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Michael Brown
Works at TechHive
Attended California State University, East Bay
Lived in Corning, California
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Tech journalist. Connected-home and home-entertainment enthusiast. Husband, father, and grandfather.
I'm a tech- and consumer-electronics journalist with 20-plus years of experience. I'm currently the lead editor at IDG's TechHive, an online hub for people interested in the connected home and home entertainment markets. 

Whatever type of home technology you're interested in--from smart homes to finding the best wireless speakers--we've got you covered. I also cover the networking beat for both TechHive and PCWorld. I built my own smart home in 2006 and have been using it as a real-world test lab ever since. 

Some of my previous staff editorial gigs include PCWorld (senior editor) Maximum PC (Executive Editor and Reviews Editor), Maximum Tech (Reviews Editor), CNET (Director, CNET Gamecenter), and Electronic Musician (Associate Editor). 

I'm a computer, home networking, and home technology expert (and with a 10 acres of vacant land for a backyard, I'm also a wannabe farmer).
Bragging rights
Proud father of three daughters and proud Papa to four grandchildren. And yes, my other car is a tractor.
  • California State University, East Bay
    Multimedia Journalism, 1994
Basic Information
Writing, editing, and testing/reviewing technology products (PCs, networking gear, audio devices, and more).
  • TechHive
    Senior Editor, 2014 - present
  • PCWorld
    Senior Editor, 2013 - present
  • Self Employed
    Freelance Writer/Editor, 2012 - 2013
  • Maximum PC/Maximum Tech
    Reviews Editor, 2010 - 2012
  • Self Employed
    Freelance Writer/Edtior, 2008 - 2010
  • Maximum PC
    Executive Editor, 2005 - 2008
  • EZ Tech Guides
    Editor, 2002 - 2005
  • CNET
    Director, CNET Gamecenter, 1997 - 2001
  • Boot (since renamed Maximum PC)
    Senior Editor, 1995 - 1997
  • Electronic Musician
    Associate Editor, 1994 - 1995
  • Self Employed
    Freelance Writer, 1987 - 1993
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Corning, California - Rohnert Park, California - Daly City, California - Newark, California - Coral Springs, Florida - Hayward, California - Union City, California