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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Sonos jumps into paid CD-quality music streaming with Sonos Radio HD

Streaming 16-bit FLAC files for just $8 per month could make this a phenomenal deal, even if it’s not direct competition for Qobuz and Tidal.

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Hunter Douglas Duette PowerView smart shade review: Ultimate luxury, sophistication, and privacy

This motorized smart shade protects your privacy without blocking any light or your view.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen) review: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Amazon still has the best speaker for smart home control, but it still trails Sonos and Google in musicality.

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Philips Hue Lily outdoor spotlight review: The perfect highlight for your outdoor landscaping

This addition to the outdoor Hue line will really draw attention to your garden (so make sure your plants look their best).

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Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.

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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential review: A great budget smart speaker

Music is not its forte, but this inexpensive gadget packs plenty of value into its small footprint.

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Roku Streambar review: A very good streamer inside a pretty good soundbar

There are better soundbars at this price, but none that incorporate a quality media streamer.

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Google's newest Nest Thermostat costs only $130

There isn’t much in the way of innovation here, but the price is nice.

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Jasco adds Wi-Fi devices to its Enbrighten smart lighting line

The indoor and outdoor controls don’t require a hub, but the line doesn’t currently include any in-wall devices.

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Q Acoustics builds its first self-powered loudspeakers

Bookshelf and floor-standing tower models will be available, with a Q Active Control Hub included with both sets.

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Google TV looks to be the best part of the new 4K Chromecast

Chromecast with Google TV also promises smart home integration with Nest cameras and doorbells.

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Yale says its new smart delivery box will foil porch pirates

The lock manufacturer also has a new smart lock to secure interior cabinets.

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APC targets console and PC gamers with its Back-UPS Pro Gaming uninterruptible power supply

The UPS protects sensitive electronics from power surges and produces a pure sine wave while operating on battery power in the event of a blackout.

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‘The Mandalorian’ soundtrack composer is curating a Sonos Radio show

Ludwig Göransson is also responsible for the music in the films ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Tenet.’

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Amazon’s Alexa Guard Plus strengthens the Echo family’s home security capabilities

The added features, coming this fall, will cost you $4.99per month or $49 per year.