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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  • Mojio raises another $7 million for its connected car platform

    Mojio raises another $7 million for its connected car platform

    Vancouver, Canada-based Mojio started out as a connected car gadget and platform that wasn’t unlike Automatic and similar services. In 2015, however, Mojio started emphasizing the B2B2C market and its platform play over its earlier B2C focus. In the process, the company’s founder and CEO Jay Giraud quietly stepped down last October, though he already laid much of the groundwork… Read More

  • Google now lets developers write apps for the Assistant on Google Home

    Google now lets developers write apps for the Assistant on Google Home

    Google today announced that all developers (and not just those in its private preview program), can start bringing their applications and services to the Google Assistant, starting with what the company calls “conversation actions” on Google Home. This allows developers to create back-and-forth conversations with users through the Assistant and users can simply start these… Read More

  • Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google updates its search app, makes your personalized feed the main screen

    Google’s flagship mobile application is getting a big makeover today, with a focus on making it easier to separate the things you need to know about – like upcoming appointments or flights -from the things you’re interested in, like news, sports, and entertainment. The app still maintains its previous card-style design, but it now offers two different sections to better… Read More

  • PhenixP2P helps developers add real-time video to their apps

    PhenixP2P helps developers add real-time video to their apps

    When you are watching the live video stream of a football game or any major event online, chances are that the stream usually isn’t really as “live” as you’d like it to be. Instead, it’s often a minute or more behind what’s happening in the real world because all of the tech that’s needed to transmit the signal to thousands (and sometimes millions)… Read More

  • Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

    With Trusted Contacts, Google is launching a new personal safety app for Android today that allows others to ping you for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The idea here is that you define who these trusted contacts are and by doing so, you allow them to see where you are when they ping you. The twist here is that you can always decline to share… Read More

  • DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman says general AI is still a long way off

    DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman says general AI is still a long way off

    Mustafa Suleyman, the Co-Founder & Head of Applied AI, which Google acquired in 2014, took the stage at our Disrupt London event today to talk to our Special Projects Editor Jordan Crook about his company, its relationship with Google, and the future of AI. The goal of DeepMind, Suleyman said, is to “solve intelligence and make the world a better place.” The company, he said… Read More

  • Welcometo.site wants to be your virtual receptionist

    Welcometo.site wants to be your virtual receptionist

    Checking in at a co-working space or business to meet with somebody can often be a hassle that involves some phone tag and back and forth. Welcometo.site, one of the many projects that came out of our Disrupt hackathon in London today, wants to make this easier. It combines Cisco Spark’s messaging and video service with maps from ArcGIS and PubNub’s real-time APIs into a… Read More

  • Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    Juniper Networks acquires cloud optimization service AppFormix

    AppFormix, a cloud operations management and optimization startup, today announced that it has been acquired by publicly traded networking company Juniper Networks. AppFormix was founded in 2013 by Sumeet Singh, who previously worked at Microsoft and Cisco. At Microsoft, he started the Windows Azure Networking team. AppFormix works with any OpenStack or Kubernetes distribution and helps… Read More

  • AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    AWS launches Blox, a collection of open source tools for the EC2 Container Service

    With its EC2 Container Service (ECS), Amazon has long offered support for software containers on its AWS cloud computing platform. Today, at its re:Invent developer conference, the company announced a number of updates to how it supports containers, which are quickly becoming the go-to way to operate distributed applications. Soon, for example, the EC2 container service will become far… Read More

  • AWS launches Shield to protect web applications from DDoS attacks

    AWS launches Shield to protect web applications from DDoS attacks

    At its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon today announced AWS Shield, a DDoS protection service for web apps that run on Amazon’s cloud computing service. AWS Shield is generally available today and is already turned on (for free) for all web applications that currently run on AWS — no action by the developer required. The service is based on the work Amazon has done with… Read More

  • AWS Greengrass brings Lambda to IoT devices

    AWS Greengrass brings Lambda to IoT devices

    Amazon today announced the launch of AWS Greengrass, a new service that will be built into IoT devices to bring them better and smarter compute capabilities. As AWS CEO Andy Jassy noted in today’s keynote at Amazon’s re:Invent developer conference, Amazon expects that the majority of on-premises hardware will soon be IoT devices as enterprises move their servers into the cloud. Read More

  • Google launches App Maker

    Google launches App Maker

    Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerous startups, App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to quickly develop basic apps that serve a very specific purpose inside an organization. The new service features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment that… Read More

  • Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

    Amazon launches Amazon AI to bring its machine learning smarts to developers

    Amazon today announced the launch of its new Amazon AI platform at its re:Invent developer event in Las Vegas. This new service brings many of the machine learning smarts Amazon has developed in-house over the years to devs outside the company. For now, the service only makes three different tools available, but the plan is to add more over time. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy… Read More

  • AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

    AWS announces FPGA instances for its EC2 cloud computing service

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced that it is launching a new instance type (F1) with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The promise of FPGAs is that they are essentially chips that you can reprogram on the fly and tune them for your specific applications, making them faster than traditional CPU/GPU combinations. These new instances will be available in preview… Read More

  • SUSE buys HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

    SUSE buys HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

    SUSE, which probably is best known for its Linux distribution, has long been a quiet but persistent player in the OpenStack ecosystem. Over the last few months, though, the German company has also emerged as one of the stronger competitors in this world, especially now that we are seeing a good bit of consolidation around OpenStack. Today, SUSE announced that it is acquiring OpenStack and… Read More

  • AWS launches new programs to support its partners

    AWS launches new programs to support its partners

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing division is hosting its annual re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas this week. Ahead of the main part of the event, the company today hosted a keynote for its ecosystem partners who sell tools and services for AWS. During the keynote, the company announced a major extension of its partner programs, as well as a few new features for vendors who want to… Read More

  • Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

    Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

    For the longest time, Google Sites felt like the forgotten app in Google’s productivity suite. Earlier this year, though, the company announced that it would finally give Sites a full overhaul. Today, after a short beta, this new version of Sites is going live for all users. Google Sites is essentially a drag-and-drop website builder for creating both public facing web pages and… Read More

  • AWS drops its storage prices and launches new cold storage retrieval options

    AWS drops its storage prices and launches new cold storage retrieval options

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced a significant price drop for some of its storage services. In addition, it is also launched a few new features for developers who want to use its Glacier cold storage service. The new prices that most developers will likely care about are those for S3, AWS’ main cloud storage service. Instead of six pricing tiers, S3 will now use three: 0-50 TB… Read More

  • IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

    IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

    IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. This brings IBM’s total data center footprint in the U.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe. This is yet another example of the company’s increasing infrastructure investment. The first of these new U.K. locations in Fareham will go online in December, with the other three U.K. Read More

  • Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

    Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

    Google today announced that it has acquired Qwiklabs, a hands-on learning platform for those who want to become more familiar with operating cloud environments and writing applications that run on them. Qwiklabs, which launched in 2012, has only focused on teaching skills for Amazon’s AWS platform so far. Given AWS’ dominance in the marketplace, that made perfect sense. Amazon… Read More

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