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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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.

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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

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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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JBL Splash 2

JBL’s Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker puts on a light show every time you play a tune

The speaker gets its name from its water-resistant enclosure—you can even rinse it off under a faucet.

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Netatmo wind gauge

Netatmo expands its Weather Station with instruments to measure rain and wind speed

You can now assemble an inexpensive meteorological station right in your backyard.

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Panasonic Nubo

Panasonic expands the feature set of its Nubo home-security camera

Equipped with both 4G and ZigBee radios, recording can be triggered by remote sensors as well as by motion.

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Philips adds light strips to its Hue line of white and color LED lighting

Chain multiple strips together and you can decorate a room with up to 33 feet of tunable mood lighting.

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Panasonic Viera TX CZ950

Panasonic jumps into the OLED TV market with the first 4K TV to earn THX certification

The TV builder says OLED delivers better blacks than its best plasma TVs while avoiding plasma’s shortcomings.

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asus rt ac5300

This Asus router is a powerful rebuttal to Google OnHub's stark simplicity

On paper, the RT-AC5300U looks to be the most powerful consumer router ever built.

Botvac Connected with phone

Neato Robotics’ new Botvac Connected robot vacuum sports lasers and Wi-Fi

Lasers map the area to be cleaned, while Wi-Fi connectivity lets users control the robot from anywhere using a smartphone.

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