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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ADT will sell and install Nest devices under $450 million Google deal

Nest cameras and displays will soon become the “cornerstone” of ADT’s smart home offerings, Google says.

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Movies Anywhere unveils its own Watch Together feature

Now you can co-watch any title in your Movies Anywhere locker with up to nine friends, although your guests might need to jump through some hoops to start watching.

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Spotify’s Group Session feature now allows for remote listening with friends

You no longer need to be in the same room to launch a Spotify Group Session with your buddies.

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Nest thermostat won’t connect to Wi-Fi? Try these fixes first

Google will send you a free replacement for a Nest thermostat that’s suffering from the dreaded w5 Wi-Fi error, but there are also some troubleshooting steps you can try.

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Plex is targeting channel-surfing cord-cutters, adding 80-plus channels to its free streaming TV service

Reuters, Fubo Sports Network, The Bob Ross Channel, Kidoodle TV, and more are now streaming on Plex, and they’re all free (though ad-supported).

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You can finally stream Netflix on a Google Nest Hub or Hub Max smart display

The Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max just became the first smart displays to support Netflix streaming.

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EU launches antitrust probe focusing on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

EU regulators want to know whether voice assistants are giving companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google an unfair advantage by limiting choice and collecting data on their users.

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Spotify debuts charts for top and trending podcasts

Now there’s an easier way to find the hottest and most popular podcasts on Spotify.

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LG SN8YG review: A feature-packed soundbar that doesn’t neglect the basics

The Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support is great, but the rich mid-range audio is even better.

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Everything we know—and don’t know—about Google’s new smart speaker

Google is being awfully coy about its latest smart speaker. We’ve teased out some facts and made some educated guesses.

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Roku backtracks on combining over-the-air channel guide with streaming TV listings

Turns out some users didn’t like over-the-air TV listings mixed with dozens of streaming TV channels.

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Amazon Fire TV adds Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV to its live programming guide

Sling TV and YouTube TV will appear in Amazon Fire TV’s Live TV tab starting today, while Hulu + Live TV is coming soon.

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Roku adds premium and over-the-air channels to its live TV programming guide

Live programming from HBO, Showtime, Starz and more now appear in Roku’s linear programming grid, along with local over-the-air channel listings.

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Spotify unveils $13-a-month Premium Duo plan for two people

The new Premium Duo plan sits between Spotify’s existing individual and six-person family plans.

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Amazon Prime Video rolls out watch parties with 100 friends (and several caveats)

Now you can jump into an Amazon Prime Video watch party with up to 100 friends, provided they're all Prime subscribers.

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