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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Best Black Friday video doorbell deals 2021: Bargains on Ring, Nest, Arlo, and more

Foil porch pirates and welcome visitors with a new video doorbell, and prices are never cheaper than on Black Friday.

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Best Black Friday robot vacuum deals 2021: Where to find the best sales

Black Friday came early this year, and we’ve found all the best deals so you don’t need to search.

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Black Friday smart home deals 2021: Big savings on Nest, Ring, Philips Hue and more

We've scoured retailer listings to find the best Black Friday smart home deals. Here's what to expect in every category, from smart speakers to smart lighting and everything in between.

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker review: As iconic as ever

Just make your purchase decision based on what’s here now, versus what’s promised in future firmware updates.

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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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The Lumin Edge smart energy system tracks and manages a home’s electricity consumption

A hub and sensor array monitors and controls electricity at the circuit level; the system can also report the source of that energy: renewable resources or fossil fuels.

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First Sonos headphone may use an outsider's design

As first reported by IDG’s Tech Advisor, Sonos acquired a popular but failing British audio company that was working on a high-end noise-cancelling headphone design.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its SmartThings Energy service

Launched in July, the service is incorporating new third-party whole-home energy monitoring, device monitoring, and energy-shopping features.

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Ecobee’s new Smart Security system features professional monitoring at $10 per month

The system, which is based on Ecobee’s existing smart thermostat, sensors, and security camera, steps into the price range formerly occupied by Ring Protect.

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Span unveils a new smart electrical panel and a home EV-charging system

The new panel is designed for installations where the breaker panel and utility meter are combined.

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The iconic Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker is back—and entirely new

The new speaker boasts Alexa onboard, and it will support multi-room configurations with a firmware update promised for 2022.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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Beyerdynamic introduces new headphones for content creators

The high-end audio device manufacturer’s new Pro X line also includes new microphones.

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THX and Qobuz partner to drive high-res audio adoption

Buy a THX Onyx DAC/headphone amp and get three months of Qobuz's high-res music-streaming service for free.

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Amazon’s vision of the smart home revolves around A.I.

To address growing privacy concerns, it’s pushing some processing down from the cloud to the hardware in the home.