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.

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Software fix for Sonos Arc bass bug is on the way
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Software fix for Sonos Arc bass bug is on the way

The iffy bass performance of the Sonos Arc soundbar could be fixed as early as next week, courtesy of a software update.

Sonos Arc: A Dolby Atmos performance evaluation
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Sonos Arc: A Dolby Atmos performance evaluation

Make sure your TV supports eARC if you want to experience Dolby Atmos on the Sonos Arc soundbar.

Arlo’s $130 Essential outdoor security camera doesn’t require a hub
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Arlo’s $130 Essential outdoor security camera doesn’t require a hub

Not only is the new Essential camera more affordable than Arlo’s other battery-powered outdoor cameras, it also connects directly to Wi-Fi.

Sonos unveils a lunar white version of the portable Sonos Move speaker
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Sonos unveils a lunar white version of the portable Sonos Move speaker

Besides the Move’s new color, Sonos also managed to boost the speaker’s battery life by an hour.

5 things to expect from a revamped Google Home smart speaker

5 things to expect from a revamped Google Home smart speaker

The original Google Home smart speaker has finally been discontinued. What’s next?

Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Color) review: A solid Wi-Fi smart bulb saddled with a glitchy app

Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Color) review: A solid Wi-Fi smart bulb saddled with a glitchy app

The Yeelight Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Color) is bright enough and boasts some clever lighting features, but its quirky app gave us trouble.

Voice Match, hotword sensitivity and more coming to third-party Google Assistant speakers
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Voice Match, hotword sensitivity and more coming to third-party Google Assistant speakers

Some of Google Assistant’s best features, including the ability to pick a "preferred" speaker, won’t be limited to first-party Google devices anymore.

SunBriteTV’s outdoor Pro 2 Series 4K HDR TV is designed to weather the elements

SunBriteTV’s outdoor Pro 2 Series 4K HDR TV is designed to weather the elements

The updated Pro 2 4K TV from SunBriteTV features its own heating and cooling systems, as well as a built-in media cabinet.

Swann’s Wire-Free Security Camera boasts free facial recognition and cloud storage

Swann’s Wire-Free Security Camera boasts free facial recognition and cloud storage

Swann's new Wi-Fi-enabled 1080p $149 security cam supports both Alexa and Google Assistant.

Dynabook Portege X30L review: Comet Lake power in a featherweight shell

Dynabook Portege X30L review: Comet Lake power in a featherweight shell

The barely-there Dynabook Portege X30L crams a Intel Comet Lake U-series CPU into a 1.8-pound shell.

Anker delays HomeKit compatibility for its recently announced Eufy Indoor Cams

Anker delays HomeKit compatibility for its recently announced Eufy Indoor Cams

HomeKit compatibility for the new Eufy Indoor Cams will have to wait until next month, but there’s a silver lining for this particular cloud.

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