Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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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The best smart switches and dimmers: Lighting is the foundation of the smart home

In-wall lighting controls bring convenience, security, luxury, and sophistication into your home.

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Best Bluetooth speakers: Reviews and buying advice

We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.

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Alexa users can say “Hey Samuel” to summon Samuel L. Jackson’s voice

The option of hearing the actor's voice was already available, but you had to say "Alexa, ask Sam..." first.

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Arlo adds a wireless video doorbell to its home security offerings

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell will arrive in early 2021.

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Naim Audio, Focal, and Bentley Motors join forces to design high-end home audio components

The three-way collaboration results in the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition all-in-one audio system, and the Focal for Bentley Radiance headphone.

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Leviton’s new Zigbee smart lighting controls are already available to Xfinity Home users

Smart-home owners, including Xfinity Home users, have new options in smart lighting control.

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Z-Wave technology gets new long-range capabilities

The new Z-Wave Long Range specification delivers 4x increase in range, 10x increase in smart-home network size.

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The Philips Hue Iris table lamp is making a comeback

Signify says the first Philips Hue product designed for indirect ambient lighting has been redesigned will and go on sale in October.

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Bowers & Wilkins’ 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers feature component and cabinet upgrades

The full range includes bookshelf, center, and tower speakers; plus a complete home theater bundle.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model.

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Level Lock Touch is the smart lock entirely reimagined

The maker of our favorite retrofit smart lock now has a complete product.

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Ecobee Total Home Comfort and Security Bundle review: An underwhelming home security solution

There are excellent components in this package, but they don’t add up to a great DIY home security system.

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The best smart shades: These luxurious window treatments blend high tech with high fashion

Smart, motorized shades and blinds cost a pretty penny, but do they ever bring the wow.

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Hunter Douglas has a rechargeable battery option for its motorized window shades

Rechargeable battery wands mount on the shade’s headrail and last a full year on one charge.

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Ecobee SmartCamera review: If you can tolerate a subscription, this security cam has more features than most

Nest isn’t the only thermostat maker with greater smart home ambitions.