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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Samsung HW-S60A review: This $280 all-in-one soundbar packs Alexa and AirPlay 2

The rare budget soundbar that boasts both built-in Alexa and AirPlay 2 support.


HBO Max temporarily slashes its ad-free subscription price by 50 percent

Shortly after its exit from Amazon Channels, HBO Max is chopping its ad-free subscription rate in half, but only for a limited time.

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How to add a delay to a Google Assistant routine

Don’t want Google to immediately perform certain actions in a routine? Just add some delays. Here’s how.

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Revamped Sonos Beam soundbar adds Dolby Atmos and eARC support

The second-gen Beam squeezes a beefier CPU into the same compact shell, allowing for virtualized Dolby Atmos height effects.

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Sonos to support high-res Amazon Music, along with Dolby Atmos Music

Almost all Sonos S2 speakers will let you stream 24-bit Amazon Music tunes, while the two latest Sonos soundbars will offer Dolby Atmos Music support.

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There’s a new way to trigger Google Assistant routines

Google Assistant recently learned one of Alexa’s tricks: the ability to start a routine when you dismiss an alarm. Here’s how to set it up.

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Sonos hikes prices of its most popular speakers, including the Sonos Arc and Sonos One

The price increases range from $10 to $100 and take effect September 12.

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Amazon unleashes its own 4K Fire TVs and a revamped Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Amazon is now making its own TVs, complete with Alexa and Dolby Vision. Also: a new Fire TV Stick 4K is on the way.

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Philips Hue’s new dynamic lighting scenes are missing two key features

Philips Hue dynamic scenes have finally arrived, but a pair of fairly obvious features are—for now, anyway—missing in action.

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Hulu will hike its monthly on-demand rates by $1 in October

Starting on October 8, on-demand Hulu will cost a buck more per month.

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Trouble hearing Alexa? The new Adaptive Volume setting can help

Alexa’s voice can have a tough time cutting through the noise of a dishwasher or loud conversation, and that’s where the Adaptive Volume setting comes in.

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WiZ unveils new smart lamps, ceiling lights, and smart plug

WiZ’s latest Wi-Fi smart lights include a tappable table lamp, a new line of ceiling lights, its first spotlight, and a power-monitoring smart plug.

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Philips Hue smart bulbs can now sync with Spotify

A new Spotify integration for the Hue app lets you sync your color Hue lights with your Spotify playlists. Also coming soon: dynamic scenes, brighter A19 bulbs, and more.

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Wyze true wireless Buds come with $44 price tag but no noise cancellation

Arriving with a transparency mode but no noise cancellation, the Wyze Buds are even more affordable than the ANC-enabled Wyze Buds Pro.

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SimpliSafe unveils its first proper outdoor cam

Looks like SimpliSafe is finally getting serious about outdoor security cameras.