Ben Patterson

Senior Writer

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.

Acer Swift 3 (SF314-57-57BN) review: Thin, light, affordable, and Ice Lake, with Thunderbolt 3 to boot

Amazon Echo Flex review: This tiny plug-in speaker puts Alexa in places where other Echo devices won’t go

Amazon Echo Flex review: This tiny plug-in speaker puts Alexa in places where other Echo devices won’t go

Just plug the compact and inexpensive Echo Flex into a wall outlet and start chatting with Alexa.

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

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.

Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini arrives at last, but only as a Galaxy S20 preorder bonus in South Korea

Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini arrives at last, but only as a Galaxy S20 preorder bonus in South Korea

The Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker wasn’t mentioned at all during Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, nor was the larger Galaxy Home.

WiZ Connected Wi-Fi WiZmote review: An inexpensive, no-frills remote for your WiZ smart lights

WiZ Connected Wi-Fi WiZmote review: An inexpensive, no-frills remote for your WiZ smart lights

This bargain-priced, Wi-Fi-enabled remote makes it easy to control the WiZ lights in a single room.

Google’s Nest accounts will require two-factor security starting this spring

Google’s Nest accounts will require two-factor security starting this spring

Two-factor authentication is easiest way to keep hackers from taking control of your Nest cameras, and Google's about to make it mandatory.

Ring’s new ‘Neighborly Moments’ feature lets you give a shout-out to a neighbor’s act of kindness

Ring’s new ‘Neighborly Moments’ feature lets you give a shout-out to a neighbor’s act of kindness

The new category for Ring’s controversial Neighbors app lets you post about good things that happened in your neighborhood, for a change.

How to set Alexa and Google Assistant to listen for follow-up questions and commands

How to set Alexa and Google Assistant to listen for follow-up questions and commands

Once you enable either Follow-up Mode or Continued Conversations, you won’t need to say “Alexa” or “Hey Google” again to ask more questions.

Latest Samsung Galaxy Home Mini leak points to IR blaster functionality

Latest Samsung Galaxy Home Mini leak points to IR blaster functionality

If the leak is real, the long-awaited Galaxy Home Mini will be able to control your TV and other IR-enabled components.

How to make Alexa lower her voice to a whisper

How to make Alexa lower her voice to a whisper

Want to chat with Alexa at night without waking everyone up? Give Alexa’s Whisper Mode a try.

SimpliSafe’s new multi-feed view lets you monitor several cameras at once
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SimpliSafe’s new multi-feed view lets you monitor several cameras at once

Just sign in to SimpliSafe’s web portal to view live feeds from multiple cameras simultaneously.

Family members can now control Ecobee smart devices without sharing passwords

Family members can now control Ecobee smart devices without sharing passwords

The new Family Accounts feature makes it much easier for loved ones and housemates to take charge of Ecobee smart thermostats, switches and sensors.

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