Chance Kinney

From Modesto, California, Chance received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master's Degree in International Relations from University College Dublin. He loves to travel, and is always looking for interesting people and their stories wherever he goes. He currently lives in San Francisco.

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    The Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Most Likely Get a 6.2” Model

    Late last year, rumors coming from an analyst in South Korea indicated that this year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 would be much bigger than previous entries in the line, getting 5.7″ and 6.2″ models. That rumor seems to be all but confirmed today, with noted leakmaster Evan Blass tweeting out what appears to be the spec […]

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    Qualcomm Joins with TDK to Improve Antenna Performance in Smartphones

    A lot of us don’t pay much attention to antennas past how they can best be covered up, but rest assured, there are some people out there stressing over them. A lot of those people work for Qualcomm and TDK, two companies that have just embarked on a joint venture to make sure that smartphones […]

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    26 Wooden Marvel Figurines That Are Super Adorable

    Move over, vinyl. The hot new collectible figurines in the world of fandom are wooden, and Bif Bang Pow! has a ton of new ones they’re showing off this weekend at the New York Toy Fair. A lot of the new figurines are from their year-old Pin Mate line (cute 2″ figurines priced at $5 […]

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    Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch Review

    We’ve talked a fair bit about Fossil’s hybrid smartwatches lately, but it was Withings that got the ball rolling in 2014 with the Activité, an analog watch with fitness tracking sensors and a Bluetooth module hidden inside. That watch demonstrated the value of hybrid smartwatches — smart features combined with months-long battery life. But, even with the […]

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    ZTE Axes Crowdfunded Hawkeye Phone, But the Project Isn’t Dead Just Yet

    Last year, ZTE launched Project CSX, a call for ideas from the public about what they’d like to see in a smartphone. The winning entry called for a phone with an adhesive back and eye-tracking technology that would allow users to scroll up and down with eye movements. That idea eventually became Hawkeye, a mid-range […]

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    You’ve Never Seen a Decepticon This Big Before

    Hasbro is delivering on a two-year promise to collectors at Toy Fair this weekend, and they’re doing it in the biggest way possible. For the first time since the original toy was released in the ’80s, Trypticon is coming, and Hasbro says he’s the biggest Decepticon model they’ve ever made. The story behind this toy […]

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    Hologram Barbie is Cooler than Siri and Alexa Combined

    Barbie has not been messing around during Toy Fair lately. A couple years ago, Mattel showed off the Hello Barbie doll, which had natural voice recognition, and last year Barbie got her own voice-activated smart house. She’s no less tech savvy this year — she’s now going holographic. Hologram Barbie isn’t actually a doll — the toy itself […]

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    Google Boss Tables Seven-Year-Old’s Application With a Smiley Face

    Call it a dream deferred. Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater of Hereford, England sent off a handwritten letter straight to Google HQ (addressed to “Google Boss”) inquiring about job opportunities (and praising office amenities), and hey, she got a response! In other words, she’s probably already doing better than most applicants to Google. To be fair to […]

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    Dancing Beauty and the Beast Belle Doll Teaches Kids How to Code

    In the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast (you may have heard of it), one major change is that Belle is the inventor in the family instead of her father. Hasbro must have taken some inspiration from that, because their new Belle doll is pretty into hard sciences herself. The company is introducing the Dance Code […]

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    MetroPCS Now Has a Prepaid Unlimited Plan for $50

    T-Mobile, not content to help reintroduce unlimited plans to the postpaid market, is now doing the same for prepaid through MetroPCS. The carrier just updated their pricing tiers, giving both their $50 and $60 plans unlimited 4G LTE data. The difference between the two plans is in the hotspot — tethering, in other words. Tethering with high-speed […]

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    McDonald’s Designed a New Straw So You Can Drink a Chocolate Shamrock Shake Properly

    When you have something as venerated as the Shamrock Shake, you need to get serious about making sure people can enjoy them as the milkshake artist intended. Seeing glaring deficiencies in the drinking straw, McDonald’s has created the STRAW pretty much just for the new Chocolate Shamrock Shake and no other reason. The problem arises […]

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    Canon Just Introduced a Bunch of Cameras, Including a Mirrorless ILC

    For a long time, camera giants Canon and Nikon ignored the mirrorless market, sticking to what they knew best — DSLRs. But, in the meantime, Sony and Fuji have done excellent work with their mirrorless cameras, prompting Canon to get into the market last year with the EOS M3 and EOS M5. This week, Canon is […]



    The Thimble is No Longer a Monopoly Token

    As much as I’d like to brag about calling the demise of the thimble last month, it was just too easy of a call to make. When Monopoly started their Token Madness vote, they lumped in their eight existing tokens with dozens of potential new ones, giving fans the opportunity to vote for their favorites […]

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    American Girl’s Latest Doll is Logan, Their First Boy Doll

    American Girl is best known for their girl of the year dolls, but they’ve always got at least a few new dolls they release every year to give their stars some company. This year, that company includes a first for American Girl — an American boy. Logan Everett will be available soon, along with his bandmate […]

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    The First Trailer for Apple’s New Reality Show is Full of Celebrities

    Original television is what all the cool tech kids are doing these days, and far be it from Apple to sit out a good trend. Last year they announced Planet of the Apps, a show where plucky developers pitch their world-beating app ideas to the likes of, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Jessica Alba. If […]

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    Avengers: Infinity War First Look Includes Behind the Scenes Footage

    On May 4, 2018, a story 10 years in the making will wrap up. Ever since the release of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been wending its way toward a massive crossover and a showdown with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Last week, Marvel tweeted out a short behind-the-scenes video giving us […]

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    The Iconic Nokia 3310 is Coming Back

    The Nokia 3310, otherwise known as the brick for its tendency to not break, ever, is coming back. So says Evan Blass, one of the most reliable sources of phone leaks out there, in a piece for Venture Beat. The report suggests that the new Nokia 3310 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona […]

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    Facebook is Going to Start Autoplaying Audio Along With Videos Soon

    Some things never change. As it seems it’s always been, Facebook is making a big change and a whole lot of people think it’s bad. This time, Zuckerberg and company are trying to gin up more video engagement by turning sound on by default for the videos that appear in your news feed. Unfortunately, that works […]

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    Etsy Wants the Whole Craft Economy, Will Start Selling Craft Supplies

    Whenever they can, companies love to control more and more of the supply chain — Etsy is no different. Not content to corner the market in handmade goods, the site is now turning to craft supplies with their new store, Etsy Studio. Launching in the spring, Etsy Studio will stock craft supplies, along with tutorials and […]

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    Saladshots Packs an Entire Salad Bar Into a Snack Bar

    Saladshots got their start with a successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign to fund a line of fun, colorful (and tasty) salad dressing pouches, but now that they’re finally headed to store shelves, they’ve found a good excuse to add variety to their offerings. The company is adding a few more options to the full-to-bursting health and […]