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.

PillDrill kit

Did you take your pills? The PillDrill medication tracking system will help you remember

This innovative device could lead to better medical outcomes while reducing family friction.

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Krups EA815050 Essential Espresso Machine review: It makes great coffee with very little effort on your part

For those who’d rather spend their time drinking great coffee than learning how to be a barista.

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Libratone Zipp (right) and Zipp Mini (left)

Libratone Zipp wireless speakers review: Great looks, good sound, lots of features

The Zipp and Zipp Mini sound good, but they illustrate the distinction between a multi-room audio system and a whole-home audio system.

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Best AC1900 Wi-Fi router: Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD vs. Linksys EA7500

Open-source firmware fans will be attracted to the DD-WRT NXT firmware Buffalo chose, but Linksys has built the better router.

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Buffalo AirStation Extreme WXR-1900DHPD review: Open-source firmware is supposed to be a good thing

Thumbs up for offering open-source firmware, Buffalo, but make sure it exposes all the router's features.

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Linksys EA7500 Wi-Fi router review: MU-MIMO made affordable (but no more useful)

This router is a good performer, but it's too early in the game to pay more for multi-user MIMO.

Yamaha WX-030

Yamaha WX-030 MusicCast wireless speaker review: Sonos draws its strongest challenger

This excellent speaker is part of a strong multi-room audio system.

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Yamaha YSP-1600 MusicCast sound bar review: Much better with soundtracks than music

This will be a big step up from just about any TV’s speakers, but it can be too bright for music.

Yamaha MusicCast

Yamaha MusicCast review: This multi-room audio system is better than expected

There's support for Bluetooth and AirPlay in addition to Yamaha's own technology, but is it better than Sonos?

Cassia Bluetooth Hub

Cassia Networks is building a Bluetooth router

The Cassia Hub can control up to 22 Bluetooth devices and boosts Bluetooth range up to 1000 feet.

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Amazon e-reader comparison

Kindle vs Fire: How to choose the right Amazon e-reader

So you’ve narrowed the e-reader field to Amazon’s lineup. We’ll help you pick the right model for your needs.

Smart-home gifts

5 awesome gifts for smart-home enthusiasts

Armed with this gift guide, you can transform an ordinary house into a smart and secure home for the modern age.

T-Stand

T-Stand hands-on preview: We’re impressed with this tablet stand after spending time with a prototype

Universal accessories are typically universally bad; this product is an exception to the rule.

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Sonos Play:5 (2015 edition) review: It’s difficult to imagine a better-sounding networked speaker at this price

The king of multi-room audio retains its crown with this exceptional new flagship speaker.

Electric Jukebox hardware

The Electric Jukebox: For music lovers who think Apple Music and Spotify are too expensive and too complicated

British startup has developed a music streamer that plugs into your TV (and only your TV).