction and late last year, Trimble’s $1,499 SketchUp Viewer became the first commercial HoloLens application for the construction industry in the Windows Store. Since then, Microsoft has partnered with Trimble… Read More

  • Google I/O 2017 will be back at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 17 to 19

    Google I/O 2017 will be back at the Shoreline Amphitheater from May 17 to 19

    Google hasn’t quite made this official yet, but after its Firebase and Google Developers Twitter accounts posted a link to a few puzzles earlier today, the boffins over at Hacker News quickly figured out when and where Google’s 2017 I/O developer conference will take place. Just like last year, the Shoreline Amphitheater — and a bunch of big tents around it — will… Read More

  • Google launches the fifth and final dev preview of Android Wear 2.0 ahead of February launch

    Google launches the fifth and final dev preview of Android Wear 2.0 ahead of February launch

    After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 ahead of its consumer launch in early February. There aren’t any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews — but not Wear 1.x… Read More

  • Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

    Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

    Microsoft today announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school. In addition, the company announced that a number of its partners will soon start shipping a wider variety of affordable Windows 10 PCs. This move comes shortly after Google announced yet another push for its Chromebooks… Read More

  • Google says its G Suite for Education now has 70M users

    Google says its G Suite for Education now has 70M users

    Google announced that its G Suite for Education, which was previously known as Google Apps for Education, now has 70 million users worldwide. That’s up from 60 million a year ago and 50 million in October 2015. That’s a pretty steady growth rate for Google’s student/teacher-centric productivity suite. Like all of Google’s productivity apps, G Suite for Education got… Read More

  • Google is making Chromebooks even more useful for schools

    Google is making Chromebooks even more useful for schools

    Google made a number of major announcements about its Chromebook program at the Bett education technology conference in London today. Besides disclosing that there are now over 20 million teachers and students that use Chromebooks at least weekly — and that there are now over 70 million G Suite for education users — the company also demoed two new convertible Chromebooks with… Read More

  • Google starts testing Instant Apps in the wild

    Google starts testing Instant Apps in the wild

    One of the biggest surprises at last year’s Google I/O developer conference was the announcement of Instant Apps for Android. These new kinds of apps are meant to help bridge the gap between web apps and native apps. The idea here is to break native apps into very small packets that, because they are so small, can run almost instantly — and without having to go to an app… Read More

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds Linkerd as its fifth hosted project

    Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds Linkerd as its fifth hosted project

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open source group that’s also the home of the popular Kubernetes container management system, today announced that it has added Linkerd as its fifth hosted project. Linkerd (pronounced linker-DEE), which was incubated at Buoyant, follows in the footsteps of other CNCF projects like Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd. The… Read More

  • Google wants to make YouTube a better place for advertisers

    Google wants to make YouTube a better place for advertisers

    Despite its massive success with viewers, Google always had a hard time convincing advertisers that its video platform was the best place for them to reach their target audiences. Now, Google promises to give advertisers and agencies better tools to measure their reach and target specific audiences — all with a focus on mobile. As Google notes in today’s announcement, 50 percent… Read More

  • Mozilla gives itself a new look

    Mozilla gives itself a new look

    Mozilla is setting itself up for a big year ahead. The organization’s flagship Firefox browser, for example, is about to get a brand-new rendering engine. After a few years of missteps and misplaced priorities (remember Firefox OS and Hello?), it looks like Mozilla, which is more important to the open web ecosystem than most people realize, is back on track. To get 2017 started… Read More

  • HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650M in cash

    HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650M in cash

    HPE today announced that it has acquired data management platform SimpliVity for $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is one of the many companies in this space focused on what is often called “hyperconverged infrastructure.” That sounds like somebody’s buzzword — and it definitely is — but the core idea is pretty sound: hyperconverged systems combine compute… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires 3D optimization service Simplygon

    Microsoft acquires 3D optimization service Simplygon

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Simplygon, a company that develops 3D-optimization solutions for game developers and other industries that need to visualize 3D data. Simplygon’s SDK is used by many major game development studios and the company recently expanded into the AR/VR market, too. Given Microsoft’s push into AR with its Hololens project and VR with… Read More

  • Google Drive goes down

    Google Drive goes down

    Google Drive is having some major issues today. Sometime around 8am PT this morning, the storage service that forms the basis of most of Google’s online productivity suite (though not Gmail) started slowing down and many users (at least in the U.S.) are seeing now only seeing Google’s version of the spinning beach ball instead of their files. Because Drive is at the core of so… Read More

  • Google Maps’ redesigned ridesharing feature lets you hail an Uber without ever leaving the app

    Google Maps’ redesigned ridesharing feature lets you hail an Uber without ever leaving the app

    Google today announced a small update to Google Maps that makes it easier to hail a ridesharing service like Uber, Lyft, Gett or Hailo from the app. With this update, Google Maps now feels a bit more like the native apps those services already offer. Instead of showing you a list with only a few ride options, the app now shows a map with the location of nearby cars and a larger list… Read More

  • Google’s Toontastic storytelling app for kids goes 3D

    Google’s Toontastic storytelling app for kids goes 3D

    Two years ago, Google bought Launchpad Toys, the company behind the popular Toontastic kids app for iOS that allows you — whether you are a kid or not — to easily tell your stories through animations. Today, Google is launching the first major new version of Toontastic for Android and iOS since it acquired the company. With this update, Toontastic is going 3D, though not in… Read More

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