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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  • 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

  • How Southeast Asia’s VC scene stacks up to China’s VC scene

    How Southeast Asia’s VC scene stacks up to China’s VC scene

    Some VC firms have a global presence. But startup investment tends to be a very local activity. Gobi Partners’ Kay-Mok Ku, Convergence Ventures’ Adrian Li and Golden Gate Ventures’ Jeffrey Paine talked about what it’s like to invest in Southeast Asia at the TechCrunch Beijing conference. While these three firms don’t have the exact same geographic and… Read More

  • Sinovation Ventures’ Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is betting big on artificial intelligence

    Sinovation Ventures’ Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is betting big on artificial intelligence

    Given that Sinovation Ventures founder Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has around 50 million followers on Chinese social networks, he has become an oracle when it comes to predicting the future of tech in China. Kai-Fu Lee talked about the most important trends in Chinese startups at TechCrunch Beijing 2016. Sinovation Ventures recently raised the equivalent of $675 million in total across a Chinese and an… Read More

  • How peer-to-peer payment app Cookies imploded

    How peer-to-peer payment app Cookies imploded

    Only a couple of months after the official launch, German startup Cookies announced on its blog that it is filing for bankruptcy. According to the blog post and discussions I had with multiple sources, it’s filing for bankruptcy due to an argument between the co-founders and a lack of funding. Based on what I’ve heard, there are clearly two sides to the story here. Read More

  • Fitbit shares tank 29 percent as holiday sales look bleak

    Fitbit shares tank 29 percent as holiday sales look bleak

    Fitbit is going to have a rough holiday season as the company shared a disappointing outlook for the next quarter on yesterday’s earnings call. As a result, Fitbit shares (NYSE:FIT) opened at $9.03, down 29.5 percent compared to yesterday’s closing price of $12.81. So what happened exactly? Fitbit’s earning report yesterday wasn’t great, but it wasn’t too bad either. Read More

  • Afrostream launches its video streaming service in 24 new countries

    Afrostream launches its video streaming service in 24 new countries

    As the name suggests, Afrostream is like Netflix for African, African-American, and Caribbean films and series. Backed by Y Combinator, the service is launching in many different countries today, mostly in Africa. And yet, Afrostream isn’t limited to Africa as many people around the world can enjoy Afrostream. “When I was a kid, for a long time, I was looking for role models on TV… Read More

  • Phil Schiller justifies the compromises of the MacBook Pro

    Phil Schiller justifies the compromises of the MacBook Pro

    In an interview with The Independent, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller looked back at last week’s Apple event and justified some of the decisions behind the new MacBook Pro. Let’s go through the new information in this interview. Schiller is saying that the MacBook Pro is the fastest selling pro laptop from Apple. “And we are proud to tell you that so… Read More

  • Here’s Apple’s new iPhone ad for Game 7 of the World Series

    Here’s Apple’s new iPhone ad for Game 7 of the World Series

    Apple released a new video ad just in time for Game 7 of the World Series (that’s baseball, and it’s not really a “world” cup). And this is a good one. Like previous ads, Apple is focusing on just one new feature in the iPhone 7. All of my friends have been asking me what’s new in the iPhone 7. After so many iterations, it’s hard to keep up with new… Read More

  • Here are the emojis coming with iOS 10.2, including an astronaut emoji 🎉

    Apple dropped the first beta for iOS 10.2 today. And it comes with the latest update in emoji innovation. You may have noticed that Apple already redesigned most of the core emojis and added new gender and race options with iOS 10. But the company didn’t stop there. With iOS 10.2, Apple is adding full Unicode 9.0 support. Given that hundreds of millions of people use Apple-flavored… Read More

  • The 13-inch MacBook Air model is still alive

    Surprise, the MacBook Air is still alive! The new MacBook Air is Apple’s new cheap laptop. While everybody thought the 12-inch Retina MacBook was going to replace the MacBook Air, it’s not going to be the case just yet. Apple just updated the MacBook Air page on its website after its press event. While the 11-inch MacBook Air is gone forever (R.I.P.), the 13-inch MacBook Air is… Read More