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 MediaLight bias TV lighting review: Subtle bias lighting designed for videophiles

The MediaLight bias lighting strips are designed for discriminating viewers who want to enhance their TV’s visuals while preserving the integrity of the original image.

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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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More bad news for Microsoft’s Cortana as Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat nixes support

One of the few smart home devices to offer full-on Cortana integration is dropping it in favor of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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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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Samsung says its Galaxy Home smart speaker is very much alive, despite its absence at Unpacked

After the long-awaited, Bixby-powered speaker failed to show at Unpacked 2019, Samsung promises that the Galaxy Home is still in the works.

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Hands-on: Samsung’s Galaxy Book S debuts with the Snapdragon 8cx

Samsung's Galaxy Books S made its surprise debut at Samsung's Unpacked 2019 event, sporting the Snapdragon 8cx CPU and a sliver of a design, less than a half-inch thick.

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PicoBrew’s MultiBrew beer-brewing appliance will make coffee, tea, and more at the push of a button

For years, PicoBrew has made it easy to brew your own craft beer with its push-button Pico devices, and now it’s looking to pour you the perfect cup of coffee.

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Is anyone home? Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is a no-show at Unpacked 2019

It’s been about six months since we’ve laid eyes on the Samsung Galaxy Home, and now it appears we’ll have to wait even longer for another sighting.

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Altice USA and Devialet team up for a pricey Alexa-powered smart speaker

The makers of one of our favorite speakers has joined forces with a big U.S. cable carrier for a luxurious Alexa-enabled speaker, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny.

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ review: Slim and inexpensive, but middling quad-core performance

If you’re looking for an inexpensive quad-core laptop that’s less than three-quarters of an inch thick, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ might fit the bill.

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How to keep Amazon, Apple, and Google from listening to your Alexa, Siri, and Assistant recordings

Amazon Echo and Google Home users can shut the door on “human review” of their voice recordings. Also: how to wipe your Siri history off of Apple's servers.

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Amazon Dash buttons are going away for good, but there are alternatives

Physical Dash buttons are on the way out, but there are alternatives for quickly reordering items from Amazon, from “virtual” Dash buttons to the Dash Wand.

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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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