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Amid privacy concerns, Google nixes the ability turn off the status light on active Nest cameras

Nest Cam, Dropcam, and Hello owners will no longer be allowed to completely turn off the status lights on their cameras, although they will be able to dim them.

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The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain

Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.

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Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range of bias lighting colors for your TV, but no “true” white mode

If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-colored bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting strip makes for a solid choice.

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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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Govee DreamColor for TV with Alexa review: This bias light uses a camera to sync with your TV screen

If you want more from your TV bias lights than a subtle glow that boosts contrast and eases eye strain, this responsive LED light strip from Govee is worth a try.

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Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC

If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.

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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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