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.

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 primary

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.

acquisition

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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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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