Author: Frederic Lardinois

Digital Ocean launches Spaces, its object storage service

TECHCRUNCH Digital Ocean today announced Spaces, its object storage service. This complements the company’s block storage service. Both of these services have different use cases, of course; unlike the block storage service, Spaces — as an object store — can scale up far beyond the 16TB limit of the block storage service because it’s not volume-based and not about connecting storage to a virtual machine. For Digital Ocean, this marks yet another expansion beyond its core cloud computing service and shows the company’s ambition to more directly challenge large competitors like Amazon, Google and Microsoft in this market (though...

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Nest launches a new $349 smart outdoor security camera

TECHCRUNCH Nest today announced its newest camera today: the Nest Cam IQ outdoor. This new outdoor camera brings the features of the company’s smart indoor camera to a more rugged outdoor version. As Nest GM of security products Michele Turner noted during an event in San Francisco today, the number one way that burglars break into a house is simply through an unlocked door. But the most important thing that deters them is a security camera. To find this out, the company actually brought in professional burglars and talked to them about their “work” experience. The Nest Cam IQ...

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Google brings the $399 Android One Moto X4 to Project Fi (and the U.S.)

TECHCRUNCH Google today announced that the Android One Moto X4 is now available for pre-order on its Project Fi page. Like other Android One phones, the mid-range Moto X4, comes with a pure version of Android without any bloatware. This marks the first time an Android One phone is available on Project Fi, Google’s own virtual cell network, and it also marks the Moto X4’s arrival in the United States (previously it was only available in a select number of countries in Europe). Given that it’s an Android One phone, the Android One version will, of course, not come...

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Stack Overflow’s developer salary calculator tells you how much money you should be making

TECHCRUNCH Stack Overflow, the popular developer community and job board, is launching a new tool for developers today that will allow them to find out what other developers in their area are making. The data behind the new developer salary calculator is based on information from the Stack Overflow community and the site’s annual developer survey, which includes questions about salary data. For now, the service is only available for developers in  the U.S., Canada, U.K., France and Germany. For some larger cities with large developer populations, the tool will also let you drill down beyond the country level (location,...

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Twilio Studio lets you build communication services without having to code

TECHCRUNCH Twilio has long made a name for itself as a service that lets developers easily add audio, video and text communication features to their applications, but with Twilio Studio, which is launching as a closed preview today, the company is now also targeting non-developers. The idea here is to allow virtually anybody to build customer engagement applications like voice response systems, messaging bots and notification workshops with the help of a web-based drag-and-drop application. The one Twilio feature that isn’t available in Studio yet, though, is video. It’s worth noting that while Twilio’s marketing is clearly focusing on...

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Bridgefy lets developers build mesh networking into their apps

TECHCRUNCH Bridgefy, which is launching in our Disrupt SF Battlefield today, allows developers to build a mesh network into their mobile apps so that their users and apps can still communicate, even when those devices aren’t connected to the Internet. If that sounds oddly familiar, that’s probably because you’ve heard of Open Garden, which launched in our Battlefield in 2012 and which had an unexpected hit with its FireChat offline messaging service a few years ago. Bridgefy essentially does the same thing. Bridgefy co-founder and CEO Jorge Rios tells me that the founders met right before a hackathon and...

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AWS announces per-second billing for EC2 instances

TECHCRUNCH When Amazon launched the AWS EC2 cloud computing service back in 2006, per-hour billing was a big deal, but that scheme also meant that you’d pay for a full hour even if you only used an instance for a few minutes. Over the last few years, AWS’s competitors moved to more flexible billing models (mostly per-minute billing) and now, starting October 2, AWS is one-upping many of them by moving to per-second billing for its Linux-based EC2 instances. This new per-second billing model will apply to on-demand, reserved and spot instances, as well as provisioned storage for EBS...

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Google brings its resources for founders and startups to a single site

TECHCRUNCH Google launched “Startup with Google” today, a new site that brings together all the company’s resources for founders and their startups. As the name implies, the focus here is on Google’s own tools, services and initiatives (think everything from Firebase and Android Studio to Analytics and Google’s various cloud security tools), but the site also highlights accelerators and events sponsored by Google but run by third parties. In addition, the new site also showcases Google’s network of Campus coworking spaces and its Launchpad accelerator programs. [embedded content] What’s maybe even more interesting about the new site, though, is that...

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