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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Libratone will convert its Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers into Alexa-powered smart speakers this fall

Own one of these upscale wireless speakers? It’s about to get a whole lot more capable.

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Nest unveils the simpler, cheaper Nest Thermostat E

The company is implementing a better, best strategy in pursuit of more buyers.

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Switchmate Bright review: The quick and easy path to smart lighting

You’ll spend more time downloading the app than installing this smart switch.

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Vaux speaker dock review: Add battery power and an improved speaker to your Echo Dot

Its acoustic performance won’t knock your socks off, but this combo is vastly superior to the Amazon Tap.

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JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker review: Better-than-expected sound in a compact, waterproof enclosure

$100 isn’t chickenfeed, but this small speaker sounds like it should cost a lot more.

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V-Moda Remix review: A little too much of a good thing

Thumbs up on the integrated headphone amp, thumbs down on the exaggerated bass.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.

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Netgear Orbi RBK30 WiFi System review: It's not bad, but it's not great

It's still not a mesh system, but this time you might care.

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Eero Home WiFi System 2 review: Beacons make this system even easier to install

Eero's Home WiFi System 2 is one of the most elegant home-networking solutions you can buy, but it’s not the fastest router.

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Libratone One Click Bluetooth speaker review: Fun design and very good sound

Swappable accessories make it easy to take the music with you.

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Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

Many won’t miss the extra features this tabletop radio is missing.

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Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program for new smart home construction

Wi-Fi Certified homes will feature integrated wireless networks designed with the same level of detail as the home’s electrical and plumbing systems.

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Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform.

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