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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Vizio’s 2022 soundbar lineup will boast more eARC models

eARC is going mainstream as Vizio’s mid-range M-Series soundbars get the feature.

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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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Apple TV app lands on Nvidia Shield streaming players

Cord-cutters can now stream 'Ted Lasso,' 'The Morning Show,' 'Cherry,' and more on Nvidia’s Shield and Shield Pro, as well as on other Android TV devices.

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Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review: This mid-range soundbar delivers big, dynamic sound

Supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the Vizio M512a-H6 packs exciting, room-filling sound, even if it lacks Wi-Fi support.

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Eve Energy review: This HomeKit smart plug doubles as a Thread router

Besides turning dumb appliances into smart ones, the Eve Energy smart plug can help extend the range of other Thread-enabled devices in your home.

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Wyze flips the switch on linkable night lights

Equipped with motion and light sensors, Wyze’s battery-powered Night Lights turn on in unison when they’re in range of each other.

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Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS makes its public debut on the first-gen Nest Hub

Your Nest Hub display may soon be running on Google’s experimental, non Linux-based OS, even if you don’t realize it.

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Creative SXFI Carrier review: A smaller, more affordable follow-up to the massive Sonic Carrier

Working closely with Dolby, Creative delivers the sonic goods with the Atmos-enabled SXFI Carrier, but there are rough edges and missing features, too.

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Google’s Nest Thermostat will support Matter soon, enabling it to work with both Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit

The Nest Thermostat will be among the first Nest devices to support Matter, which promises to unite Amazon’s, Apple’s, and Google’s smart home platforms.

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Anker’s Eufy division pledges to bolster security following privacy snafu, apologizes again

Eufy says it’s “incredibly sorry” for a glitch that allowed EufyCam users to see video streams from each others' security cameras. Will the apology be enough?

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Verizon subscribers can grab two months of free Sling TV starting today

New and existing Verizon wireless, Fios, and 5G Home customers are eligible for the free Sling TV offer.


HBO Max will offer a cheaper—$10 a month—ad-supported tier starting in June

HBO Max with Ads will be more affordable than the $15-a-month ad-free tier, but it’ll be missing a key perk: day-and-date Warner Bros. movies.

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Hi-Fi music streaming competitors mull their options following Apple, Amazon lossless news

Deezer, for one, admits that lossless streaming is the “new de facto standard for audio quality” now that Apple and Amazon aren’t charging extra for it.

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Android TV controls are finally coming to Android phones

Similar to the longstanding iOS remote for Apple TV, an integrated touchscreen remote that controls Android TV OS devices will land on Android phones later this year.

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EufyCam users report seeing video from strangers in apparent privacy breach

If you opened the Eufy app today and found someone else’s videos, you’re not the only one. Eufy has acknowledged the "software bug" and apologized.