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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How to make Alexa lower her voice to a whisper

Want to chat with Alexa at night without waking everyone up? Give Alexa’s Whisper Mode a try.

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Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

A vulnerability in the wireless Zigbee protocol allows hackers to hijack your network using an older Hue smart bulb, but your Hue bridge has most likely been patched already.

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Vizio SB2021n-G6 review: This budget 20-inch soundbar is the perfect match for a second TV

While it lacks HDMI inputs and Wi-Fi connectivity, this DTS Virtual:X-equipped soundbar boasts impressive and immersive sound for just $130.

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Leaked Samsung announcement pegs February release date for the Galaxy Home Mini

Still no word on the larger Samsung Galaxy Home, however.

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If your Philips Hue lights aren’t responding, maybe it’s time to move your Hue Bridge

Did all the Hue lights in your house just become unresponsive? Wireless interference could be to blame, and moving your Hue Bridge might be the answer.

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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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