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’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

  • AcadGild brings its coding classes to the US

    AcadGild brings its coding classes to the US

    If you want to learn how to program, you’re spoiled for options these days. You can opt to go at your own pace with the likes of Codecademy, try free and paid MOOCs, or sign up for in-person instruction at the Holberton School and similar projects. AcadGild, which is launching in the U.S. today, takes a somewhat different approach from some of its competitors. Its programs combine… Read More

  • Chef’s new Habitat project wants to make applications infrastructure-independent

    Chef’s new Habitat project wants to make applications infrastructure-independent

    Chef today launched Habitat, a new open source project that allows developers to package their applications and run them on a wide variety of infrastructures. Habitat essentially wraps applications into their own lightweight runtime environments and then allows you to run them in any environment, ranging from bare metal servers to virtual machines, Docker containers (and their respective… Read More

  • Google wants to bring Fiber to Dallas

    Google wants to bring Fiber to Dallas

    Google wants to bring its gigabit Fiber internet service to Dallas, the company announced today. It’s important to note that, for now, the company is only “exploring” the idea of bringing Fiber to Dallas. Google typically first announces its plans to bring Fiber to a city and then starts working with the local authorities to figure out the details for the… Read More

  • Impact Radius acquires ad fraud prevention platform Forensiq

    Impact Radius acquires ad fraud prevention platform Forensiq

    Fresh off its $30 million funding round, digital marketing and affiliate solutions platform Impact Radius today announced that it has acquired New York-based Forensiq, a service that helps online advertisers combat ad fraud. The two companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction, but it’s worth noting that Forensiq, which was founded in 2010, never raised any… Read More

  • Apple launches Swift Playgrounds for iPad to teach kids to code

    Apple launches Swift Playgrounds for iPad to teach kids to code

    Apple today announced Swift Playgrounds for the iPad, a new project that aims to teach kids to code in Swift. When you first open it, Swift Playgrounds presents you with a number of basic coding lessons, as well as challenges. The interface looks somewhat akin to Codecademy, but it’s far more graphical and playful, which makes sense, given that the target audience is kids. Most of… Read More

  • OS X is now macOS and gets support for Siri, auto unlock and more

    OS X is now macOS and gets support for Siri, auto unlock and more

    If Apple’s naming scheme was starting to bother you (with iOS, tvOS and watchOS working under different naming rules from OS X), fret no more. As the company announced today, OS X is getting a new name that brings order to Apple’s nomenclature. Read More

  • Mozilla launches new fund to help prevent the next Heartbleed

    Mozilla launches new fund to help prevent the next Heartbleed

    Mozilla today announced that it is launching the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund to help make open source code more secure. The fund, which will get an initial grant $500,000 from the Mozilla Open Source Support program, aims to prevent the next Heartbleed or Shellshock by providing open source projects with the means to audit and fix their code. Mozilla is also asking the corporations… Read More

  • Google adds U.S. Cellular’s network to extend Project Fi’s coverage

    Google adds U.S. Cellular’s network to extend Project Fi’s coverage

    Google today announced that it has added U.S. Cellular, one of the larger regional carriers in the U.S., to its Project Fi network. U.S. Cellular joins Google’s existing network partners T-Mobile and Sprint. What makes Project Fi different from mobile virtual network operators like Boost Mobile or MetroPCS is that it doesn’t just rely on a single network. Instead, it can… Read More

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