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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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?

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Leviton’s Alexa-powered Decora Smart Voice Dimmer is finally available for purchase

The electrical component manufacturer is also adding a Wi-Fi fan controller to its Decora Smart product line.

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How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard

Ring has updated its app with new and improved privacy tools. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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Ring is rolling out its new Control Center privacy dashboard

Owners of Ring video doorbells and other home security products are finally getting some essential privacy protections.

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV (or Roku Soundbar)

These stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs and sounbars based on Roku OS.

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Amazon Echo Studio review: Not quite the best smart speaker, but a fantastic value

The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity, and Sonos has the better multi-room ecosystem, but Amazon’s best Echo shouldn’t be overlooked.