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 Echo Dot (2nd generation) review: This is the Echo most people should buy

The least-expensive Echo does everything its pricier siblings do, but you should spring for an outboard speaker if you want it to play music.

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The Sevenhugs Smart Remote magically adapts to control whatever device it's pointed at

Okay, it’s not really magic, the remote relies on an indoor positioning system to know where it and the devices you’d have it control are located within the room.

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Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls

Own an Echo and a Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote? You can now control your entertainment system with voice commands.

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Google Wifi

Google's Wifi deploys several small routers to blanket your home with Wi-Fi

Surprisingly few details have been revealed about Google's $129 wireless router, despite the company's plans to take preorders in November and deliver it in December.

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Google Home is set to battle Amazon's Echo for voice control of the smart home

You can pre-order Google's voice assistant now for delivery on November 4.

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Canary Flex

Canary spreads its wings with a weatherproof security camera, new accessories and services

The battery-powered Canary Flex can operate truly wire free, and a new membership benefit could reimburse up to $1000 of your insurance deductible in the event of a break-in.

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Amazon Alexa lighting

10 smart light bulbs that work with Amazon Echo and its virtual assistant, Alexa

Here’s how an Amazon Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot can light up your smart home.

Glance Clock

The Glance Clock promises to change your concept of timekeeping

This analog/digital hybrid only looks like a classic wall clock.

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Enclave Audio CineHome HD review: Plenty of bang for the home theater buck

The 'wire-free' claim is a wee bit overblown, but that doesn't mean this system isn't a good value.

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Nest Cam Outdoor with Nest Thermostat

Nest ships its Nest Cam Outdoor and shows off new colors for its Nest Thermostat

Nest Cam users will need a subscription to get all the new features, but non-subscribers aren't left totally in the cold.

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Sony MDR-1000X

Sony has Bose and its Quiet Comfort noise-cancelling headphones in its sights

Coming soon from Sony: New wireless and wired headphones, an audiophile headphone amp, and a gold-plated Walkman machined from solid copper.

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Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-home standard

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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Mass Fidelity Core

Mass Fidelity Core and Core Sub review: Exceptional Bluetooth speakers

The diminutive Core is one of the best Bluetooth speakers ever. The Core Sub is icing on that sonic cake.

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Behmor Brewer review: A connected coffeemaker for coffee geeks

Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app help deliver a precisely calculated brew.

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