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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Netflix's long-awaited shuffle button will arrive this year

After months of testing a “shuffle play” button, Netflix will roll out the feature in the first half of 2021.

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Kami’s new video doorbell boasts on-device person detection and facial recognition

The Kami Doorbell Camera doesn’t need the cloud to detect people or recognize friends and family, although it does rely on cloud-based video storage.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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The Denon Home series of wireless speakers will soon answer to Alexa

A firmware update this spring will add built-in Alexa to Denon’s HEOS-enabled Home speakers. Also coming soon from Denon: a new Dolby Atmos soundbar.

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Philips Hue unveils new dimmer switch, wall switch module, and outdoor lights

The Hue dimmer switch boasts a revamped design, while the wall switch module makes dumb light switches smart.

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The Ettie video doorbell takes your visitor's temperature before they cross your hearth

If you don’t pass the Ettie’s temperature check, a red LED on the doorbell tells you to keep out.

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Google adds a privacy-oriented Guest Mode to its Home and Nest smart speakers and displays

Want to have an off-the-record chat with Google Assistant on your smart speaker? Now you can, thanks to Google’s just-launched Guest Mode.

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Ring rolls out end-to-end encryption for select doorbells and security cameras

Available starting today, end-to-end encryption adds another layer of protection for your Ring video recordings, although implementing it also means giving up some key features.

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Arlo and Alarm.com bow similar but different touchless video doorbells

The new video doorbells let visitors sound the door chime without having to touch a button, a prudent feature given the pandemic.

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TP-Link adds its first video doorbell to its Kasa smart home lineup

The Kasa Smart Doorbell boasts 1080p resolution, people detection, and IP64 weatherproofing.

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TCL’s latest soundbar connects wirelessly to Roku TVs

Also coming to TCL’s soundbar lineup: support for AirPlay 2, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

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LG unwraps the ultra-compact Éclair soundbar with Dolby Atmos and upfiring drivers

Also, LG’s high-end 2021 soundbars will support Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2.

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JBL’s Bar 5.0 MultiBeam soundbar delivers virtual Dolby Atmos on a budget

This affordable soundbar comes with an all-on-one design as well as AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Alexa multi-room audio support.

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Your Lenovo laptop will soon double as an Amazon Echo Show

Lenovo’s upcoming Show Mode will bring the Alexa-powered Echo Show interface to Lenovo PCs and laptops.

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Samsung is bringing AirPlay 2 and room calibration to its 2021 soundbar lineup

Samsung also revealed an 11.1.4-channel soundbar during a pre-CES presentation, complete with Dolby Atmos support.