Michael BrownSenior Editor, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive site, which is focused on the connected home and home entertainment markets. He's an early adopter of connected-home technology, having built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products.

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HP thinks its $200 Stream notebook is the future of Windows computing

The 7-inch Stream tablet will be even cheaper: Just $100.

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Samsung to offer PC gamers a 27-inch curved display

The 1080p monitor will sell for $430 when it goes on sale October 1.

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Insteon’s new Windows Phone home-control app adds voice commands via Cortana

The latest chapter in the story of two products struggling for relevance in an increasingly crowded market.

Wink Relay

Wink Relay could be the smart-home breakthrough we’ve been waiting for

A DIY in-wall controller for the price of a cell phone? What’s the catch?

Toshiba Tecra C50

Toshiba’s Tecra C50 series laptops signal new push into SMB market

The PC builder uses its enterprise-hardware smarts to broaden its business base, building lower-cost laptops that are still durable, secure, and ready for a fast-paced workday.

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Nvidia unveils its all-new GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics processors

The new GPUs are faster, consume less power, and promise to make games more realistic.

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HP finally unveils its $300 AMD-powered Stream laptop

This budget-priced laptop's price tag is higher than expected.

Sound Blaster X7

Sound Blaster X7 preview: Creative Labs aims to make PC audio interesting again

The sound card pioneer launches a whole new family of USB audio devices and headphone amps at IFA.

HP Envy x2

HP set to expand its consumer 2-in-1 laptop lineup with new Envy x2, Pavilion x2 models

HP's first Intel Core M-powered laptops to ship later this fall.

Mass Fidelity

Mass Fidelity says it can do better than stereo with its new wireless speaker, 'The Core'

Compact wireless speaker system uses wave field synthesis audio-rendering technology to produce the sonic equivalent of a hologram.

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Toshiba updates its Chromebook line with two new models at IFA 2014

Chromebook 2 to be available in entry-level and upscale versions

Toshiba Encore Mini

Toshiba's 7-inch Encore Mini could be the first $99 Windows tablet

The ultra-cheap Encore Mini is a collaborative effort between Toshiba and Microsoft.

Lenovo Y70 Touch

Lenovo debuts new gaming rigs at IFA: The $1299 Y70 Touch laptop and the $599 Erazer X315 desktop

Both machines feature discrete graphics; Y70 Touch boasts 17-inch touchscreen.

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Netgear announces its first supercharged 'wave-2' router: The $280 Nighthawk X4

New 4x4 device based on processors from Quantenna and Qualcomm.

AMD FX

AMD launches new 8-core FX-series processors, drops prices on high-end chips

AMD's new FX-series processors aim to compete with Intel’s Core i5/i3 series processors.