Michael BrownExecutive Editor, PCWorld

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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.

Inmarsat IsatHub

Inmarsat Isathub review: When better than nothing is very nearly priceless

Expensive and slow is usually a bad combo; but this pricey device delivers Internet and phone service in places nothing else can, thanks to orbiting satellites.

Myfox home alarm and camera

Myfox brings its innovative security camera, home alarm, and French fashion sense to U.S. markets

We’ll wait for review units to determine if the reality lives up to the hype, but an early hands-on look left us impressed.

roost battery

The Roost Smart Battery available for pre-order today is a better product than what was demoed last October

Time, and a key design improvement, has changed my opinion of this smoke-alarm battery.

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vivint home hub

Vivint rolls out 100Mbps wireless home Internet service for $60 per month

ISP says its new service is “tailor-made for suburban America,” but infrastructure requirements mean metropolitan and rural areas will be passed over during early deployment.

Edyn garden sensor

Edyn smart garden probe review: A promising idea that needs time to blossom

It might be great for raising a single plant or a very small bed, but it didn’t work in my garden.

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Nest Cam

Nest Labs revamps its entire product line: Goodbye Dropcam, hello Nest Cam

Nest Cam will be Nest Labs' first security camera. The company also announced a second-generation Nest Protect, and new software for its Nest Learning Thermostat.

Canary home-security system

Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera

This cloud-based security system delivers features galore, but it’s far from perfect.

homekit

Apple announces modest changes to its HomeKit platform at WWDC 2015

Support for new sensor classes motorized window shades coming with iOS 9, Siri control with watchOS 2.0.

JBL Charge 2+ vs. Fugoo Sport

Great big sound from rugged little speakers: JBL Charge 2+ vs. Fugoo Sport

Weatherized enclosures don’t stop these versatile Bluetooth speakers from delivering surprisingly good musical performances.

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Caseta product family

Lutron’s Caseta lighting controls are now (mostly) compatible with Apple's HomeKit

New Caseta Smart Bridge lets you use Siri to control Lutron dimmers and Serena window shades.

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Harman Kardon Omni 20

Harman tops Sonos with an SDK that ties Omni Wireless HD speakers into smart homes

Sonos speaker systems are amazing--but proprietary. Harman's SDK lets the speakers be used as intercom systems or to route voice commands to smart appliances, among other possibilities.

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Notion sensor

Notion aims to make home monitoring simple (and cheap)

The same Notion sensor that monitors your front door can also alert you if your home gets too hot, a window gets broken, or your smoke detector goes off.

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Naim Audio Systems Mu-so

Naim Audio Mu-so wireless speaker review: Expensive? Very. Worth it? Oh yeah.

Exquisite design and impeccable audio performance justify this soundbar’s impressive price tag.

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Linksys EA8500 front

Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO works (more or less)

Most of our benchmark results indicate tri-band routers deliver better performance (but they’re also more expensive).

Roon

Roon is must-have software for hardcore music fans

This could be best music server ever developed for a personal computer.