Life without cable got even better this year with new streaming services and better devices on which to watch them.
PC innovation pushed ahead, virtual reality got real, and Nintendo surged in 2016.
DirecTV Now has attractive pricing and some clever ideas, but it's dragged down by too many problems.
Sling TV DVR has some issues to work out in beta testing, but even now it's better than nothing.
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.
The Apple TV's new TV app to replace your home screen, but it's almost useless without a cable login.
The Utilitech Water Leak Sensor is a cheap solution for Iris by Lowe's and Z-Wave hubs owners, but with some downsides.
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.
The SmartThings Water Leak Sensor is short on useful features, but it's inexpensive and plays nicely with other devices and services.
The LeakSmart Sensor is pricey, but it's unique in offering an optional, straightforward means of remotely shutting off water in an emergency.
The Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector is the best standalone sensor you can get.
The D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor's use of outlet power is a blessing and a curse.
Insteon's Water Leak Sensor is cheap by the bunch, but lacks an internal alarm and other helpful features.
The Fibaro Flood Sensor has some neat bells and whistles for those with the right know-how.
Want to just turn the TV on and turn your brain off? These apps make most of the viewing decisions for you.