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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Spotify now has its own hands-free voice assistant

You can now say “Hey Spotify” to start playing your favorite tunes, pause your music, add favorites, and more.

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Ring unveils the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, with radar-powered bird’s-eye view

Ring’s radar feature is coming to its new wired floodlight cam, while the new Video Doorbell 4 gets a color pre-roll mode.

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Sonos Roam review: Now you really can take the exceptional Sonos sound anywhere

Small, lightweight, packed with great networking features plus your choice of Alexa or Google Assistant, the sweet-sounding Sonos Roam just became the portable smart speaker to beat.

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You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

Get the scoop on how to train Alexa to recognize your voice, prevent unauthorized purchases from Amazon, tell it where you live and work, and more.

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Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: The new Nest Hub is a yawner, literally

The Nest Hub’s successor arrives with a virtually identical design, plus the ability to monitor your sleep without a wristband.

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Got Spotify for desktop? You can now download songs for offline playback

Spotify is rolling out a new look for its desktop and web apps, including the ability the download tracks for listening offline.

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PSA: Lock in a year of Disney+ before tomorrow’s price hike

You can lock in a year of Disney+ at a lower rate if you act quickly.

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Amazon's revamped Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV adds shortcuts to Netflix, Disney+

The new voice remote for Amazon’s Fire TV players also comes with a Guide button for live TV, as well as a redesigned Alexa button.

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Sonos drops the needle on high-resolution music streaming via Qobuz

Qobuz will be the first music service to stream 24-bit audio to Sonos speakers.

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'Black Widow' and 'Cruella' will stream on Disney+ the same day they hit theaters

You’ll need to pay extra to watch "Black Widow" and "Cruella" on Disney+, same as with "Mulan."

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The HomePod mini reportedly has a secret temperature sensor. What’s it for?

A hidden sensor discovered inside the HomePod mini could unlock new functionality for Apple’s diminutive smart speaker.

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You can now stream The Office on Peacock for free, but just for one week

Peacock is unlocking every episode of "The Office" along with a bevy of special features, for one week only.

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Learn how to clean your Roomba’s bin the right way

Sure, you’ve been tossing the dirt in your Roomba’s bin into the trash after every cleaning. But have you checked its filter lately?

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The second-gen Google Nest Hub can track your sleep without a wristband

Available soon for $99, the new Google Nest Hub uses radar to detect how well you’re sleeping.

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Why did Apple’s original HomePod fail? Let’s count the reasons

Apple’s first smart speaker just met a sudden, surprising end, but it was one we could see coming.