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 Portrait mode ad shows empty streets in Shanghai

    Apple’s new Portrait mode ad shows empty streets in Shanghai

    Apple has released a new ad showcasing the Portrait mode feature for the iPhone 7 Plus. This one is interesting because it was entirely shot in China, one of Apple’s key markets along with the U.S. and Europe. In particular, you can see a young couple in the streets of Shanghai. It looks like they’re here to explore the city. The streets are busy and noisy. But once the man turns… Read More

  • You’ll be able to upgrade any Windows 10 S device to Windows 10 Pro

    You’ll be able to upgrade any Windows 10 S device to Windows 10 Pro

    Microsoft just unveiled a new operating system — Windows 10 S. This secured and streamlined operating system is perfect for the education market. But Microsoft is also going to ship Windows 10 S on its perfectly capable Surface Laptop. During the press conference, the company has compared the new $999 laptop with various MacBooks, making it even more puzzling that it opted for a… Read More

  • Microsoft’s killer feature for its Chromebook competitor is Office

    Microsoft’s killer feature for its Chromebook competitor is Office

    Microsoft just unveiled a new operating system at a press event this morning. Windows 10 S is a streamlined and more secure version of Windows 10. But it still looks and feels like a normal PC. And it runs essential apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. While I haven’t used Office apps for years, I spent most of my days using them back when I was in a student. I used Word to write… Read More

  • Windows 10 S laptops will start at $189 and ship this summer

    Windows 10 S laptops will start at $189 and ship this summer

    Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS is called Windows 10 S. This new operating system is a streamlined and secured version of Windows 10. It runs sandboxed apps and doesn’t require expensive hardware. And this is where Microsoft shines as it can talk with all major PC OEMs to convince them to build Windows 10 S devices. The company announced that Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung… Read More

  • Watch Microsoft unveil its Windows 10-based Chromebook competitor live right here

    Watch Microsoft unveil its Windows 10-based Chromebook competitor live right here

    Microsoft is holding a press conference today in New York. The conference is about to start. This time, it’s all about the education market. While many schools have been buying a ton of Chromebooks and iPads, Microsoft is about to fight back. Rumor has it that the company is about to unveil a lightweight version of Windows 10 with fewer apps and a lot of cloud functionality. Just like… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar unveils BlaBlaLines, a new app for daily commutes

    BlaBlaCar unveils BlaBlaLines, a new app for daily commutes

    French startup BlaBlaCar is launching a brand new app and service today. Named BlaBlaLines, this new app is all about short distance carpooling and daily commutes so that you can leave your car at home. BlaBlaCar is going to launch this new service progressively. The app will only be available on Android at first, and it’ll only work between a handful of French cities — between… Read More

  • Your next computer could be in a data center

    Your next computer could be in a data center

    Most of the apps on your phone already rely on a server component to store and process your data. When you post a video on Facebook, it gets re-encoded into multiple formats on the server so that other users can stream your video in SD, HD, etc. But I think this trend is going to become even more important in the coming years, with all your devices acting as a simple screen into your stuff… Read More

  • Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

    Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

    Meet Tempow, a French startup that can make your Bluetooth speakers more versatile. The company has been working on a new implementation of the Bluetooth protocol in order to let you play music from your phone on multiple speakers and headphones at once. Bluetooth speakers have become a common gift and a hit item in consumer electronics stores. Most people now have multiple Bluetooth speakers… Read More

  • Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

    Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

    Plug and Play is launching a new accelerator based in Paris. This time, the company is partnering with French bank BNP Paribas and focusing on fintech startups. The first batch of startups has just been picked. Plug and Play has launched multiple accelerators with a different business model than most accelerators. Instead of taking some equity in exchange of what you get from the… Read More

  • Apple stops paying royalties to Qualcomm

    Apple stops paying royalties to Qualcomm

    It’s no secret, Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting relentlessly for a few months over royalty payments. Apple told Qualcomm that it would stop paying the disputed licensing fees. Qualcomm confirmed the aggressive move and said that its revenue and profits would be lower than expected. Apple said that it is waiting for a court decision to resume payments. Of course, the company expects… Read More

  • Bitcoin and Ether prices hit all-time high

    Bitcoin and Ether prices hit all-time high

    Something is going on in the cryptocurrency world, but it’s hard to figure out why prices are jumping. Both bitcoin and Ether prices are currently trading at an all-time high. According to Coindesk’s price index, you could buy one bitcoin for $1,343 earlier today. It roughly represents a 6 percent increase in 7 days, and a 34 percent increase in a month. And when it comes to the… Read More

  • Musical.ly reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets

    Musical.ly reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets

    According to a new report from Recode, Musical.ly is about to release a new update to its mobile app with a major change. The company is switching from 7digital to Apple music for its music catalog. Musical.ly’s video social network app has skyrocketed last year, raising $100 million at a $500 million valuation and reaching 40 million monthly active users. And yet, the app is mostly used… Read More

  • Another iPhone 8 leak hints at wireless charging

    Another iPhone 8 leak hints at wireless charging

    Slowly but surely, we’re getting hints about the next iPhone from multiple leaks. Today’s new image from @OnLeaks shows that the next iPhone could feature wireless charging. In this iPhone schematic, it’s easy to spot a rounded surface at the back of the device, indicating that there should be a conductive surface to charge the device. I know what you’re thinking… Read More

  • Where’s Apple’s Amazon Echo competitor?

    Where’s Apple’s Amazon Echo competitor?

    Amazon is iterating quickly with the Amazon Echo as the company just announced the Amazon Echo Look, which is essentially an Echo with a camera. What is Apple’s answer? All we have is yet another rumor that Apple is working on a sort of connected speaker with a brain. This time, Sonny Dickson is back with a couple of tweets. He usually shares iPhone leaks, so this isn’t necessarily… Read More

  • Apple could be launching a peer-to-peer payment service for Apple Pay

    Apple could be launching a peer-to-peer payment service for Apple Pay

    This rumor has been going on for years, but 2017 might be the year of peer-to-peer Apple Pay. According to a new report from Recode, the company could be launching a new Apple Pay feature later this year so that you can send money to other people using the service. While you all know and use Apple Pay if you have an iPhone and live in one of the countries where it works, Apple Pay has always… Read More

  • Scaleway thinks the future of cloud hosting is ARM-based servers

    Scaleway thinks the future of cloud hosting is ARM-based servers

    Iliad’s cloud hosting division Scaleway is launching a new type of server today. In just a minute, you can launch your server with its own dedicated ARMv8 processor, 2GB of RAM, 50GB of SSD storage and unlimited bandwidth. And it only costs around $3.25 per month (€2.99). If you’re not familiar with processor architecture, your computer and your smartphone use two different chipsets. Read More

  • Apple’s Carpool Karaoke has been delayed to ‘later this year’

    Apple’s Carpool Karaoke has been delayed to ‘later this year’

    The end of April (and also my birthday in case you care) is coming really soon, which means that Apple only has a few more days to release its first original video series for Apple Music. In a statement sent to TechCrunch, Apple said that Carpool Karaoke has been delayed until later this year. “Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music will premiere later this year,” an Apple spokesperson… Read More

  • Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

    Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

    Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More

  • This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

    This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

    Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today. If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website. Nintendo… Read More

  • Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris

    Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris

    Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station… Read More

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