Ben PattersonSenior Writer, TechHive

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart speakers, soundbars, and other smart and home-theater devices.

amazon music podcasts

Amazon Music rolls out free podcasts, taking on Spotify

DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith and more are slated to produce exclusive Amazon Music podcasts.

on techhive.com

spotify virtual events splash

Spotify now lists virtual concerts by your favorite artists

Want to know when your favorite band is hitting the virtual road? Spotify can help.

on techhive.com

ifttt pro

IFTTT unveils paid Pro plan, puts limits on free users

The $10-a-month IFTTT Pro plan lets you create unlimited applets with new and advanced features, while capping the number of applets that free users can create at three.

on techhive.com

amazon echo dot with clock

You can now ask Alexa to make calls using your AT&T number

Thanks to Amazon’s new partnership with AT&T, you can basically turn Alexa into a phone.

on techhive.com

yamaha bar 400 hero

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review: A $500 soundbar with multi-room audio, but no Dolby Atmos

While it packs DTS Virtual:X and high-resolution multi-room audio, Yamaha's BAR 400 lacks Dolby Atmos support and a center channel.

on techhive.com

leading fistful of dollars budgets money

Best cheap laptops 2020: We rate the best-selling deals on Amazon

The best cheap laptops on Amazon give you a good set of features and few regrets. We sift through the bestselling models and pick the ones with best bang for buck.

philips hue gradiant light strip lifestyle

The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box just got its own gradient LED lightstrip

The new lightstrip has separate LED segments that can glow in different colors at the same time. Signify is also re-introducing the Philips Hue Iris table lamp.

on techhive.com

lifx clean

LIFX’s latest smart bulb boasts germ-fighting LEDs

The $70 LIFX Clean antibacterial smart bulb can emit the same spectrum of HEV light used by hospitals and other “clean” environments, LIFX says.

on techhive.com

lenovo smart clock essential 3

Lenovo’s pared-down Smart Clock Essential has an old-school LED display

The basic LED on the $50 Smart Clock Essential only tells you the time and temperature, but you can still ask Google Assistant to set an alarm.

on techhive.com

netflix bird box free streaming

Some of Netflix’s most popular movies and TV shows are streaming for free

"Bird Box", "Murder Mystery," "When They See Us" and more available for free now, along with the first episodes of hit TV shows such as "Stranger Things" and "Grace and Frankie."

on techhive.com

soundbar hero

Soundbar shoppers: Consider these 10 essential features

From Dolby Atmos to eARC, weigh these key features when choosing a soundbar.

on techhive.com

hotel panel home pr 2

A Google Nest Hub might join you for your next hotel stay

Google’s seven-inch Nest Hub smart display is about to double as a bellhop.

on techhive.com

meural wifi photo frame main 2

Netgear’s new Meural WiFi Photo Frame focuses on family snapshots

The Wi-Fi-enabled frame from Netgear-owned Meural syncs with photo albums on your iPhone or Android phone.

on techhive.com

aura carver photo frame

Aura Carver review: This landscape-only photo frame automatically pairs portrait images

The Aura Carver picture frame uses AI to ensure you don’t see letterbox bars when the frame is displaying portrait images.

on techhive.com

zoom on hub max

Zoom will arrive on Amazon, Facebook, and Google smart displays this year

Zoom for Home will debut on Facebook Portal displays in September, followed by Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest displays before the year is out.

on techhive.com