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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Plex is targeting channel-surfing cord-cutters, adding 80-plus channels to its free streaming TV service

Reuters, Fubo Sports Network, The Bob Ross Channel, Kidoodle TV, and more are now streaming on Plex, and they’re all free (though ad-supported).

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How to recover an accidentally deleted Spotify playlist

Did you just zap a Spotify playlist you’ve been working on for years? All is not lost.

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Spotify now lets you watch podcasts as well as listen to them

Support for video podcasts is rolling out to Spotify users this week, starting with 'Book of Basketball 2.0,' 'The Morning Toast,' and a handful of other popular shows.

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You can finally stream Netflix on a Google Nest Hub or Hub Max smart display

The Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max just became the first smart displays to support Netflix streaming.

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Wyze backtracks on free people detection for all its camera users, but offers a novel alternative

While Wyze says it can’t afford free people detection for all its users, it’s proposing a name-your-price model for early adopters.

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EU launches antitrust probe focusing on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

EU regulators want to know whether voice assistants are giving companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google an unfair advantage by limiting choice and collecting data on their users.

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Aura’s landscape-only Carver smart frame uses AI to pair portrait photos

Aura’s latest photo frame comes with unlimited cloud storage as well as Alexa and Google Assistant support.

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Xiaomi targets cord-cutters with its 1080p Mi TV Stick, featuring built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant

Xiaomi has yet to reveal pricing or a release date for the Android TV-powered Mi TV Stick.

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Spotify debuts charts for top and trending podcasts

Now there’s an easier way to find the hottest and most popular podcasts on Spotify.

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LG SN8YG review: A feature-packed soundbar that doesn’t neglect the basics

The Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support is great, but the rich mid-range audio is even better.

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Everything we know—and don’t know—about Google’s new smart speaker

Google is being awfully coy about its latest smart speaker. We’ve teased out some facts and made some educated guesses.

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Is this a new Google Nest smart speaker?

Looks like Google may have a new smart speaker waiting in the wings, although it’s not clear when the fabric-covered speaker will officially arrive.

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Roku backtracks on combining over-the-air channel guide with streaming TV listings

Turns out some users didn’t like over-the-air TV listings mixed with dozens of streaming TV channels.

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Wink: Paid subscriptions still coming, but free users will get 'limited functionality'

Wink users now have until July 27 to decide whether to sign up for a $4.95 subscription plan, and those who don’t will still have “limited” control of their Wink hubs.

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LG’s new Atmos-enabled soundbar matches its stylish GX Gallery OLED TVs

Boasting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, the LG GX Soundbar is designed to complement the “sophisticated aesthetics” of LG’s GX Gallery OLED TV series.