Frederic Lardinois

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Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]

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Late last year, Google announced a new design for the navigation menu that sits at the top of virtually every Google product. A gray Google Bar with a drop-down menu hidden in the Google logo (the Google Menu) was supposed to replace the black bar, but that update never quite arrived. A few people saw the gray Google Bar...

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The Wall Street Journal today reports that Google is working on designing and marketing a home-entertainment device that would "stream music wirelessly through the home." The interesting part here is that Google might actually market this device. Chances are, after all, that the hardware will look pretty similar to what Google showed off at its I/O developer conference last...

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Chrome 17 just launched yesterday, but today, the development team announced the next beta of Chrome. This new beta includes improved support for hardware-accelerated 2D graphics using Canvas, as well as the promise of better 3D performance for users on older operating systems like Windows XP. Better 3D for Slower Machines To enable better 3D performance on older machines and graphics card...

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Media pundits love to discuss whether cord cutting - that is forgoing a traditional cable TV subscription in favor of going streaming-only - is a real trend or not. Chances are, that discussion will stay with us for a while, but the latest data from Nielsen now shows that there can be little doubt that traditional TV is now...

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As Twitter has decided to focus on simplicity, its iPhone app is now a shadow of its former self for more advanced users (and for Twitter, search and lists apparently qualify as advanced features). Thankfully, there are some very good alternatives on market and among those, Tweetbot has long been my favorite. Today, the app's developers launched version 2.0...

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Google just released version 17 of its popular Chrome browser. Given its rapid release schedule and its various beta and developer channels, there are no major surprises in this release. The new features in this update, however, are well worth the update. Besides the usual bug and security fixes, Chrome 17 introduces Google's download scanner to ensure the executable...

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Google has had a bit of a bad PR run lately and it looks like today will be yet another one of those days for the search giant. The news this morning is that a new Google program called Screenwise would pay users $25 in Amazon gift cards for letting Google and its partner Knowledge Networks track every website...

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The U.S. Senate today approved the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Besides obviously making sure that the FAA has the necessary money to operate, the bill also includes a provision that requires the FAA to open U.S. airspace to unmanned commercial drone flights by September 2015 and to offer a plan for how to integrate drone...

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Google just announced some welcome new features for Google Docs. Maybe the most important of these updates is Google Doc's new-found ability to apply changes to a document's style and formatting across the document with just a few clicks. This means that if you want to change how subtitles look, for example, you don't have to go through the...

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This definitely took a while, but Google just launched Chrome for Android. Don't get too excited about this yet, though, as it is only compatible with Android 4.0 and it's not clear if Google has any intention of releasing it for earlier versions of Chrome as well, but given that Google is likely making use of the hardware acceleration...

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SocialFlow, which analyzes your Twitter and Facebook stream and followers to help you get the maximum exposure for your status updates, came out of beta today. After a bit more than a year of slowly adding accounts, anybody can now sign up for the service, though this definitely not a tool for regular users. The company's pricing plans start at...

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Amazon today announced that it is dropping the price of its Simple Storage Service (S3) for storing data in the cloud. On average, S3 users can expect savings somewhere between 12% and 13.5%, depending on how much data they store in the cloud. While Amazon only announced the price drop today, the new pricing actually went into effect on February...

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Love it or hate it, but Adobe's Flash plugin is likely one of the world's most widely distributed pieces of software. Given its popularity, it doesn't come as a surprise that Flash is also popular with hackers, who do their best to exploit flaws in it. Chrome and Internet Explorer 7+ users can already rest assured that hackers can't...

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Wahooly, the startup that wants to give users a piece of equity in other startups by having them provide feedback to them, was supposed to come out of its private alpha test last week and launch its wider beta. Launch it did, but sadly, the launch went so badly, with new users being unable to sign in, for example,...

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Google+ may be mired in a bit of controversy, but the team behind Google's social network keeps adding new features on an almost daily basis. What's really missing in the world of Google+ right now, though, is better support for developers and third-party apps that can't just read data from your account but also write to it. Today, Google...