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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Meet Hive, an all-new DIY smart home subscription service from the U.K.

The Brits want a piece of the U.S. smart home market, and they’re investing nearly $650 million to get it.

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Blue Microphones Satellite wireless headphones review: Active noise cancellation you can celebrate

These cans don’t offer every state-of-the-art feature, but they’re supremely comfortable and they sound delightful.

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Lowe’s now offers inexpensive professional monitoring with its Iris smart home service

Subscribers can now get police or fire dispatched in response to break-ins or emergencies.

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Grillbot grill-cleaning robot review: The best thing to happen to barbecues since fire

Technology relieves mankind of yet another unpleasant task.

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Securifi Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System review: An okay router bolted to a strong smart home hub

There are better mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, but none with a strong smart home hub built in.

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Sonos Playbase review: Oddly enough, it sounds better playing music than movie soundtracks

The Playbase fits conveniently under your TV, but it’s not the best home theater speaker we’ve heard.

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Sanus Swiveling TV Base for Playbase review: The perfect playmate for your Playbase

We all aspire to hang our TVs on the wall, but most of us will never get ours off the furniture.

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New Google Home partnerships expand the smart speaker’s footprint in the smart home

Vivint, Wink, and 11 other other brands add ‘OK Google’ to their vocabularies.

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Vifa Oslo portable Bluetooth speaker review: A Danish delight for the deep-pocketed

Vifa's Bluetooth mobile sound system offers a luxurious design and fabulous sound for its fat price.

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Logitech ZeroTouch review: This Android smartphone holder puts Amazon's Alexa in your car

Anything you can do with an Amazon Echo inside your home you can now do with your Android phone inside your car.

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Smart bulbs that work with Amazon's Alexa

Here’s how Amazon's digital assistant can light up your smart home.

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Como Audio Duetto radio review: Retro done right

The tabletop radio might seem like a relic of the past, but this one delivers every modern convenience and high-fidelity sound, too.

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The new Sonos Playbase is an amazingly thin speaker for flat-screen TVs

The $699 Playbase packs 10 drivers and 10 discrete amplifiers into a cabinet that’s just 2.28 inches high.

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SnapPower Safelight review: Better than the original in more ways than one

We offered one suggestion for improving the Guidelight, SnapPower made four to build the Safelight.

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Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale smart locks gain Alexa skills

If you have the right lock and a smart home hub, you’ll soon be able to say, “Alexa, lock my door.”