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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Aura Carver review: This landscape-only photo frame automatically pairs portrait images

The Aura Carver picture frame uses AI to ensure you don’t see letterbox bars when the frame is displaying portrait images.

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Zoom will arrive on Amazon, Facebook, and Google smart displays this year

Zoom for Home will debut on Facebook Portal displays in September, followed by Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest displays before the year is out.

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Netflix is trying out a 'Shuffle Play' button yet again

Netflix keeps trying to make shuffle happen.

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Distance learning: 4 smart tech solutions for keeping kids on track

Get some badly needed school-from-home help from Alexa, Google Assistant, your smart lights, and more.

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Google smart displays now let you take charge of multi-room audio

You can now create instant speaker groups from your Google Nest Hub, Hub Max, or another Google Assistant-compatible display.

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Confused by the flashing lights on your Amazon Echo device? Here’s what they mean

The indicator lights on your Echo speaker can flash in seven different colors. Here’s what they’re trying to tell you.

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Apple TV+ now bundles CBS All Access and Showtime for $9.99 a month

The CBS All Access and Showtime bundle essentially gives you both channels for half off, but only if you’re an Apple TV+ subscriber.

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Now you can add DirecTV movie purchases to your Movies Anywhere digital locker

DirecTV is joining eight other online retailers whose users can sync their digital movie purchases with the Movies Anywhere service.

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Vizio’s SmartCast TV platform gets 12 new streaming TV channels for kids

Ameba, HappyKids Junior, Kidoodle.TV, and The Official LEGO Channel are among the free streaming channels coming to Vizio SmartCast TVs.

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Recently squashed Alexa bug could have allowed hackers access to voice histories, researchers say

Yet another good reason to regularly clean your stored Alexa voice recordings.

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'Diana: A New Musical' will debut on Netflix before opening on Broadway

A staged production of 'Diana,' filmed without an audience at Broadway’s Longacre Theater, will arrive first on Netflix.

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TCL’s 6-series 4K UHD smart TVs with mini-LED backlighting are eye-poppingly affordable

Touted as the next best thing to OLED, mini-LED display technology has made its way to TCL’s affordable 6-series, while the budget 5-series is getting quantum dots for the first time.

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Sony HT-G700 review: This Atmos- and DTS:X-enabled soundbar boasts a trifecta of virtual 3D modes, but no Wi-Fi

Its arsenal of virtual 3D modes is impressive, but without Wi-Fi, the HT-G700 is missing a bevy of key features given its price tag.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (2020) review: Hue’s versatile, delicate LED light strip gets Bluetooth control

The latest version of Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus is perfect for accent lighting and it doesn’t require a bridge, but we’re concerned about its durability.

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Google Assistant’s new Family Bell feature adds structure to endless summer days

Now you can ask Google to set daily reminder bells for the whole family, as well as set the mood for school and broadcast messages to a specific room.