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 iDevices Instinct puts Alexa inside a smart switch

This isn’t a switch that you can control with Alexa, it’s an Alexa device that can control the light it’s connected to, plus stream music and control any other Alexa-compatible device.

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SimpliSafe now has its own smart deadbolt

The new smart lock ties into the company’s DIY home security system and will cost just $99.

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The Phyn Smart Water Assistant: A less expensive tool for identifying leaks and analyzing your home's water use

It can’t shut off your water supply in an emergency, like Phyn’s more powerful first product, but it’s a lot cheaper and you can install it yourself.

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Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller

LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.

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Lutron Aurora review: A nearly perfect solution for Philips Hue smart bulbs

This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.

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IKEA Symfonisk speakers review: Sonos made sure they sound great, but that Scandi-chic lamp design is polarizing

Both the lamp and the bookshelf speaker can operate independently, as a stereo pair, or as surround speakers with a Sonos soundbar in your home theater.

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Philips Hue Bluetooth + Zigbee smart bulbs review: The best smart lighting just got better (but no less expensive)

Adding Bluetooth eliminates the need to buy a Philips Hue Bridge. But you can run only 10 bulbs without it, and you'll be cut off from the broader Hue ecosystem.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

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New Philips Hue smart bulbs don’t need the Hue Bridge—but there’s a catch

Philips is shifting to a new chip that has both Bluetooth and Zigbee radios onboard, but most people will still want a Hue Bridge on their home network.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

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Sonos Amp review: This is the best Sonos music streamer by far (even if it’s not right for everyone)

The Sonos Amp is a great-sounding and supremely flexible amplifier that's a superb choice for your home theater or for critical listening. And it will drive just about any type of passive loudspeaker you'd care to use.

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Schlage Encode smart deadbolt review: This Wi-Fi entry lock is a good choice for Key by Amazon subscribers

But the Schlage Encode smart deadbolt also exposes some flaws in Amazon’s broader approach to the smart home.

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Ring Smart Lighting Pathlight starter kit review: Security lighting on the cheap—except for all those batteries

The all-plastic construction has us wondering about longevity, but the price (and the hooks into the broader Ring ecosystem) can’t be beat.

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Ecobee’s fifth-generation SmartThermostat with voice control is available now

The company says its combination thermostat/Alexa smart speaker will have a more powerful processor and speaker, plus dual-band Wi-Fi.

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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 could kneecap the Google Nest Hub

Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.