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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Google is 'aware' of buggy Bluetooth for Home and Nest speakers and working on a fix

If your Google Home or Nest device can’t maintain a solid Bluetooth connection with a phone or an external speaker, you’re not the only one.

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Amazon Echo Glow review: A fun, kid-friendly smart lamp that works with Alexa

The durable, inexpensive Echo Glow is pretty good at the limited range of things it can do.

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Spotify’s redesigned iOS app gives the Shuffle Play button a sleeker look

More icons, fewer words is the idea behind the Spotify mobile redesign, which is “coming soon” to Android.

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Netatmo’s Smart Indoor Camera now supports Apple HomeKit Secure Video

The HomeKit Secure Video update will allow Netatmo Smart Indoor Security Camera users to securely store their saved video clips in iCloud.

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WiZ Connected ST19 Filament Dimmable bulb review: This vintage Wi-Fi bulb is well suited for accent lighting

Easy to set up and compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, WiZ Connected’s attractive, Wi-Fi-enabled ST19 filament bulb doesn't require a hub, and the price is right.

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Disney+ is coming to Vizio’s SmartCast TV platform

Vizio announced that Disney+ will be available on its SmartCast platform starting this week in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

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First Alert’s Alexa-enabled Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector is getting AirPlay 2 support

Yes, you can now stream music to your Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Anker Nebula Soundbar—Fire TV Edition review: Great Fire TV and Alexa functionality, but so-so sound

This 2.1-channel soundbar comes with Fire TV and Alexa onboard, but we weren’t impressed by its mediocre audio.

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Amazon Echo Flex review: This tiny plug-in speaker puts Alexa in places where other Echo devices won’t go

Just plug the compact and inexpensive Echo Flex into a wall outlet and start chatting with Alexa.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini arrives at last, but only as a Galaxy S20 preorder bonus in South Korea

The Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker wasn’t mentioned at all during Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, nor was the larger Galaxy Home.

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WiZ Connected Wi-Fi WiZmote review: An inexpensive, no-frills remote for your WiZ smart lights

This bargain-priced, Wi-Fi-enabled remote makes it easy to control the WiZ lights in a single room.

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Google’s Nest accounts will require two-factor security starting this spring

Two-factor authentication is easiest way to keep hackers from taking control of your Nest cameras, and Google's about to make it mandatory.

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Ring’s new ‘Neighborly Moments’ feature lets you give a shout-out to a neighbor’s act of kindness

The new category for Ring’s controversial Neighbors app lets you post about good things that happened in your neighborhood, for a change.

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How to set Alexa and Google Assistant to listen for follow-up questions and commands

Once you enable either Follow-up Mode or Continued Conversations, you won’t need to say “Alexa” or “Hey Google” again to ask more questions.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy Home Mini leak points to IR blaster functionality

If the leak is real, the long-awaited Galaxy Home Mini will be able to control your TV and other IR-enabled components.