Michael BrownExecutive Editor, TechHive

Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the smart 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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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery review: Inexpensive and reliable wireless video surveillance, indoors and out

This inexpensive wireless home security camera can be deployed indoors or out, and you can buy a cheap solar panel to keep its battery forever topped off.

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Button Controller review: This device fits its niche almost perfectly

This Wi-Fi smart home device can control Leviton light switches, dimmers, outlets, and ceiling fans all over your home. But it's not designed to control a local load.

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All-new Sonos Radio brings free music to Sonos customers

Internet radio stalwarts iHeartRadio and TuneIn are participating, but Sonos is also drawing on Napster to build its own streaming catalog.

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Ring Indoor Cam review: There are less-expensive cameras, but none that belong to such a broad ecosystem

The smart home market is awash in cheap security cameras, but the Ring Indoor Cam is one of the few that can be integrated into a security system that's as comprehensive as Ring's.

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Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro review: Sophisticated front-door security—for a price

This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it's part of.

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Sonos will release a brand-new operating system in June

Sonos S2 will support high-resolution audio, increased audio bandwidth, and more, but older components won't be compatible.

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Fan Controller review: No hub required

The logical (if not best) choice of fan control if you’ve settled on the Decora Smart Wi-Fi platform for smart home control.

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Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa review: Two smart home devices in one

This highly capable smart dimmer is also 98 percent of an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

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Philips Hue Go review: This portable smart lamp lets you add ambient lighting anywhere

The Philips Hue Go is pretty and portable, and you can operate it on its own, via Bluetooth, or as part of a whole-home Hue lighting system with the Hue Bridge.

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Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System review: A nearly foolproof means to fresh herbs, lettuce year round

This high-tech set up lets you grow delicious herbs and leafy greens indoors all year round.

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Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can review: Have we taken voice control too far?

Sensors in this fancy trash can recognize voice commands and gestures, no smart speaker needed.

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Amazon Echo Studio vs. Google Home Max: Battle of the high-end smart speakers

One is more musical, but the other makes a better smart home controller. Which attribute is most important to you?

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How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard

Ring has updated its app with new and improved privacy tools. Here’s how to make the most of them.

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Ring is rolling out its new Control Center privacy dashboard

Owners of Ring video doorbells and other home security products are finally getting some essential privacy protections.

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Amazon Echo Studio review: Not quite the best smart speaker, but a fantastic value

The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity, and Sonos has the better multi-room ecosystem, but Amazon’s best Echo shouldn’t be overlooked.

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