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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Z-Wave technology gets new long-range capabilities

The new Z-Wave Long Range specification delivers 4x increase in range, 10x increase in smart-home network size.

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The Philips Hue Iris table lamp is making a comeback

Signify says the first Philips Hue product designed for indirect ambient lighting has been redesigned will and go on sale in October.

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Bowers & Wilkins’ 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers feature component and cabinet upgrades

The full range includes bookshelf, center, and tower speakers; plus a complete home theater bundle.

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Level Lock Touch is the smart lock entirely reimagined

The maker of our favorite retrofit smart lock now has a complete product.

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Ecobee Total Home Comfort and Security Bundle review: An underwhelming home security solution

There are excellent components in this package, but they don’t add up to a great DIY home security system.

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Hunter Douglas has a rechargeable battery option for its motorized window shades

Rechargeable battery wands mount on the shade’s headrail and last a full year on one charge.

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Ecobee SmartCamera review: If you can tolerate a subscription, this security cam has more features than most

Nest isn’t the only thermostat maker with greater smart home ambitions.

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Hampton Products launches Peace Wi-Fi smart lighting line via Best Buy

The new product line includes a range of LED smart bulbs, a smart plug, and an app to tie them together.

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Vivint Smart Home is integrating Chamberlain’s myQ garage door technology

Vivint Smart Home customers can now add TechHive’s current favorite smart garage door controller to their systems.

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Harman’s new JBL Conceal loudspeakers virtually disappear into your walls

Unlike a typical architectural speaker, JBL Conceal loudspeakers don’t require extensive remodeling to install in existing construction.

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Amazon adds a hands-free mode to its Alexa app, sort of

You no longer need to push a button on your mobile device to summon Amazon’s digital assistant, but….

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Powershades TruePoE motorized roller shade review: The fastest shade in the west

Leveraging power-over-ethernet technology yields quick open/close performance.

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Accell Power Dot surge protector review: A clever idea, but also a pricey one

You can plop your smart speaker in the middle of Accell Power Dot surge protector and have three outlets and four USB ports to power other devices.

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Bowers & Wilkins to offer Signature versions of its 700-series loudspeakers

Signature versions of the floor-standing 702 and stand-mount 705 feature upgraded crossovers and components, plus high-end cabinet finishes.

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Ring Solar Steplight review: Bigger, better, brighter

An integrated solar panel keeps the battery in this smart lighting device perpetually topped off.