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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  • This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

    This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

    It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone. Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates. But don’t… Read More

  • Netflix is raising prices, especially if you love 4K

    Netflix is raising prices, especially if you love 4K

    This is not the first time and probably not the last time. Beloved movie and TV streaming service Netflix is raising its subscriptions prices starting this month, as Mashable first reported and TechCrunch confirmed. The most popular plan is going to be $1 more expensive. Here’s what’s going to happen. Netflix currently has three plans. For $7.99, you can stream in small definition… Read More

  • Taxify is now live in Paris to compete with Uber, Chauffeur-Privé and all the others

    Taxify is now live in Paris to compete with Uber, Chauffeur-Privé and all the others

    Estonian startup Taxify just opened in Paris. It’s a ride-hailing company that is offering lower prices and taking a lower cut on each ride so customers end up paying less and drivers make roughly the same money. There are so many transportation companies in Paris that it’s hard to keep track of all them. But two players seem to be standing out — Uber and… Read More

  • Apple releases a fix for LTE connectivity issues with new Apple Watch

    Apple releases a fix for LTE connectivity issues with new Apple Watch

    When Joanna Stern reviewed the Apple Watch Series 3 for the WSJ, her headline was “Apple Watch Series 3 Review: Untethered… and Unreliable.” In some cases, the Apple Watch had troubles connecting to LTE networks. It turns out it was a software bug as Apple has now issued a watchOS update that fixes LTE connectivity issues. The release notes of watchOS 4.0.1 are quite… Read More

  • Watch Google unveil the Pixel 2 live right here

    Watch Google unveil the Pixel 2 live right here

    Google’s big event is today. And this time, it’s all about new devices — the company should unveil a handful of new hardware products. The event will start at 9 AM in San Francisco, 12 PM in New York, 5 PM in London, 6 PM in Paris. And we already know what to expect. The big elephant in the room is Google’s new flagship Android phone, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It… Read More

  • Orange is launching Orange Bank on November 2

    Orange is launching Orange Bank on November 2

    French telecom company Orange is launching a bank. But it turns out that launching a bank is harder than expected. After many delays, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard finally announced that Orange Bank will be live on November 2 — La Tribune first reported the launch details. At some point, Orange realized that many people control their bank accounts from mobile apps. That’s why… Read More

  • Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 with a fix for crackling audio on iPhone 8

    Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 with a fix for crackling audio on iPhone 8

    If you just bought an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, you may have encountered a rather annoying issue. Some new iPhone users could hear crackling sound during calls. Apple just released iOS 11.0.2, which includes a handful of bug fixes, including a fix for this bug. Many users have been reporting crackling noise ever since the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus came out. A colleague also noticed the same… Read More

  • N26, Revolut and Monzo founders to talk about starting a bank from scratch at Disrupt Berlin

    N26, Revolut and Monzo founders to talk about starting a bank from scratch at Disrupt Berlin

    What do N26, Revolut and Monzo have in common? The three founders of those three startups are all coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to discuss all things fintech. If you want to see Valentin Stalf, Nikolay Storonsky and Tom Blomfield share the same stage, come to Disrupt in December. N26 also happens to be a Startup Battlefield success story. The company participated in our startup… Read More

  • OpenClassrooms and Capgemini team up and launch an online apprenticeship program

    OpenClassrooms and Capgemini team up and launch an online apprenticeship program

    French startup OpenClassrooms is partnering with IT service company Capgemini to find and hire new people off the beaten path. This is something new for OpenClassrooms and could turn into a lucrative opportunity. Starting today, 16 people have been recruited by Capgemini to become Java J2EE experts. They’ll first start by studying full time for three months. They’ll then work… Read More

  • Apple open-sourced the kernel of iOS and macOS for ARM processors

    Apple open-sourced the kernel of iOS and macOS for ARM processors

    Apple has always shared the kernel of macOS after each major release. This kernel also runs on iOS devices as both macOS and iOS are built on the same foundation. This year, Apple also shared the most recent version of the kernel on GitHub. And you can also find ARM versions of the kernel for the first time. But first, it’s time for some computer history. The first version of macOS… Read More

  • Heetch raises $12 million to reboot its ridesharing service

    Heetch raises $12 million to reboot its ridesharing service

    French startup Heetch has been around for quite a few years. Although things were running smoothly, the company had to start over mostly from scratch. In March 2017, a court in Paris ruled that Heetch had been illegally operating a transportation company. The startup is now rising from the ashes and raising $12 million to fund its new service. Read More

  • Apple quietly acquired computer vision startup Regaind

    Apple quietly acquired computer vision startup Regaind

    TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired a small French startup called Regaind, according to multiple sources. As always, Apple is very quiet when it comes to acquisitions, but it’s always interesting to learn more about Apple’s interests. We’ve reached out to Apple and the company sent us the following statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time… Read More

  • CallDesk raises $2.5 million for its AI agent for customer support calls

    CallDesk raises $2.5 million for its AI agent for customer support calls

    It’s time to put an end to these dumb automatic customer support calls that ask you to press 1, then press 4, then press 2, then say “yes”… CallDesk is working on a virtual agent for customer support calls. Think something like Siri for customer calls. Point Nine Capital and EQT Ventures are investing in today’s funding round of $2.5 million (€2.1 million). There… Read More

  • Revolut launches cell phone insurance in the U.K.

    Revolut launches cell phone insurance in the U.K.

    Fintech startup Revolut is trying so many things at once that it’s hard to keep track of everything. This time, the company is partnering with Simplesurance to launch a new insurance product. You can now insure your cell phone for £1 per week/£42 per year, which represents $1.35 per week/$56.50 per year. Most telecom companies already provide cell phone insurance options. But they tend… Read More

  • Sketchfab’s app might be the best way to try ARKit

    Sketchfab’s app might be the best way to try ARKit

    One of the big promises with iOS 11 is ARKit. This new framework makes it much easier to look at virtual objects in the real world using augmented reality. Sketchfab has been building the biggest 3D model sharing platform, a sort of YouTube for 3D models. That’s why today’s iOS update turns Sketchfab into a thorough augmented reality app. This implementation isn’t perfect… Read More

  • Plume Labs’ air quality tracker is now available for pre-orders

    Plume Labs’ air quality tracker is now available for pre-orders

    Plume Labs wants to be the definitive startup when it comes to air pollution. The company has built an app, an API and now an air quality tracker. The Flow is a tiny Bluetooth device you pair with your smartphone to learn more about the air you’re currently breathing. It works both inside and outside and could be particularly useful if you live in a polluted city. It tracks… Read More

  • Eligo Bioscience raises $20 million to target the microbiome more precisely

    Eligo Bioscience raises $20 million to target the microbiome more precisely

    French startup Eligo Bioscience just raised $20 million to develop next-gen biotherapeutics. Khosla Ventures is leading the round. This is also Khosla Ventures’ first investment in a French startup. Existing investor Seventure Partners is also participating, and the startup received a $2 million grant from the Worldwide Innovation Challenge. Eligo Bioscience has been working on a new way… Read More

  • 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

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