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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Roku Originals, Roku’s collection of Quibi videos, launches May 20

A selection of 30 shows from the kaput Quibi mobile streaming service will premiere—again—on The Roku Channel, with more to come.

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Sonos Arc users can now adjust the volume of Dolby Atmos height effects

A just-released update for the Sonos Arc now lets you fiddle with the soundbar’s height channel levels, and it also fixes a Google Assistant-related battery issue with the Sonos Roam.

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Amazon upgrades the Echo Show 5 and 8's cameras, rolls out an Echo Show 5 for kids

The new Echo Show 8 has a camera that can pan and zoom during video calls, while the second-gen Echo Show 5’s upgraded camera boasts twice the resolution of the original.

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Wyze unleashes noise-cancelling Wyze Buds Pro with wireless charging case

The Wyze Buds Pro will boast onboard Alexa and fast-pairing capabilities, but you’ll need to be an Android user to make the most of those features.

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Cree adds filament bulbs and a downlight to its Connected Max smart lighting line

Besides its new A19, ST19, globe, and candelabra bulbs, Cree is also unveiling a six-inch color downlight, SmartThings support, and new lighting modes.

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Google counters Roku by building a back door for YouTube TV into the main YouTube app

As the stalemate continues between Roku and Google over their YouTube TV dispute, Google has devised a clever way to keep the YouTube TV app on Roku devices.

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Level smart locks will soon connect to Amazon's Sidewalk network, along with Echo and Tile devices

Level locks will be the first to join Amazon’s ambitious Sidewalk neighborhood network, followed by Echo speakers and Tile trackers.


Attention, cord-cutters: Paramount+’s ad-supported tier will soon be cheaper, but there’s a catch

You’ll be able to stream Paramount+ with ads for just $4.99 starting in June, but you’ll have to give up a key perk.

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Google Assistant’s Broadcast feature can now reach you from your phone

Family members can now get broadcasts from Google Assistant even when they’re not near a Google smart speaker. Also: Family Bell gets a much-needed update.

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Apple HomePod speakers get support for a second third-party music service: Deezer

Deezer will join Pandora as the only two third-party music services that the HomePod and HomePod mini support.

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Do Philips Hue smart bulbs need a hub? No, but here's why they're better with one

You can control Philips Hue bulbs via Bluetooth rather than a hub, but here are the features you’ll be missing.

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Is CD-quality music streaming about to go mainstream?

Rumor has it that Apple is about to announce a CD-quality music tier at the same price as its current lossy streaming offering. What if Spotify does the same?

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YouTube TV yanked from Roku's channel store, but it's not completely gone

Existing YouTube TV users will still be able to stream shows on their Roku devices while Roku and Google work on striking a deal.

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Can't decide what to watch? Netflix's ‘Play Something’ button rolls out today

The long-percolating feature will let Netflix users skip the scrolling and start watching a video based on their viewing histories.

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Spotify kicks off a podcast subscription service to rival Apple’s

Spotify will let podcasters keep 100 percent of subscriber revenue for a year, but there’s a catch.