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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  • Spotify launches new series of original recordings called Spotify Singles

    Spotify launches new series of original recordings called Spotify Singles

    Music streaming startup Spotify is introducing a new series of original artist recordings called Spotify Singles. The company plans to record a couple of songs from each artist in its in-house New York studio and update the main Spotify Singles playlists every Wednesday. As the name suggests, the Spotify Singles concept channels back the good old days of vinyl and CD singles. You… Read More

  • Readdle’s email client Spark is now available on macOS

    Readdle’s email client Spark is now available on macOS

    Spark is a neat email client with a few tricks up its sleeve. While it has been available on iOS for a while, Readdle is launching the app in the Mac App Store today so that you can use the same email client on all your Apple devices. Readdle is a popular iOS app developer. Chances are you’ve already used a few Readdle apps over the years, such as Scanner Pro, Documents or Calendars 5. Read More

  • It’s not just you, iCloud calendar spam is on the rise

    It’s not just you, iCloud calendar spam is on the rise

    If you’re using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporting fake events about Black Friday “deals” coming from Chinese users. If you’re looking for cheap Ray-Ban or Louis Vuitton knockoffs, you might find these invites useful. Otherwise, you might be wondering… Read More

  • Wynd grabs $31.7 million for its point-of-sale solution

    Wynd grabs $31.7 million for its point-of-sale solution

    French startup Wynd has raised a $31.7 million Series B round (€30 million) from Sodexo Ventures and Orange Digital Ventures, with Bpifrance also participating. Orange Digital Ventures had already invested in the Series A round with Alven Capital. Wynd is working on a software-as-a-service solution to replace your existing point-of-sale service that you use in your restaurant or… Read More

  • Agricool harvests $4.3 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    Agricool harvests $4.3 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    French startup Agricool has raised $4.3 million (€4 million) from newly launched VC firm Daphni as well as Parrot founder Henri Seydoux and Captain Train (acquired by Trainline) co-founder Jean-Daniel Guyot. Agricool’s product is quite unusual as the company wants to grow strawberries and later other fruits and vegetables inside shipping containers. With many people moving to… Read More

  • The team behind Cookies is joining Klarna

    The team behind Cookies is joining Klarna

    All the work that went into creating peer-to-peer payment app Cookies isn’t disappearing forever. After filing for bankruptcy, Swedish tech company Klarna approached the team behind Cookies so that they can join another fintech company. The entire Cookies team except one co-founder is joining Klarna, as Klarna announced and t3n reported. I don’t think the two co-founders can… Read More

  • Apple’s holiday ad is all about inclusion

    Apple’s holiday ad is all about inclusion

    Every year, Apple releases a holiday ad just in time for Thanksgiving. These ads are a bit more interesting than your average product advertising as the company uses this opportunity to promote different values. This year, Apple wants to tell everyone that they should be nice to everyone around them, beyond their families and friends. Directed by the same director as the 2013 holiday spot… Read More

  • Apple reportedly won’t make AirPort WiFi routers anymore

    Apple reportedly won’t make AirPort WiFi routers anymore

    Apple has been releasing new WiFi routers every now and then since 1999. While the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme could use an update, don’t hold your breath for it. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company has disbanded the team that was working on wireless routers. Engineers are now working on other projects. The AirPort product line probably doesn’t drive a lot… Read More

  • Hitman creative director looks back at Hitman’s first season and games as a service

    Hitman creative director looks back at Hitman’s first season and games as a service

    Hitman is a weird video game franchise. You incarnate an assassin-for-hire and you have to kill various targets in different cities around the world. But you get to decide how you want to do it. While many AAA games are putting a lot of emphasis on cut scenes, story lines and closed environments, game developer IO Interactive is taking an opposite approach by going all-in on sandbox… Read More

  • iCloud stores your iPhone’s call history for four months

    iCloud stores your iPhone’s call history for four months

    If you share the same Apple ID with your family, you may have noticed that the call history gets synced between those devices. The Intercept and Forbes found out that Apple stores this log on its servers for up to four months and law enforcement could take advantage of it. Apple wants you to be able to browse your missed calls on multiple devices. That’s why the company is using iCloud… Read More

  • AOL lays off 500 employees after adding 1,500 employees over the last 12 months

