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 delete your Alexa and Google Assistant voice recordings automatically

Sure, you can manually delete events from your Alexa and Google Assistant voice histories, but it’s easier to let Alexa and Assistant do it for you.

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Denon DHT-S216H review: An inexpensive all-in-one soundbar with sweet sound and DTS Virtual:X support

While Denon’s first DTS Virtual:X soundbar lacks Wi-Fi or voice assistant support, it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the feature that matters most: Sound quality.

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Ring’s new Video Doorbell 3 Plus reveals what happened before motion events

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus can show you a four-second snippet of what happened just before a motion event was triggered, a first for a battery-powered video doorbell.

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5 ways to make the most of your Alexa timers

Did you know you can name your Alexa timers? You can also set sleep timers, ask Alexa to set up reminders, and more.

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Spotify’s mobile app makes it easier to dip back into your favorite playlists

The redesigned Spotify home screen for mobile lets you pick up a listening session right where you left off, or it can point you in the direction of new tunes.

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WiZ Connected Color and Tunable White A19 bulb review: A colorful Wi-Fi smart bulb that won’t break the bank

This no-hub smart bulb is easy to install, and it supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

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How to make Alexa and Google Assistant let you know when they start—and stop—listening

You can set your Echo and Google Home or Nest devices to give you audio cues when they start—and, more importantly, stop—listening for commands.

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Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 review: Speedy, bright, peppy, and reasonably priced

The feature-packed Lenovo Yoga C740 is one of the best values we’ve seen in a convertible laptop.

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Google is 'aware' of buggy Bluetooth for Home and Nest speakers and working on a fix

If your Google Home or Nest device can’t maintain a solid Bluetooth connection with a phone or an external speaker, you’re not the only one.

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Amazon Echo Glow review: A fun, kid-friendly smart lamp that works with Alexa

The durable, inexpensive Echo Glow is pretty good at the limited range of things it can do.

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HP Envy 13 review: A slim, light, and inexpensive workhorse with discrete graphics

The budget-priced HP Envy 13 boasts a trim profile, solid everyday performance, and a dedicated Nvidia graphic card.

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Anker Nebula Soundbar—Fire TV Edition review: Great Fire TV and Alexa functionality, but so-so sound

This 2.1-channel soundbar comes with Fire TV and Alexa onboard, but we weren’t impressed by its mediocre audio.

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Amazon Echo Flex review: This tiny plug-in speaker puts Alexa in places where other Echo devices won’t go

Just plug the compact and inexpensive Echo Flex into a wall outlet and start chatting with Alexa.

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Acer Swift 3 (SF314-57-57BN) review: Thin, light, affordable, and Ice Lake, with Thunderbolt 3 to boot

The Acer Swift 3 packs in plenty given its $700 sticker price, boasting a 10th-gen Intel Ice Lake CPU and a sub-three-pound weight.

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Google’s Nest accounts will require two-factor security starting this spring

Two-factor authentication is easiest way to keep hackers from taking control of your Nest cameras, and Google's about to make it mandatory.

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