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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Last year, Google Offers, the company's Groupon clone, launched a program in New York City and San Francisco that brought deals from third-party daily-deals services like Gilt City, Dealster, Eversave and others to the service. Today, Google is expanding this program to Boston, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Washington, D.C. and Groupon's hometown of Chicago. To enable this expanded deal aggregation, Google...

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Now that Mozilla has fully embraced its rapid-release cycle, an update from version 9 to 10 of its popular Firefox browser isn't really an event anymore. Nevertheless, version 10, which launched today, brings a number of welcome new features with it, as well as the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements. Virtually all of the changes in this new version...

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Microsoft today announced that it has started a private “technical preview” of the latest version of its flagship Microsoft Office 15 productivity suite. Currently, this preview version is tested by a number of Microsoft customers under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Despite the NDA, though, chances are we will soon see screenshots and other information about Office 15, but for...

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Before Christmas last year, there was a lot of talk about how Amazon and other online retailers now try to get shoppers to compare prices while they are in a physical store and hopefully switch from buying that CD at Best Buy to buying it for cheaper on Amazon. According to a new study by the PEW Internet &...

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While Google is facing more and more criticism these days, Microsoft quietly continues to improve its search engine Bing. While Bing is currently available in almost 40 countries, Microsoft has been taking its sweet time to officially launch its localized versions out of beta. Today, Microsoft announced that, after 2 years of beta testing, the German version is now...

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You can’t really call your startup a startup until you’ve ordered a few t-shirts and stickers with your logo on them. Startup Threads is one of a number of merchandising services for startup and specializes in t-shirts and stickers, though the company can also organize custom orders. But what if you don't go to a lot of conference and...

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Tech new aggregator Techmeme just gave it self a major makeover. While the site's utility was always (relatively) undisputed, it never won any design awards. As the site's founder Gabe Rivera notes in his announcement, this redesign is mean to make the site look "less cluttered and encumbered." Where did the Underlined Links Go? Among other things, the new site does away...

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Google just launched a major update for Google Earth. The program now offers one seamless image of the globe instead of a patchwork of separate images that made the Earth look a bit like a quilt in earlier versions. Google has changed the way it renders the imagery in Google Earth to ensure that the Earth now appears as...

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Google+ is now available for teenagers. Unlike some of its competitors, Google always insisted that the users of its social network were 18 or older, Today, however, the company lifted these restrictions and teenagers (13+) can now sign up for accounts as well. To support this change, Google also introduced a number of new safety features that are meant...

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McDonald's has been an active but somewhat timid participant on many social media platforms for a long time. For the most part,  but lately, the company's efforts, especially on Twitter, have been quite a disaster. What's even more astonishing is that the company's social media team doesn't seem to be learning from its earlier mistakes. Earlier this week, McDonald's used...

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Google's Chromebooks aren't getting any major traction with consumers, it seems, but they are getting rather popular in schools. Today, during the annual FETC ed-tech conference in Orlando, Google announced that "hundreds of schools in 41 states across the U.S. are using one or more classroom sets of Chromebooks today." Many of these have decided to buy one Chromebook...

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Google's integration of Google+ results hasn't exactly received the thunderous applause Google probably expected. Chances are, however, it's here to stay, though that doesn't mean some enterprising developers aren't trying to come up with alternatives. With the "don't be evil" tool, even Google's own competitors have now launched a bookmarklet that brings social results from Twitter and Facebook back...

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It seems like most of the news coming out of Google these days is somewhat controversial, but here is a nice little piece of good news out of Mountain View: you can now easily download an archive of your documents in Google Docs with just a few clicks. Docs, Google announced today, is now part of the Google Takeout...

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Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has been experimenting with a number of interface designs lately. Today, the project's founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next major version of Ubuntu, 12.04 LTS, will feature a replacement for the menu bar. This "Head-Up Display" (HUD) is more akin to well-known Mac utilities like QuickSilver and Alfred. The idea here is to...

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If you are a decent sized online publisher, chances are, you are spending a lot of time in you analytics software. Sadly, though, most of the standard analytics packages like Google Analytics aren’t so much meant to give publishers a bird-eye view of how their site is doing. Instead, they often feel like they were designed more for marketers...