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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Amazon Glow lets kids and loved ones play together from afar

Amazon’s interactive Glow doesn’t just let you video chat with far-flung tykes, it lets you play with them too.

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Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 can be mounted on a wall

The newest, largest Echo Show can hang on a wall or sit on a counter, and it can recognize users as well as display customizable Alexa widgets.

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Ring’s flying Always Home Cam will land later this year, but by invitation only

Announced last year with great fanfare, Ring’s eye-popping automated drone is ready to take off, but only for the lucky few.

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Blink unveils its first video doorbell, plus a floodlight for its outdoor cam

The affordable Blink Video Doorbell offers 1080p video recording and infrared night vision, while a new LED mount turns the Blink Outdoor into a floodlight cam.

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Ring Alarm Pro integrates the Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi router and adds local video storage

Besides adding an integrated Eero router, the Ring Alarm Pro will soon support local video storage, but you'll have to pay extra for the feature.

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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

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YouTube TV users may lose all NBCU channels this week

YouTube says it will lower the price of its live streaming TV service by $10 if Google and NBCU fail to strike a deal by Thursday.

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When will iOS 15’s SharePlay feature arrive? Apple just dropped a big hint

There was no sign of SharePlay when iOS 15 debuted earlier this week, but the anticipated “watch party” feature might not be too far off.

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Wyze Cam Pan v2 adds color night vision and a siren

The new Cam Pan from Wyze can record color videos in the dark, as well as scare off intruders with a “mini-siren.”

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Posting on Ring’s Neighbors app? You’ll need to accept a ‘good neighbor’ agreement first

The agreement encourages Neighbors users to be “positive and uplifting” while condemning trolling and racial bias.

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Roku OS 10.5 makes it easier for cord-cutters to jump into live TV channels

The latest version of Roku’s streaming OS gives viewers one-click access to its live TV programming guide, among a slew of other improvements.

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Roku Streaming Stick 4K supports Dolby Vision

The updated Streaming Stick 4K adds Dolby Vision HDR support, as well as a new quad-core processor and better Wi-Fi.

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Samsung HW-S60A review: This $280 all-in-one soundbar packs Alexa and AirPlay 2

The rare budget soundbar that boasts both built-in Alexa and AirPlay 2 support.


HBO Max temporarily slashes its ad-free subscription price by 50 percent

Shortly after its exit from Amazon Channels, HBO Max is chopping its ad-free subscription rate in half, but only for a limited time.

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How to add a delay to a Google Assistant routine

Don’t want Google to immediately perform certain actions in a routine? Just add some delays. Here’s how.