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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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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Disney’s $200 million 'Mulan' epic is the latest blockbuster to go straight to VOD

Mulan, Bill & Ted Face the Music, The King of Staten Island, and more are skipping theaters and heading straight to streaming services.

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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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The revamped Alexa app features much more useful home screen

A simplified and more personalized version of the Alexa app for iOS and Android is rolling out over the next few weeks.

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Wyze's new people detection forces a price hike, but existing subscribers get a reprieve

The pricier Cam Plus plan, complete with Wyze’s revamped people detection feature, is replacing the old Complete Motion Capture plan, but current subscribers won’t see any price hikes for a year.

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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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How to recover an accidentally deleted Spotify playlist

Did you just zap a Spotify playlist you’ve been working on for years? All is not lost.

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Spotify now lets you watch podcasts as well as listen to them

Support for video podcasts is rolling out to Spotify users this week, starting with 'Book of Basketball 2.0,' 'The Morning Toast,' and a handful of other popular shows.

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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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Wyze backtracks on free people detection for all its camera users, but offers a novel alternative

While Wyze says it can’t afford free people detection for all its users, it’s proposing a name-your-price model for early adopters.

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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.