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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HBO Max comes to Roku devices at last

The long-awaited deal comes just in time for 'Wonder Woman 1984,' which will debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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The Apple TV app is coming to Chromecast with Google TV

You’ll be able to stream videos from Apple TV+ and iTunes on Chromecast devices starting in 2021.

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Best smart speakers for the price

Shopping for your first smart speaker, or looking for something a little higher end? Check out our picks for smart speakers in the $50, $100, and $300 price ranges.

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Wyze wraps up 2020 with a $10 outdoor smart plug

The weatherized, two-outlet Wyze Plug Outdoor works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

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The Google Home Max, our favorite smart speaker for music, gets discontinued

The Google Home Max was a great-sounding smart speaker held back by its bulky design and lofty price tag.

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Definitive Technology unveils its first soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support

The compact, 4.1-channel Studio 3D Mini comes with built-in AirPlay 2 and HEOS, along with support for virtual 3D audio.

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Vizio Elevate review: This Dolby Atmos soundbar's swiveling drivers are no gimmick

The front drivers on Vizio's high-end Elevate soundbar rotate to bounce height audio cues off your ceiling.

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Disney+ pulls a Netflix, hikes its subscription price

Prepare to cough up an extra buck for Disney+, starting next year.

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Samsung’s 110-inch MicroLED TV brings The Wall to your living room

Unlike The Wall, Samsung’s new consumer-focused microLED TV won’t come as discrete modules that require assembly. Count on a steep price tag, however.

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Looks like we’ll have to wait until 2021 for a new Apple TV

A revamped Apple TV with a faster processor and an updated remote would've been a welcome Christmas present, but it won’t happen this year.

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Warner Bros. will debut all its 2021 movies on HBO Max as well as in theaters

The bombshell news from Warner Bros. underscores the sobering reality that U.S. moviegoing won’t be returning to normal anytime soon.

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Microphone-less Sonos Arc SL soundbar arrives exclusively at Costco

The Arc SL Shadow Edition is essentially identical to the standard Arc soundbar, save for a new color and no voice assistants listening in.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ will be HBO Max’s first 4K title

HBO Max will start streaming shows and movies in 4K HDR this month, starting with the new Wonder Woman movie.

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Welcome to Amazon Sidewalk! Now here’s how to turn it off

Your Amazon Echo speakers and Ring devices may already be enabled to join Amazon’s new, neighborhood-wide Sidewalk networks, but you can turn Sidewalk access off using a single setting.

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Cyber Monday 2020: Best deals on smart lights, security cams, and other smart home gear

Jump-start your smart home with these Cyber Monday deals on smart lights, robot vacuums, security cameras, video doorbells, and more.