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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Sling TV is now available on the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays

Users of Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max just got another way to watch live TV.

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Spotify opens up free music streaming to Amazon Echo, Sonos, and Bose speakers

The move comes just a day after Amazon announced that it would allow iOS and Android users to listen to free Amazon Music tunes.

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Spotify’s new Your Daily Podcasts playlist queues up your favorite podcasts and mixes in some new ones

If you’re stuck in a podcast rut, Spotify’s auto-generated playlist can help steer you toward some new shows.

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Enclave Audio announces the first THX Certified and WiSA Certified wireless home theater speaker system

The $1,500 CineHome Pro system marks the first WiSA-enabled 5.1 speaker set to be THX-certified.

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PowerShades’s new smart shades can be controlled and powered using a single cable

The motor in these shades draws electricity from a low-voltage ethernet cable, eliminating the need for disposable batteries or an ugly wall wart.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 camera gets support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video

A just-released beta firmware update for the camera, which is among the first to support HomeKit Secure Video, allows users to securely store recorded video clips in iCloud.

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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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Ikea unwraps a $10 decorative smart filament bulb

The price is nice, but the new E26 filament bulb requires a wireless “steering” device to work.

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Innr Smart Plug review: A cheaper way for Philips Hue users to take control of their “dumb” lights

Small, sturdy, and reliable, the Innr Smart Plug makes for an inexpensive alternative to the new Philips Hue Smart plug.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Nest: Which of the two big smart platforms is right for you?

The choice between Amazon Alexa-powered Echo devices or Nest gadgets with Google Assistant can be a tough one. We'll help you pick.

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Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box review: Want to make your Hue lights sync with your TV? Here's the answer

This compact device does an impressive job of syncing your Hue lights with your TV without any detectable latency, but it’s pricey, and there’s no remote.

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Qobuz lowers its price for high-resolution music streaming to $15 a month, for now

The streaming music service is combining its three monthly subscription plans into one, ditching its $10-a-month MP3 streaming plan in the process.

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Vizio unveils a second Product RED 4K TV to help promote AIDS awareness

The Product RED edition of its 50-inch M-Series Quantum 4K HDR smart TV will mark Vizio’s second partnership with the charitable brand.

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Free Deezer users in the United States can now play and control their tunes with Alexa

Six months after allowing users in worldwide regions to use its free music tier with Alexa, Deezer is opening the doors to United States users, too.

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Amazon Music and enhanced Alexa voice control coming to select Yamaha audio products

Soon, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to stream tunes on compatible Yamaha wireless speakers, AV receivers, soundbars, and more.