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 could be developing its car OS in Canada

    Apple could be developing its car OS in Canada

    More details about Apple’s software team for its not-so-secret car project are emerging. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has hired quite a few engineers in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata. The company also opened an office there and could be developing its car operating system from there. The reason why Kanata is so hot right now is because BlackBerry’s QNX office… Read More

  • This is the new MacBook Pro with the Magic Toolbar mini display

    This is the new MacBook Pro with the Magic Toolbar mini display

    Apple has leaked its own big announcement with two hidden images of its upcoming MacBook Pro in the macOS Sierra 12.1 update. MacRumors first noticed the images in the system files. Meet the new MacBook Pro. As expected, the MacBook Pro features a second mini display above the keyboard. It replaces the function row and should change depending on what you’re doing. In the example, you can… Read More

  • N26 announces a premium Black card with Allianz travel insurance

    N26 announces a premium Black card with Allianz travel insurance

    What’s missing from N26? The company has been slowly but surely building a new bank account from the ground up. This time, the company is trying to recreate the insurance product that you typically get with a Visa Premier or MasterCard Gold. So N26 is launching the N26 Black card. The startup has been working with an insurance company directly and is now able to provide the same kind… Read More

  • Dataiku grabs $14 million for its collaborative data science platform

    Dataiku grabs $14 million for its collaborative data science platform

    French startup Dataiku has been profitable for the past three years. But the company wants to go further and is raising a $14 million Series A round led by FirstMark Capital with all existing investors also investing. Dataiku helps data scientists and data analysts manage huge sets of data to get some insights about what’s happening with their customers, suppliers, transactions and more. Read More

  • Alan wants to turn health insurance into software-as-a-service

    Alan wants to turn health insurance into software-as-a-service

    Ok, my headline is a bit provocative, but it’s kind of true. French startup Alan is launching today a brand new full-stack health insurance company in France. Compared to existing products, Alan wants to make the experience much sleeker. Here’s how it works. The company just raised $13 million (€12 million) from CNP Assurances, Power Financial, Partech Ventures and business angels. Read More

  • OpenDataSoft raises $5.4M to turn data into APIs

    OpenDataSoft raises $5.4M to turn data into APIs

    French startup OpenDataSoft just raised a $5.4 million Series A round (€5 million) to make it easier to manipulate huge sets of data. Aster Capital and Salesforce Ventures invested in today’s round, with existing investor Aurinvest also participating and Ader Finance helping with the deal. Interestingly, this is one of the first investments in a French startup from Salesforce… Read More

  • Here’s what you can do with the crazy new Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus

    Apple has just released iOS 10.1 with a Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. This feature takes advantage of the two lenses to generate background blur and make your photos look more like photos coming from a DSLR camera. While the feature is still in beta even after the release of iOS 10.1, it already works quite well. Our own Yashad Kulkarni (Romain is writing this) has been playing with… Read More

  • Apple releases iOS 10.1 with the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Apple releases iOS 10.1 with the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Apple has just released the first significant update for iOS 10. As expected, the main focus of iOS 10.1 is that insane Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. The update is rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. If you have an iPhone 7 Plus and can’t wait, navigate to ‘Settings,’ then… Read More

  • Nintendo wants all third-party games on the Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo wants all third-party games on the Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo finally unveiled the successor to the Wii U and 3DS — the Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, Nintendo won’t just be showing off its own games before the release. In the press release, the company announced that it has partnered with most of the big video game companies. For once, Nintendo wants to partner with third-party developers in a big way. While many video game… Read More

  • Nintendo added $1.36 billion in market cap after Nintendo NX teaser

    Nintendo added $1.36 billion in market cap after Nintendo NX teaser

    In just a few minutes, Nintendo will unveil (update: meet the Nintendo Switch) the first official teaser for the Nintendo NX, the company’s next flagship console. While the console isn’t supposed to come out until March 2017, people are excited — including investors. A few minutes after Nintendo teased the NX preview on Twitter, Nintendo’s shares jumped. The company… Read More

