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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A cheaper, ad-supported version of HBO Max will arrive this summer, but with a catch

AT&T says it will roll out an AVOD tier for HBO Max in June, but some of its most enticing content won't be included.

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Is Netflix cracking down on password sharing?

Some Netflix viewers are being asked to enter a verification code sent to the account holder before they start streaming.

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Are you ready to invite an Alexa-powered robot into your home?

Amazon’s long-rumored Vesta robot is said to be in the “late prototype” stage.

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Wyze Bulb Color review: Wyze's first color smart bulb is this close to being our favorite

Wyze’s color smart bulb packs in impressive features given its price range, although some aren’t quite fully baked.

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The Sonos Roam will be the company's smallest and least expensive speaker at $169

Weighing less than a pound, the Sonos Roam promises to be lighter and far more affordable than Sonos' previous portable, the six-pound, $399 Move.

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Harman Kardon’s Invoke, the last Cortana smart speaker, will ditch Cortana

An upcoming update will erase Cortana from Harman Kardon’s smart speaker, marking the end of an era for Microsoft’s would-be smart home platform.

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Google TV gets kids profiles and screen time limits

Still no word on multi-user support for Google TV, but at least profiles for kids are coming soon.

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Filthy Roomba wheels? Here’s how to get them clean

Trust me, your Roomba’s wheels are in need of a good cleaning. We’ll show you the easy way to spiff them up.

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Sonos will show off new audio hardware on March 9

A new, smaller Move speaker could become a reality at an upcoming Sonos product event.

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Square-Tidal deal is a head-scratcher, but likely good news for Tidal fans

The future of Tidal and its library of 24-bit streaming tunes feels a tad more secure than it did a day ago.

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How to turn off the HomePod mini’s irksome music handoff notifications

Are haptic notifications for the HomePod mini’s music transfer abilities driving you nuts? Here’s how to disable them.

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SmartThings will end support for its first-gen hub and some other legacy devices this summer

The original SmartThings hub, a SmartThings-powered ADT security system, and the SmartThings Link dongle for the Nvidia Shield are about to become paperweights.

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Samsung’s 76-inch MicroLED TV will be its smallest yet

Samsung’s pricey MicroLED line is about to get more affordable, but it certainly won't be cheap.

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Arlo’s privacy-minded Essential Indoor Camera goes on sale

First unveiled at CES, Arlo’s new indoor camera has a lens that automatically turns opaque when it’s disarmed.

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The best way to clean your Roomba’s hairy brushes

Your Roomba’s brushes are covered with hair. Here’s how to get them clean.