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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Amazon’s fashion-centric Echo Look camera will stop working in July

Time is up for Amazon’s $200 Echo Look, which snaps photos of your outfits and makes Alexa-powered fashion suggestions.

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Hulu, Plex roll out group watch party features

Both Hulu and Plex have started testing features that let far-flung friends and loved ones stream videos together.

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Spotify nixes 10,000-item limit for saved music libraries

Spotify fanatics, rejoice: no more will you need to prune your collections of songs and albums because your Spotify library is maxed out.

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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

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Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

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Hands-on: HP Elite Dragonfly, the first laptop with an integrated Tile tracker

The HP Elite Dragonfly will be an easier laptop to track, thanks to its embedded Tile module.

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How to make your Google/Nest smart speakers, displays, and cameras listen for suspicious sounds

Thanks to Google’s new Nest Aware plans, Google Home and Nest devices can now keep an ear out for the sounds of smoke alarms and breaking glass.

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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon

If you have $500 (or less), we've found the best cheap laptops on Amazon and Best Buy. The ones that give you the best bang for buck. Keep reading to find our top picks.

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Wink's switch to mandatory subscriptions gets pushed back a week

Wink users now have seven more days to decide whether to pay a monthly subscription fee or jump to a new platform.

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5 ways to improve your relationship with Google Assistant

Learn how to change the sound of Google Assistant’s voice, teach it your nickname, make your conversations flow better, and more.

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Spotify’s Group Session feature lets your friends control your music queue

Once you've created a Group Session, your friends can take charge of your Spotify tunes in real time.

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The $100 Ring Video Doorbell gets a feature-packed upgrade, finally

The second-generation Ring Video Doorbell boasts better video quality, privacy zones, and an additional “near” zone, all for the same $100 price as the original model.

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Google will switch on mandatory two-factor authentication for Nest accounts this month

If you haven’t already locked down your Nest account with two-step authentication, Google will do it for you starting in May.

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Rumors point to a new Sonos Playbar with Dolby Atmos, plus refreshed Play:5 and Sub

Is a new HDMI-equipped Playbar finally about to happen?

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Ring A19 Smart LED Bulb review: Ring dips its toe into traditional smart bulbs

This new A19 smart bulb plays nice with Ring doorbells, security cameras, and motion-sensing lights, but it lacks the advanced features that some other smart lighting systems offer.

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