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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Spotify’s mobile app makes it easier to dip back into your favorite playlists

The redesigned Spotify home screen for mobile lets you pick up a listening session right where you left off, or it can point you in the direction of new tunes.

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WiZ Connected Color and Tunable White A19 bulb review: A colorful Wi-Fi smart bulb that won’t break the bank

This no-hub smart bulb is easy to install, and it supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Amazon Echo Glow review: A fun, kid-friendly smart lamp that works with Alexa

The durable, inexpensive Echo Glow is pretty good at the limited range of things it can do.

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Spotify’s redesigned iOS app gives the Shuffle Play button a sleeker look

More icons, fewer words is the idea behind the Spotify mobile redesign, which is “coming soon” to Android.

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Netatmo’s Smart Indoor Camera now supports Apple HomeKit Secure Video

The HomeKit Secure Video update will allow Netatmo Smart Indoor Security Camera users to securely store their saved video clips in iCloud.

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First Alert’s Alexa-enabled Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector is getting AirPlay 2 support

Yes, you can now stream music to your Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Anker Nebula Soundbar—Fire TV Edition review: Great Fire TV and Alexa functionality, but so-so sound

This 2.1-channel soundbar comes with Fire TV and Alexa onboard, but we weren’t impressed by its mediocre audio.

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Amazon Echo Flex review: This tiny plug-in speaker puts Alexa in places where other Echo devices won’t go

Just plug the compact and inexpensive Echo Flex into a wall outlet and start chatting with Alexa.

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Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

A vulnerability in the wireless Zigbee protocol allows hackers to hijack your network using an older Hue smart bulb, but your Hue bridge has most likely been patched already.

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Vizio SB2021n-G6 review: This budget 20-inch soundbar is the perfect match for a second TV

While it lacks HDMI inputs and Wi-Fi connectivity, this DTS Virtual:X-equipped soundbar boasts impressive and immersive sound for just $130.

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If your Philips Hue lights aren’t responding, maybe it’s time to move your Hue Bridge

Did all the Hue lights in your house just become unresponsive? Wireless interference could be to blame, and moving your Hue Bridge might be the answer.

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Sonos will stop issuing software updates for 'legacy' speakers and devices in May

You’ll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they’ll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.

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Spotify playlists for your pets? OK, we’ll bite

Spotify's new “algorithmically created” Pet Playlists are designed to cater to you and your pooch, kitty, or even your iguana.

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Next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio improves sound quality and battery life, and adds audio sharing

The Bluetooth SIG unveiled Bluetooth LE Audio, a new set of Bluetooth capabilities coming to devices and public venues within the next 12 to 18 months.

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Denon DHT-S716H soundbar review: This pricey 3.0-channel soundbar packs an impressive punch

While it lacks Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, this Denon soundbar boasts rich, detailed, and surprisingly deep sound given its lack of a subwoofer.

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