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’s Carpool Karaoke has been delayed to ‘later this year’

    Apple’s Carpool Karaoke has been delayed to ‘later this year’

    The end of April (and also my birthday in case you care) is coming really soon, which means that Apple only has a few more days to release its first original video series for Apple Music. In a statement sent to TechCrunch, Apple said that Carpool Karaoke has been delayed until later this year. “Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music will premiere later this year,” an Apple spokesperson… Read More

  • Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

    Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

    Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More

  • This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

    This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

    Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today. If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website. Nintendo… Read More

  • Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris

    Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris

    Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station… Read More

  • Orange is launching a bank because reasons

    Orange is launching a bank because reasons

    French telecom company Orange is launching a bank this Summer in France. Orange CEO Stéphane Richard listed some of the features behind Orange Bank this morning at a press conference. And let’s just say that it doesn’t sound as groundbreaking as the company thinks. Just like N26, Revolut and others, you’ll be able to control your payment card directly from your phone. Read More

  • The next iPhone could feature a Touch ID sensor on the rear

    The next iPhone could feature a Touch ID sensor on the rear

    Reliable iPhone leaker Sonny Dickson just shared new design schematics for the upcoming iPhone. The most interesting thing is that the leak clearly shows a spot on the rear of the device for the Touch ID sensor. Rumor has it that Apple is going to release three new devices in September — upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 with better specs, and a brand new phone with a new form factor. Read More

  • N26 launches business bank accounts for freelancers

    N26 launches business bank accounts for freelancers

    If you’re a freelancer or self-employed person, you can now open a dedicated business account with N26 in just a few minutes. These business accounts are pretty similar to the consumer accounts with one additional feature — you get 0.1 percent cashback on all your card purchases. Business accounts are available in all European countries where N26 already operates. You can’t… Read More

  • Apple gets permit to test autonomous cars in California

    Apple gets permit to test autonomous cars in California

    It’s no secret, Apple has been working hard on a self-driving car. Today, the California DMV has released an updated list of companies allowed to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of California. The last name on the long list is Apple. Read More

  • Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

    Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

    In just nine days, France is going to vote for their next president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers. The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. You’ll find it today in the paper… Read More

  • FretLink raises $6.4 million to make trucks run like clockwork

    FretLink raises $6.4 million to make trucks run like clockwork

    Don’t you love it when there’s a fragmented market with many different actors and outdated tech products? French startup FretLink is using all the tips in the startup handbook and applying them to a neglected industry: trucking. FretLink is a software-as-a-service marketplace connecting companies that need to send big piles of stuff with thousands of transportation companies. Read More

  • Apple could be designing its own power management chip as well

    Apple could be designing its own power management chip as well

    Apple already has planned to design its own graphics chip for the iPhone, but the company doesn’t plan to stop there. According to Reuters and German investment banks, Apple is putting together a team to design its own battery management chip for the iPhone. Read More

  • How BlaBlaCar faced growing pains and had to change its focus

    How BlaBlaCar faced growing pains and had to change its focus

    And just like other big tech companies, BlaBlaCar recently faced some challenges and had to define a new strategy for the coming years. In a surprisingly candid interview, BlaBlaCar co-founder and CEO Nicolas Brusson looked back at the past few months and shared everything. The markets In 2014 and 2015, BlaBlaCar grew massively. All the news coming out of the company were about new… Read More

  • How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

    How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

    People are (rightfully) freaking out about their privacy as the Senate voted to let internet providers share your private data with advertisers. While it’s important to protect your privacy, it doesn’t mean that you should sign up to a VPN service and tunnel all your internet traffic through VPN servers. Read More

  • Uber is now banned in Italy for unfair competition

    Uber is now banned in Italy for unfair competition

    While Uber is fighting Waymo at home, the American company is also having issues abroad. As Reuters reported, an Italian court has ordered Uber to stop all activities in all of Italy. The court says Uber represents unfair competition for taxi drivers. Read More

  • Smartphone repairing startup Save gets picked up by Remade Group

    Smartphone repairing startup Save gets picked up by Remade Group

    The last time I wrote about Save, the French startup had just raised $16.7 million to prove that you could scale smartphone repair services. It’s been a roller coaster ride since then as the company had to claim insolvency. After this process, Remade Group is picking up Save’s business and employees. While the startup managed to grow quite rapidly, it was hard to keep up with the pace. Read More

  • Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple’s pro Macs

    Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple’s pro Macs

    You have already read the news. But we thought we would also use this opportunity to share a transcript of the interview with Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing; Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering; John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Bill Evans from Apple PR was also in attendance. It was lightly edited for length and… Read More

  • The Xbox One Scorpio is a six-teraflop gaming beast

    The Xbox One Scorpio is a six-teraflop gaming beast

    Microsoft couldn’t wait until E3 in June to unveil the Scorpio, so the company shared some details with Digital Foundry and we now know all of Project Scorpio’s tech specs. As expected, it’s going to be by far the most powerful gaming console out there. The console GPU will be able to process six trillion floating point operations per second, or six teraflops for short. Read More

  • BNP Paribas acquires Compte Nickel

    BNP Paribas acquires Compte Nickel

    French fintech startup Compte Nickel was acquired by French bank BNP Paribas yesterday. I couldn’t nail down the price but I’ve heard that it was quite significant. Compte Nickel was one of the leading fintech startups in France. You can open the equivalent of a current bank account in thousands of tobacco shops in just a few minutes. Compte Nickel gives you an IBAN and a… Read More

  • TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    French startup Molotov is trying to define the future of TV. It’s a promising start as there are now one million registered users on the platform — the service is only available in France. On average, users spend 80 minutes per day on the platform. It is available on smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs. Users watch content on their smartphone 40 percent of the time, on their… Read More

  • Krablr releases first diversity report

    Krablr releases first diversity report

    Things are going well for Krablr, the crab pricing messaging app for millennials. Yet now that the app has managed to attract millions of crab lovers the company faces more scrutiny. That’s why Krablr CEO Paul Paulson Black III just released the company’s first ever diversity report detailing the demographics of its employees. Read More

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