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.

Roku’s voice-enabled features are poised for a boost in an upcoming OS update

Sling TV serves up 14 days of free Sling Blue service for new subscribers who are stuck at home
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Sling TV serves up 14 days of free Sling Blue service for new subscribers who are stuck at home

Watch CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, AMC, FX, and more for free, no credit card or subscription required.

How to turn off (or simply pause) news headlines on your Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub display

How to turn off (or simply pause) news headlines on your Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub display

If all the grim coronavirus bulletins are taking a toll on your sanity, consider taking a break from news headlines on your Echo Show and Google Nest smart displays.

Now you can ask Alexa if you’re at risk for COVID-19

Now you can ask Alexa if you’re at risk for COVID-19

Just ask, and Alexa will quiz you to determine whether it’s likely you’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

These 16 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety
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These 16 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety

Emma, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and more will be available to rent or buy from streaming services way ahead of schedule.

WiZ Connected BR30 Colors smart bulb review: An affordable Wi-Fi floodlight that doesn’t require a hub

WiZ Connected BR30 Colors smart bulb review: An affordable Wi-Fi floodlight that doesn’t require a hub

WiZ’s smart BR30 floodlight is easy to set up, boasts more than a dozen dynamic color lighting modes, and it can even turn “dumb” light switches into smart ones.

YouTube Music now displays song lyrics for selected tracks

YouTube Music now displays song lyrics for selected tracks

Both the iOS and Android versions of the YouTube Music app now display song lyrics, although real-time lyrics aren't supported yet.

5 of the most relaxing Spotify white noise playlists for working from home

5 of the most relaxing Spotify white noise playlists for working from home

If you’re stuck at home and stressing out about the coronavirus crisis, these soothing Spotify playlists can help lower your blood pressure.

Amazon Prime Video is finally getting hip to viewer profiles
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Amazon Prime Video is finally getting hip to viewer profiles

The new Profile Picker for Amazon Prime Video supports up to six profiles, although it's not available in all territories yet.

LG Gram 14 review: This thin, light 2-in-1 boasts exceptional battery life

LG Gram 14 review: This thin, light 2-in-1 boasts exceptional battery life

The Gram strikes a nice balance between performance, weight, and battery life.

Need help washing your hands for long enough? Google Assistant can help

Need help washing your hands for long enough? Google Assistant can help

Just ask, and Google Assistant will sing a song while you lather up to make sure you go the full 20 seconds.

Anker’s EufyCam 2 is slated to get HomeKit Secure Video support in April

Anker’s EufyCam 2 is slated to get HomeKit Secure Video support in April

The HomeKit Secure Video update will allow EufyCam 2 and 2C users to store encrypted security videos on iCloud.

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