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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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.

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Focal brings its high-end outdoor speaker line to the U.S.

Weatherproof, paintable enclosures house 1.0-inch tweeters and either 6.5- or 8.0-inch woofers.

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Did you take your pills? The PillDrill medication tracking system will help you remember

This innovative device could lead to better medical outcomes while reducing family friction.

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Denon announces a major expansion of its HEOS multi-room audio system

The new products carry the same model names, with an HS2 suffix to denote they're of the new platform.

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Yamaha expands its MusicCast streaming-music lineup with a new amplifier and pre-amp

The new WXA-50 can power traditional speakers, while the WXC-50 can be paired with an existing hi-fi system.

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Krups EA815050 Essential Espresso Machine review: It makes great coffee with very little effort on your part

For those who’d rather spend their time drinking great coffee than learning how to be a barista.

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Lutron’s Caséta wireless lighting controller now works with Amazon’s Echo devices

Caséta owners can ask Alexa to turn connected lights on and off or dim them to preset values.

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New Roku Streaming Stick allows private listening via your mobile device

Portable streamer is powered by a quad-core processor, but resolution is limited to 1080p.

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Libratone Zipp wireless speakers review: Great looks, good sound, lots of features

The Zipp and Zipp Mini sound good, but they illustrate the distinction between a multi-room audio system and a whole-home audio system.

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Kuvée Smart Bottle hands-on preview: Go ahead, open all the wine you want

Unique valves at the mouth of each bottle keep the remaining wine fresh for up to 30 days after the first pour.

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Haiku Home ceiling fans will soon tap Amazon’s Echo for voice control

If you own one of these sensor-laden fans, here's another reason why you might want to buy an Echo.

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Linksys EA7500 Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO made affordable (but no more useful)

This router is a good performer, but it's too early in the game to pay more for multi-user MIMO.

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Buffalo AirStation Extreme WXR-1900DHPD review: Open-source firmware is supposed to be a good thing

Thumbs up for offering open-source firmware, Buffalo, but make sure it exposes all the router's features.

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Best AC1900 Wi-Fi router: Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD vs. Linksys EA7500

Open-source firmware fans will be attracted to the DD-WRT NXT firmware Buffalo chose, but Linksys has built the better router.