Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

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Aquanta and its smart water-heater controller are back with new promises to slash your energy bill

Like the Nest thermostat, Aquanta’s water-heater controller learns your usage patterns and will heat water only when you need it.

SnapPower Guidelight

SnapPower Guidelight review: Turn your outlet cover into a nightlight, quickly and easily

A cheap and simple improvement would make this product even better.

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Nest expands the capabilities of its Works with Nest API

Third-party developers gain access to new smart-home tricks.

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Wemo smart-home devices now work with the Nest Learning Thermostat

New version of the Wemo app taps the Nest Home/Away Assist feature.

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Fender FXA6 Pro in-ear monitors review: These earphones are something special

You might think they’re expensive at $400, but their sound and fit rival custom-made monitors that cost nearly three times more.

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Raumfeld WiFi Soundbar review: This speaker and subwoofer duo delivers a powerful 1-2 punch

The combo delivers very solid performances with both movies and music, and it can be incorporated into a multi-room audio system.

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Raumfeld One S wireless speaker review: Plenty loud

The smallest and least expensive powered speaker in the Raumfeld lineup punches way above its weight class.

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Raumfeld multi-room audio system review: Watch your back, Sonos

A newish audio company from Germany takes on market leader Sonos and scores some solid points.

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Raumfeld Stereo M bookshelf speakers review: Old-school style, state-of-the-art features

These loudspeakers only look like they came from a '70s catalog.

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Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to offer home Wi-Fi routers

The unusual-looking AmpliFi 802.11ac Wi-Fi router series will ship with two pre-paired range extenders.

Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now available for pre-order

This 802.11ac router has a ZigBee radio built in, and you can add support for Bluetooth and/or Z-Wave with USB dongles.

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Roost goes from selling a smart smoke-alarm battery to selling smart smoke alarms

It's the first residential smoke alarm capable of detecting natural gas as well as carbon monoxide, smoke, and fire.

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Bowers & Wilkins is the trophy acquisition of a startup with high-end audio ambitions

Venerable British audio company Bowers & Wilkins has been snapped up by a startup that's flush with Silicon Valley cash. Little-known Eva Automation has no publicly announced products, but it has top-notch management and superstar backing. Better still, B&W's Joe Atkins will remain as CEO.

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Samsung’s Artik 10 module gains a key feature: Eyesight's Singlecue gesture control

Running on local hardware, versus relying on servers in the cloud, should make Eyesight’s computer-vision tech faster and more reliable.

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Switchmate’s $40 smart light switch ships in May, with simple but limited features

Switchmate’s Bluetooth LE device mounts on top of existing switches for quick and easy smart-lighting retrofits, but it doesn't connect to any hubs.