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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Google adds a privacy-oriented Guest Mode to its Home and Nest smart speakers and displays

Want to have an off-the-record chat with Google Assistant on your smart speaker? Now you can, thanks to Google’s just-launched Guest Mode.

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Ring rolls out end-to-end encryption for select doorbells and security cameras

Available starting today, end-to-end encryption adds another layer of protection for your Ring video recordings, although implementing it also means giving up some key features.

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Arlo and bow similar but different touchless video doorbells

The new video doorbells let visitors sound the door chime without having to touch a button, a prudent feature given the pandemic.

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TP-Link adds its first video doorbell to its Kasa smart home lineup

The Kasa Smart Doorbell boasts 1080p resolution, people detection, and IP64 weatherproofing.

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TCL’s latest soundbar connects wirelessly to Roku TVs

Also coming to TCL’s soundbar lineup: support for AirPlay 2, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

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LG unwraps the ultra-compact Éclair soundbar with Dolby Atmos and upfiring drivers

Also, LG’s high-end 2021 soundbars will support Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2.

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JBL’s Bar 5.0 MultiBeam soundbar delivers virtual Dolby Atmos on a budget

This affordable soundbar comes with an all-on-one design as well as AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Alexa multi-room audio support.

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Your Lenovo laptop will soon double as an Amazon Echo Show

Lenovo’s upcoming Show Mode will bring the Alexa-powered Echo Show interface to Lenovo PCs and laptops.

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Samsung is bringing AirPlay 2 and room calibration to its 2021 soundbar lineup

Samsung also revealed an 11.1.4-channel soundbar during a pre-CES presentation, complete with Dolby Atmos support.

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New Nest cameras on tap for 2021 as Nest Cam IQ Outdoor sells out

Google says a “new lineup of security cameras” is on the way as soon as this year.

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Nanoleaf Shapes – Triangles review: Nanoleaf adds variety to its new line of light panels

Nanoleaf’s impressive Hexagons light panels just got some company.

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Twinkly Strings 250 LEDs Multicolor review: These smart string lights deliver dazzling effects

The Twinkly app scans each individual LED in the string, setting the stage for eye-popping animations.

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The best holiday 2020 deals on TVs, soundbars, media streamers, and more

4K TVs, immersive soundbars, Bluetooth headphones, and other home entertainment accessories are getting big holiday discounts.

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HBO Max comes to Roku devices at last

The long-awaited deal comes just in time for 'Wonder Woman 1984,' which will debut on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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The Apple TV app is coming to Chromecast with Google TV

You’ll be able to stream videos from Apple TV+ and iTunes on Chromecast devices starting in 2021.