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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2 weeks 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,...
2 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...
3 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...
5 months 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...
5 months 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...
8 months 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...
9 months 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...
10 months 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...
10 months ago
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When it comes to streaming devices, the Apple TV has established itself as a power player in the home entertainment category, with its ability to stream movies, TV shows, music, and more effortlessly from a centralized location for big-screen enjoyment. Even better, it offers this content in a way that Apple and iOS users are accustomed to, delivering a consistent experience across their devices...
1 year ago
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Mobile World Congress (MWC) is coming to a close, but not before leaving its positive imprint on 2016. There were some products we knew were coming, albeit unofficially, but there were still a few announcements that managed to catch us by surprise. In this day and age, a little surprise can be a good thing, especially when that surprise is the result of innovation. While smartphones are still the...
1 year ago
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LG aims to increase your productivity with the introduction of the Stylus 2 smartphone at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). As its name implies, this smartphone includes a stylus that allows you to write on the phone’s large, 5.7” 720p display as well as intuitively navigate its user interface, which includes a bevy of pen-related features. The device is also outfitted with a 13 megapixel...
1 year ago
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If you have your eye on the newly announced LG G5 and want to experience audiophile-grade sound-quality, LG’s Hi-Fi Plus aims to bring your music collection to life. Designed in collaboration with B&O PLAY, this modular add-on serves as a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that supports 32-bit 384 kHz high-resolution audio. B&O, otherwise known as Bang & Olufsen, is well regarded for...
1 year ago
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Record high-quality video, day or night, with the P1435 Series Outdoor Bullet Cameras from Axis Communications. With a 95- to 35-degree...
1 year ago
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If you've been waiting for a 4K Blu-ray Disc player to hit the market, your patience will soon be rewarded because Samsung is set to unveil the UBD-K8500, its first 4K/UHD Blu-ray...
1 year ago
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We love our flat-panel TVs, but we don't always love the paltry speakers with which they're equipped. Sometimes, underwhelming sound quality is the trade-off we have to make for sleeker and slimmer television cabinets. Luckily, this is a trade-off we can easily remedy. The simplest way to upgrade your TV’s sound reproduction is to couple it with a soundbar. When pairing your flat-panel TV with a...

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