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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Movies Anywhere digital locker app coming to Vizio SmartCast TVs

Vizio SmartCast TV owners can now access movie purchases from iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and other services from a single app.

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HomeKit in iOS 14: Support for facial recognition and adaptive lighting

HomeKit will soon be able to automatically change the color temperature of your lights throughout the day, as well as tell you who’s waiting on your doorstep.

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Samsung Blu-ray players across the country are stuck in a mysterious boot loop

Samsung says it’s aware that many of its Blu-ray players are endlessly trying to boot themselves up.

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Plex app lets you stream free movies and TV shows without an account

The Android version of the Plex app now lets anyone watch free ad-supported videos, no account required, while the iOS app will soon get the feature as well.


HBO will stream all Watchmen episodes for free this weekend

HBO will mark the Juneteenth holiday with a Watchmen marathon on Friday.

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Software fix for Sonos Arc bass bug is on the way

The iffy bass performance of the Sonos Arc soundbar could be fixed as early as next week, courtesy of a software update.

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Sonos Arc: A Dolby Atmos performance evaluation

Make sure your TV supports eARC if you want to experience Dolby Atmos on the Sonos Arc soundbar.

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Arlo’s $130 Essential outdoor security camera doesn’t require a hub

Not only is the new Essential camera more affordable than Arlo’s other battery-powered outdoor cameras, it also connects directly to Wi-Fi.

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Sonos unveils a lunar white version of the portable Sonos Move speaker

Besides the Move’s new color, Sonos also managed to boost the speaker’s battery life by an hour.

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5 things to expect from a revamped Google Home smart speaker

The original Google Home smart speaker has finally been discontinued. What’s next?

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Philips Hue unveils a 1,600-lumen white A21 bulb, and revamps its Lightstrip Plus and Bloom lamp

Philips Hue’s new white A21 bulb is the brand’s brightest bulb yet, and it supports both Bluetooth and Zigbee.

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Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Color) review: A solid Wi-Fi smart bulb saddled with a glitchy app

The Yeelight Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Color) is bright enough and boasts some clever lighting features, but its quirky app gave us trouble.

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Voice Match, hotword sensitivity and more coming to third-party Google Assistant speakers

Some of Google Assistant’s best features, including the ability to pick a "preferred" speaker, won’t be limited to first-party Google devices anymore.

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SunBriteTV’s outdoor Pro 2 Series 4K HDR TV is designed to weather the elements

The updated Pro 2 4K TV from SunBriteTV features its own heating and cooling systems, as well as a built-in media cabinet.

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Swann’s Wire-Free Security Camera boasts free facial recognition and cloud storage

Swann's new Wi-Fi-enabled 1080p $149 security cam supports both Alexa and Google Assistant.