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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These 17 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety

The Call of the Wild, Onward, Bad Boys for Life, and more are available to rent or buy from streaming services way ahead of schedule.

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AMC Networks offers free 'The Walking Dead' episodes, plus free seasons of IFC and Sundance TV shows

Catch up on the latest season of 'The Walking Dead' for free.

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The best online film festivals and virtual art house movie screenings

SXSW, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, Film Forum, and more are turning to virtual screenings in the wake of COVID-19.

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5 ways to improve your relationship with Alexa

It's important to get along with everyone you’re staying at home with, including Alexa.

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The new $35 Blink Mini indoor camera is Blink’s least expensive cam yet

Coming later this month, the diminutive Blink Mini is set to compete with such budget security cams as the $20 Wyze Cam v2.

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The Ring Doorbox is revealed, but what is it for?

The leaked Ring Doorbox looks like it may be for securing a key, but would the key unlock a door, a package box, or something else?

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How to turn your Wyze cam into a webcam

Can’t snag a webcam on Amazon? In a pinch, you can use your Wyze cam as a webcam. Here’s the trick.

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Sony’s new mid-range Bluetooth headphones let you install either Alexa or Google Assistant

The $200 WH-CH710N headset boasts active noise cancellation; Sony also announced the $130 WF-XB700 true wireless earbuds.

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Spotify Kids beta app finally arrives in U.S., Canada, and France

Available for months in other territories, the family-friendly Spotify Kids music app is making its stateside debut.

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Roku’s voice-enabled features are poised for a boost in an upcoming OS update

Voice search results will become more “visual” following the release of Roku OS 9.3 in April, and video playback will start automatically “when possible.”

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Sling TV serves up 14 days of free Sling Blue service for new subscribers who are stuck at home

Watch CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, AMC, FX, and more for free, no credit card or subscription required.

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How to turn off (or simply pause) news headlines on your Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub display

If all the grim coronavirus bulletins are taking a toll on your sanity, consider taking a break from news headlines on your Echo Show and Google Nest smart displays.

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Now you can ask Alexa if you’re at risk for COVID-19

Just ask, and Alexa will quiz you to determine whether it’s likely you’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

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WiZ Connected BR30 Colors smart bulb review: An affordable Wi-Fi floodlight that doesn’t require a hub

WiZ’s smart BR30 floodlight is easy to set up, boasts more than a dozen dynamic color lighting modes, and it can even turn “dumb” light switches into smart ones.

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YouTube Music now displays song lyrics for selected tracks

Both the iOS and Android versions of the YouTube Music app now display song lyrics, although real-time lyrics aren't supported yet.