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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Apple Music app lands on Samsung smart TVs

Samsung is the first manufacturer to get the Apple Music app on its smart TV platform.

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How to create a movie and TV show watchlist using Google Search

Google’s new watchlist feature lets you select the streaming video services you're subscribed to, as well as filter recommendations by genre or what’s available for free.

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Ring app adds support for iOS’s Critical Alerts feature

You can now get emergency Ring Alarm notifications on your iPhone or iPad even if you have Do Not Disturb mode enabled.

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The best online film festivals and virtual art house movie screenings

SXSW, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, Film Forum, and more are turning to virtual screenings in the wake of COVID-19.

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Spotify rolls out curated podcast playlists for true crime fanatics, foodies, and more

Following in the footsteps of its Your Daily Podcast playlists, Spotify’s new podcast playlists feature hand-picked episodes from the latest and greatest pods.

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10 free Netflix documentaries for teachers and students stuck at home

Netflix is offering free films and TV shows on its YouTube channel, including 'Our Planet,' '13th,' and 'Babies.'

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Anker unveils a pair of budget-priced Eufy indoor home security cams

The $40 Eufy Indoor Cam 2K boasts people detection, night vision and local storage, while a $50 version adds pan and tilt functionality.

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New Ring Alarm home security system with 1-touch buttons for police, fire, and medical emergencies coming soon

The new keypad for arming and disarming the system is smaller and sleeker, despite having more features, and the Z-Wave smart home hub remains.

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Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass program lets you lend movie purchases to your friends

The still-in-beta Screen Pass feature lets you share selected movies in your Movies Anywhere digital locker for up to 72 hours.

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Vizio’s SmartCast TV platform adds 30 free streaming channels

USA Today, CBC News, TMZ, Fubo Sports Network, and more are coming to Vizio SmartCast TVs.

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The best 30-day streaming TV trials for stay-at-home binge watching

Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, and more will let you stream their TV shows and movies free for a month.

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AMC Networks offers free 'The Walking Dead' episodes, plus free seasons of IFC and Sundance TV shows

Catch up on the latest season of 'The Walking Dead' for free.

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5 ways to improve your relationship with Alexa

It's important to get along with everyone you’re staying at home with, including Alexa.

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The new $35 Blink Mini indoor camera is Blink’s least expensive cam yet

Coming later this month, the diminutive Blink Mini is set to compete with such budget security cams as the $20 Wyze Cam v2.

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The Ring Doorbox is revealed, but what is it for?

The leaked Ring Doorbox looks like it may be for securing a key, but would the key unlock a door, a package box, or something else?