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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Don’t worry, Spotify Free users: You can still cast to Google speakers

The “Premium only” error that Spotify Free users saw while trying to cast music to Google Assistant-powered speakers was just a bug, Spotify says.

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Ring’s upcoming Video Doorbell Pro 2 uses radar to track visitors

Armed with radar-powered Bird’s Eye View technology, Ring’s latest video doorbell can render an aerial view of the path that an interloper took near your home.

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How to connect a new soundbar to an old TV that doesn't support HDMI

Just because you have an aging TV that lacks HDMI ports doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade its audio with a soundbar.

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Spotify will roll out CD-quality audio streams later this year

Spotify HiFi will arrive next year in “select markets,” although there’s no word on how much the new audio tier will cost yet.

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Netflix’s latest feature downloads recommended movies and shows automatically

No internet? You’ll still have new videos to watch thanks to Netflix’s “Downloads For You” feature.

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Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip review: A bright, affordable and Thread-enabled LED light strip

Nanoleaf’s smart LED lightstrip comes loaded with promise, although you'll need a HomePod Mini to unlock its full potential.

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Heading out? Ring’s new geofencing feature can remind you to arm your devices

Besides nudging you to arm your Ring devices when you leave home, the Ring app and its just-announced geofencing feature can snooze security alerts when you get back.

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Wyze debuts its first color smart bulb

The Wyze Bulb Color works with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can change color depending on the status of other Wyze devices.

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Cord-cutters: Keep prying eyes out of your Netflix profile by locking it with a PIN

If you don't want your housemates to know what you've been watching on Netflix, you can lock your Netflix profile with a PIN. Here's how to do it.

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A new Sonos product arriving in March. Could it be a smaller Move?

A recent FCC filing from Sonos hints at a compact portable speaker, although there’s been chatter about wireless headphones, as well.

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Alexa can now chat with visitors who ding your Ring video doorbell

If you’re not home or simply don’t want to answer the door, Alexa can take a message or give instructions on where to leave a delivery.

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Got a Roomba? Clean these filthy components right now

If your Roomba is having trouble docking or has slowed to a crawl, a good scrub might make things right.

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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

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Amazon’s next Echo display might be a wall-mounted control panel

An upcoming and slimmed-down Echo smart display might act as a “command center” for your smart devices, according to an unconfirmed report.

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Sylvania A19 Smart+ Full Color review: This sensible no-hub bulb works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Sylvania’s Wi-Fi-enabled A19 color smart bulb boasts powerful customization features, but its app can be difficult to navigate.