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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Hands on: BodyGuardz’s portable video peephole could be perfect for apartment dwellers

Set to arrive in January, the $280 battery-powered Portable Over-Door Camera works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can install it in seconds, without tools.

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Facebook reveals new Portal, Portal Mini, and Portal TV devices as it admits to collecting voice recordings

Looks like Facebook decided to come clean about how it’s been handling—or mishandling—audio recordings from its Portal devices on the same day that it’s announcing an updated set of Portal gadgets.

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Amazon takes on Tidal, Deezer, and Qobuz with Amazon Music HD: a high-res music service

Available starting today, Amazon Music HD boasts more than 50 million songs with lossless CD-quality sound, plus “millions” more with better-than-CD “ultra HD” sonics.

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The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box lets you sync your Hue lights with your TV

Coming next month, the device will let you sync up to 10 Hue lights with your display, making it look like the TV’s colors are bleeding onto the wall.

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Yamaha YAS-209 soundbar with Alexa review: DTS Virtual:X 3D surround effects aren’t worth the harsh sound

While we like the standard surround-sound modes on this budget-priced soundbar, we aren’t fans of its harsh-sounding DTS Virtual:X implementation.

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Broan’s upcoming SurfaceShield bathroom fan kills germs with bacteria-zapping LEDs

Broan-Nutone’s upcoming SurfaceShield ventilation fans boast LED illumination that's designed to destroy bacteria, fungi and mold.

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Alexa Answers program goes public, allowing anyone to answer Alexa questions

Amazon just threw open the doors to a formerly invite-only program that allows users to answer Alexa queries that the digital assistant doesn’t yet know.

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Bowers & Wilkins' Formation Flex speaker promises high-end wireless audio in a HomePod-style design

Due to arrive later this month, the latest mesh speaker in Bowers & Wilkins’s Formation line supports AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Roon, and Bluetooth.

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Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

This $100 Bluetooth speaker could do with a little more high-end detail, but its attention to mid-range audio pays dividends when it comes to delivering rich, robust sound.

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Netgear sets a $700 price tag (ouch) for its upcoming Orbi Wi-Fi 6 mesh network system

The future is now as far as Netgear’s latest Wi-Fi mesh network system is concerned, with the Wi-Fi 6 Orbi RBK852 slated to land in stores next month.

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Meural’s revamped Canvas II wireless photo frame lets you decorate your wall with priceless works of art

The revamped photo frame from Netgear-owned Meural promises better Wi-Fi, greater energy efficiency, and even an optional subscription service of digital masterpieces.

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Lenovo doubles down on its Google Assistant-powered Smart Display line with a new 7-inch version

Slated to ship in October, the Smart Display 7 comes with slimmed-down bezels, stereo speakers, and an ambient light sensor.

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Ears-on with the Sonos Move Bluetooth speaker: Portable Sonos sound with Alexa and Google Assistant onboard

The audio gurus at Sonos have finally jumped into the portable Bluetooth speaker arena, and from what we’ve seen—and heard—the Move should be worth the wait.

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Hands-on with the Philips Hue Smart button, Smart plug, vintage-style filament bulbs, and more

The $20 Smart button makes it easy to control your Philips Hue lights, and it arrives alongside the first Philips Hue Smart plug, vintage-style LED filament smart bulbs, and an updated Philips Hue Go portable light.

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Amazon unveils a revamped Fire TV Cube streaming box, plus its first soundbar: the Nebula Fire TV Edition

Amazon took the stage at IFA with an all-new version of its hands-free streaming media player, along with a Fire TV Edition soundbar from Anker.