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 new ad focuses on background animations for Messages

    Apple’s new ad focuses on background animations for Messages

    Apple is releasing a new video advertisement for the iPhone and iOS. Like previous ads, this video shows a stark departure from its predecessors. You can feel Tor Myhren’s influence on this ad. The recently hired VP of Marketing Communications has an impressive background in the advertising industry and is now in charge of Apple’s ads. That’s probably the reason why these… Read More

  • Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams

    Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams

    Front has been around for three years, but the startup is only releasing a proper mobile app now. If you’re a Front user, it brings all the features from the desktop version to your phone so that you can manage emails and other communication protocols in multiplayer mode. Front’s basic premise is quite simple. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those… Read More

  • Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort of Venmo for France. While Lydia has only been available in France, with today’s funding round, the company… Read More

  • Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    French startup Zenly has raised $22.5 million over the summer from Benchmark and a few other investors. Business Insider first reported the round and TechCrunch got an official confirmation. Here’s what we know. Benchmark is leading the round with Peter Fenton joining the board of the company. Fenton has invested in a few social network companies and also is a board member of Twitter. Read More

  • Apple could also be in talks to acquire Lit Motors

    Apple could also be in talks to acquire Lit Motors

    Apple is rumored to be in talks to acquire McLaren, but that’s not all. While the New York Times was digging on the McLaren story, they also found out that Apple is also talking with Lit Motors for a potential acquisition. Now you might be thinking “Lit who?” While Lit Motors is nowhere as big as McLaren, it’s another interesting company in the automotive space. The… Read More

  • Apple just dropped the first iOS beta for the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Apple just dropped the first iOS beta for the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Surprise! You thought you were done with iOS 10 beta for a while? Apple already released the iOS 10.1 beta 1 for developers. This beta has one new feature in particular — the Portrait mode that takes advantage of both cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus. If you remember Apple’s press conference on September 7, the company talked about a really neat feature for the iPhone 7 Plus camera. If… Read More

  • Apple is in talks with McLaren for a potential acquisition, report says

    Apple is in talks with McLaren for a potential acquisition, report says

    Apple, the tech company, is negotiating with McLaren, the car manufacturer, according to the Financial Times. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. These negotiations have been ongoing for months and could lead to an acquisition, or at least a strategic investment. More precisely, Apple is talking with McLaren Technology Group, the parent company of all things McLaren, including McLaren… Read More

  • macOS Sierra review: the Mac is now a mature platform

    macOS Sierra review: the Mac is now a mature platform

    A new update means that many smart writers are publishing reviews showing the many new features of macOS Sierra. I’ll leave the hyper technical reviews to them. Based on three months of testing, there’s not much to say about macOS Sierra and this article could end up being the shortest macOS review ever published on this site. iOS 10 was a huge update. macOS Sierra doesn’t… Read More

  • macOS Sierra is now available to download

    macOS Sierra is now available to download

    After a summer of beta versions, Apple has just released the final version of macOS Sierra. macOS Sierra is the major update of OS X El Capitan — yes, OS X is dead, long live macOS. Other than the name change, this year’s update brings many neat improvements over El Capitan, making it a polished update from day one. It’s available in the Mac App Store as a free download. If… Read More

  • StarOfService raises $10 million for its service marketplace

    StarOfService raises $10 million for its service marketplace

    French startup StarOfService just raised another $10 million for its European Thumbtack alternative. Andrea Piccioni and Silvio Pagliani, ENERN Investments and Point Nine Capital participated in today’s round, as well as various business angels. When I first covered StarOfService, the company didn’t even try to hide from me that it was a Thumbtack copycat. The main difference is… Read More

  • Aircall raised $8 million for its cloud phone system for teams

    Aircall raised $8 million for its cloud phone system for teams

    In case you missed it, Aircall announced last week that it had raised another $8 million dollars in funding for its call center software-as-a-service. Balderton Capital is leading this Series A round, with New York-based VC firm FJLabs and existing investors also investing. I’m a bit late to the news because last week was TechCrunch Disrupt SF. It’s worth mentioning that… Read More

  • Here are Apple’s new ads for the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    Here are Apple’s new ads for the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

    Apple just released not one, not two but three new ads for its new devices — the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. They all tout new features, such as water resistance, low light camera performance and new fitness features. Let’s start with my favorite one. In “Midnight”, a young man goes for a night ride on his skateboard. He rides in the suburbs, sees a deer (!) at… Read More

  • And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2016 is… Mobalytics

    And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2016 is… Mobalytics

    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 $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

  • Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert demos the Spot at Disrupt

    Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert demos the Spot at Disrupt

    The audience at Disrupt got a surprise visit from Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. While the company’s YouTube channel is quite popular, it’s even more impressive to see one of Boston Robotics’ robots in action. Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert got interviewed by TechCrunch’s Brian Heater. The two of them spent some time commenting on a video of the… Read More

  • Apple also released watchOS 3 today and here’s what’s new

    Apple also released watchOS 3 today and here’s what’s new

    Today has been a massive Apple update day. The company released iOS 10, tvOS 10 and also watchOS 3. After announcing it at WWDC, it’s finally here — and it’s a huge update. I won’t mention all the changes with watchOS 3. Instead, I’ll focus on three topics — speed, app switching and watch face switching. With watchOS 3, your favorite apps stay in memory so… Read More

  • Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app

    Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app

    French startup Sqreen protects your web apps and services with little effort from your side. If you don’t want to deal with security yourself, Sqreen is a software-as-a-service product that automatically watches for attacks and protects your server in real time. The company is participating in the Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. If you already have a web app up and running… Read More

  • Comma.ai will ship a $999 autonomous driving add-on by the end of this year

    Comma.ai will ship a $999 autonomous driving add-on by the end of this year

    At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this year, famed iPhone and PlayStation hacker George Hotz unveiled the first official product of his automotive AI startup, Comma.ai. The Comma One is a $999 add-on shipping before the end of the year, with a $24 monthly subscription for its software, which Hotz says will be able to drive your car from Mountain View to San Francisco without requiring a driver to touch… Read More

  • Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise welcomes our new robot overlords

    Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise welcomes our new robot overlords

    Melonee Wise of Fetch Robotics gave her insights on robotics and how robots are going to enhance our future. Fetch Robotics specialized in warehouse robots so that humans don’t have to walk around all day long. But even before Fetch Robotics, Wise has been active in the open-source community when it comes to building the software for our robots. TechCrunch’s Devin Coldewey asked… Read More

  • Apple just released tvOS 10 and here’s what’s new

    Apple just released tvOS 10 and here’s what’s new

    The Apple TV is receiving an update today — tvOS 10. Apple announced the update at WWDC and it’s now available to download. Head over to the Settings app on your Apple TV to download the update. While it was the smallest of the updates announced at WWDC, it got even more minor over the summer as single sign-on isn’t available yet — Apple will ship this feature later… Read More

  • 15 neat hidden features in iOS 10

    After months and months of beta, iOS 10 is finally here — and it’s a huge update. In particular, Apple has tucked away many little features that you won’t see right away. If you want to impress all your friends with your mad iOS skills, here is a list of some of these features. I also wrote a short and sweet review of iOS 10 if you want to learn more about all the changes… Read More