Ed OswaldFreelance contributor, TechHive

Ed is a technology journalist, music nut, and gadget geek who hails from the somewhat small town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Regional cable network Southern FiberNet to stream live TV channels over the web for as little as $5 per month

While a la carte menus remain elusive, SFN TV will offer various skinny bundles that can soon be mixed and matched.

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Nvidia will soon incorporate Plex Media Server into its Shield Android TV set-top box

This move eliminates the need to run a server or NAS box in addition to streaming client devices and will deliver superior real-time transcoding abilities for enthusiasts.

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808 Audio rolls out four new Bluetooth speakers

After selling nearly 1.5 million of its Canz Bluetooth speaker, 808 expands the line to include both larger models for bigger sound, and more compact ones for increased portability.

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Is there still time for 2016 to be the year of the smart home? Maybe

While just one in five broadband households own a smart device, and only one in ten purchased one in 2015, a significant number plan to consider a smart home device this year.

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Amazon's Alexa digital assistant has mad skills; more than 1000 of them, actually

Third-party developers are rushing to capitalize on Amazon's efforts to make it easy for them to tap into its cloud-based Alexa Voice Service.

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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal weatherman?

Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

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Netatmo Weather Station review: the weather station for the connected home

Netatmo's station surprised us with its accuracy and focus on connectivity. Out-of-the-box support for smart-home platforms makes it a great choice despite its price tag.

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Amazon adds new Alexa features to Fire TV

Alexa on Fire TV has gradually improved since it first debuted last September; Tuesday's update adds television controls and app-launching capabilities.

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SoundHound music-discovery app gains voice control

Looking to differentiate itself from competitors such as Shazam, the latest version of this app adds voice recognition and the ability to build playlists on music-streaming services like Spotify.

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Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more features

Geofencing is one of the more notable additions; users can also assign multiple lights to rooms, so that all the lights in a room can be controlled at once.

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Dyson hopes you'll blow $435 on its high-tech hair dryer

Dubbed the Supersonic, Dyson says its new design is quieter and gentle on hair.

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BeOn bulbs get UL outdoor certification, with new security features coming in May

BeOn bulbs should still be kept mostly dry despite the certification. The lighting replay update is a bigger deal, and allows pre-programmed lighting sequences to be played throughout the day.

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The tiny Klug Home promises big changes in what we should expect of hubs and controllers

Connected-home devices like the Nest thermostat already adapt to your preferences, this could be the first connected-home hub that can pull off that trick.

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Sears' latest lawnmower sends maintenance reminders to your smartphone

The big-box retailer announced several other connected-home appliances and tools, too, including a programmable room air conditioner.

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Lowe's admits its second-generation Iris by Lowe's connected-home system hasn't lived up to expectations

The big-box retailer promises to address the numerous shortcomings its customers are complaining about.

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