Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-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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Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control

Amazon’s Echo had a long head start with Vivint, but this is the first time the service provider has included smart speakers in its packages by default.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus review: This mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

There's dedicated wireless backhaul along with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Bluetooth radios inside, but Z-Wave gets no love.

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Ring Alarm home security system now available for presale and will ship on July 4

The long-delayed DIY home security system costs $199, with optional professional monitoring for $10 per month.

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Great Father’s Day gifts for tech-loving dads

Skip the slippers and the tie—give dad the gift of technology this year.

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ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker review: This compact soundbar accentuates voices

Say what? The ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker's hearing-aid technology makes voices easier to hear.

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The Sonos Beam smart soundbar will support Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay 2 when it ships in July

Smaller and cheaper than Sonos’ previous TV-oriented speakers, the Beam looks like it will be a winner.

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Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship on the Naim Audio Unit Atom equal sonic bliss.

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X-Fi Sonic Carrier review: Home theater of the absurd

Creative Technology's X-Fi Sonic Carrier is without reservation the finest soundbar on the market. But for the money, is it better than conventional surround sound?

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Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification aims to standardize mesh networks

The new certification program will ensure that wireless mesh network routers, gateways, and access points from different manufacturers will all work together.

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6 great gifts for tech-loving moms

Flowers? Candy? Boring! Surprise mom with one of these awesome tech-centric gifts this year.

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PillDrill review: A high-tech medication-tracking system

This is a great tool for medication compliance, and it can help you care for your elderly parents, too.

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Liberate your Amazon Echo 2 from the constraints of a power cord

The Sky battery base from Ninety7 can free your smart speaker from an AC outlet for up to 8 hours.

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Notion’s home-monitoring system can now send a plumber at the first signs of a water leak

A partnership with HomeAdvisor matches homeowners in need with a local prescreened plumber to perform repairs.

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Crowd-funded Abode Systems mostly sold to an Italian home-automation group

Nice S.p.A buys a majority stake in the smart home security startup, but Abode System's founders retain a 25-percent ownership position.

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Q Acoustics Concept 20 loudspeaker review: These gorgeous bookshelf speakers sound positively divine

A box-within-a-box design contributes to a delightfully impressively sonic signature.