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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Amazon’s Astro puts Alexa on wheels

The company’s first household robot features a smart display and a periscope camera, but no tail.

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Ring Alarm professional monitoring is about to become a lot more expensive

Ring has long offered the industry’s least-expensive service plan. Its new Ring Protect Pro program costs more, but still packs a lot of value.

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Amazon enters the smart thermostat market

Priced at just $59, Amazon’s latest smart device will integrate tightly with Alexa.

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LG’s mammoth Extreme Home Cinema Displays come in screen sizes up to 325 inches

LG will compete with Samsung's The Wall and Sony's Crystal micro-LED displays.

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Marshall true wireless earphone lineup expands with the Minor III and Motif ANC

The third-gen Minor loses the wires, while the all-new Motif marks the brand’s entry to the in-ear noise-cancelling headphone market.

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Reolink Duo security cameras use twin lenses for an extra-wide field of view

Available in Wi-Fi, PoE, and 4G configurations, Reolink's dual-lens cameras offer a 150-degree field of view for larger properties.

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Sennheiser's CX Plus true wireless earphone promises audiophile performance for less

The new earphones offer active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and support for aptX Adaptive, all for a surprisingly affordable price.

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Sony Electronics’ new HT-A5000 soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

The 5.1.2-channel soundbar can also tap the speakers in select Sony Bravia TVs to produce a genuine center channel.

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Focal adds bookshelf, center units to its Aria K2 speaker line

The French manufacturer also launched the On Wall 300-series of loudspeakers this week.

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Yale Assure smart locks get an enticing upgrade

This upgrade to Z-Wave 700-series wireless modules is a big deal, but your smart home hub must have the same tech to reap all the benefits.

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Focal’s new On Wall 300 series could be the next best thing to in-wall speakers

Measuring just over 3.5 inches deep, Focal’s latest loudspeakers can be mounted to the wall next to your TV, or mounted on optional stands slightly in front of it.

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Rise Gardens Double Family Garden review: This smart indoor greenhouse doesn’t need the sun

You can produce enough fresh veggies to feed a small army with this foolproof hydroponic growing system.

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Legrand’s latest smart lighting offerings leverage Zigbee and Netatmo smart home tech

These new battery-powered smart switches can create 3-way circuits without any new wires, provided you have Legrand’s Zigbee-compatible smart switches in your walls.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

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Nokia Smart Lighting: Insteon reborn

This new line of Nokia smart dimmers, switches, and outlets is based on one of the oldest DIY smart home platforms on the market.