Richard L. Stevens

Richard L. Stevens

Richard Stevens is a lover of all things tech and has a particular soft spot for home entertainment and mobile technologies. When not catching up on the latest industry trends and spending time with family, Stevens is crushing the competition (humbly speaking) in Fantasy Football and desperately trying to clear out his DVR—so many shows, so little time.

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4 days ago
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You’ve just seen a commercial showing a homeowner having a friendly exchange with their package delivery person via camera while they’re not at home, or another commercial showing a homeowner scaring away would-be burglars by shouting something witty into their smartphone’s microphone, sending the culprits scurrying into the night. You think to yourself, “That would be awesome—I need that, I can...
4 days ago
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Remember when Google was associated only with how you navigated the Web? It wasn’t too long ago that the software giant decided to enter the hardware game, catching the attention of nearly everyone. When the king of search makes a move, heads turn. Google’s hardware release was fairly modest for a company of its size, releasing a slow drip of Internet-connected devices over the past few years....
5 days ago
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When you hear the term “home theater accessory,” it’s natural to think of the usual suspects: universal remote controls, high-speed HDMI cables, maybe an advanced surge protector or articulating wall mount. Those accessory options are perfectly fine and, depending on your setup, that item may just be what your gear needs to take its performance to new dimensions. After all, that’s what we’re...
6 days ago
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Dad, can we get a dog?” and “Rich, what’s your Wi-Fi password?” are questions I always pretend I didn’t hear when first asked. I’ve gotten good at changing the topic or pretending to be deep in thought when presented with a question I have no intention of answering. I even have a go-to “deep in thought” expression; staring at the ceiling, hand under chin, one eyebrow raised—it’s awfully...
1 week ago
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One of my favorite things about this time of year is “best of” lists. You can find them for nearly every product category, ranging from smartphones, computers, headphones, and of course, one of my personal favorites—televisions. Not only do I enjoy manufacturers receiving the accolades they deserve, but I also have a fondness for looking back at some of the year’s best tech. In my line of work, I...
3 months ago
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In my humble opinion, there have been three things keeping OLED TVs from reaching the maximum fandom they deserve in the consumer space—price, a sales pitch, and availability. For starters, OLED TVs are expensive. While it’s easy to argue that premium performance demands a premium price tag, an argument I’ve made more than once, you need the right sales pitch to convince customers to shell out...
7 months ago
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I’ll be the first to admit that I was a bit late to the smart-home party. Having purchased my first Echo just a few months ago, I purposely watched this technology develop from the sidelines. Not because I didn’t have faith in its long-term viability, but because I knew that once I dipped my toe in the...
8 months ago
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If you’ve got your sights set on a TV that offers 4K UHD resolution and High-Dynamic Range viewing capability, Sony’s new XBR-X800E, X850E,...
10 months ago
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Smart is a term tech manufacturers throw around a lot these days. It’s found on everything from watches to appliances, signifying a product’s ability to do more and go beyond its core capabilities. In fact, you can argue that being smart has, in itself, become a core capability—but what does being smart really mean? Well, we can usually expect Internet connectivity, for starters, which allows the...
11 months ago
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Time really does fly—it’s been almost a year since I reviewed ZTE’s previous-generation flagship smartphone, the Axon Pro. While I’m no stranger to Android devices, that was my first hands-on experience with the brand, and I remember walking away being not only impressed with the device itself, but optimistic about the future of the smartphone market as a whole. The Axon Pro positioned itself...
1 year ago
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As a writer who has covered multiple categories over the years, including audio, video, computer, and mobile technologies, it’s my duty to keep personal excitement at bay before taking pen to paper. As I have developed a particular fondness for home entertainment gear, this time around has proven to be more challenging than ever. Of all the converging technologies that have entered the tech space...
1 year ago
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Let’s play a name game: mesh networking, Wi-Fi systems, surround Wi-Fi, whole home Wi-Fi—any of these sound familiar? They’re names you’ve probably come across if you’ve shopped for or researched networking equipment in recent months. What you probably didn’t realize, however, is that these terms represent the next advancement in Wi-Fi connectivity. While this technology goes by many names, whole...
1 year ago
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Our computer and home entertainment systems are similar in the way they display content and allow us to immerse ourselves in the experience. Even with that pretty big similarity, they can sometimes feel like two completely different and incompatible worlds, and unnecessarily so. Add a smartphone or tablet to the mix and things can become even more fragmented. Each of these devices offers audio...
1 year ago
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I love my iPad Mini, I love my iPad Mini, I love my iPad Mini. I have to repeat things like this to myself every time I get ready to test-drive something new. This helps me to remember that it's OK to flirt with other devices—not only is it my job to try new stuff (best job ever), but my 1st-generation iPad Mini has been serving me quite admirably over the past three years and, frankly, it works...
1 year ago
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As stubborn as it was, winter is finally over. For a while there it seemed as if the cold weather wasn’t quite ready to bid its farewell, but literally like clockwork, along comes spring and, with it, our desire to tidy things up a bit. As we let more sunlight into homes and bask in the delight of warmer weather, it’s only natural that we look around and begin to visualize a neater and more...

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