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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Eve Door and Window review: This smart, Thread-enabled door and window sensor is only for HomeKit users

Eve’s easy-to-install but pricey contact sensor offers powerful automations and it works with Thread, but it doesn’t support Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Samsung HW-Q800A review: Samsung TV users will get the most out of this 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar

If you want to try the HW-Q800A’s Q Symphony and SpaceFit features, you’ll need a Samsung TV.

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Why I left GeForce Now for a dusty PlayStation 4

As good as it is, Nvidia’s cloud-gaming service falters when it comes to competitive games, but there’s a setting that can help.

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The Paramount+ $5-a-month Essential plan launches today. Here’s what you need to know

The ad-supported version of Paramount+ just got a buck cheaper, but don’t switch from the older, $6/month with-ads plan until you read this first.

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Vizio’s 2022 soundbar lineup will boast more eARC models

eARC is going mainstream as Vizio’s mid-range M-Series soundbars get the feature.

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Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review: This mid-range soundbar delivers big, dynamic sound

Supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the Vizio M512a-H6 packs exciting, room-filling sound, even if it lacks Wi-Fi support.

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Eve Energy review: This HomeKit smart plug doubles as a Thread router

Besides turning dumb appliances into smart ones, the Eve Energy smart plug can help extend the range of other Thread-enabled devices in your home.

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Google’s mysterious Fuchsia OS makes its public debut on the first-gen Nest Hub

Your Nest Hub display may soon be running on Google’s experimental, non Linux-based OS, even if you don’t realize it.

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HBO Max will offer a cheaper—$10 a month—ad-supported tier starting in June

HBO Max with Ads will be more affordable than the $15-a-month ad-free tier, but it’ll be missing a key perk: day-and-date Warner Bros. movies.

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Android TV controls are finally coming to Android phones

Similar to the longstanding iOS remote for Apple TV, an integrated touchscreen remote that controls Android TV OS devices will land on Android phones later this year.

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Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review: Affordable GeForce RTX performance in a slim package

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE weighs less than four pounds and costs a lot less than you might think. This GeForce RTX 3060-powered laptop is a great gaming value.

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EufyCam users report seeing video from strangers in apparent privacy breach

If you opened the Eufy app today and found someone else’s videos, you’re not the only one. Eufy has acknowledged the "software bug" and apologized.

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Amazon and Apple both announce lossless music streaming at no extra cost

If you’re a paid Amazon Music or Apple Music subscriber, get ready for CD-quality and high-resolution streaming, all for free.

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How to keep Netflix from gobbling up too much data

Netflix will blow through up to 7GB of data an hour if you let it. Here’s how to put the brakes on Netflix’s data usage.

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Roku Originals, Roku’s collection of Quibi videos, launches May 20

A selection of 30 shows from the kaput Quibi mobile streaming service will premiere—again—on The Roku Channel, with more to come.

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