If compatibility is king in the voice-activated smart home, then these connected devices reign supreme.
TechCrunch was in Hong Kong last week for tech conference Rise — where we watched two robots talking together on stage, among other things. The event is well-known for its after-parties and social activities, but one night we sneaked away from the crowd with a few friends to check out a virtual reality arcade. Playdium is a new entry to the city, having only opened its doors at the start… Read More
NASA asked the public to fix up the photos its spacecraft sent back from its big fly-by of one of the largest permanent storms roiling in our solar system.
Samsung Electronics announced today that it will recycle parts from Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which gained notoriety last year after a battery defect caused several to burst into flame. The company said in a statement on its Korean site (via Google Translate) that it also expects to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from the devices. Read More
The US government can issue surveillance orders to tech companies without having to make them public.
WeWork is gearing up to launch its co-working spaces in Japan, thanks to a joint venture with SoftBank, SoftBank said today. As part of the arrangement, SoftBank and WeWork will each own 50 percent of the joint venture, which will go by WeWork Japan. Read More
Alphabet is looking for someone to run its broadband and cable business after the departure of Gregory McCray.