Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

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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.

Canary Flex

Canary spreads its wings with a weatherproof security camera, new accessories and services

The battery-powered Canary Flex can operate truly wire free, and a new membership benefit could reimburse up to $1000 of your insurance deductible in the event of a break-in.

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Amazon Alexa lighting

10 smart light bulbs that work with Amazon Echo and its virtual assistant, Alexa

Here’s how an Amazon Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot can light up your smart home.

Glance Clock

The Glance Clock promises to change your concept of timekeeping

This analog/digital hybrid only looks like a classic wall clock.

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Cree A19 soft-white dimmable LED bulb review: Great light and perfect dimming

These dumb bulbs are perfect for smart lighting.

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Enclave Audio CineHome HD review: Plenty of bang for the home theater buck

The 'wire-free' claim is a wee bit overblown, but that doesn't mean this system isn't a good value.

Nest Cam Outdoor with Nest Thermostat

Nest ships its Nest Cam Outdoor and shows off new colors for its Nest Thermostat

Nest Cam users will need a subscription to get all the new features, but non-subscribers aren't left totally in the cold.

Sony MDR-1000X

Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling headphones in its sights

Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman machined from solid copper.

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Smart home

Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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Mass Fidelity Core

Mass Fidelity Core and Core Sub review: Exceptional Bluetooth speakers

The diminutive Core is one of the best Bluetooth speakers ever. The Core Sub is icing on that sonic cake.

leeco vizio acquisition

Vizio acquisition by Chinese TV and content powerhouse LeEco could shake up U.S. market

The $2 billion purchase of Vizio makes LeEco the number-two player in the U.S. smart TV market, and provides an opportunity for its many content holdings.

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Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest is taking preorders on the Nest Cam Outdoor; expects to ship the camera this fall

Existing Nest Cam Indoor and Dropbox Pro users will get new software features, too.

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Xounts Up hands-on preview: Two parts wireless speaker, one part objet d'art

Looking for something different in home audio gear? This speaker/light show fits the bill.

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behmore brewer

Behmor Brewer review: A connected coffeemaker for coffee geeks

Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app help deliver a precisely calculated brew.

Wink Relay

Wink Relay’s newest features take the touchscreen control panel beyond the smart home

With new third-party integrations, you can call an Uber, monitor your Fitbit step count, and trigger IFTTT recipes.

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Comcast and Alarm.com split up Icontrol Networks to beef up their smart-home efforts

This move puts Comcast in control of its smart-home destiny, and it could leave ADT’s in the hands of Alarm.com.

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