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 smaller new Echo Buds offer better noise cancellation, wireless charging

Set to arrive next month, the new Echo Buds add wireless charging, a smaller design, and twice the noise cancellation of the original Alexa-enabled earbuds.

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Your Roomba is filthier than you think. Here's how to get it completely clean

Think you’ve been taking good care of your Roomba? Think again. Here’s how to do it right.

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Wyze just unveiled its new $30 Bluetooth Floor Lamp, and we gave it a quick test drive

The Wyze Floor Lamp can automatically adjust its brightness according to your daily habits, but it can’t connect to Wi-Fi.

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Google is killing the Play Movies & TV app for Roku and select smart TVs

Say goodbye to Google Play Movies & TV on Roku players and LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart TVs, but there is an alternative.

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Roku unleashes a new soundbar, streaming player, and remote control; expands AirPlay 2 support

The Streambar Pro will boast a virtual surround sound mode, while Roku’s OS update will bring AirPlay 2 to its HD streaming players.

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Logitech Harmony universal remotes are being discontinued

Logitech promises to continue supporting its Harmony service for “as long as customers are using it.”

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An Apple TV crossed with a HomePod? Maybe, but it wouldn't be cheap

A smart display that combines an iPad with a HomePod might also be in the “early stages,” according to a report.

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How to hide songs on Spotify, including Taylor Swift’s old 'Fearless' albums

Want to help Taylor regain control of her old albums? Here’s the trick.

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Spotify now has its own hands-free voice assistant

You can now say “Hey Spotify” to start playing your favorite tunes, pause your music, add favorites, and more.

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Ring unveils the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, with radar-powered bird’s-eye view

Ring’s radar feature is coming to its new wired floodlight cam, while the new Video Doorbell 4 gets a color pre-roll mode.

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Sonos Roam review: Now you really can take the exceptional Sonos sound anywhere

Small, lightweight, packed with great networking features plus your choice of Alexa or Google Assistant, the sweet-sounding Sonos Roam just became the portable smart speaker to beat.

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You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

Get the scoop on how to train Alexa to recognize your voice, prevent unauthorized purchases from Amazon, tell it where you live and work, and more.

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Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: The new Nest Hub is a yawner, literally

The Nest Hub’s successor arrives with a virtually identical design, plus the ability to monitor your sleep without a wristband.

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Got Spotify for desktop? You can now download songs for offline playback

Spotify is rolling out a new look for its desktop and web apps, including the ability the download tracks for listening offline.

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PSA: Lock in a year of Disney+ before tomorrow’s price hike

You can lock in a year of Disney+ at a lower rate if you act quickly.