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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Zoom will arrive on Amazon, Facebook, and Google smart displays this year

Zoom for Home will debut on Facebook Portal displays in September, followed by Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest displays before the year is out.

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Distance learning: 4 smart tech solutions for keeping kids on track

Get some badly needed school-from-home help from Alexa, Google Assistant, your smart lights, and more.

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Sony HT-G700 review: This Atmos- and DTS:X-enabled soundbar boasts a trifecta of virtual 3D modes, but no Wi-Fi

Its arsenal of virtual 3D modes is impressive, but without Wi-Fi, the HT-G700 is missing a bevy of key features given its price tag.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (2020) review: Hue’s versatile, delicate LED light strip gets Bluetooth control

The latest version of Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus is perfect for accent lighting and it doesn’t require a bridge, but we’re concerned about its durability.

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Google Assistant’s new Family Bell feature adds structure to endless summer days

Now you can ask Google to set daily reminder bells for the whole family, as well as set the mood for school and broadcast messages to a specific room.

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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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