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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Samsung is bringing AirPlay 2 and room calibration to its 2021 soundbar lineup

Samsung also revealed an 11.1.4-channel soundbar during a pre-CES presentation, complete with Dolby Atmos support.

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New Nest cameras on tap for 2021 as Nest Cam IQ Outdoor sells out

Google says a “new lineup of security cameras” is on the way as soon as this year.

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Nanoleaf Shapes – Triangles review: Nanoleaf adds variety to its new line of light panels

Nanoleaf’s impressive Hexagons light panels just got some company.

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Twinkly Strings 250 LEDs Multicolor review: These smart string lights deliver dazzling effects

The Twinkly app scans each individual LED in the string, setting the stage for eye-popping animations.

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The best holiday 2020 deals on TVs, soundbars, media streamers, and more

4K TVs, immersive soundbars, Bluetooth headphones, and other home entertainment accessories are getting big holiday discounts.

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HBO Max comes to Roku devices at last

The long-awaited deal comes just in time for 'Wonder Woman 1984,' which will debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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The Apple TV app is coming to Chromecast with Google TV

You’ll be able to stream videos from Apple TV+ and iTunes on Chromecast devices starting in 2021.

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Best smart speakers for the price

Shopping for your first smart speaker, or looking for something a little higher end? Check out our picks for smart speakers in the $50, $100, and $300 price ranges.

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Wyze wraps up 2020 with a $10 outdoor smart plug

The weatherized, two-outlet Wyze Plug Outdoor works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

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The Google Home Max, our favorite smart speaker for music, gets discontinued

The Google Home Max was a great-sounding smart speaker held back by its bulky design and lofty price tag.

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Definitive Technology unveils its first soundbar with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support

The compact, 4.1-channel Studio 3D Mini comes with built-in AirPlay 2 and HEOS, along with support for virtual 3D audio.

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Vizio Elevate review: This Dolby Atmos soundbar's swiveling drivers are no gimmick

The front drivers on Vizio's high-end Elevate soundbar rotate to bounce height audio cues off your ceiling.

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Disney+ pulls a Netflix, hikes its subscription price

Prepare to cough up an extra buck for Disney+, starting next year.

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Samsung’s 110-inch MicroLED TV brings The Wall to your living room

Unlike The Wall, Samsung’s new consumer-focused microLED TV won’t come as discrete modules that require assembly. Count on a steep price tag, however.

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Looks like we’ll have to wait until 2021 for a new Apple TV

A revamped Apple TV with a faster processor and an updated remote would've been a welcome Christmas present, but it won’t happen this year.