Michael BrownSenior Editor, TechHive

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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.

accell power genius

Accell’s PowerGenius review: The outlets rotate so that none get blocked

This is one of the best solutions to the problem of power adapters blocking adjacent outlets on a power strip that we’ve seen.

HBO Now

Cablevision becomes the first cable-TV company to offer standalone HBO Now

Customers who purchase Cablevision's Internet service will also be able to subscribe to HBO Now, but pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

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netgear asus lawsuit

Yes, Asus cheated: The FCC fined the router maker last year

Asus and Netgear settled their lawsuit the same month, so why are we hearing about all this only now?

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Eero Wi-Fi router

The wireless router reinvented: Eero brings mesh networking to consumer Wi-Fi

With the financial backing of some of Silicon Valley’s heavy hitters, this startup could succeed where so many have failed.

Belkin WeMo water with echo technology

Belkin significantly expands its WeMo connected-home product line at CES 2015

The whiz-bang WeMo Water with Echo Technology is easily the most interesting, but it's just one of seven all-new devices.

Hiku

Hiku review: This tiny scanner is the ultimate tool for creating grocery-store shopping lists

A good shopping list will save you money at the grocery store by keeping you focused on what you need, so you can avoid impulse buys.

WeMo Mr. Coffee

Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker review: Can WeMo help brew a better cup o’ Joe?

This drip coffee maker connects to your Wi-Fi network, but it can't interact with other WeMo devices.

Eclipse TD-M1 wireless speakers

Eclipse TD-M1 review: These $1300 wireless speakers excel as near-field monitors

Who knew Fujitsu made high-end speakers? These egg-shaped models pack the tech, but their performance falls short of the mark in some areas.

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.

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.

Alpine Headphones

Alpine Electronics launches headphones that literally rock your cabeza

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

Sound Blaster E5

Sound Blaster E5 review: This portable DAC and headphone amp is an audio powerhouse

The sound card is becoming a distant memory, but quality audio never goes out of style.

D-Link Connected Home Platform

D-Link Connected Home Platform review: This is no way to build a smart home

This smart-home system is built on a shaky foundation.

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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.

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Netgear Nighthawk X6

Netgear's Nighthawk X6 router packs 6 antennas, 3 Wi-Fi radios, and 802.11ac

Asus was first to announce, but it looks like Netgear will be first to market.