  • New MacBook Pro OLED mini screen could be called the Magic Toolbar

    New MacBook Pro OLED mini screen could be called the Magic Toolbar

    Hints are starting to appear about Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro. The most striking difference with the existing model could be a second OLED mini display that would replace the function row on the keyboard — and it could be called the Magic Toolbar. In exactly one week, Apple will most likely unveil the successor to the current retina MacBook Pro. That’s probably why The… Read More

  • If you’re covering tonight’s debate from hell, CES will remind you of that other hellish conference in Vegas

    If you’re covering tonight’s debate from hell, CES will remind you of that other hellish conference in Vegas

    Today has been a frustrating day. It’s time to book my flights for CES in Las Vegas in January, already. I’m currently struggling with Concur’s awful flight search engine to find a flight that won’t cost a good chunk of TechCrunch’s 2017 travel budget on January 2. It turns out it’s quite expensive to travel from Paris to Las Vegas right after New… Read More

  • The Apple Pencil is changing Rapha’s design workflow

    The Apple Pencil is changing Rapha’s design workflow

    If you’ve been looking for cycle clothing, chances are you’ve seen some of Rapha’s items. Rapha isn’t just a utilitarian clothing company and focuses on design to make cycle clothing a bit more sylish. And interestingly, Rapha’s head of design Alex Valdman has become a big Apple Pencil advocate. Apple has jumped on this opportunity to produce a good-looking short… Read More

  • Ibanfirst grabs $11 million to expand beyond foreign exchange services

    Ibanfirst grabs $11 million to expand beyond foreign exchange services

    French startup Ibanfirst is launching its full-fledged banking service for companies. The startup was previously known as FX4BIZ, a sort of TransferWise for business transactions. The company just raised $11 million (€10 million) from Xavier Niel and others. Ibanfirst plans to go much further than being a foreign exchange service. The initial idea behind Ibanfirst is quite simple. Many… Read More

  • Apple reportedly doesn’t want to build a car anymore — just its brain

    Apple reportedly doesn’t want to build a car anymore — just its brain

    Apple has been working on a not-so-secret car project for years. Project Titan, as it is called internally, has already gone through a bunch of leadership and roadmap changes. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company is now scrapping plans to build an electric car. The car team is focusing on autonomous driving technology instead. Even more intriguing, it looks like Apple is… Read More

  • VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    Paris-based VC firm Daphni is announcing its inaugural fund for seed and Series A investments. The team will manage a $165 million fund (€150 million) and try some new things when it comes to venture capital in Europe. On paper, Daphni looks like many other funds. A bunch of limited partners have given a big pile of money so that a team of tech-savvy people can invest everything in startups. Read More

  • Salesforce officially walks away from Twitter acquisition for real this time

    Salesforce officially walks away from Twitter acquisition for real this time

    Salesforce wants to make things super clear for everyone — no, the company won’t buy Twitter. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave an interview to the FT and said that the company ruled out the acquisition. “In this case we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us,” Benioff told the FT. If you were looking for an official confirmation, it can’t get… Read More

  • Apple will open another R&D center in Japan

    Apple will open another R&D center in Japan

    Apple is on a research & development spree! The company has announced a bunch of new R&D centers over the past few months, and R&D spendings have skyrocketed. This time, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company plans to open a new center in Japan during a visit in Tokyo, according to Xinhua. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about a new R&D center in Japan. Read More

  • Sonali De Rycker and Niklas Zennström join TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

    Sonali De Rycker and Niklas Zennström join TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is happening once again this December and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak. The two-day conference runs December 5 to 6 in the Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena and features Startup Alley and Startup Battlefield where one startup will take home £30,000. You can buy early-bird tickets… Read More

  • Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on the future of cars

    Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on the future of cars

    Renault-Nissan is the fourth largest car maker in the world. And yet, Tesla seems to be getting more headlines. I got the chance to interview Renault-Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn to talk about self-driving cars, electric cars and the company’s recent partnership with Microsoft. This interview was slightly edited for clarity. TechCrunch: What are you going to unveil at the Paris Motor… Read More