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.

Roost Water and Freeze Detector

Smart-battery maker Roost is developing a Wi-Fi water and freeze detector

The company behind the Roost Smart Battery for smoke detectors expands into another segment of the smart home.

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Nest

Nest thermostats to save some homeowners money by leveraging utility companies' Time of Use rate plans

Program to start with SolarCity customers who purchase or lease solar panels.

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Kenmore Elite smart washer dryer

Sears doubles down on the smart home with new Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard products

The retailer rolled out everything from sensor-laden appliances to tool chests with Bluetooth smart locks at an event in New York.

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Optoma NuForce BE6i

Optoma NuForce BE6i wireless in-ear headphones review: You won't believe they're Bluetooth

The aluminum enclosures are pretty and all, but it's the sound that makes these headphones worth the price of admission.

Switchmate installed

Switchmate smart light switch review: The fast lane to smart (and simple) home lighting

It’s not perfect, but this smart switch is the simplest, surest remote lighting control we’ve seen.

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Naim Mu-so Qb

Naim Audio Mu-so Qb wireless speaker review: It sounds as beautiful as it looks, it just doesn’t get loud enough

It’ll fill the smaller spaces in your home with sound, but you’ll need its bigger sibling for the living room.

sense profile

Farewell, Sense, we hardly knew ye: Silk Labs cancels its smart-home device and will refund its Kickstarter backers

Silk Labs, the developer of the unique Sense security camera and smart-home hub, has decided to license its technology to third-party manufacturers instead of building its own hardware.

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Vizio sound bar

Vizio unveils a new line of sound bars with Google Cast and multi-room audio support

New speakers range from a 38-inch model to a new 45-inch, 5.1-channel flagship that delivers true surround sound.

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Kuna

Kuna smart home security light review: A great product, but consider the full cost

You’ll want one of these at every entry point, but yikes! Those subscription fees!

Aquanta controller

Aquanta and its smart water-heater controller are back with new promises to slash your energy bill

Like the Nest thermostat, Aquanta’s water-heater controller learns your usage patterns and will heat water only when you need it.

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SnapPower Guidelight

SnapPower Guidelight review: Turn your outlet cover into a nightlight, quickly and easily

A cheap and simple improvement would make this product even better.

nest skybell

Nest expands the capabilities of its Works with Nest API

Third-party developers gain access to new smart-home tricks.

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Belkin and Nest integration

Wemo smart-home devices now work with the Nest Learning Thermostat

New version of the Wemo app taps the Nest Home/Away Assist feature.

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Fender fxa6

Fender FXA6 Pro in-ear monitors review: These earphones are something special

You might think they’re expensive at $400, but their sound and fit rival custom-made monitors that cost nearly three times more.

raumfeld bookshelf

Raumfeld Stereo M bookshelf speakers review: Old-school style, state-of-the-art features

These loudspeakers only look like they came from a '70s catalog.