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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Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount

The Google Nest Mini is basically the old Home Mini with bigger bass, a wall mount, and more under-the-hood processing power.

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How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once

Want to hear tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you’ll need to tweak some settings first.

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New Google Nest Mini, Nest Wifi, and Pixel Buds 2 expected to surface at Tuesday's Pixel 4 event

A handful of new Google smart home devices will likely debut alongside the heavily leaked Pixel 4 smartphone next week, including new versions of the Home Mini and Google Wifi.

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Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues

We loved its true surround sound and immersive Dolby Atmos effects, but the Vizio SB36514-G6 gave us trouble when it came to iOS 13 and Chromecast.

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Google Assistant makes it easier to move music, podcasts, and videos from one Google device to another

Compatible with Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube music, the new “stream transfer” feature lets you ask Google to move your tunes from room to room.

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Sonos Flex subscriptions let you rent superb, yet pricey Sonos speakers for cheap

In a "small test," Sonos has started renting speakers in the Netherlands for as little as €15 a month.

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Marshall Major III Voice headphones add Google Assistant and a big battery-life boost

The updated version of last year’s Major III Bluetooth on-ear headphones boasts onboard Google Assistant and up to a whopping 60 hours of battery life.

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TiVo officially unveils previously leaked TiVo Edge DVRs and TiVo+ streaming service

The TiVo Edge marks the first TiVo DVR with Dolby Vision support, while TiVo+ offers live streaming TV channels that are integrated into the main TiVo programming guide.

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Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb review: Inexpensive, easy to use, and no bridge required (unless you want one later)

Arriving in the second wave of Bluetooth-enabled smart bulbs from Signify, the new Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb is an easy and inexpensive way to jump into the Hue ecosystem.

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Amazon unveils a raft of new devices, including a high-end Echo speaker, Alexa-packing earbuds, glasses, and a ring

Amazon went nuts with its fall hardware event, unleashing a bevy of products ranging from wireless Echo Buds, a smart ring, a smart oven, and even a dog tracker.

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Amazon to its competitors: Our voice assistants need to play nice together

More than 30 companies have committed to Amazon’s new Voice Interoperability Initiative, but Apple, Google, and Samsung are conspicuously absent from the list.

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The Arlo Pro 3 security camera boasts 2K resolution, color night vision, and a 160-degree field of view

The Arlo Pro 3 features 2K HDR resolution and adds several features that were previously only available on the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra, including a built-in alarm, spotlight, and color night vision.

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Hands on: BodyGuardz’s portable video peephole could be perfect for apartment dwellers

Set to arrive in January, the $280 battery-powered Portable Over-Door Camera works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can install it in seconds, without tools.

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Facebook reveals new Portal, Portal Mini, and Portal TV devices as it admits to collecting voice recordings

Looks like Facebook decided to come clean about how it’s been handling—or mishandling—audio recordings from its Portal devices on the same day that it’s announcing an updated set of Portal gadgets.

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Amazon takes on Tidal, Deezer, and Qobuz with Amazon Music HD: a high-res music service

Available starting today, Amazon Music HD boasts more than 50 million songs with lossless CD-quality sound, plus “millions” more with better-than-CD “ultra HD” sonics.