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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Ring takes more steps to ease privacy concerns surrounding its Ring Neighbors app

Police and other public safety agencies will soon be required to make requests for information and/or video recordings publicly viewable via Ring’s neighborhood-watch app.

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Eufy Security launches a new line of outdoor security cams, hoping to put its privacy debacle in the past

Five new self-contained cameras and a camera/floodlight combo store recordings in onboard memory, not the cloud.

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Aura Air review: Trades air pollution for noise pollution

This wall-mounted air purifier boasts some great technology, but it’s much too loud for us to recommend with any enthusiasm.

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Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer review: Sophisticated yet simple

This Bluetooth (and Wi-Fi, with a bridge)-based watering system is great for drip and other hose-based irrigation systems.

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Orbit announces a second generation of its B-Hyve hose faucet timer

The B-Hyve XD features a stronger Bluetooth radio and an onboard display and user interface.

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Narwal T10 review: An awesome robot vac/mop hybrid hobbled by a terrible app

This powerful robot will scrub your floors after vacuuming them, but glaring problems with its app nearly wipe out all its benefits.

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Peril Protect leak detection system review: Pricey and limited protection from water damage

This subscription-based system is super easy to deploy and use, but it’s expensive and can’t be integrated with other smart home devices or services.

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Amazon’s limited-time offer gets you an Echo Dot for just 99 cents—sort of

You’ll also need to sign up for at least one month of Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Zigbee Alliance announces a new smart home standard, Matter; renames itself the Connectivity Standards Alliance

Amazon, Google, Signify and other heavy hitters are backing Matter, a new open-source standard for smart home products and systems.

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CookingPal’s Multo smart appliance is a food processor that can also cook

The manufacturer says its new appliance can prep your food, cook the entrée and a couple of side dishes, and then clean up after itself.

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Wemo Stage Scene Controller review: Almost a HomeKit home run

One flaw prevents this remote from being great. Blame it on Apple.

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Phyn adds a remote sensor to its smart water-leak detection lineup

The new gadget can work solo or in concert with the Phyn Plus smart valve.

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Phyn Plus smart water valve review: Sophisticated leak detection and water use analysis—for a price

Yes, it’s even more expensive than the Flo by Moen, but Phyn doesn’t charge extra to inform you how you’re using water.

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Anker Nebula Capsule II R2-D2 Limited Edition review: The Force is strong with this one

This tiny projector packs a big punch, just like its droid namesake. But only hardcore fans will tolerate the upsell.

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Eve Aqua review: The perfect watering timer for the HomeKit set

Support for HomeKit and Thread render this water valve smarter than most, but Android users are left high and dry.