2016 was a year that many of us would rather forget.

From the seemingly never-ending stream of bad news, an brutal election that seemed like it would never end, and the dozens of celebrities — including a few in the tech world — that passed on, it was a tough year.

Virtual assistants moved out of our cell phones and into our homes, and smart home technologies may have finally broke through to the mainstream after years of trying.

In theory, the IoT is supposed to connect all our devices together, making them sing in a glorious technological harmony.

Smart home technologies may have finally broke through to the mainstream after years of trying.

Plus, if your smart hub goes down, your entire system typically goes with it.

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