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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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Button Controller review: This device fits its niche almost perfectly

This Wi-Fi smart home device can control Leviton light switches, dimmers, outlets, and ceiling fans all over your home. But it's not designed to control a local load.

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All-new Sonos Radio brings free music to Sonos customers

Internet radio stalwarts iHeartRadio and TuneIn are participating, but Sonos is also drawing on Napster to build its own streaming catalog.

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Ring Indoor Cam review: There are less-expensive cameras, but none that belong to such a broad ecosystem

The smart home market is awash in cheap security cameras, but the Ring Indoor Cam is one of the few that can be integrated into a security system that's as comprehensive as Ring's.

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MyCharge Camping Lantern Power Bank review: Hands-free light and USB power in one gadget

Great for at-home emergencies or when you’re in the great outdoors.

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Eton American Red Cross Blackout Buddy Color review: This versatile flashlight is easy to find in an emergency

It’s not the brightest emergency light source, but you’ll never need to worry about a dead battery or finding it in the dark.

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Meet the Uxbridge Voice smart speaker: We’re calling it the “mini” Marshall

The 30-watt Bluetooth speaker has Alexa onboard and supports Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

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Sling TV is offering access to ABC News Live and some family-oriented movies and other programming for free

The company says its “Stay in and Sling” initiative is intended to help people cope with being isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sonos will release a brand-new operating system in June

Sonos S2 will support high-resolution audio, increased audio bandwidth, and more, but older components won't be compatible.

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller review: No hub required

The logical (if not best) choice of fan control if you’ve settled on the Decora Smart Wi-Fi platform for smart home control.

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Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa review: Two smart home devices in one

This highly capable smart dimmer is also 98 percent of an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

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Vivint’s latest smart video doorbell can monitor packages left on your porch

The new Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro can also discern between people and pets, and warn porch pirates they’ve been spotted.

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Philips Hue Go review: This portable smart lamp lets you add ambient lighting anywhere

The Philips Hue Go is pretty and portable, and you can operate it on its own, via Bluetooth, or as part of a whole-home Hue lighting system with the Hue Bridge.

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Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs, lettuce year round

This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year round.

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Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can review: Have we taken voice control too far?

Sensors in this fancy trash can recognize voice commands and gestures, no smart speaker needed.

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Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

One is more musical, but the other makes a better smart home controller. Which attribute is most important to you?