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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Peace by Hampton A19 LED Wi-Fi smart bulbs review: Powerful automation tools, but some missing features, too

The new A19 color smart bulbs from Hampton Products are reasonably priced, but some key features, such as a vacation mode, are MIA.

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Touch-enabled dashboard for smart devices coming to Amazon Fire tablets

The new Device Dashboard will be accessible from the navigation bar of selected Fire tablets.

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Acer’s Halo smart speaker boasts Google Assistant and RGB lighting

The Halo’s integrated RGB lighting can sync with your tunes or help you set the mood.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review: The new Dot delivers a revamped look and (slightly) better sound

The latest Echo Dot is technically the best Dot yet, but only by a narrow margin.

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Signify recalls certain Philips Hue outdoor light power supplies

The PSUs shipping with some Philips Hue Lily, Calla, Econic, and Impress outdoor lights might allow water to seep in, creating a potential shock hazard, Signify said.

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Nanoleaf unveils Triangles and Mini Triangles, along with a new line of smart bulbs

Besides the new light panels in its Shapes series, Nanoleaf is showing off a Thread-compatible smart bulb and lightstrip.

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Best Prime Day deals on smart lighting, security cams, and other smart home gear

From smart lights and security cameras to robot vacuums and digital photo frames, we've pinpointed some killer Prime Day smart home deals.

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Best Prime Day deals on TVs, soundbars, media streamers, and more

Whether you want to trade up to a new 4K (or 8K!) TV or you're in the market for a soundbar or a streaming player, there are great Prime Day deals to be had for home entertainment.

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Apple unveils the $99 HomePod mini smart speaker, coming next month

Due in November, the HomePod mini boasts a spherical, fabric-covered shell, a full-range driver, dual passive radiators, and a new intercom feature for Siri.

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Google Assistant’s Guest mode for Nest speakers will let you go incognito

Want to keep a chat with Google Assistant private? Just ask it to turn on Guest mode, coming soon to a Nest speaker near you.

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Peace by Hampton BR30 LED Wi-Fi smart bulb review: An affordable color floodlight with robust automation tools

This smart BR30 floodlight from Hampton Products boasts powerful automation tools and it doesn’t require a hub, but it lacks a couple of key features.

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HomePod Mini, AirPods Studio could crash Apple’s iPhone 12 party

If the rumors are true, we might finally see a smaller HomePod and premium AirPods headphones at Apple’s iPhone event next Tuesday.

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You can now stream Netflix on your Portal TV

Besides Netflix streaming, Facebook’s Portal TV is getting a new remote with one-touch buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Facebook Watch.

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Nest Audio review: The Google Home successor has serious audio chops

Improving on the original Google Home in every way, the Nest Audio is the new $100 smart speaker to beat.

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Google unveils $99 Nest Audio smart speaker with bigger, better sound

Slated to arrive Oct 5, Google's latest smart speaker promises better audio quality that its predecessor, the discontinued Google Home.