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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    Lenovo Enters the Smart Home With Their Own Alexa-Enabled Smart Assistant

    Amazon’s immense success moving Alexa devices during the holiday probably didn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the tech industry. It certainly didn’t come as a surprise to Lenovo — they’ve been working with Amazon to create their own smart home speaker, and they’re showing it off at CES 2017. The Smart Assistant is, essentially, […]

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    The ThinkPad X1 Family Gets Revamped for 2017

    Last year at CES, Lenovo expanded the ThinkPad X1 line into the flagship X1 Carbon laptop, the X1 Yoga 2-in-1, and the X1 Tablet slate PC. All three devices are getting a refresh at CES 2017, and while they all appear much the same as last year’s models, there are some hardware upgrades and helpful […]

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    Lenovo’s Miix 720 Takes On the Surface Pro

    In August of last year, we had the Miix 510 down as Lenovo’s answer the the Microsoft Surface line, thanks to the same kind of kickstand, Intel Core i processors, and the Active Pen stylus as an option. At CES this year, Lenovo is going after the Surface Pro. The Miix 720 is much more expensive […]

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    Lenovo Announces New Line of VR-Ready Legion Gaming Laptops

    Up until the last couple of years, gaming laptops typically weighed over 10 pounds and looked every bit like it — needing discrete graphics cards and the batteries to run them, they were awfully bulky. Machines like the Razer Blade have done a lot to change that image, and Lenovo is following suit with Legion, their […]

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    Samsung Put Some Real Elbow Grease into This 4-in-1 Washer and Dryer Combo

    Clear out some space in the laundry room, because Samsung is coming to take over. Don’t worry — they’re coming with front-loaded washers and dryers, not their more ill-fated top-loaded ilk. The company is pouring just about every laundry idea they’ve got into the FlexWash + FlexDry laundry system, which allows for multiple loads to be […]

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    Dell’s 2-in-1 Version of XPS 13 Has Finally Arrived

    Last time we checked in with the Dell XPS 13, it was getting a rose gold edition. Well, now it’s getting in on one more trend — the 360-degree hinge. At CES 2017, Dell is debuting the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, a machine with similar specs to the XPS 13, plus a little extra flexibility. Being […]

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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    Samsung Will Have a New Soundbar That Doesn’t Need a Subwoofer at CES

    It’s about time. Soundbars have long been great audio options for people who want a simple, all-in-one speaker system to pair with their television, reducing clutter. They’re sometimes used in surround systems, too, but in recent years, soundbars have been outfitted with virtual surround sound tech, making them viable lower-cost alternatives. The sticking point has […]

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    Ariana Grande Gets Her Own Official Cat Ear Headphones

    We’ve been big fans of the Cat Ear Headphones that Brookstone carries, and apparently we’re not the only ones. Passing by a Brookstone in a mall (are they anywhere else?) earlier this week, I happened to spy Ariana Grande’s face on some of those boxes of Cat Ear Headphones. Sure enough, they’ve caught the pop […]

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    First Trailer for Alien: Covenant Abandons Chest Bursting, Embraces Back Bursting

    Last time we checked in on the Alien franchise, it was getting a panel at San Diego Comic-con. That panel had plenty to say about the Alien reboot being directed by Neill Blomkamp, but that’s still a little further off. Next year, we’re getting the link between 2012’s Prometheus and the original Alien. From the looks of it, Alien: Covenant won’t be as […]

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    Carrie Fisher Passes Away at 60 From a Heart Attack

    Actress, writer, and mental health advocate Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies, has passed away at age 60 from a heart attack suffered while on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday. In addition to reprising her role as Leia in last year’s The Force Awakens and, in younger CGI form with […]

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    Spotify Brings Touch Bar Support to Its Mac App

    When Apple announced the new MacBook Pro, one of the ways they tried to sell the new Touch Bar was with contextual media controls. The Touch Bar, an OLED strip that replaced the function keys with touch controls that change depending on what app is in use, has finally gotten some of those promised features […]

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    Urban Armor Gear Monarch Case Review (iPhone 7 Plus)

    Are you looking for a rugged case to give your new iPhone some real protection? The Monarch case from Urban Armor Gear (UAG) could be just what you need. Some smartphone cases barely last a year, but that is not likely with the Monarch. UAG gives this case a 10-year warranty! The construction is solid, using […]

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    Cat Ear Headphones Are Now Purrrfectly Wireless

    The iPhone 7 and similar no audio port having smartphones are forcing everyone to go wireless. By everyone, we do indeed mean everyone. Even those cat ear headphones Brookstone introduced last year are getting a Bluetooth version, but they didn’t just cut the cord and call it a day. Last year’s cat ear headphones were […]

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    OnePlus 3T Review

    OnePlus stayed active this year — after releasing their excellent OnePlus 3 in June of this year, the smartphone maker kept at it to make sure their phone stayed level with the best out there. That’s why the OnePlus 3T isn’t just a new model with extra storage — it’s an upgrade centered around the move from the […]

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    Finally, an App to Make Your Cat Take Good Pictures

    As has become well-known, developing a solid social media game for your cat is an excellent way to secure at least a couple years of steady income from the internet. Up until now, that’s been reserved for the lucky few who have been blessed with cooperative cats, but boy is that market ripe for disruption. […]

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    Pokémon Go Finally Makes it to the Apple Watch, as Promised

    Apple made a bad habit of promising things at the iPhone 7 launch and seeing them get delayed longer than they’d like. After mysterious setbacks, Apple finally released the AirPods earlier this month, and now we’re seeing one of the big Apple Watch guarantees — Pokémon Go is now on Apple’s wearable. When Apple discussed Pokémon Go for the Apple […]