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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Prestige smart home product developer Savant Systems set to acquire GE Lighting

Previously focused on high-end custom installers, Savant's acquisition of the 130-year-old GE Lighting brand indicates the company is eyeing expansion into the retail smart home market.

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Spotify nixes 10,000-item limit for saved music libraries

Spotify fanatics, rejoice: no more will you need to prune your collections of songs and albums because your Spotify library is maxed out.

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Google is testing Voice Match verification for Google Assistant purchases

If all goes well with its pilot program, Google may soon let you confirm Google Assistant purchases with your voice rather than your phone.

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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

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Wink relents, delays mandatory switch to paid subscriptions indefinitely

Wink’s about-face comes two weeks after its abrupt announcement that users would need to pay a subscription fee to continue using its smart platform.

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Netflix to automatically cancel subscriptions for long-dormant accounts

Netflix says it hopes to save people “some hard earned cash” by canceling the subscriptions of those who haven’t streaming in more than a year.

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Samsung’s new Terrace 4K QLED TV is designed for the great outdoors

The first outdoor TV from Samsung boasts an IP55 rating and more than 2,000 nits of brightness. A matching Bluetooth soundbar is on the way, too.

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Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

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You can pre-order Lenovo’s $399 Smart Frame for half-price ahead of its August launch

First spotted at CES, the upcoming digital photo frame syncs with Google Photos, and you can swipe through images with a wave of your hand.

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Logitech unveils HomeKit Secure Video-enabled Circle View security cam

This $160 follow-up to Logitech’s Circle 2 will support HomeKit Secure Video as soon as it ships.

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D-Link to yank IFTTT support for older smart home devices by the end of the year

Some of D-Link’s older and discontinued smart plugs, cameras, and sensors will lose IFTTT integration in December.

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How to make your Google/Nest smart speakers, displays, and cameras listen for suspicious sounds

Thanks to Google’s new Nest Aware plans, Google Home and Nest devices can now keep an ear out for the sounds of smoke alarms and breaking glass.

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Bang & Olufsen’s second-generation Beosound A1 Bluetooth speaker gets onboard Alexa

The latest version of Bang & Olufsen’s luxurious Bluetooth speaker comes with built-in Alexa, along with a lighter design and aptX Adaptive support.

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Wink's switch to mandatory subscriptions gets pushed back a week

Wink users now have seven more days to decide whether to pay a monthly subscription fee or jump to a new platform.

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Kangaroo’s $20 Doorbell Camera lets you keep an eye on your doorstep

Kangaroo’s $20 Doorbell Camera is one of the cheapest smart doorbells we’ve ever seen, although its functionality is limited.