Michael BrownSenior Editor, TechHive

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Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive property, which is focused on the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He's an early adopter of connected-home technology, having built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews home-networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Bitdefender Box

Bitdefender Box review: Trying hard to be antivirus for the Internet of Things

You could also call it whole-home anti-malware, but I wouldn’t call it ready for widespread deployment.

SmartQsine

SmartQsine's connected pads ensure you'll never run out of anything ever again

This Internet of Things device promises to end the frustration of returning home from the store only to discover that you’re out of the one product you didn’t buy.

flir fx outdoor 1

The versatile Flir FX home security camera delivers a slick forensic feature

RapidRecap composites a full day of motion activity into just a few minutes of video.

Roku 3

Major Roku upgrades include voice search for $100 Roku 3, new hardware for $70 Roku 2

Roku's working hard to keep up with Amazon, Apple, and Google in media streaming, adding many new features to its lineup.

Philips Hue Go

Philips introduces Hue Go, a portable version of its Hue LED lighting collection

Battery-powered, bowl-shaped lamps can operate up to three hours off their base.

Tidal launch

Tidal needs lots of improvements to justify its lofty price tag

Yesterday’s cavalcade-of-stars re-launch was fun and all, but the service is no different than it was last week.

accell power genius

Accell’s PowerGenius review: The outlets rotate so that none get blocked

This is one of the best solutions to the problem of power adapters blocking adjacent outlets on a power strip that we’ve seen.

Canary

Canary, the DIY home-security system, goes from crowd-funding sensation to mainstream retail product

Backers contributed more than $2 million to Canary's Indiegogo campaign. Now you can buy one at retail.

3g z wave wifi module

The IControl One adds new capabilities to old home-security systems

Swapping out a single module can convert a soon-to-be-obsolete panel into a state-of-the-art home-control system.

HBO Now

Cablevision becomes the first cable-TV company to offer standalone HBO Now

Customers who purchase Cablevision's Internet service will also be able to subscribe to HBO Now, but pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

netgear asus lawsuit

Yes, Asus cheated: The FCC fined the router maker last year

Asus and Netgear settled their lawsuit the same month, so why are we hearing about all this only now?

Smart home

Selling your smart home? Don’t expect to command a premium

Coldwell Banker surveyed 500 of its agents to gauge homebuyers’ interest in high-tech homes. Interest is high with some demographics, but those features won't help your sell faster.

South by Southwest

South by Southwest launches an original video network

Programming will be available on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Samsung Milk Music

Samsung’s Milk streaming music service now available through a free web client

Once limited to Samsung smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs, now you can listen to Milk on any computer’s web browser.

Bison Airlighter

Bison Airlighter review: No ordinary lighter, it’s the Swiss Army knife of fire

This handy device will light your fire, and a whole lot more. If only the Bison Airlighter wasn’t so expensive.