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The 2016 cord-cutter awards

Life without cable got even better this year with new streaming services and better devices on which to watch them.

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The year in tech: 2016's 10 greatest wins, milestones, and epic comebacks

PC innovation pushed ahead, virtual reality got real, and Nintendo surged in 2016.

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DirecTV Now review: An extremely rough draft of a great streaming bundle

DirecTV Now has attractive pricing and some clever ideas, but it's dragged down by too many problems.

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Hands-on with Sling TV DVR: A valuable work in progress

Sling TV DVR has some issues to work out in beta testing, but even now it's better than nothing.

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Google's biggest hits, misses, and WTF moments of 2016

From hardware wins like Google Pixel and Home to epic fails like the confusion over messaging apps, here are Google's biggest moments of 2016.

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The new Apple TV update is no friend to cord cutters

The Apple TV's new TV app to replace your home screen, but it's almost useless without a cable login.

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Utilitech Water Leak Detector review: Wall-bound water detection on the cheap

The Utilitech Water Leak Sensor is a cheap solution for Iris by Lowe's and Z-Wave hubs owners, but with some downsides.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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Samsung SmartThings Water Leak Sensor review: A cheap detector that leans on its ecosystem

The SmartThings Water Leak Sensor is short on useful features, but it's inexpensive and plays nicely with other devices and services.

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LeakSmart Sensor review: Emergency shutoff makes it worth a look

The LeakSmart Sensor is pricey, but it's unique in offering an optional, straightforward means of remotely shutting off water in an emergency.

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Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector review: Single-sensor simplicity

The Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector is the best standalone sensor you can get.

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D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor review: Pray for a power source

The D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor's use of outlet power is a blessing and a curse.

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Insteon Water Leak Sensor review: A low-cost but bare-bones option

Insteon's Water Leak Sensor is cheap by the bunch, but lacks an internal alarm and other helpful features.

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Fibaro Flood Sensor review: Leak detection for handy homeowners

The Fibaro Flood Sensor has some neat bells and whistles for those with the right know-how.

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9 free 'round-the-clock streaming apps for low-effort TV watching

Want to just turn the TV on and turn your brain off? These apps make most of the viewing decisions for you.