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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  • 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

  • Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

    Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

    Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been focusing on live… Read More

  • GoCater spins out from La Belle Assiette to build a corporate catering marketplace

    GoCater spins out from La Belle Assiette to build a corporate catering marketplace

    GoCater is a marketplace with hundreds of catering companies accessible from a single platform. It makes it much easier to organize events in your company. As for caterers, it’s a great way to find clients and optimize your workflows. The startup first started as a spinoff from La Belle Assiette. I’ve covered La Belle Assiette multiple times over the years. and the company is… Read More

  • Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

    Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

    There’s a glimpse of hope in new media as Axios just raised $20 million less than a year after its launch, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company already had a pretty big list of investors, and most of the startup’s existing investors are putting more money into Axios. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures are co-leading today’s founding… Read More

  • Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

    Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

    Apple has released a brand new ad for the iPad Pro. It features a young girl and a rose gold iPad Pro running iOS 11. And Apple’s pitch is quite clear here — the iPad is the future of computers. The company even thinks there will be a time when a young person doesn’t know what “computer” means. There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young… Read More

  • Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

    Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

    Meet Zyl, a smart photo app to view, manage and share all your photos. Formerly called Comet, the French startup is now using deep learning to go beyond the endless grid of photos and replace the default Photos app on your phone. While Zyl started as an app to create collaborative photo albums, the app has expanded beyond this simple social feature to take care of everything you’d do… Read More

  • Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

    Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

    French startup Drivy is expanding to another European country. This time, the company is launching in the U.K. For now, the service is mostly live in London and it’s slowly going to expand across the U.K. throughout 2018. The company has been somewhat careful when it comes to international rollout, with only six European countries in seven years. Drivy already has 1.5 million users… Read More

  • Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

    Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

    Criteo has long been named as one of the most successful French startups, quickly reaching unicorn level and even going public in the U.S. Former Criteo CEO Jean-Baptiste Rudelle is now launching a new startup called Less with Romain Niccoli, Florent Bouteiller and Francis Cohen. The startup just raised $19 million (€16 million) from Index Ventures and Daphni. Less is a ride-sharing service… Read More

  • iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging

    iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging

    The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging using the Qi standard. It means that iPhones are now compatible with hundreds of chargers out there. But iPhone Qi charging is currently limited to 5W, or the slowest wireless charging speed. Apple is currently working on iOS 11.2 — this update is going to support 7.5W charging, as MacRumors spotted. Wireless charging… Read More

  • Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera

    Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera

    Apple has packed a ton of sensors into the notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth camera system powers many features, from Face ID to face-tracking technology using ARKit. It also lets you do selfies in Portrait mode. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple now wants to improve the rear camera with 3D-sensing capabilities. Bloomberg says that Apple won’t use the exact same technology in… Read More

  • N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

    N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

    Fintech startup N26 just launched Apple Pay support in European countries where Apple already launched Apple Pay. Starting today, you can now add your N26 card to the Wallet app if you live in Spain, Italy and Finland. The feature has been live in France for a few weeks already. If you live in one of those countries and have an N26 card, open the Wallet app on your iOS device. Tap the plus sign… Read More

  • Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

    Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a new report about Apple’s plans for next year. According to him, the company is going to release three new iPhone devices next year. They’ll all have edge-to-edge displays with a notch. The successor of the iPhone X could be roughly the same size and shape. According to Kuo, this new iPhone would feature a 5.8-inch display with a density… Read More

  • Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

    Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

    Instagram is testing a new feature with a small fraction of its user base. As spotted by Pippa Akram and The Next Web, some users can now search for a hashtag and follow this tag in particular. Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I've followed 2 but can't find what that means!! pic.twitter.com/LlCBk4Wmfv — Pippa Akram… Read More

  • Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

    Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

    Henri Seydoux first founded Parrot in 1994. But the company has drastically evolved over time and managed to remain relevant more than 20 years later. Less than ten years ago, Parrot started working on consumer drones. And now, the company is in the middle of another shift as it focuses more than ever on commercial drone use cases. That’s why we’re excited to announce that… Read More

  • SegWit2x backers cancel plans for bitcoin hard fork

    SegWit2x backers cancel plans for bitcoin hard fork

    Advocates for a bitcoin hard fork have now decided to cancel plans for the so-called SegWit2x fork. The bitcoin blockchain was supposed to split into two blockchains in roughly 8 days. But it looks like SegWit2x backers couldn’t convince enough people in the bitcoin community to make the SegWit2x blockchain the new mainstream bitcoin blockchain. The SegWit2x fork should have increased… Read More

  • Most iOS devices now run iOS 11

    Most iOS devices now run iOS 11

    Apple has updated its App Store support page with new metrics. As of November 6, 2017, iOS 11 is now installed on 52 percent of iPhones and iPads currently in use. 38 percent of devices still run iOS 10, and only 10 percent of people are using an earlier version of iOS. Apple usually updates this page quite quickly after the release of a major iOS update. This year, the company waited a bit as… Read More

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