Michael BrownSenior Editor, PCWorld

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Michael is the lead editor of IDG's TechHive property, 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. Michael also reviews home-networking products for TechHive and PCWorld.

Ruckus Xclaim

Ruckus hopes to raise a rumpus in the small-business Wi-Fi market

Already a major player in the SMB networking space, Ruckus now wants to grab a slice of the small office/home office pie.

Razer Leviathan

Razer reveals feature-packed Leviathan sound bar and subwoofer

Company best known for gaming laptops and peripherals returns to the speaker market.

Alienware Graphics Amplifier

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier lets you add a desktop video card to a laptop

This PCIe-slot-in-a-box solves the mobile GPU obsolescence issue, but it forever ties you to Alienware’s laptops.

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Voyage review: Amazon’s e-reader is too good to be merely a Paperwhite 2

The Kindle Voyage delivers higher resolution, new page-turn tech, improved contrast, smoother glass, and other improvements you didn’t know you wanted.

Nest acquires Revolv and immediately stops sales of one of the top smart-home hubs

This is great news on the one hand, and a sad turn of events on the other.

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon triples the number of games and apps available for its Fire TV media streamer

The e-commerce giant and aspiring media mogul wants investors to forget about yesterday's earnings report and lowered holiday-season sales forecast.

Homeboy camera

Hands-on with Homeboy: This could be the best home-security camera yet

This tiny device has the potential to shake up the home-security market.

Roost Smart Battery

Last week, the Roost Smart Battery was a great idea

A $35 battery that sends smoke-alarm notifications to your phone would have been terrific if the $99 Leeo hadn’t been invented.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $99 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

qualcomm4kdongle

Qualcomm pushes 4K video streaming with prototype TV dongle

The chip maker is keen on 4K video, but needs manufacturing partners to get on board

Linksys routers

Linksys jumps into the 4x4 and tri-band Wi-Fi frays with its new E8350 and EA9200 routers

The E8350 and EA9200 join the WRT 1900AC. Confused by the company’s E, EA, and WRT branding? We’ll sort it out for you.

Ubi computer

Meet Ubi, the tiny voice-activated computer that wants to control your smart home

Ubi responds to voice commands to adjust your thermostat, answer trivia questions, send text messages, and more.

Alpine Headphones

Alpine Electronics launches headphones that literally rock your cabeza

Headphones with haptic feedback? Hey, I'll try anything once.

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Sonos Boost

Sonos Boost promises to eliminate network dead spots on a Sonos network

The streaming audio company continues to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Linksys SE4008 WRT switch

Linksys expands its WRT product line with a slick, stackable Ethernet switch

The WRT SE4008 8-port gigabit switch is the perfect mate for the Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router.