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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Sonos will show off new audio hardware on March 9

A new, smaller Move speaker could become a reality at an upcoming Sonos product event.

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Square-Tidal deal is a head-scratcher, but likely good news for Tidal fans

The future of Tidal and its library of 24-bit streaming tunes feels a tad more secure than it did a day ago.

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How to turn off the HomePod mini’s irksome music handoff notifications

Are haptic notifications for the HomePod mini’s music transfer abilities driving you nuts? Here’s how to disable them.

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SmartThings will end support for its first-gen hub and some other legacy devices this summer

The original SmartThings hub, a SmartThings-powered ADT security system, and the SmartThings Link dongle for the Nvidia Shield are about to become paperweights.

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Samsung’s 76-inch MicroLED TV will be its smallest yet

Samsung’s pricey MicroLED line is about to get more affordable, but it certainly won't be cheap.

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Arlo’s privacy-minded Essential Indoor Camera goes on sale

First unveiled at CES, Arlo’s new indoor camera has a lens that automatically turns opaque when it’s disarmed.

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The best way to clean your Roomba’s hairy brushes

Your Roomba’s brushes are covered with hair. Here’s how to get them clean.

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Is your Roku player talking to you? Here’s how to shush it

There’s an easy remedy for a suddenly chatty Roku player or TV.

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Don’t worry, Spotify Free users: You can still cast to Google speakers

The “Premium only” error that Spotify Free users saw while trying to cast music to Google Assistant-powered speakers was just a bug, Spotify says.

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Ring’s upcoming Video Doorbell Pro 2 uses radar to track visitors

Armed with radar-powered Bird’s Eye View technology, Ring’s latest video doorbell can render an aerial view of the path that an interloper took near your home.

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How to connect a new soundbar to an old TV that doesn't support HDMI

Just because you have an aging TV that lacks HDMI ports doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade its audio with a soundbar.

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Spotify will roll out CD-quality audio streams later this year

Spotify HiFi will arrive next year in “select markets,” although there’s no word on how much the new audio tier will cost yet.

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Netflix’s latest feature downloads recommended movies and shows automatically

No internet? You’ll still have new videos to watch thanks to Netflix’s “Downloads For You” feature.

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Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip review: A bright, affordable and Thread-enabled LED light strip

Nanoleaf’s smart LED lightstrip comes loaded with promise, although you'll need a HomePod Mini to unlock its full potential.

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Heading out? Ring’s new geofencing feature can remind you to arm your devices

Besides nudging you to arm your Ring devices when you leave home, the Ring app and its just-announced geofencing feature can snooze security alerts when you get back.