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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The HomePod mini reportedly has a secret temperature sensor. What’s it for?

A hidden sensor discovered inside the HomePod mini could unlock new functionality for Apple’s diminutive smart speaker.

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You can now stream The Office on Peacock for free, but just for one week

Peacock is unlocking every episode of "The Office" along with a bevy of special features, for one week only.

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Learn how to clean your Roomba’s bin the right way

Sure, you’ve been tossing the dirt in your Roomba’s bin into the trash after every cleaning. But have you checked its filter lately?

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The second-gen Google Nest Hub can track your sleep without a wristband

Available soon for $99, the new Google Nest Hub uses radar to detect how well you’re sleeping.

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Why did Apple’s original HomePod fail? Let’s count the reasons

Apple’s first smart speaker just met a sudden, surprising end, but it was one we could see coming.

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A cheaper, ad-supported version of HBO Max will arrive this summer, but with a catch

AT&T says it will roll out an AVOD tier for HBO Max in June, but some of its most enticing content won't be included.

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Is Netflix cracking down on password sharing?

Some Netflix viewers are being asked to enter a verification code sent to the account holder before they start streaming.

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Are you ready to invite an Alexa-powered robot into your home?

Amazon’s long-rumored Vesta robot is said to be in the “late prototype” stage.

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Wyze Bulb Color review: Wyze's first color smart bulb is this close to being our favorite

Wyze’s color smart bulb packs in impressive features given its price range, although some aren’t quite fully baked.

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The Sonos Roam will be the company's smallest and least expensive speaker at $169

Weighing less than a pound, the Sonos Roam promises to be lighter and far more affordable than Sonos' previous portable, the six-pound, $399 Move.

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Harman Kardon’s Invoke, the last Cortana smart speaker, will ditch Cortana

An upcoming update will erase Cortana from Harman Kardon’s smart speaker, marking the end of an era for Microsoft’s would-be smart home platform.

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Google TV gets kids profiles and screen time limits

Still no word on multi-user support for Google TV, but at least profiles for kids are coming soon.

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Filthy Roomba wheels? Here’s how to get them clean

Trust me, your Roomba’s wheels are in need of a good cleaning. We’ll show you the easy way to spiff them up.

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Sonos will show off new audio hardware on March 9

A new, smaller Move speaker could become a reality at an upcoming Sonos product event.

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Square-Tidal deal is a head-scratcher, but likely good news for Tidal fans

The future of Tidal and its library of 24-bit streaming tunes feels a tad more secure than it did a day ago.