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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Wemo shows off HomeKit-enabled Stage smart lighting remote at CES

The wireless, wall-mountable Stage lets you change smart lighting and device scenes at the touch of a button.

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Next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio improves sound quality and battery life, and adds audio sharing

The Bluetooth SIG unveiled Bluetooth LE Audio, a new set of Bluetooth capabilities coming to devices and public venues within the next 12 to 18 months.

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TCL’s impressive 3.1-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar is on track for 'early' 2020

The Alto 9+ uses acoustic reflectors to deliver immersive 3D sound without upfiring drivers, and it’s also the first “Roku TV Ready”-certified soundbar.

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PassiveBolt’s keyless Shepherd Lock lets you unlock your door with a tap

The Shepherd Lock can also sound an alarm and freeze the deadbolt if someone tries to pick the lock.

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JBL’s Bar 9.1 soundbar boasts Dolby Atmos, along with truly wireless surround speakers

JBL’s first Dolby Atmos soundbar comes with battery-powered surround speakers that can be placed anywhere in your living room.

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Kwikset unveils a new Wi-Fi smart lock with a fingerprint reader

The Wi-Fi-enabled Halo Touch Smart Lock can store up to 100 fingerprints.

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WiZ Connected unwraps a remote and a motion sensor for its smart lights

Showing off its latest wares at CES, the smart lighting brand is also bringing energy monitoring to its mobile app.

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ADT takes on Nest and Ring with new home security cameras and a video doorbell

The new “Blue by ADT” brand unveiled at CES features ADT’s first standalone home security gadgets, with more on the way.

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Samsung’s high-end 2020 soundbars will work together with Samsung TV speakers

Just unwrapped at CES, the latest soundbars from Samsung will also boast onboard Alexa, as well as shorter, narrower designs.

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Sengled adds Edison-style filament and E12 candle bulbs to its smart lighting lineup

Also on display at CES: Sengled is showing a smart plug with energy monitoring features, and a next-gen smart hub with HomeKit support.

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Vizio shows off a nifty soundbar at CES that has auto-rotating upfiring drivers

When they’re not in use for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X height channels, the upfiring drivers for the Vizio Elevate soundbar can swivel toward the listener in stereo mode.

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Nanoleaf unveils an “intelligent” lighting system that learns your lighting habits

Along with its new suite of “Learning Series” lighting products, Nanoleaf has announced a name and a time frame for its upcoming hexagonal light panels.

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LG’s premium soundbars add AI room correction and eARC support in 2020

The new top-of-the-line soundbars from LG will automatically optimize their sound according to the acoustics of the room, and they’ll also support lossless audio via their HDMI eARC ports.

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C by GE unveils the first hubless smart switches that don’t require neutral wires

GE’s smart lighting brand also announced a wireless motion sensor, plus new wireless dimmers and remotes.

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KinderLabs Robotics Kibo robot kit can help teach younger kids to code, no screens required

Kids can program the robot by arranging a series of wooden programming blocks, all without ever touching an iPad.