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.

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Sonos will stop issuing software updates for 'legacy' speakers and devices in May

You’ll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they’ll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.

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How to tweak your Wyze cam settings now that people detection is going away

Now that your Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan are about to lose people detection, you can cut down on the number of false alarms by following these steps.

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Spotify playlists for your pets? OK, we’ll bite

Spotify's new “algorithmically created” Pet Playlists are designed to cater to you and your pooch, kitty, or even your iguana.

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Guest Mode disappears from Google Nest and Home devices

The Guest Mode feature, which allowed visitors to stream media to your Google smart speakers and displays without connecting to your Wi-Fi network, still works on Chromecast devices.

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Nanoleaf’s new Unified Light Panels will feature sturdier connectors

The upcoming Unified Hexagon light panels, which are due this summer, will also boast new snap-on mounting plates.

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TCL’s impressive 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar is on track for 'early' 2020

The Alto 9+ uses acoustic reflectors to deliver immersive 3D sound without upfiring drivers, and it’s also the first “Roku TV Ready”-certified soundbar.

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Hands-on: Samsung’s Galaxy Book S debuts with the Snapdragon 8cx

Samsung's Galaxy Books S made its surprise debut at Samsung's Unpacked 2019 event, sporting the Snapdragon 8cx CPU and a sliver of a design, less than a half-inch thick.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex α: A slim QLED-packing 2-in-1 with a 'palatable' price tag

Set to make its debut at CES 2020, the $830 Galaxy Book Flex α cuts a few corners compared to the pricier Flex 13, but not when it comes to its quantum-dot display.

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Dell’s Cinema Guide could help you find something great to stream on your laptop

Can’t decide on a movie or TV show to stream? Dell’s upcoming search app for streaming video services could be the answer.

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Denon DHT-S716H soundbar review: This pricey 3.0-channel soundbar packs an impressive punch

While it lacks Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, this Denon soundbar boasts rich, detailed, and surprisingly deep sound given its lack of a subwoofer.

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HP Pavilion x360 14m-dh0003dx review: A sturdy 2-in-1 with dependable quad-core performance

This sleek convertible laptop has what it takes in terms of day-to-day performance, although we wish it had a bigger battery.

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LG SL10RG soundbar review: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Google Assistant can’t make up for dull, listless audio

Feature-packed though it may be, this pricey 7.1.2 soundbar doesn’t sound as sweet as its competitors.

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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

If you have $500 (or less), we've found the best cheap laptops on Amazon and Best Buy. The ones that give you the best bang for buck. Keep reading to find our top picks.

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Cyber Monday deal: Give your dumb TV some smarts with this $35 Google Home Mini and Chromecast bundle

Walmart's exclusive Cyber Monday deal also includes a $10 Vudu credit.

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Put an Amazon Echo Show 5 on your bedside table for $50 on Black Friday

Amazon's smallest smart display is also one of its best, and it's getting a $40 discount for Black Friday.

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