Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet is a Senior Writer at TechCrunch.

Originally from France, Romain attended EMLYON Business School, a leading French business school specialized in entrepreneurship. He covers many things from mobile apps with great design to fashion, Apple, AI and complex tech achievements. He also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world.

He now lives in Paris when he’s not on the road. He used to live in New York and loved it.

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  • Apple invests $390 million in TrueDepth component maker Finisar

    Apple invests $390 million in TrueDepth component maker Finisar

    Apple announced a substantial investment in Finisar. Apple is giving Finisar $390 million to build a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar is going to hire 500 people to work on the laser sensor in the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X. Today’s investment is part of Apple’s commitment to invest $1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced… Read More

  • Algoriddim releases djay Pro 2 with AI-powered features

    Algoriddim releases djay Pro 2 with AI-powered features

    DJ software maker Algoriddim is releasing djay Pro 2 for macOS today. It’s a major update to the company’s flagship app. It still features what made djay popular in the first place, such as Spotify integration and a native look-and-feel. But it also adds many small and big improvements that turn it into a powerful DJ app for your next house party. djay has been around for more than… Read More

  • Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More

  • N26 partners with Younited Credit to launch credit offering in France

    N26 partners with Younited Credit to launch credit offering in France

    German startup N26 is now live in 17 European countries, but many features first launched in Germany and never made their way to other markets. The startup is slowly expanding core features to other key markets. That’s why the company is partnering with Younited Credit to launch consumer credit in France. It works pretty much like the existing credit feature in Germany. In the app, you… Read More

  • Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

    Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

    The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not registered with the city. Since December 1st, you have to register your apartment with the city if you want to list it on an online renting platform. This way, city officials can more… Read More

  • And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017 is… Lia Diagnostics

    And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017 is… Lia Diagnostics

    Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win €42,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

  • Quick Insurance wins the Disrupt Berlin 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

    Quick Insurance wins the Disrupt Berlin 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

    Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars. Some of them slept on the floor in a corner, while others drank too much Red Bull. We could all feel the… Read More

  • Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

    Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

    Apple released an iOS update in the middle of the night (Cupertino time). iOS 11.2 brings Apple Pay Cash, but the feature is not live yet. The company still needs to flip a switch on its servers to enable it. Today’s update also enables support for faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging. If you have an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X as well as a wireless charger that supports 7.5W or more, your… Read More

  • Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS

    Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS

    Amazon is hosting AWS Re:INVENT today, its developer conference for all things AWS. And the company just announced a promising new service called Amazon Transcribe. The service is now available as a preview and goes beyond many automated transcribing services. Now that video and audio have overtaken the web, it has become harder to parse information inside those media formats. One way to do it… Read More

  • Amazon introduces an AWS graph database service called Amazon Neptune

    Amazon introduces an AWS graph database service called Amazon Neptune

    Amazon is in the middle of its AWS Re:INVENT keynote right now, and the company just announced a brand new database service. Amazon Neptune has been specifically designed for relationship graphs. So if you’re thinking about building a social network feature, Neptune can help you. The issue with traditional relational databases is that they’re not made for complex social graphs… Read More

  • Apple releases a macOS security update to fix huge login security flaw

    Apple releases a macOS security update to fix huge login security flaw

    Apple has just released a security update for macOS High Sierra and you should update right now (Apple will automatically push the security patch later today). This update fixes yesterday’s very concerning vulnerability that let anyone log into your Mac without your password. In order to install the update, open the Mac App Store and click on the “Updates” tab. Interestingly… Read More

  • Pixelmator Pro wants to be the Photoshop killer on macOS

    Pixelmator Pro wants to be the Photoshop killer on macOS

    The team behind Pixelmator is releasing a brand new app today called Pixelmator Pro. As the name suggests, it is a more powerful, refreshed version of the company’s original image-editing app. You can buy it today for $60 on the Mac App Store or try it for free. I’ve been using the app for a couple of days, and it excels where the original Pixelmator used to excel. It is a fully… Read More

  • Analyst says Apple could have sold 6 million iPhone X units during Black Friday weekend

    Analyst says Apple could have sold 6 million iPhone X units during Black Friday weekend

    Apple hasn’t shared any exact number, but Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang calculated that Apple may have sold as many as 6 million iPhone X units this weekend alone, StreetInsider reported. With such a big number, it’s hard to grasp Apple’s success with the iPhone X. Last quarter, Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones when you combine all iPhone models. In other words… Read More

  • Doctolib raises another $42 million for its medical care scheduling service

    Doctolib raises another $42 million for its medical care scheduling service

    French startup Doctolib is raising money for the second time in the past twelve months. The company is building a sort of Salesforce for the healthcare industry with a big emphasis on bookings. Doctolib just raised $42 million (€35 million) from Eurazeo and existing investor Bpifrance. The startup announced another round of funding back in January 2017. If you combine those two rounds… Read More

  • Revolut now has a million customers for its banking alternative

    Revolut now has a million customers for its banking alternative

    Fintech startup Revolut has reached a big milestone. The company now has over a million customers across Europe two years and a half after launch. The company says that customers have saved $160 million in foreign exchange fees compared to a traditional bank account (£120 million). The startup tries to match the interbank rates as much as possible and charges 0.5 percent on your transaction… Read More

  • Let’s talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

    Let’s talk about commercial drones at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

    Everyone loves drones, including companies with very specific needs. Drones once were the hot new thing and the perfect birthday gift. But drone makers are now realizing that there’s a bigger opportunity with commercial use cases, from farming to inspection. That’s why we’re excited to announce that three founders of three amazing companies in the drone industry will join us… Read More

  • Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

    Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

    Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple’s new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith’s “Palace” on her… Read More

  • Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

    Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices

    French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn’t use Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK — the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. And the best part is that it doesn’t send anything to the cloud as it works offline. If you want to understand how a… Read More

  • Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone

    Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone

    French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, announced at a press conference that it is launching new offers, updating specifications and the ability to become a client and buy a subscription without any waiting list. Shadow is a gaming PC in the cloud for a monthly fee. The company has been running thousands of computers with an Intel Xeon processor and an Nvidia GTX 1070 in a data… Read More

  • DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence

    DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence

    Meet DreamQuark, a French startup that wants to help banks, insurance companies and asset management firms with all of their artificial intelligence needs. DreamQuark crunches your data, creates models based on machine learning and lets you apply those models on all past and future data points. Many banks still rely on COBOL code to compute all sorts of financial operations. COBOL is a… Read More

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