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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  • And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2017 is… Pi

    And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2017 is… Pi

    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

  • Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery

    Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery

    Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup working on augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Plenty of surgeons look at a screen while performing an operation. But Vizor is something new. Instead of making you look away from your patient… Read More

  • CryptoMove protects sensitive data by fragmenting it and moving it around

    CryptoMove protects sensitive data by fragmenting it and moving it around

    CryptoMove thinks that data encryption is not enough. If you want to protect your data against hackers, the startup is using a new strategy by fragmenting your data, encrypting it and moving it around so that it doesn’t stay still on a server somewhere. CryptoMove is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. At the same time, CryptoMove doesn’t try to… Read More

  • Apple’s Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasn’t changed, leadership has changed

    Apple’s Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasn’t changed, leadership has changed

    Apple’s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the administrator of the EPA during Obama’s first term, and she now thinks Donald Trump’s administration is causing a great threat to the agency. “The Environmental Protection Agency is, to me, an extension of the… Read More

  • Google’s AI chief thinks reports of the AI apocalypse are greatly exaggerated

    Google’s AI chief thinks reports of the AI apocalypse are greatly exaggerated

    John Giannandrea from Google had many great things to say about artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In particular, he thinks that people are too scared about general purpose artificial intelligence. A few years ago, Giannandrea compared artificial intelligence to a 4-year-old child. Today, he revised his statement and said that it’s even worse than that. Read More

  • 15 neat hidden features in iOS 11

    After months and months of beta, iOS 11 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

  • iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad

    iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad

    After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I’m not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I’m not there yet, and I often find myself thinking about what I’m supposed to do to pull up Spotlight, look at my Today widgets and find an app that I… Read More

  • iOS 11 is now available to download

    iOS 11 is now available to download

    Apple has just released the final version of iOS 11. This update is packed with new features for the iPad and new core frameworks for the iPhone. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. Many people try to download these major updates at the same time. Apple usually implements a… Read More

  • Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform

    Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform

    French startup Younited Credit is building the biggest crowdlending platform in continental Europe. The company just raised $47.8 million (€40 million) to launch in new countries, work on new product features and more. Younited Credit is currently live in France, Spain and Italy as a consumer-facing product. Consumers can borrow anything between $1,200 and $48,000 (€1,000 and… Read More

  • Google’s Heather Adkins thinks everybody is going to get hacked and you need to be ready

    Google’s Heather Adkins thinks everybody is going to get hacked and you need to be ready

    Google’s Information Security Manager Heather Adkins has a pretty good track record. The company was last hacked in 2009, that’s why Adkins had some good advice for startups in the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. “At some point in the history of your company, you’re probably going to get hacked. The question is not whether or not you’re going to get hacked, but… Read More

  • Alexa Shop Assist wins the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

    Alexa Shop Assist wins the Disrupt SF 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize

    Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars. Some of them slept on the floor in a corner, while others drank too much Red Bull. We could all feel the… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar expands its BlaBlaLines service to Paris area

    BlaBlaCar expands its BlaBlaLines service to Paris area

    BlaBlaCar is currently trying to reinvent itself. And it starts with BlaBlaLines, a new ride-sharing service for daily commutes. The company first tested out the new service around Reims and Toulouse. It is now live in the Paris area. BlaBlaCar was first all about long-distance ride sharing. If you’re driving from Paris to London, you can list your ride on BlaBlaCar and get connected… Read More

  • Alan launches mobile app for its health insurance service of the future

    Alan launches mobile app for its health insurance service of the future

    French startup Alan is trying the impossible by reinventing health insurance and life insurance. The company just launched its mobile app on iOS and Android. You can now send a bill, say that you’re at the hospital and contact Alan directly from the app. This alone is a big change compared to usual health insurance. For instance, when you’re spending the night at the hospital… Read More

  • YayPay raises $5.3 million for its accounts receivable service

    YayPay raises $5.3 million for its accounts receivable service

    A couple of years after participating in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield, YayPay is raising $5.3 million from QED Investors, Birchmere, Fifth Third Capital, as well as 500 Fintech Fund, Aspect Ventures, Gaingels, Techstars and Zelkova. YayPay is trying to optimize the workflows in your company’s finance department. In particular, too many mid-sized companies waste a ton of… Read More

  • Everything Apple announced at its iPhone X keynote

    Apple’s September event is always a big one. And this year is no different. There were new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and even a new Apple TV. Surprisingly, Apple announced not one, not two but three different iPhone models — including a mysterious iPhone X. In case you missed it, here’s everything Apple announced today. Read More

  • Apple is releasing macOS High Sierra on September 25

    Apple is releasing macOS High Sierra on September 25

    Apple has been hard at work on four different operating systems — iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. And the company just updated its website after its iPhone launch event. It now says that macOS High Sierra is going to come out on September 25. macOS didn’t get any love this time around as the company didn’t even mention High Sierra once. Maybe there wasn’t enough time. Read More

  • Apple announces a wireless charging case for the AirPods

    Apple announces a wireless charging case for the AirPods

    Apple announced the AirPods at the iPhone 7 launch event; a year later, the company is already updating its wireless earbuds — well at least its case. Even though the AirPods are still backordered in most stores, the company just announced a new optional charging case. The AirPods case still works and looks more or less the same. But the indicator light is now outside of the case so that… Read More

  • iOS 11 is coming out on September 19

    iOS 11 is coming out on September 19

    Apple is announcing several new iPhones today. But if you already have an iPhone or iPad, chances are you’ll also get something new. The company announced at its press conference that the new major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be released on September 19. You’ll be able to download it for free. Read More

  • Apple announces the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

    Apple announces the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

    Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at its press event. It looks a lot like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but with a glass back. The iPhone 8 still has a single camera while the 8 Plus has a double camera. It comes in silver, space grey and a new gold finish. These phones are sealed to be water and dust resistant. Read More

  • How to watch the live stream for today’s Apple iPhone keynote

    How to watch the live stream for today’s Apple iPhone keynote

    Apple is holding a keynote today at the brand new Steve Jobs Theater on Apple Campus, and the company is expected to unveil new iPhone models, a new Apple Watch as well as a new Apple TV. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live. You know what September means. It means that Apple is about to unveil… Read More