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 is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store

    Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store

    It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that there will be some upcoming changes in the App Store. If an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App Store. And it’s about time. “We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg is “deeply disappointed” by the Internet.org satellite explosion

    Mark Zuckerberg is “deeply disappointed” by the Internet.org satellite explosion

    Earlier today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad for no apparent reason. While we’re still trying to learn more about what happened, we already know that the company was doing a test, and an anomaly created a big mess. Fortunately, all personnel were clear of the launch pad. But this incident is going to affect Facebook’s Internet.org effort in a significant way as… Read More

  • Netatmo launches valves to turn your dumb, dumb radiator into a smart one

    Netatmo launches valves to turn your dumb, dumb radiator into a smart one

    Turning your good old radiator into a connected, smart radiator could be a dream of yours. Imagine being able to control the temperature of each radiator individually without having to move from the couch! If that’s your thing, Netatmo just announced Netatmo Valves. As the name suggest, these devices replace the existing valves on your radiator. Netatmo has already released a smart… Read More

  • TV streaming app Molotov is now available on the iPhone

    TV streaming app Molotov is now available on the iPhone

    French startup Molotov has been available in France for a couple of months already, and it is rolling out new platforms. After launching on the iPad, the Apple TV and computers, the company is launching its iPhone app. Android devices and recent connected TVs from Samsung and LG are up next. Compared to the iPad app that I reviewed extensively, Molotov provides the same feature on the iPhone… Read More

  • Sunrise was the best calendar app ever and now I feel lost

    Sunrise was the best calendar app ever and now I feel lost

    Update: Sunrise isn’t shutting down just yet. Servers will keep running until more Sunrise features are ported over to Outlook’s calendar feature, then they’ll shut down. I’ve been looking for a good replacement for a few months. While there are many mobile calendar apps out there, none of them come close to Sunrise as they’re not as polished and well-designed. Read More

  • The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    The iPhone 7 could come with Lightning EarPods and a 256GB option

    Apple is about to announce the next iPhone on September 7, and the plot thickens. A new leak spotted by Nowhere Else shows the hypothetic packaging of the iPhone 7 Plus. This cardboard leak shows that Apple could sell the iPhone 7 with Lightning EarPods, replacing the good old EarPods with a headphone jack. More surprisingly, it also says that the iPhone 7 might come bundled with a… Read More

  • Somebody at Apple thought the reality show ‘Planet of the Apps’ really needed Jessica Alba

    Somebody at Apple thought the reality show ‘Planet of the Apps’ really needed Jessica Alba

    Apple’s reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’ keeps getting weirder. Every time Apple and Propagate release new information about the show, it gets harder to understand what they’re actually trying to build. This time, Variety got a statement saying that Jessica Alba is joining the cast of the show as a mentor and adviser. In case you missed the previous episodes, Planet… Read More

  • Parrot unveils a hybrid fixed-wing quadcopter minidrone that looks like an X-wing

    Parrot unveils a hybrid fixed-wing quadcopter minidrone that looks like an X-wing

    Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux held a press conference in Paris to unveil two new minidrones. In addition to the usual quadcopter update, Parrot also unveiled a new kind of drone that wants to mix the best of both worlds — quadcopters and fixed-wing drones. The Parrot Swing takes off vertically and translates from one place to another. But if you push the joystick forward, the drone will… Read More

  • Apple ordered to pay up to $14.5 billion for illegal tax benefits in Ireland

    Apple ordered to pay up to $14.5 billion for illegal tax benefits in Ireland

    The bill is getting quite expensive as the European Commission has just released a statement saying that Apple has benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland for its European operations. The commission says that Ireland must recover the “illegal aid” — it is worth $14.5 billion (€13 billion). The debate over European taxes has been an ongoing issue for the past few years. Read More

  • Apple and Sony will fight for your attention on September 7

    Apple and Sony will fight for your attention on September 7

    On September 7 at 10 AM, Tim Cook will walk on stage and start the most anticipated tech press conference of the year — the introduction of the new iPhone. In New York, two hours later and right around the time Apple’s conference ends, Sony will also introduce the PlayStation 4 ‘Neo’. These two companies will be fighting for your attention in a sort of press… Read More

  • Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7

    Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7

    Apple just sent out invites for a press conference on Wednesday, September 7. The company will most likely unveil the next iPhone. The invite doesn’t say much. Apple usually likes to give hints — but this time, it just says “See you on the 7th.” The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This large venue has already been used for the… Read More

  • Sony’s new smartwatch features an e-ink display on the watch *and* the band

    Sony’s new smartwatch features an e-ink display on the watch *and* the band

    Sony announced an update to the curious-looking FES Watch with a new design. The FES Watch U features an e-ink display and pairs with your phone. But the surprising part is that the band is also a flexible e-ink display, opening a brand new world of design possibilities — what an exciting time to be alive. Sony is using the FES brand name for this watch as the company wants to emphasize… Read More

  • Philips Hue announces a $40 motion sensor to automagically turn your lights on

    Philips Hue announces a $40 motion sensor to automagically turn your lights on

    Philips Hue is expanding its line up of smart light devices with a motion sensor. This one is pretty straightforward — when you walk in front of the sensor, your Hue lights will turn on. What’s different from other motion sensors? It works on battery, so you can put it anywhere around your home, such as the corner of a hallway, a bathroom or a garage. Philips says the device is… Read More

  • Apple just dropped iOS 10 beta 7 for developers and public testers

    Apple just dropped iOS 10 beta 7 for developers and public testers

    Apple keeps releasing new iOS 10 betas ahead of the final iOS 10 release in September. The company just issued the seventh beta for both developers and public beta testers — the public beta’s version number is one digit behind, so it’s public beta 6, but it’s the same version. Head over to the Settings app of your iPhone or iPad to update. There’s no sign of… Read More

  • Canvas is the collaborative Markdown editor I’ve been waiting for

    Canvas is the collaborative Markdown editor I’ve been waiting for

    It’s no secret, I love Markdown. But when it comes to collaborating with someone, Google Docs, Quip, Pages on iCloud.com and Word on Office.com are all rich-text editors. Meet Canvas, a real-time Markdown editor on the web and now on iOS. With this editor, I can see myself collaborating on stories with my coworkers and seamlessly put the result in our CMS. Read More

  • Twitter is introducing a quality filter to clean up your notifications tab

    Twitter is introducing a quality filter to clean up your notifications tab

    Twitter just unveiled a new feature that will let everyone filter low quality notifications from bots and spammers. Twitter has had bullying issues in the past, and the company is now taking actions to make it a more welcoming place. Twitter is wording this new quality filter as a tool to hide notifications from bots and duplicate tweets from spammers. But it could also be a way to prevent… Read More

  • Whyd announces its voice-controlled connected speaker for $299

    Whyd announces its voice-controlled connected speaker for $299

    French startup Whyd started off as a social network for music lovers but recently announced that it would switch its focus for a hardware project. The company just unveiled this secret hardware project — it’s a high-fidelity connected speaker that combines voice recognition with all music streaming services out there. The company isn’t doing a Kickstarter. Instead, Whyd… Read More

  • John Maeda leaves KPCB, joins Automattic as design head

    John Maeda leaves KPCB, joins Automattic as design head

    John Maeda is leaving VC firm KPCB where he was a design partner to join Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and a bunch of other things. Maeda will have a long, elaborate title at Automattic — he’s the company’s new Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion. Before KPCB, Maeda was a research faculty member at the MIT Media Lab in the 1990s. “I wanted to… Read More

  • Mapbox is acquiring passive fitness tracking app Human

    Mapbox is acquiring passive fitness tracking app Human

    Human’s team will join Mapbox and work on Mapbox’s mobile SDK and real-time maps. I’ve covered Human quite a few times over the years. It’s a well-designed fitness app that was ahead of the current trends in fitness tracking. Human turned the simple habit of moving around the city into human-readable data for yourself and your friends. Over time, Human started using… Read More

  • Uber acquires Otto to lead Uber’s self-driving car effort

    Uber acquires Otto to lead Uber’s self-driving car effort

    Uber is making yet another big push in the self-driving car space. In addition to launching self-driving rides in Pittsburgh with the help of Volvo, the company is acquiring Otto and its all-star team according to a new report from Bloomberg. Otto has been focusing on self-driving technology that could be fitted into trucks that are already on the road now. In other words, Otto didn’t… Read More