Chance Kinney

From Modesto, California, Chance received a B.A. in psychology from UCLA and an M.A. 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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    Rumors of a Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Are Heating Up Again

    Bad news for fans of competition — the long-rumored merger between T-Mobile and Sprint sounds like it’s going to become a reality. In a Bloomberg report published today, sources “familiar with the matter” have told the publication that a deal between the two telecom giants is on track to be announced by the end of October. The report says […]

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    AIM Will Pass From This World to Internet Valhalla in December

    Pour one out for a pioneer. AOL Instant Messenger, better known as AIM, will be shut down on December 15 of this year. Getting its start in 1997, AIM wasn’t the first instant messenger, but it was probably the first instant messenger for millions of internet newbies back in the ’90s. It’s fallen out of […]

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    Sphero’s Latest Droid Companion is R2-Q5, R2-D2’s Evil Twin

    In 2015, a gold mine opened up in front of Sphero. Makers of little app-controlled robotic balls, the company hit the big time when BB-8 made his debut in one of the trailers for The Force Awakens. Sphero produced a BB-8 version of their robot ball that autumn, and they’ve been a holiday force to be […]

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    Your Netflix Benders Are About to Get a Little More Expensive

    Despite being the reigning queen of the streaming world, Netflix is in a whole heap of debt — those originals don’t cost a dollar. With the second season of Stranger Things reported to cost $6 million to $8 million per episode (and there are nine of them) and tons more big budget productions on the roster, you […]

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    Here Are the 6 Things You Need to Know About From the Google Pixel Event

    Add another yearly tech event to their calendar! For the second straight year, Google held a fall hardware event yesterday in San Francisco where they laid out their new products for the holiday season. While the star of the show was the new Pixel 2, Google had plenty more products for the home and on […]

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    The Sonos One Just Might Be the Best Smart Home Speaker Yet

    Last year, Sonos announced a preview of Alexa compatibility, which would allow users to control Sonos speakers using Alexa speakers like an Echo or Dot. Cool and all, but it’d be a whole lot more straightforward if Alexa was just on your Sonos speaker to begin with. That’s exactly where Sonos is headed with the […]

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    VTech Has New Smartwatches for Little Jedi and Sith Lords

    Holiday shopping season is now Star Wars merch season, and few are capable of resisting the tractor beam-like pull of the Force. VTech is securely in orbit this year, coming out with two Star Wars-themed smartwatches for kids based on BB-8 and the First Order. The two watches are based on the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch […]

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    GM Announces That it Will (Eventually) Only Make All-Electric Vehicles

    If you’re looking for even more proof that all-electric vehicles are the way of the future, here it is — one of the world’s biggest automakers has gone all-in on them. Yesterday, GM announced that they plan to move towards producing only all-electric vehicles while gradually phasing out diesel and gas power. It’s just going to […]

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    The Samsung HMD Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset is the Best One Yet

    When Microsoft talked about their upcoming Mixed Reality platform late last year, they mentioned HP, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and Dell as hardware partners. We saw a lot of those headsets last month at IFA, and while they all had their own style, they were all the same on the spec sheet — dual 1440 x 1440 […]

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    ADT Now Has Their Own DIY Home Security System in a Partnership With Samsung SmartThings

    ADT has done well for itself by selling home security the traditional way — professionally installed systems and a subscription- or contract-based monitoring service. While they might still have success with that model for a while longer, it looks like the home security mainstay is finally starting to reckon with what home security increasingly looks like — […]

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    Lego is Bringing Two Exclusive Star Wars BrickHeadz Figurines to New York Comic-Con

    With all their movie tie-ins, Lego has become a mainstay at comics conventions, and it seems like they’ve come to understand the scene pretty well. Their BrickHeadz line — big-eyed buildable figurines that could be compared to Funko Pops — has provided fertile ground for convention exclusives before, and it’s proving true for this year’s New York […]

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    Roku Has Jammed 4K and HDR Support into One of Their Streaming Sticks

    Roku just announced their annual streamer device refresh, and it’s very good news for anyone looking to get 4K and HDR support at a more affordable price this year. Once again they’ve got five devices to choose from, but the biggest development is a new streaming stick capable of 4K and HDR playback — great for […]

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    DC and Warner Bros are Rethinking Their Cinematic Universe

    DC and Warner Bros have been taken to task often for how they’ve gone about pushing the DC Extended Universe. It hasn’t helped that those movies, most notably Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, haven’t been all that great, but they’ve also been hit by criticism that they’ve tried to sell an interconnected film franchise without […]

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    26 Super Adorable Disney Earrings You Can Buy for $30 or Less

    It’s all good news today! We’ve been trawling Etsy for cute Disney gear again, and with the holiday shopping season coming up, the prospect of getting awesome cute stuff on the cheap seems even more attractive. We’ve managed to round up 25 pairs of fan-made Disney earrings that all cost $30 or less — cheap enough […]

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    The New Nokia 3310 Is Getting a 3G Model That Will Work in the United States

    If you got excited by HMD bringing back the classic Nokia 3310 mobile phone (not smartphone!) earlier this year, you were probably bummed to discover that with just 2G support, it wouldn’t actually work on any networks in the United States. That’s changing soon, with HMD announcing the Nokia 3310 3G. The 3G model of […]

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    Elon Musk’s Proposed Rocket Could Take You From London to New York in 29 Minutes

    Elon Musk got on stage today to talk about upcoming plans for his rocket company, SpaceX, and as always, it was an adventure. Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia, Musk detailed plans for possibly the most important rocket in the history of SpaceX — one that would not only replace the rest of SpaceX’s rockets, […]

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    The Ultimate Lego Paradise Just Opened This Week in Denmark

    If you want the ultimate Lego experience, you’re going to have to go to the company’s hometown. Lego House had its grand opening yesterday in Billund, Denmark, treating Lego fans to a collection of restaurants, play areas, shops, and loads more. Is it a museum? Is it a theme park? We’re not totally sure, but […]