Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois


Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded SiliconFilter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). Frederic covers enterprise, cloud, developer tools, Google, Microsoft, gadgets, transportation and anything else he finds interesting. He owns just over a 50th of a bitcoin.

The Latest from Frederic Lardinois

PlanetScale forks MySQL to add vector support

It seems like everyone in the database business is thinking about how to capitalize on the growth of AI by adding support for vectors to their products. That, after all, remains to be the easiest way

Dry Studio’s Black Diamond 75 is a gaming keyboard that actually looks good

Whenever I reviewed an Angry Miao keyboard in the past, I always wondered what the company would be able to do if it brought its engineering and design chops to a more affordable segment. The typical

Zapier launches Canvas, an AI-powered flowchart tool

Zapier today announced the launch of Canvas, a new tool that aims to help its users plan and diagram their business-critical processes — with a fair bit of AI sprinkled in there to help them tur

Qualcomm launches its next-gen chips for XR and AR platforms

Qualcomm today announced its newest chips for XR and AR platforms: the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 for VR and mixed-reality devices and the AR1 Gen 1, specifically designed for smart glasses.

Gem Security raises $23M for its cloud security platform

Cloud detection and response company Gem Security today announced that it has raised a $23 million Series A round led by GGV Capital, with participation from IBM Ventures and Silicon Valley CISO Inves

Senser launches its AI-enhanced observability platform, raises $9.5M

Senser describes itself as an AIOps platform that uses machine learning to help developers and ops teams more easily get to the root causes of outages and service degradations. The Tel Aviv-based comp

Akamai launches new cloud computing regions in Asia, Europe and the Americas

Akamai today announced a major expansion of its cloud computing presence around the world. While you might still think of Akamai as a content delivery service, the acquisition of Linode a year ago cle

Harness launches Gitness, an open-source GitHub competitor

Since its launch in 2017, Harness, the software delivery platform founded by AppDynamics founder and CEO Jyoti Bansal, expanded from being continuous code deployment to covering continuous integration

GitHub expands access to Copilot Chat to individual users

Three months ago, GitHub launched Copilot Chat, its ChatGPT-like programming-centric chatbot, out of private preview by making it available to organizations with a Copilot for Business subscription. T

Beyond Aero is building a hydrogen-powered jet

The aviation industry is well aware of its carbon footprint, but it's not an industry where things change quickly.

The Unified Acceleration Foundation wants to create an open standard for accelerator programming

At the Open Source Summit Europe in Bilbao, Spain, the Linux Foundation today announced the launch of the Unified Acceleration (UXL) Foundation. The group’s mission is to deliver “an open

Babbel acquires language learning browser extension Toucan

Babbel, the popular subscription-based language learning service, today announced that it has acquired Toucan, the well-funded language learning browser extension. Toucan, it turns out, wound down as

Arm after the IPO

“The growth of AI, I believe, is the growth of Arm,” Arm EVP and Chief Commercial Officer Will Abbey told me this morning, minutes before the chip designer’s stock started trading on

Adobe’s Firefly generative AI models are now generally available, get pricing plans

One hundred seventy-six days after launching its Firefly generative AI models into beta, Adobe today announced that Firefly is now generally and commercially available in its Creative Cloud, Adobe Exp

Adobe starts paying bonuses to Stock contributors whose content is being used to train Firefly

Now that Adobe’s Firefly generative AI models are generally available. One feature that always made Firefly stand out from a crowd of other image generation models was that the company only trai

Apple launches the A17 Pro chip with a completely redesigned GPU

To nobody’s surprise, Apple unveiled its latest generation of iPhones at its “Wonderlust” event today, and while the standard iPhone 15 is still powered by Apple’s A16 chip, th

AuthMind raises seed funding for its identity SecOps platform

AuthMind, a Maryland-based startup that aims to help businesses protect themselves from identity-related cyberattacks, today announced that it has raised an $8.5 million seed round led by Ballistic Ve

Low-code platform Retool makes it easier to bring AI smarts to business apps

Retool started out as a platform for building line-of-business apps, but over the last few years, the well-funded startup added a number of back-end services as well, including, most recently, a workf

API security startup Pynt raises $6M

“We chose ‘Pynt’ because it’s short, memorable and reflects our love for developers and a good beer,” Pynt co-founder and CEO Tzvika Shneider told me when I asked him abo

Martian Lawyers Club raises $2.2M for AI-based game personalization tech

The Martian Lawyers Club (MLC) wants to take game personalization to the next level with the help of generative AI. While there are plenty of companies that focus on using AI to generate game assets,
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