    AOL lays off 500 employees after adding 1,500 employees over the last 12 months

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just announced internally that there will be layoffs across AOL’s global workforce (AOL is TechCrunch’s parent company). The company will focus on mobile, video and data across two business units — media and platforms. While the company doesn’t say exactly how many people will be affected by these layoffs, it is going to impact different teams… Read More

  • Toms releases new Apple Watch bands with official steel lugs and buckles

    Toms releases new Apple Watch bands with official steel lugs and buckles

    Shoe manufacturer Toms is releasing a colorful lineup of Apple Watch bands made out of grosgrain fabric and leather. For every band purchased, the company will work with SolarAid to provide one year of solar light to an individual in need. And these bands are part of the Made for Apple Watch program, meaning that Toms is using genuine steel lugs and buckles. Toms became popular by providing… Read More

  • Prynt grabs $7 million for its photo-printing phone case

    Prynt grabs $7 million for its photo-printing phone case

    Prynt just raised a $7 million Series A round led by GGV Capital. Prynt turns your smartphone into a Polaroid camera thanks to a phone case that can print instant photos. In addition to the hardware component, Prynt also has a nifty app that lets you scan photos to view short video clips. The Prynt phone case started as a popular Kickstarter project, raising more than $1.5 million. You can… Read More

  • Todoist uses machine learning to predict your task due dates

    Todoist uses machine learning to predict your task due dates

    Raise your hand if you’re a bit too optimistic when it comes to planning your day with a to-do list. If you’re like me, chances are you write down too many tasks and always end up with unfinished tasks at the end of the day. Popular task-management service Todoist wants to help you reschedule your tasks and even out the work load using machine learning. Smart scheduling is a work… Read More

  • Apple brings back the peach butt emoji

    Apple brings back the peach butt emoji

    Nobody can touch the peach butt emoji, not even Apple. A couple of weeks ago, Apple dropped the first iOS beta for iOS 10.2 with dozens of new and redesigned emojis. The world needs more emojis, I’m all for it. But Apple also accidentally redesigned the peach emoji and was a bit too literal — it didn’t quite look like a butt. Calm down, no need to grab the pitchforks. Read More

  • Apple is releasing a coffee table book about how awesome it is

    Apple is releasing a coffee table book about how awesome it is

    Apple never looks back, except when it does, which is every month now. The company announced that it is releasing a hardbound photo book showcasing some of the most iconic Apple designs from the last 20 years. The book will be released tomorrow on Apple.com and in flagship American Apple stores. They will be available in two sizes. The small one will cost $199 while the big one will cost $299. Read More

  • Google and Facebook ban fake news sites from their advertising networks

    Google and Facebook ban fake news sites from their advertising networks

    While it would have been nice to tackle this issue before the election, Google and Facebook are finally taking a tiny step in order to fight back against fake news. According to multiple statements, both companies have updated their policies to ban fake news sites from using Facebook’s and Google’s advertising networks. With the U.S. election, fake news became incredibly popular… Read More

  • Dear Facebook, please fix the plague of fake news before you ruin foreign elections too

    Dear Facebook, please fix the plague of fake news before you ruin foreign elections too

    It’s true, Facebook isn’t single-handedly responsible for the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. But the company played an important part in the rise of Donald Trump. Many people now think Facebook has to find a way to flag fake news appropriately before the next election in 2020. But it’s a much more urgent issue. Facebook has to weed out fake news before the… Read More

  • Lima beefs up its Dropbox alternative with the $129 Lima Ultra

    Lima beefs up its Dropbox alternative with the $129 Lima Ultra

    Meet the Lima Ultra, a tiny device that lets you create a personal cloud and control your data more easily. Think about it as a Dropbox alternative with data sitting on a hard drive in your home. The Lima Ultra is a new and improved version of the original Lima. It’s more powerful and you can expect a big performance boost. The idea behind the Lima Ultra is still the same. It’s a… Read More

  • WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed and MasterCard’s Ann Cairns to talk about the future of payments at Disrupt London

    WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed and MasterCard’s Ann Cairns to talk about the future of payments at Disrupt London

    What happens when you pair a global payment company like MasterCard with a rising online money transfer service like WorldRemit? Conventional wisdom has it that fintech startups are going to eat financial company’s lunch in no time. And yet, existing financial companies have been surprisingly resilient. That’s why I’m excited to announce that MasterCard President of… Read More