Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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D-Link expands its smart home presence with new smart plugs and a leak detector

In advance of CES 2019, the router manufacturer is expanding its mydlink ecosystem with a leak detector and smart plugs for lighting and appliance control.

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Gjemeni USB couch review: You’ll get a charge out of this versatile convertible sofa

What better place for USB charging ports than the furniture you sit in every day? Gjemeni goes the extra mile to build 110-volt AC outlets into its tech-savvy couch.

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Amazon Echo Show vs Google Home Hub: One of these smart displays is better than the other

Which smart display belongs in your smart home? We put the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) and Google Home Hub through the wringer to find out.

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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, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

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Sony SRS-XB501G smart speaker review: Now you can take Google Assistant to your next rave

Sony's battery-powered outdoor speaker has it all: Google Assistant, Chromecast, Bluetooth, and multi-colored LED light bars.

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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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Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

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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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Kangaroo Motion Sensor review: This home security system only goes halfway

This home security system sure sounds inexpensive, but it's no bargain.

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Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.

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Flo smart water valve review: The high price of prevention

The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

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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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Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: A big step up in terms of design and musicality

The new third-generation Echo Dot delivers better audio performance than the Google Home Mini.

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GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

The $55 kit includes one of C by GE’s Bluetooth smart bulbs pre-paired with a Google Home Mini.

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Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.