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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A cheaper, ad-supported version of HBO Max will arrive this summer, but with a catch

AT&T says it will roll out an AVOD tier for HBO Max in June, but some of its most enticing content won't be included.

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Is Netflix cracking down on password sharing?

Some Netflix viewers are being asked to enter a verification code sent to the account holder before they start streaming.

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Wyze Bulb Color review: Wyze's first color smart bulb is this close to being our favorite

Wyze’s color smart bulb packs in impressive features given its price range, although some aren’t quite fully baked.

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Harman Kardon’s Invoke, the last Cortana smart speaker, will ditch Cortana

An upcoming update will erase Cortana from Harman Kardon’s smart speaker, marking the end of an era for Microsoft’s would-be smart home platform.

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Google TV gets kids profiles and screen time limits

Still no word on multi-user support for Google TV, but at least profiles for kids are coming soon.

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Sonos will show off new audio hardware on March 9

A new, smaller Move speaker could become a reality at an upcoming Sonos product event.

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Samsung’s 76-inch MicroLED TV will be its smallest yet

Samsung’s pricey MicroLED line is about to get more affordable, but it certainly won't be cheap.

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Don’t worry, Spotify Free users: You can still cast to Google speakers

The “Premium only” error that Spotify Free users saw while trying to cast music to Google Assistant-powered speakers was just a bug, Spotify says.

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: Luxurious, with long battery life

The HP Spectre x360 14 is the first of its family to sport a 3:2 display. It also delivers sizzling performance and great battery life.

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How to connect a new soundbar to an old TV that doesn't support HDMI

Just because you have an aging TV that lacks HDMI ports doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade its audio with a soundbar.

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Netflix’s latest feature downloads recommended movies and shows automatically

No internet? You’ll still have new videos to watch thanks to Netflix’s “Downloads For You” feature.

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Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip review: A bright, affordable and Thread-enabled LED light strip

Nanoleaf’s smart LED lightstrip comes loaded with promise, although you'll need a HomePod Mini to unlock its full potential.

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A new Sonos product arriving in March. Could it be a smaller Move?

A recent FCC filing from Sonos hints at a compact portable speaker, although there’s been chatter about wireless headphones, as well.

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Got a Roomba? Clean these filthy components right now

If your Roomba is having trouble docking or has slowed to a crawl, a good scrub might make things right.

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Sylvania A19 Smart+ Full Color review: This sensible no-hub bulb works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Sylvania’s Wi-Fi-enabled A19 color smart bulb boasts powerful customization features, but its app can be difficult to navigate.

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