Ben PattersonSenior Writer, PCWorld

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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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Unboxing and ears-on impressions

Available now, the $199 Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds are poised to take on the AirPods Pro.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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Ring rolls out end-to-end encryption for select doorbells and security cameras

Available starting today, end-to-end encryption adds another layer of protection for your Ring video recordings, although implementing it also means giving up some key features.

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Your Lenovo laptop will soon double as an Amazon Echo Show

Lenovo’s upcoming Show Mode will bring the Alexa-powered Echo Show interface to Lenovo PCs and laptops.

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New Nest cameras on tap for 2021 as Nest Cam IQ Outdoor sells out

Google says a “new lineup of security cameras” is on the way as soon as this year.

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Nanoleaf Shapes – Triangles review: Nanoleaf adds variety to its new line of light panels

Nanoleaf’s impressive Hexagons light panels just got some company.

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Twinkly Strings 250 LEDs Multicolor review: These smart string lights deliver dazzling effects

The Twinkly app scans each individual LED in the string, setting the stage for eye-popping animations.

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The best holiday 2020 deals on TVs, soundbars, media streamers, and more

4K TVs, immersive soundbars, Bluetooth headphones, and other home entertainment accessories are getting big holiday discounts.

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HBO Max comes to Roku devices at last

The long-awaited deal comes just in time for 'Wonder Woman 1984,' which will debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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The Google Home Max, our favorite smart speaker for music, gets discontinued

The Google Home Max was a great-sounding smart speaker held back by its bulky design and lofty price tag.

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Vizio Elevate review: This Dolby Atmos soundbar's swiveling drivers are no gimmick

The front drivers on Vizio's high-end Elevate soundbar rotate to bounce height audio cues off your ceiling.

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Disney+ pulls a Netflix, hikes its subscription price

Prepare to cough up an extra buck for Disney+, starting next year.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 review: Fast and affordable, with discrete graphics

The Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 delivers performance and value in a slender shell, even if its battery life isn’t quite what we’d hoped.

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Cyber Monday 2020: Best deals on smart lights, security cams, and other smart home gear

Jump-start your smart home with these Cyber Monday deals on smart lights, robot vacuums, security cameras, video doorbells, and more.

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Black Friday Hulu deal: Get a full year of cord-cutting for $1.99 a month

Hulu is offering 67 percent off its ad-supported subscription plan for Black Friday.

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