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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  • Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars

    Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars

    Microsoft isn’t building its own connected car — but it is launching a new Azure-based cloud platform for car manufacturers that want to use the cloud to power their own connected-car services. The new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will go live as a public preview later this year. “This is not an in-car operating system or a ‘finished product’,”… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s newest TV is 30% thinner than an iPhone

    Xiaomi’s newest TV is 30% thinner than an iPhone

    Xiaomi today revealed its newest Mi TV at CES. The Mi TV 4, which will come in three sizes (45, 55 and 65 inches) is 30 percent thinner than an iPhone. It’s only 4.9 mm wide at its thinnest point. As Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra noted in today’s announcement, it’s essentially invisible when you look at it from the side and has virtually no bezel. The back of the Mi TV 4 features… Read More

  • Google Calendar integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health to help you stick to your fitness goals

    Google Calendar integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health to help you stick to your fitness goals

    With Goals, Google launched a new Google Calendar feature last year that allowed you to easily schedule and track certain goals you set for yourself. Right in time for people to forget their New Year’s resolutions, Google today announced an update to Goals and Google Calendar that allows you to connect Google Fit and Apple Health to the fitness goals you set in Goals. Once you hit… Read More

  • YubiKey goes USB-C

    YubiKey goes USB-C

    Yubico today announced the USB-C version of its YubiKey 4 authentication dongle. Like the standard USB version, the new YubiKey 4C supports multiple authentication protocols, including standards like Universal 2nd Factor, smart card and Yubico’s own one-time password mechanism. The new USB-C version will cost $50 and will be available in the Yubico store on February 13. Given that… Read More

  • Nvidia’s GeForce Now puts a gaming PC in the cloud

    Nvidia’s GeForce Now puts a gaming PC in the cloud

    Nvidia today announced the launch of its GeForce Now platform for PCs during its CES keynote tonight. As the company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang noted during today’s keynote, the majority of PCs in use today aren’t able to play modern games simply because they can’t support modern graphics cards. GeForce Now for PCs will simply these potential gamers to access a… Read More

  • Live from Nvidia’s 2017 CES keynote

    Live from Nvidia’s 2017 CES keynote

    Nvidia will be delivering the official 2017 CES keynote address, and it’s probably going to cover a broad range of topics. The company is basically doing a ton of interesting things in verticals ranging from self-driving cars to AI to media and more, and it’s really proving that being a GPU leader can pay huge dividends in a world where parallel processing is one of the most… Read More

  • Meet the 12 finalists at ShowStoppers’ LaunchIt startup competition at CES

    Meet the 12 finalists at ShowStoppers’ LaunchIt startup competition at CES

    Startups are taking over CES. While the Sonys and Samsungs of the consumer electronics industry are presenting their latest and greatest devices today, hundreds of companies are also making their way to Las Vegas to present some nifty hardware products. That’s the reason why TechCrunch is organizing the Hardware Battlefield. It’s just like the Battlefield startup competition at… Read More

  • Ford and Toyota launch consortium to help developers build in-car apps

    Ford and Toyota launch consortium to help developers build in-car apps

    Drivers expect their cars and smartphones to seamlessly work together. Both Apple and Google offer their respective services for connecting phones to a car’s infotainment system, but the car industry isn’t ready to completely cede the center console to Silicon Valley. Ford and Toyota have long been unlikely allies in this area. A few years ago, with AppLink, Ford started giving… Read More

  • Duolingo gets social

    Duolingo gets social

    Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has long made learning a new language accessible to anybody with a computer or smartphone. Unlike being in a traditional class environment, though, using Duolingo was always a rather lonely experience. The company, whose app has now been used by over 150 million people, realized as much and today, with the launch of Duolingo Language Clubs… Read More

  • Google hits the reset button

    Google hits the reset button

    This year, however, it moved it out (and outdoors) to an amphitheater in Mountain View, right next to its campus. Looking back, that move now feels symbolic. In many ways, 2016 was a year of change for Google: It was the first full year after the surprise Google/Alphabet reorg and the year that saw Google get serious about its own hardware, the cloud and the enterprise. Across the… Read More

