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 Galaxy Buds2 review: These in-ear headphones pack a punch

Samsung packs a bevy of features, including active noise cancellation, into these sleek true wireless earbuds.

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Ring is killing its desktop apps for PC and Mac

Still using the Ring desktop app? Time to say goodbye and migrate to or the mobile Ring applications.

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Hulu finally adds HDR support, catching up with rivals

Hulu now streams a selection of its content in HDR, including Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

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How to check if your Google Nest Hub is running Fuchsia

Google’s new Fuchsia OS is silently making its way to first-generation Nest Hub displays. Here’s how to find out if yours was updated.

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Nanoleaf set to roll out Thread update for its light panels

The delayed Thread border router update for Nanoleaf’s Shapes and Elements lights will arrive Thursday.

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Here’s a better way to trigger your morning Alexa routine

Dismissing an alarm is one of Alexa’s most powerful routine triggers, but it’s an easy one to forget.

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Apple delays iOS 15’s SharePlay co-watching feature

First unveiled back in June, Apple’s new SharePlay feature won’t arrive until after the initial launch of iOS 15 this fall.

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LG’s $100,000 rollable OLED is a TV for the 0.1 percent

Capable of disappearing into its speaker-equipped base, LG says its LG Signature OLED R is a one-of-a-kind TV for a one-of-a-kind customer.

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LG SP9YA soundbar review: This 5.1.2 speaker gets its surround effects from the sides

LG’s 5.1.2-channel soundbar uses side-firing drivers rather than separate speakers for surround effects. Is that effective?


Had it up to here with the HBO Max app? A new one is on the way

HBO Max says it will replace its buggy connected TV apps with all-new versions, starting with Roku.

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Smart home-unifying Matter protocol delayed until 2022

Matter, the open-source smart home protocol that promises to unify the Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit platforms, won’t arrive until next year.

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Samsung's new noise-cancelling Galaxy Buds2: Ears-on first impressions

The successor to the two-year-old Galaxy Buds adds noise cancellation, a compact design, and better water resistance, all for a competitive $150 price tag.

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Is Sonos cooking up its own voice assistant? Survey says: maybe

A customer survey from Sonos asks users if they’d be interested in a “Hey Sonos” voice assistant that sits directly on Sonos speakers, no cloud required.

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How to set a light timer using the new Philips Hue app

Light timers are back after briefly disappearing from the revamped Philips Hue app. Here's how to use them.

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Vizio M51ax-J6 review: This 5.1-channel soundbar boasts virtualized Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio

The M51ax-J6 serves up Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio using virtualization rather than upfiring drivers.