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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  • 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

  • Here’s what you can do with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

    Here’s what you can do with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro

    Apple just unveiled the new MacBook Pro. “It is the new gold standard in notebook computers,” Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller said. And, in particular, Apple replaced the function row on the keyboard with a touch screen. Based on the demos, this touch screen seems to be quite versatile. For instance, the intro video showed that the touch screen lets you select… Read More

  • Where to watch the live stream for today’s Apple MacBook Pro press conference

    Where to watch the live stream for today’s Apple MacBook Pro press conference

    Apple is holding a press conference today on its campus in Cupertino, and the company is expected to unveil the new MacBook Pro (yes, the one with the insane mini display above the keyboard that already leaked), as well as an updated 13-inch MacBook Air. 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 on all Apple devices. Apple is likely… Read More

  • HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer will all ship VR headsets for your PC starting at $299

    HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer will all ship VR headsets for your PC starting at $299

    Microsoft is currently holding a press conference in New York. The company is focusing a lot on 3D and all sorts of realities, from augmented reality to virtual reality. As part of this big push, Microsoft announced that it is partnering with five different brands that will all ship VR headsets for the next Windows 10 update. Microsoft said that HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer are all working… Read More

  • Selency raises $3.3 million for its online marketplace for second-hand furniture

    Selency raises $3.3 million for its online marketplace for second-hand furniture

    French startup Selency (formerly known as Brocante Lab) has raised a $3.3 million Series A round (€3 million) led by Accel with Kima Ventures participating. Many of you should be familiar with online furniture retailers like Made.com. But what about second-hand furniture? Right now, you still have to go to an antique shop, or maybe look for classified ads on the web. Or maybe you’ll… Read More

  • 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

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