Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet is a 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 releases macOS 10.12.3 with MacBook Pro GPU and battery fixes

    Apple releases macOS 10.12.3 with MacBook Pro GPU and battery fixes

    Apple has just released an update to macOS Sierra. 10.12.3 is a bugfix update, but it brings some much-needed changes for the new MacBook Pro released late last year. With today’s update, Apple has issued a couple of fixes for the graphics chipset in the 15-inch model. Apple has also fixed the Safari icon fetching bug that was affecting battery life. There are many screenshots and videos… Read More

  • France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

    France creates a special visa for entrepreneurs, engineers and investors

    Just in time before the 2017 presidential election in France, the current French government wanted to announce one last thing to foster French startups. The French Tech Visa is a new program for foreign tech talent. It’s an easier way to get a four-year visa for you and your family. France’s Minister of State for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire teased some information about this… Read More

  • France’s presidential front-runner François Fillon on French startups

    France’s presidential front-runner François Fillon on French startups

    French startups also attract French politicians. And that’s why France’s former Prime Minister and current presidential candidate François Fillon was there, trying to prove that he understands French startups. François Fillon was Prime Minister from 2007 to 2012 when Nicolas Sarkozy was France’s President. After 2012, he has been pretty quiet for a few years, preparing for… Read More

  • Revolut lets you split bills in a few taps

    Revolut lets you split bills in a few taps

    Fintech startup Revolut just added a nifty bill splitting feature. You can now tap on a Revolut expense and request money from your Revolut contacts without having to use a calculator. Swipe on a transaction, hit the split bill button and select your contacts. Other users receive a push notification saying that your friend is asking for some money. When you open the app, you’ll see… Read More

  • Synthesio acquires Bunkr to build interactive business reports

    Synthesio acquires Bunkr to build interactive business reports

    Bunkr wanted to build a PowerPoint killer, making it much faster to build beautiful, interactive presentations. But the startup couldn’t attract millions and millions of users, so Synthesio is acquiring Bunkr for an undisclosed amount. The technology will live on and be integrated into Synthesio. Synthesio is a social media monitoring and analytics platform. Big companies use Synthesio… Read More

  • Facebook to open Startup Garage at Station F in Paris

    Facebook to open Startup Garage at Station F in Paris

    Station F is better known as the world’s biggest startup campus. Based in Paris, the huge historical monument is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. This morning, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came to Paris to announce that Facebook is going to be one of Station F’s launch partners. Here are all the details. “We talked a lot with this ecosystem and a lot… Read More

  • Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    Qonto wants to become N26 for business banking

    French startup Qonto has some ambitious goals and wants to become the best bank account you can get when you start a company in France. Just like N26 wants to be a more modern bank for everyone, Qonto wants to do the same thing, but for business accounts. The company recently raised $1.7 million (€1.6 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. Valar Ventures is also… Read More

  • Apple’s first AirPods ad reminds me of the iPod ads

    Apple’s first AirPods ad reminds me of the iPod ads

    Ever since the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch took the spotlight, most of Apple ads have been focused on those devices. So it’s always nice to see the company try new things for less important devices, such as the AirPods. With today’s new ad, Apple is going back in time to the good old days of the iPod. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I instantly thought about the… Read More

  • Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Kayrros is like a weather forecast, but for oil and gas consumption

    Last year, I was on vacation in Goa in India with my brother. We ended up renting a motor scooter and buying exactly two liters of gas in the middle of nowhere (pictured above). The shop gave us two plastic water bottles filled with gasoline. Ever since, I’ve wondered how a remote village in the middle of a rural area in India manages to get oil and gas. There are some interesting… Read More

  • Apple says Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery testing used flawed methods

    Apple says Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery testing used flawed methods

    Last month, Consumer Reports came up with some interesting battery test results with the latest MacBook Pro models. Results ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours. Many in the Apple community thought that something was off, either a software bug or a benchmarking issue — it turns out it was both. Apple worked with Consumer Reports over the holidays to find out why the battery test… Read More

  • Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    French company Parrot has had a rough year and missed its sales expectations. That’s why the company will lay off 290 employees who were working on drones. In total, Parrot currently has 840 employees on the drone team and more than a thousand employees in total. While the company isn’t just selling drones, it represents a good chunk of the business. But it looks like other… Read More

  • And the winner of Hardware Battlefield 2017 is… Siren Care

    And the winner of Hardware Battlefield 2017 is… Siren Care

    These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges on stage at the Sands Expo. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner of the Hardware Battlefield. After many deliberations, our judges narrowed the list down to four finalists: wearable device for pregnant mothers Bloomlife, smart sensors for construction… Read More

  • Apple’s new ad shows off the Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus

    Apple’s new ad shows off the Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus

    Just in time for the Golden Globes Awards on Sunday, Apple released a brand new ad showing off what you can do with the Portrait mode that works with the iPhone 7 Plus and its two cameras. As a bonus, the ad was shot in Greece and now I want to go to Greece. The beginning of the ad looks like a movie segment more than anything else. It starts with a couple of ambiance shots and then you can see… Read More

  • Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Blitab is a Braille device for visually impaired people

    Meet Blitab, an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface. It’s one of the most affordable Braille devices out there and could change the way visually impaired people use computing devices. The company is participating in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES. The devices for this niche market are really disappointing. There are specialized devices called… Read More

  • French startups are back again at CES

    French startups are back again at CES

    Somehow, I can never find a direct flight from Paris to Las Vegas. This year, even though I had to make a stop in London, my transatlantic flight was filled with French entrepreneurs going to CES, ready to show their latest and greatest products to an international audience. I already wrote that French startups were taking over CES last year, but it’s worth using this opportunity to… Read More

  • Watch Nvidia’s CES press conference live right here

    Watch Nvidia’s CES press conference live right here

    Nvidia’s press conference starts at 6:30 PM Pacific, 9:30 PM Eastern, 2:30 AM in London. Nvidia may have missed the smartphone boat, but the company accidentally became an essential chipmaker thanks to machine learning. Graphics processing units let developers run a ton of image processing tasks in parallel. That’s why carmakers are using Nvidia chips for their self-driving… Read More

  • Meet the 12 finalists at ShowStoppers’ LaunchIt startup competition at CES

    Meet the 12 finalists at ShowStoppers’ LaunchIt startup competition at CES

    Startups are taking over CES. While the Sonys and Samsungs of the consumer electronics industry are presenting their latest and greatest devices today, hundreds of companies are also making their way to Las Vegas to present some nifty hardware products. That’s the reason why TechCrunch is organizing the Hardware Battlefield. It’s just like the Battlefield startup competition at… Read More

  • Watch Sony’s CES press conference live right here

    Watch Sony’s CES press conference live right here

    Sony is holding its traditional press conference at CES in the Las Vegas Convention Center starting at 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern, 1 AM in London. The company is closing the press day of CES, and you should expect some exciting new devices from Sony. The company has a wide range of products, including some top notch cameras, some interesting phones and the usual TVs and Bluetooth speakers. Read More

  • Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

    Watch Samsung’s CES press conference live right here

    Samsung is always betting big on CES, and this year should be no exception. Today at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern, 10 PM in London, the company will unveil its new lineup of consumer electronics devices. You should expect a wide range of new products, from smart watches to washing machines. We’ll have a team on the ground, so you should also check out our live blog for our first-hand… Read More

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