  • ClusterHQ, an early player in the container ecosystem, calls it quits

    ClusterHQ, an early player in the container ecosystem, calls it quits

    ClusterHQ, an early player in the container DevOps ecosystem, today announced that it is shutting down operations immediately. “Unfortunately, it’s often the pioneers who end up with arrows in their backs. And sometimes, archery injuries are self-inflicted,” the company’s CEO Mark Davis writes in a blog post today. “For a confluence of reasons, the ClusterHQ board… Read More

  • Amazon’s EC2 Container Service adds support for Windows Containers

    Amazon’s EC2 Container Service adds support for Windows Containers

    With the launch of Windows Server 2016 three months ago, Microsoft gave its users the ability to use the Docker engine to run containers on Windows server. This meant developers could now package their Windows executables into containers and run them on Windows Server (though obviously not on Linux machines), using the same Docker engine and commands they were already used to. Today, AWS… Read More

  • Facebook launches the first preview of React VR

    Facebook launches the first preview of React VR

    Facebook published a blog post with plenty of year-end vanity stats about its open source project today, but in an email to us, the company also announced that it is about to launch the VR version of one of its most popular open source offerings: React. React VR, a Facebook spokesperson told us, will launch in preview later this week. Update: turns out, the Facebook spokesperson was wrong… Read More

  • Google joins the open source Cloud Foundry Foundation

    Google joins the open source Cloud Foundry Foundation

    Google is joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a Gold member. To be fair, this doesn’t necessarily come as a major surprise, especially given that Google recently hired the foundation’s former CEO Sam Ramji. Other Cloud Foundry Gold-level members include Accenture, Allstate, CenturyLink, Huawai, Phillips and Verizon. It’s worth noting that Google — unlike Cisco… Read More

  • Logicworks raises $135M for its cloud automation and management platform

    Logicworks raises $135M for its cloud automation and management platform

    Cloud automation and managed service provider Logicworks today announced that it has raised a $135 million investment round led by Pamplona Capital. Logicworks’ own management team and its existing shareholders also participated in this round. The company says it’ll use the new influx of capital to fuel its national and international expansion, product development and —… Read More

  • Amazon starts Prime Air drone delivery trial in the UK — but only with two beta users

    Amazon starts Prime Air drone delivery trial in the UK — but only with two beta users

    Amazon today announced that it has started a small private drone delivery trial in the UK. It’s currently working with only two shoppers who can now order their goods by drone. Over time, Amazon plans to expand this trial to a few dozen — and later to hundreds — of shoppers who live within a few miles of its first Prime Air fulfillment center around Cambridge in the… Read More

  • Amazon’s AWS opens its first UK region in London

    Amazon’s AWS opens its first UK region in London

    Last year, Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service announced that it would launch a data center in the UK by the end of 2016. It’s now the end of 2016 and, true to its word, AWS has now launched its “Europe (London)” region to supplement its existing European regions in Ireland and Frankfurt which opened in 2007 and 2014. In total, AWS now offers its uses a choice between… Read More

  • Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0

    Google launches fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0

    Google first announced Android Wear 2.0 at its I/O developer conference in May, with a promise to roll it out to all users later this year. It has now delayed those release plans in favor of more developer previews; today it launched the fourth of these. Just like before, there is no way to get an over-the-air update to Android Wear 2.0 for your watch, so this release is still squarely aimed… Read More

  • Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

    Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

    Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services. Android Things is now available as a developer preview. Essentially, this is Android for IoT. It combines Google’s earlier efforts around Brillo (which was also Android-based, but never saw any major uptake from developers) with… Read More

  • You can now download Adobe’s new Project Felix 3D compositing tool

    You can now download Adobe’s new Project Felix 3D compositing tool

    A few weeks ago, Adobe announced its Project Felix 2D/3D compositing tool at its MAX conference in San Diego. The announcement was one of the highlights of the event, but, sadly, the application wasn’t actually available yet. That’s changing today with the official launch of Project Felix. Sadly, you’ll need a paid Creative Cloud membership to get access to the bits… Read More

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