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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The Sense Energy Monitor gets two new and valuable upgrades—at no added cost to the buyer

The system can now analyze the quality of a home’s incoming electrical power and alert homeowners to potentially hazardous wiring faults.

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Sonos announces new artists contributing to its Sonos Radio services

Both the free Sonos Radio and subscription-based Sonos Radio HD will feature contributions from the likes of Björk, D’Angelo, and FKA twigs.

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Hex Home Security monitors Wi-Fi radio waves to detect intruders

The system analyzes how Wi-Fi radio waves are disrupted as people move around your home and is supposed to be smart enough to ignore pets.

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Sonos introduces a replacement battery kit for its Move portable smart speaker

Updates to the Sonos Radio service are also in the works.

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The first Linksys Wi-Fi 6e router is a mesh network model

The Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E System is aimed at smart home enthusiasts and is backward compatible with earlier Linksys Intelligent Mesh products.

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Netgear has one of the first Wi-Fi 6e routers: The Nighthawk RAXE500

The router taps the newly opened 6GHz frequency band and promises to deliver massive bandwidth with little latency. Netgear also unveiled a new cable modem.

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Lutron adds its first outdoor smart home device to its Caséta product line

The Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug lets you control and automate landscape lighting and other outdoor gadgets.

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Roku rescues Quibi’s entertainment content

Quibi’s business model turned into a joke, but there was nothing wrong with much of its content.

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Roku has developed a soundbar reference design specifically for Roku TVs

The company is also trumpeting its number one position in smart TV operating systems, as determined by the market-research firm NPD Group.

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Kohler expands its smart home line with the decadent Infinity Experience soaking tub

The plumbing fixture company also demonstrated new touchless faucets and toilets during a virtual smart home tour.

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GE Lighting announces three new smart home products and a new brand

The Cync Indoor Smart Camera and Fan Speed Smart Switch marks the brand’s expansion beyond lighting.

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Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro review: Sophisticated front-door security—for a price

This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it's part of.

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The top music streaming services are offering generous free and discounted trials for the holidays

Get Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, or Spotify Premium for three months for free; or four months of Tidal for $4.

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Ring Alarm (2nd Gen) review: Still the best DIY home security system

Yes, still the best, but Ring hasn’t done much to extend its reach into the broader smart home universe.

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Z-Wave technology gets new long-range capabilities

The new Z-Wave Long Range specification delivers 4x increase in range, 20x increase in smart home network size, and 10-year battery life for devices powered by Z-Wave 700 chips.