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.

Comcast and Nest

Comcast Xfinity Home subscribers can now add Nest thermostats and other connected-home devices

Some installations can be DIY projects, but anything involving the alarm system must be installed by a Comcast technician.

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Netflix prices creep up again

Developing original TV programming like ‘House of Cards’ costs big bucks, and the streaming giant wants its customers to help with the financing.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: The Brits have done it again

It’s one of the best single-cabinet stereo speakers in the world, and you no longer need to be an Apple user to enjoy it.

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Linksys WRT1900ACS review: The best router for most router enthusiasts

There are more powerful (and more expensive) routers on the market, but this one delivers the best bang for the buck for most connected homes.

Roku 4

Roku announces Roku 4 media streamer with 4K video, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

There’ll be no confusing this new model with previous generations.

TiVo Bolt

TiVo Bolt review: The best DVR gets better

Whether you’re a cord cutter or a cable-TV devotee, this is the DVR you should be using.

Certified HDMI cable

A new HDMI certification program will make it easier to avoid crappy cables

Certified cables will have gone through expanded cable speed tests at an HDMI-authorized testing center to certify that they are capable of delivering bandwidth of 18Gbps, and that they radiate very little EMI.

amazon ban

Amazon won’t sell Apple TV and Chromecast hardware, bans marketplace partners from selling them, too

Anti-competitive tactic or smart customer-service strategy? It’s probably a little of both.

nest weave correct logo

With Nest Weave, Nest Labs seeks to establish a de facto connected-home standard

The protocol enables appliances, thermostats, door locks, and other home devices to communicate with each other and with Nest products.

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Sonos Play:5

Sonos redesigns its Play:5 speaker, announces Trueplay room-tuning software

Trueplay software can customize Sonos speakers to play the best they possibly can in the rooms they’re in.

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Big Bluetooth speakers

Big, Bigger, Beastly: We road-test three large portable Bluetooth speakers

It’s the golden age of Bluetooth speakers, so we set out to find who makes the better bigger box.

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Zuli Smartplugs

Zuli Smartplugs review: Clever and inexpensive home lighting control

This is one of the best connected-home products to reach the market so far, but it’s not perfect.

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actiontec wcb6200q

Actiontec announces network range extenders based on MoCA 2.0, 802.11ac

Channel bonding enables the latest multimedia-over-coax standard to deliver throughput up to 1Gbps.

Amazon fall product launch

Amazon launches 6 major new devices, including a 4K Fire TV and a $50 Fire tablet

New and existing Fire TVs now work with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa

Roomba 980 front

iRobot’s new Roomba 980 vacuum features room-mapping technology and Wi-Fi

The Roomba 980 will clean floors more methodically than previous Roomba models, using sensors to navigate around furniture and clutter.

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