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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Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention

Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.

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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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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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Vizio Elevate review: This Dolby Atmos soundbar's swiveling drivers are no gimmick

The front drivers on Vizio's high-end Elevate soundbar rotate to bounce height audio cues off your ceiling.

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Disney+ pulls a Netflix, hikes its subscription price

Prepare to cough up an extra buck for Disney+, starting next year.

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Cyber Monday 2020: Best deals on smart lights, security cams, and other smart home gear

Jump-start your smart home with these Cyber Monday deals on smart lights, robot vacuums, security cameras, video doorbells, and more.

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Black Friday Hulu deal: Get a full year of cord-cutting for $1.99 a month

Hulu is offering 67 percent off its ad-supported subscription plan for Black Friday.

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Apple HomePod Mini review: Apple’s $99 smart speaker needs to be either better or cheaper

If the HomePod Mini were $50 rather than $99, we’d really have something.

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Nanoleaf’s Thread-enabled A19 and LED Lightstrip debut in Apple stores

The new Nanoleaf lights can connect to the soon-to-arrive HomePod Mini, which acts as a Thread border router.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) with Clock review: The clock-equipped Echo Dot gets a spherical makeover

Aside from its new spherical design, the revamped Echo Dot with Clock doesn’t veer far from the original’s winning formula.

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Philips Hue Iris review: This gorgeous accent light supports both Zigbee and Bluetooth

Now compatible with Bluetooth, the revamped Philips Hue Iris is twice as bright as the original.

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Polk Audio MagniFi 2 soundbar review: Virtual 3D audio and built-in Chromecast, but iffy bass

The 2.1-channel MagniFi 2 soundbar from Polk Audio does a solid job at delivering virtualized 3D audio, but gets tripped up by its mediocre bass response.

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Peace by Hampton A19 LED Wi-Fi smart bulbs review: Powerful automation tools, but some missing features, too

The new A19 color smart bulbs from Hampton Products are reasonably priced, but some key features, such as a vacation mode, are MIA.

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