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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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Nest expands the capabilities of its Works with Nest API

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

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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 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.

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Raumfeld multi-room audio system review: Watch your back, Sonos

A newish audio company from Germany takes on market leader Sonos and scores some solid points.

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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.

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Raumfeld One S wireless speaker review: Plenty loud

The smallest and least expensive powered speaker in the Raumfeld lineup punches way above its weight class.

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Raumfeld WiFi Soundbar review: This speaker and subwoofer duo delivers a powerful 1-2 punch

The combo delivers very solid performances with both movies and music, and it can be incorporated into a multi-room audio system.

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Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to offer home Wi-Fi routers

The unusual-looking AmpliFi 802.11ac Wi-Fi router series will ship with two pre-paired range extenders.