Michael Brown

Executive Editor

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.

Lowe’s now offers inexpensive professional monitoring with its Iris smart home service

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

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.

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

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.

Sears doubles down on the smart home with new Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard products

Sears doubles down on the smart home with new Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard products

The retailer rolled out everything from sensor-laden appliances to tool chests with Bluetooth smart locks at an event in New York.

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

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.

5 awesome gifts for smart-home enthusiasts

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.

Amazon launches 6 major new devices, including a 4K Fire TV and a $50 Fire tablet

Amazon launches 6 major new devices, including a 4K Fire TV and a $50 Fire tablet

New and existing Fire TVs now work with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa

The 6 Best (and 4 Worst) Smart-Home Products We Saw at CES 2015

The 6 Best (and 4 Worst) Smart-Home Products We Saw at CES 2015

CES: A Disneyland for smart home geeksImage by ThinkstockWhether you call it the connected home, the smart home, or just the Internet of Things, the concept of connecting everything inside the home to the Internet dominated this...

‘Works with Nest’ Program Gains Traction With 15 New Smart Device Integrations

‘Works with Nest’ Program Gains Traction With 15 New Smart Device Integrations

The Nest smart thermostat isn’t new, but it’s one of the hot trends at CES.

Linksys Unveils a Storage Companion for its WRT-Series Routers, and a Passel of Other Devices at CES 2015

Linksys Unveils a Storage Companion for its WRT-Series Routers, and a Passel of Other Devices at CES 2015

The collection includes new 802.11ac routers, innovative range extenders, and high-gain antenna upgrades.

Roost Smart Battery blows past its Kickstarter goal

Roost Smart Battery blows past its Kickstarter goal

It seems people dig the idea of a battery that can alert you when your smoke alarm goes off (and before it starts chirping).

The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

The Aquanta smart water-heater controller promises to slash your energy bill

Heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity inside your home. This box can turn your dumb water heater into a smart appliance.

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