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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Ever since it launched, Google+ has been criticized for strictly enforcing a real name policy. You couldn't just use your gamer tag or other name you would use to signify your online or offline identity. Instead, you had to use your real name to use the service (though you could obviously just make one up of you felt like...

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Google measures the popularity of YouTube by how many hours of video its users upload per minute. In 2007, that number was six hours per minute. By 2010, it was closer to 24 hours and that number had doubled to 48 hours by May 2011. Today, Google announced that the amount of video uploaded to YouTube increased by 30 % over...

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Remember the Stanford Artificial Intelligence class that made quite a few waves on the Internet last year when the professor decided to let virtually anyone who was interested participate online? Sebastian Thrun, who specializes in robotics and machine learning, taught that class to close to 160,000 students. Now, however, he has decided to leave Stanford and start Udacity, a...

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Google's spring cleaning campaign continues. The company just announced the closure of a number of products, including the popular Picnik online photo editor which, until recently, was integrated into Yahoo's Flickr, for example. Google is also shutting down a number of underutilized services like the Google Message Continuity email backup service for enterprise customers, its Social Graph API and...

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Microsoft introduced a new campaign for Bing earlier this morning that features a new slogan for the company's search engine. Until now, Microsoft referred to Bing as a "decision engine." Now, however, the new slogan seems to be that "Bing is for Doing." To highlight this message, Microsoft recorded a inspirational new ad that features American snowboarder Kevin Pearce,...

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I've been following the heated discussion around the license agreement for Apple's new iBooks Author tool that lets budding publishers create their own iBooks for Apple iBookstore. Apple basically says that if you create an eBook for the iBookstore with the app, you can't take the iBook file you created with the tool (or the PDF file, for that matter)...

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In its earnings release and, of course, on Google+, Google just announced that its social network now has more than 90 million users. That's obviously a large number for a network that isn't even a year old at this point (even for one with Google's backing) and higher than most pundits expected them to be at this point. Maybe...

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Apple just launched its new free eBook authoring app iBooks Author during an event in New York earlier today. During the event, Apple mostly focused on textbooks and authoring them with iBooks Author. In reality, though, the software will come in handy for a multitude of different kinds of books. It also opens up a whole new world of...

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The Google+ team just announced that it has launched the ability for Google+ users to record video status updates. The service, of course, already allowed users to upload videos from their cell phones and to share videos from a variety of services like YouTube and Vimeo. Now, however, you can just record your own video right on the site...

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In the world of large online communities, Reddit ranks among the largest, most active sites today. Right now, however, all of Reddit's users have been set adrift on the Internet, as Reddit is blacked out in support of the SOPA protests. Quite a few of those bored users, it seems, found their way over to Hacker News, a smaller...

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Color - just saying the name of it quickly became enough to get people to laugh about what was, without doubt, one of the most botched product launches in recent history (or riled up about the enormous funding round the startup got before it had even launched its product). The relaunch of the once photo-sharing focused app didn't result...

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Among the sites that have decided to take their services down completely in protest of the U.S. government's proposed "anti-piracy" bills SOPA and PIPA, Wikipedia is without doubt the one with the largest mainstream following. Quite a few of its users were obviously surprised by today's complete blackout and are now taking to Twitter to voice their confusion and...

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Good morning. Chances are, there won't be a massive amount of tech news today, as the SOPA/PIPA blackouts will preempt most companies from making any major announcements today. The last few hours of Tuesday were already filled with SOPA news, as more and more companies announced their support for the protests. Like what you read here? Sign up using the...

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With the start of the SOPA blackout on many major sites just hours away, a number of additional companies have now joined major sites like Reddit, Google and Wikipedia that had announced their participation in the the blackouts earlier this week. Among the stragglers are Mozilla, which had played a major role in organizing the oposition to SOPA, but...

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Google just added auto-completion for hashtags on its growing social network Google+. Google developer advocate Chris Messina notes that this will "make it even easier to use and discover hashtags." To try it, just start a new Google+ post, use the # symbol and start typing a keyword. Why it Matters On Twitter, hashtags are an easy way to create and track...