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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    Nintendo Has Abruptly Discontinued the NES Classic

    What was apparently only intended as a holiday surprise for Nintendo fans is now off the (official) market for good. Late last week, Nintendo announced that they are discontinuing the wildly popular NES Classic, leaving everyone who wanted to get their hands on one scrambling for eBay. The NES Classic was a smaller version of […]

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    Apple Now Has a Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

    With Google (through Waymo), Tesla, and Uber pushing hard into autonomous driving systems and Samsung getting into the game by buying Harman, Apple’s been conspicuously absent from the self-driving car race. That hasn’t stopped rumors from flying about their super secret autonomous driving plans — plans that might be coming into the light soon. It’s been […]

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    Carmen Sandiego May Be Coming to Netflix Soon

    I’m pretty sure it’d be easier to just list the things from the ’90s that haven’t been brought back yet. The latest nostalgia trip could be the return of everyone’s favorite well-traveled, big-hatted thief. It’s being reported that Netflix is bringing back Carmen Sandiego as an animated series, with Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez lending her voice […]

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    NASA Has Discovered That One of Saturn’s Moons Could Support Alien Life

    It wouldn’t be the sort of life science fiction is made of, but it’d be an incredible find nonetheless — this week, NASA announced that one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, has the right conditions to allow for life to exist. Unfortunately, we won’t know whether or not it actually does for a long, long time. The […]

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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Has Landed

    Don’t call her a Padawan — while it looks like young Rey is in for some training, it might not be of the Jedi kind. We’ve now got a good idea of what Luke Skywalker’s been thinking about during his decades of isolation — that the galaxy would be better off without Jedi. “It’s time for […]

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    HP Introduces Updated Pavilion Laptops and 2-in-1s at Coachella

    Not even Coachella is safe from tech announcements. HP helped kick off this year’s weekend-long music festival in southern California, announcing updates to the laptops and 2-in-1s in their budget Pavilion line. And, while they don’t have all the bells and whistles that the HP Spectre and Envy lines feature, this year’s Pavilion machines are […]

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    Google AutoDraw Transforms Your Terrible Doodles Into Something Pretty

    Google’s not out to judge your doodles — well, it kind of is. With their new AutoDraw tool, their machine learning technology can take a look at your doodles, guess what you’re trying to draw, and then replace your, er, work with something more pleasing to the eye. AutoDraw is a web-based canvas, sort of. It’s […]

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    Dolph Lundgren Will Star as a Villain in the Aquaman Movie

    Nereus doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Drago(ooooooooooo), but we’ll go with it. Dolph Lundgren, the professional movie villain of enduring Rocky IV fame, is officially in as King Nereus in the upcoming Aquaman. That brings the movie to two major Aquaman villains, so Jason Momoa is going to be busy. The dual-villain approach isn’t one we […]

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    Danger, Will Robinson! Pillsbury is Making Frozen Churros

    We’ll get it out of the way up top — churros are always going to taste better when they come fresh from the street cart. But, the street cart can be far, and they seem really far in the era of ubiquitous delivery. It’s made it a lot easier to get the comfy clothes on, and […]

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    Snapchat is About to Start Snooping on Where You Shop

    It’s a pattern we’ve seen play out many, many times — an awesome free social apps gets created and blows up. Everyone loves it until IPO day — the day when the free app actually needs to become a business. Now that Snap’s IPO has happened, they’ve got to start making that transition by any means necessary. […]

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    Logitech Brio 4K HDR Webcam Review

    We usually don’t give much thought to external webcams these days, and why would we? Laptops don’t need them, and even for desktop users, there are an increasing number of monitors with built-in cameras. But, generally speaking (and especially for laptops), those webcams aren’t very good. Even the latest MacBook Pro only has a 720p […]

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    Jude Law Will Play Dumbledore in the Next Fantastic Beasts Movie

    When Johnny Depp showed up as the wizard supremacist Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the seasoned Harry Potter scholars among us figured that future movies would have to bring in Dumbledore. Considering Dumbledore’s long, tortured, and at one point romantic relationship with the dark wizard, there simply wouldn’t be any way […]

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    The Original Tamagotchi is Making a Comeback

    Tamagotchi, the handheld digital pet game that saved thousands of parents from having to buy actual dogs or cats for their kids, are coming back. Bandai has re-released the original six Tamagotchi pets in Japan. If we’re going to learn anything from this story, it’s this — nostalgia is an economic force anywhere on the globe. […]

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    Yelp is Now Using Robots to Deliver Food in San Francisco

    The brave new automated world of delivery is upon us. After seeing loads of trial runs from the likes of Chipotle, Domino’s, Amazon, and even the French postal service, serious big city robot delivery programs are getting underway. As of this week, Yelp Eat24 is using robots in a couple San Francisco neighborhoods to deliver […]

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    This Turntable is Made of Trash and Bamboo – and It’s Awesome

    With enthusiasts swearing by the sound and all things retro being very much in, turntables and vinyl records are in the middle of a revival. House of Marley is the latest company to get in on the action, and they’re proving that their eco-friendly reputation is warranted. The Stir it Up turntable is made of […]

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    Misfit Introduces Flare, a $60 Fitness Tracker With a Replaceable Battery

    At CES, Misfit unveiled the Vapor, their first fully-featured smartwatch with fitness tracking features. Today, the Fossil-owned company is taking the opposite approach with the Flare, a simple wrist-worn fitness tracker with only a single LED light. Like most other Misfit devices, the Flare will record steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned — it’s an […]

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    Minecraft Now Has a Marketplace Where Players Can Mine for Real Dollars

    Starting today, there are more ways to make money off Minecraft then just nailing down the preteen demo with your gameplay stream. Microsoft has opened the doors of the Minecraft Marketplace, a new in-game feature that allows players to sell their creations. Minecraft has long had an active modding community, with players creating custom maps, textures, minigames, and […]

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    The Bank of Canada Slipped the Konami Cheat Code into a $10 Bill

    They like to have fun up at the Bank of Canada. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the nation of Canada, and the Bank of Canada created a commemorative $10 bill for the occasion. They even have the bill up on their site, with a 360-degree rotate tool that lets you check out both sides […]