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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Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain bias lighting strip is a little too cool

This popular LED light strip is easy to install and boasts a variety of colors and light modes, but its color temperature leaves something to be desired.

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Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Yes, it’s pricey, but the Samsung HW-Q70R lets you add rich, detailed, and immersive sound, complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS;X support, to your TV in a matter of minutes.

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Waking your TV with a smart speaker? It could be inflating your energy bill

If you’re using a smart speaker to turn on your TV via voice commands, you might unwittingly be doubling the overall power usage of your TV set.

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Nanoleaf’s Canvas smart light squares are poised to take charge of all your HomeKit devices

An update to the Nanoleaf app for iOS will add Touch Actions, a feature that lets you tap specific Canvas light squares on your wall to control your various HomeKit devices.

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You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

Get the scoop on how to train Alexa to recognize your voice, prevent unauthorized purchases from Amazon, tell it where you live and work, and more.

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Samsung’s post-Prime Day TV and soundbar deals include its gorgeous 8K QLED TV

Think 4K video looks amazing? Wait until you feast your eyes on Samsung’s 8K QLED TV, which is getting an impressive discount in the wake of Amazon Prime Day.

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The Beats Solo3 Bluetooth headset is more than 50% off during Amazon Prime Day

When it comes to Bluetooth headphones, “Beats” and “bargain” aren’t words you expect to see in the same sentence. But during this year’s Amazon Prime Day, the Beats Solo3 on-ear headset is selling for its lowest price ever.

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Vizio’s discounted Dolby Atmos soundbar turns your living room into a sonic showcase

There’s no easier way to add object-based 3D sound to your living room than with a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar, and this 3.1.2 model from Vizio is selling for a $200 discount.

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Kangaroo Motion + Entry Sensor review: This motion-sensing entry detector needs more tricks up its sleeves

Kangaroo’s new sensor is an enticing entry-level choice given its no-tools, no-hub setupd and $30 price tag. But sensors on their own can't provide a complete picture of what’s happening in your home.

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Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside

While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

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6 ways to find the perfect TV show or movie on Netflix

Picking just the right Netflix video for a given night isn’t the chillaxing experience it could be. Find out how to take a deep dive into Netflix’s collection of movies and TV episodes, slicing and dicing its categories to pinpoint the perfect video.

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The best GPS trackers for kids: Locate your little ones with ease

Our top picks allow you to easily keep tabs on the munchkins in your life.

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Logitech MK540 Advanced wireless keyboard and mouse review: Snappy typing, no noise

Quiet yet snappy, roomy and programmable, the reasonably priced Logitech MK540 Advanced keyboard will appeal to typists looking for tactile typing experience without making too much of a racket, while the bundled mouse impresses with its smooth, solid scrolling and programmable gestures.

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Become an expert at Safari for iOS with these 8 tips and tricks

Hide your frequently visited sites, remotely close Safari tabs on other devices, turn web pages into PDFs, and more.

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6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

Sure, iOS 11 looks cool, but when you compare it to Android it still comes up short in some key ways, from multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches. Read all about it here.

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