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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A cheaper, ad-supported Disney+ plan won’t arrive anytime soon

Disney’s CEO says he’s “happy with the models that we’ve got right now,” although he didn’t completely rule out an ad-supported tier.


YouTube TV offers some subscribers a free TiVo Stream 4K or Chromecast with Google TV player

The move comes as the feud between Google and Roku over the YouTube TV app drags on.

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Eve Door and Window review: This smart, Thread-enabled door and window sensor is only for HomeKit users

Eve’s easy-to-install but pricey contact sensor offers powerful automations and it works with Thread, but it doesn’t support Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Samsung HW-Q800A review: Samsung TV users will get the most out of this 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar

If you want to try the HW-Q800A’s Q Symphony and SpaceFit features, you’ll need a Samsung TV.

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Apple’s Siri is coming to third-party HomeKit accessories

Siri is finally set to arrive in non-Apple HomeKit devices. Also: Apple announces “Home keys” for unlocking doors; plus, new HomePod mini and Apple TV features.

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Apple's new SharePlay feature lets you watch, listen with friends via FaceTime

Apple’s new SharePlay feature will support third-party streaming services such as Disney+, HBO Max, and Paramount+.

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The Paramount+ $5-a-month Essential plan launches today. Here’s what you need to know

The ad-supported version of Paramount+ just got a buck cheaper, but don’t switch from the older, $6/month with-ads plan until you read this first.

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Nanoleaf’s Shapes and new, wood-like Elements panels will both include Thread border routers

Not only do Nanoleaf’s latest light panels boast a “wood-look” finish, they also come with controllers that connect Thread devices to the internet. Shapes panels will also get Thread functionality.

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Revamped Philips Hue app gets streamlined 'automations,' multi-user geofencing

Rebuilt from the ground up, the new, more intuitive Philips Hue app boasts more than 100 improvements and refinements. Also: "Dynamic" scenes are coming soon.


HBO Max’s cheaper, ad-supported tier nixes downloads and 4K HDR streaming

If you want to save $5 a month on HBO Max, you’ll have to put up with missing features as well as advertisements.

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Vizio’s 2022 soundbar lineup will boast more eARC models

eARC is going mainstream as Vizio’s mid-range M-Series soundbars get the feature.

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Welcome to Amazon Sidewalk! Now here’s how to turn it off

Your Amazon Echo speakers and Ring devices may already be enabled to join Amazon’s new, neighborhood-wide Sidewalk networks, but you can turn Sidewalk access off using a single setting.

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Apple TV app lands on Nvidia Shield streaming players

Cord-cutters can now stream 'Ted Lasso,' 'The Morning Show,' 'Cherry,' and more on Nvidia’s Shield and Shield Pro, as well as on other Android TV devices.

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Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review: This mid-range soundbar delivers big, dynamic sound

Supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the Vizio M512a-H6 packs exciting, room-filling sound, even if it lacks Wi-Fi support.

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Eve Energy review: This HomeKit smart plug doubles as a Thread router

Besides turning dumb appliances into smart ones, the Eve Energy smart plug can help extend the range of other Thread-enabled devices in your home.