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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SnapPower Safelight review: Better than the original in more ways than one

We offered one suggestion for improving the Guidelight, SnapPower made four to build the Safelight.

Schlage Echo Wink

Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale smart locks gain Alexa skills

If you have the right lock and a smart home hub, you’ll soon be able to say, “Alexa, lock my door.”

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roost water leak

Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector review: One feature short of perfection

Roost's Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector is a great leak detector today, and an upcoming accessory could render it our top pick.

Vizio Crave 360

Vizio SmartCast Crave 360 speaker review: Great features, but mediocre sound

There’s plenty of value in this battery-powered speaker, which includes both Chromecast and Bluetooth tech, but its audio performance fails to excite.

Ubiquiti Amplifi

Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi HD Wi-Fi router review: A different take on the mesh network

This cube-shaped router with a round touchscreen display is pretty enough, but it’s not the best performer in its price class.

Brilliant control menu

Brilliant Control could be the most exciting thing to happen to light switches since the dimmer

If the real thing is as good as the demo, every smart-home owner will want to install these all over the house.

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ZeroTouch with Alexa

Logitech adds Amazon’s Alexa skills to its ZeroTouch voice-control smartphone mount

Logitech's upgraded its ZeroTouch smartphone car mountThe new feature let you control your smart-home devices with voice commands, whether or not you have an Echo at home.

Netgear Orbi and satellite

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi router review: It's not a mesh network, but it's good enough you won't care

Orbi satellites communicate with the router, not with each other; but 4x4 backhaul enabled best-in-class performance in most of our benchmarks.

Sprint Tidal

Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

The music-streaming service will make exclusive content available to the mobile phone service’s customers.

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Sony Bravia XBR-A1E OLED

Sony’s Bravia XBR-A1E OLED could be the first flat-screen TV with sound that doesn’t suck

It may not persuade home theater geeks, but Sony’s “actuator” tech, which turns the entire OLED panel into a speaker, is impressive.

Soundcast VG7

Soundcast’s VGX series of high-end outdoor wireless speakers will support Play-Fi

The 19-inch tall VG7 in particular blew us away in a demo; we didn’t hear a better Bluetooth speaker anywhere at CES.

Ooma Telo base station at CES

Ooma is adding DIY home security monitoring to its free VoIP phone service

After slashing the cost of home phone service, the company aims to do the same for home security.

Opcom GrowFrame

Opcom Farm’s GrowBox and GrowWall let you raise vegetable crops indoors

You don’t need soil with these hydroponic systems, and you’ll have fresh veggies year ‘round.

Vivint Sky control panel

Smart home service provider Vivint introduces Sky, for an even smarter smart home

Leveraging sensors, door locks, thermostats, Amazon’s Alexa, and other components, Sky promises to create an intelligent home.

D-Link DCS-8000LH, DCS-8700LH, DCS-8100LH home security cameras

D-Link shows off three new home security cameras in its Connected Home series

All three cameras deliver 720p resolution, microSD storage, night vision, and IFTTT support.