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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Warner Bros. will debut all its 2021 movies on HBO Max as well as in theaters

The bombshell news from Warner Bros. underscores the sobering reality that U.S. moviegoing won’t be returning to normal anytime soon.

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Microphone-less Sonos Arc SL soundbar arrives exclusively at Costco

The Arc SL Shadow Edition is essentially identical to the standard Arc soundbar, save for a new color and no voice assistants listening in.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ will be HBO Max’s first 4K title

HBO Max will start streaming shows and movies in 4K HDR this month, starting with the new Wonder Woman movie.

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Welcome to Amazon Sidewalk! Now here’s how to turn it off

Your Amazon Echo speakers and Ring devices may already be enabled to join Amazon’s new, neighborhood-wide Sidewalk networks, but you can turn Sidewalk access off using a single setting.

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Cyber Monday 2020: Best deals on smart lights, security cams, and other smart home gear

Jump-start your smart home with these Cyber Monday deals on smart lights, robot vacuums, security cameras, video doorbells, and more.


Black Friday Hulu deal: Get a full year of cord-cutting for $1.99 a month

Hulu is offering 67 percent off its ad-supported subscription plan for Black Friday.

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Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper

If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we’d really have something.

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Amazon unveils next-gen Echo Frames, but stops selling the Echo Loop smart ring

The updated Echo Frames will boast better sound and battery life, as well as new colors. At the same time, Amazon is ending production of the Alexa-enabled Echo Loop.

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'Wonder Woman 1984' will land on HBO Max and in theaters on Christmas Day

The latest Hollywood blockbuster to skip theaters in favor of streaming, 'Wonder Woman 1984' joins the likes of 'Soul,' ‘Mulan,’ ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music,’ 'Greyhound,' and more.

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Google smart displays get sticky notes for family members

Now you can ask Google Assistant to leave “Family Notes” on your Google display. Also: Google Assistant gets a “find my family” feature.

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Wyze Sprinkler controller coming soon to a lawn near you

At just $50, Wyze’s new sprinkler controller is among the least expensive we’ve seen.


HBO Max app finally arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

Starting on Tuesday, Fire TV users will finally be able to watch Succession, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, and more using the HBO Max app.

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Nanoleaf’s Thread-enabled A19 and LED Lightstrip debut in Apple stores

The new Nanoleaf lights can connect to the soon-to-arrive HomePod Mini, which acts as a Thread border router.

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Wyze’s $199 robot vacuum will start cleaning carpets in 2021

Slated to ship in January, the Wyze Robot Vacuum boasts room mapping and the ability to create virtual walls, features we rarely see in vacuums this inexpensive.

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Slingbox brilliantly solved a problem that no longer exists

Once upon a time, Slingbox was pretty much the only way to stream live TV to your phone or PC.