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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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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Yamaha SR-B20A review: This all-in-one soundbar boasts great audio for the price

If you can do without Wi-Fi streaming, the swell-sounding SR-B20A is an excellent value.

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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.

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5 things I learned while setting up my first media server

Sure, you can spend a fortune setting up a media server for your music and videos, but it turns out you don’t have to.

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Wink users head for the exits following a week-long outage

Wink started charging for its formerly free service last summer, and now this.

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Nanoleaf Essentials A19 review: A Thread-enabled smart bulb with 120 sides

The first standard light bulb from Nanoleaf, the Essentials A19 connects to Thread networks and will support a variety of nifty features—eventually, anyway.

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Wyze’s budget security cams now detect vehicles and packages at a price

The new car and package detection features will be included in Wyze’s paid Cam Plus plan.

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Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 and its rotating display will finally ship on Feburary 25

Better late than never, the third version of Amazon’s biggest smart display has a 10-inch screen that follows you around the room.

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Ring's $60 Video Doorbell Wired aims to take on Wyze

The new Video Doorbell Wired marks Ring’s smallest doorbell yet, and at $60, it’s also its least expensive.

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Polk Audio’s $250 React soundbar packs Alexa

The all-in-one Polk React can be upgraded with a wireless subwoofer and a surround speaker kit, and it comes with built-in Alexa.

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The Super Bowl won’t be in 4K or HDR this year

CBS is blaming “production limitations” due to COVID-19 for its decision to stick with a 1080p Super Bowl.

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Netflix's long-awaited shuffle button will arrive this year

After months of testing a “shuffle play” button, Netflix will roll out the feature in the first half of 2021.

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Kami’s new video doorbell boasts on-device person detection and facial recognition

The Kami Doorbell Camera doesn’t need the cloud to detect people or recognize friends and family, although it does rely on cloud-based video storage.

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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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The Denon Home series of wireless speakers will soon answer to Alexa

A firmware update this spring will add built-in Alexa to Denon’s HEOS-enabled Home speakers. Also coming soon from Denon: a new Dolby Atmos soundbar.