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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    AT&T Tries to Lure Folks in With New Unlimited Plans – Again

    Just a couple weeks ago, AT&T joined the unlimited data plan fray by making their unlimited data plan available to all new customers — previously, you were required to have DirecTV service, too. But, AT&T is convinced that their acquisition of DirecTV gives them a competitive edge. They’re now using their new video services to entice […]

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    Nokia 3310 is Back and It Still Plays Snake

    As was foretold by prophecy (leak, whatever), the king is returning. The famously indestructible Nokia 3310 is getting a re-release, a fresh new paint job, and preloaded games that, if we’re being real, are still better than the ones preloaded on smartphones today. As you can see, the Nokia 3310 is still not a smartphone. […]

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    How Drones and Smart Devices Are Changing the World

    We’re on the precipice of an exciting era. Smart devices are becoming connected in increasingly meaningful ways, providing businesses and people alike with meaningful data and analysis. Businesses are going to enjoy huge increases to productivity as processes become more efficient, while the everyday person will be able to care for their home more easily […]

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    Samsung and Oculus Introduce a Touch Controller for the Gear VR Headset

    The Samsung Gear VR headset has always been a bit ahead of other mobile VR headsets — created in a partnership with Oculus, it’s one the few headsets that uses a physical connection to the phone, enabling extra controls like a touchpad and buttons. Still, fumbling around for those headset controls wasn’t optimal, so the two […]

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    ZTE Introduces Two Colorful Budget Smartphones to Their Blade V8 Line

    At CES earlier this year, ZTE showed off the Blade V8 Pro, a midrange phone with a handful of premium features, including a dual camera array. At the time, it was the cheapest phone at retail with such a camera system, but it seems like that reign is about to end. At Mobile World Congress […]

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    The Alcatel A5 LED is Your New Go-To Party Smartphone

    As we’ve noted often, it is really, really difficult to make an Android smartphone stand out. Well, to say the least, Alcatel has managed to do so at Mobile World Congress. They’ve just announced the A5 LED, a smartphone with its back covered in flashing LED lights. Might as well be the official smartphones of […]

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    Lenovo Brings 4K Displays to Their Midrange Yoga 2-in-1 Convertibles

    With Lenovo usually saving the big Yoga news for the fall, their midrange stuff usually comes out earlier in the year. This year, they’re revealing their midrange Yoga 2-in-1s at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where they’re also showing off the low-end Miix 320. But, don’t let the mids and lows discourage you — all of […]

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    Lenovo Tab 4 Series Tablets are Great for Kids and the Family

    Last year, Lenovo announced the budget TAB3 tablets, making options for business use and family use. They’re back at it with the Tab 4 series, but the company is taking a different tack this year, doubling down on home use. The TAB3 7 and 8 were pitched as family-friendly options at Mobile World Congress 2016, […]

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    Lenovo Refreshes Their Moto G Midrange Phones, and Big Changes Are in Store

    Lenovo just announced its midrange smartphone plans for Motorola at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and if you’re a fan of their Moto G series, take note — Lenovo is switching things up. Like last year, there will be both G and G Plus models, but the difference is much more stark between the two this […]

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    The Samsung Galaxy Book is a Surface-Like 2-in-1 With a Superpowered Stylus

    Samsung has never gone too hard into laptops, and while that’s not necessarily changing at Mobile World Congress this weekend, they do have a pretty cool 2-in-1 for artists to consider. While the Galaxy Book can’t compete with the Surface Pro on specs alone, some cool S Pen tricks make the latest tablet-style 2-in-1 device […]

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    ZTE Shows Off Their Upcoming Ultra-Fast Gigabit LTE Phone

    With Qualcomm and Intel (and a few others) leading the charge toward 5G deployment, the 4G era is coming to a close. But, it’s going to go out with a bang — the Qualcomm X16 modem found on the new Snapdragon 835 SoC makes Gigabit LTE speeds possible. That means 1 Gbps download speeds — in theory, anyway. […]

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    LG G6 Fits a Big Screen into a Lovely Compact Body

    LG is going big at Mobile World Congress 2017. At the Barcelona show today, the company announced their 2017 flagship smartphone, the LG G6, and it’s a significant departure from last year’s G5 — a phone that took some risks that, ultimately, didn’t pay off. The G5’s marquee feature was a battery module that could be […]

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    Qualcomm Just Made the 5G Race a Lot Hotter With Their Upcoming X50 Modems

    Last month, Intel pulled ahead of Qualcomm with the introduction of a 5G modem that could support wide-band 28 GHz mmWave and sub-6 GHz connectivity, the new bands that will be put to use in the speedier, more localized 5G era. Well, Qualcomm just blew the doors off all that by announcing some big advances they’ve […]

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    BlackBerry KEYone Brings Back the Classic Keyboard We Forgot We Missed

    Last year, we learned that BlackBerry would stop making their own hardware and put more resources into developing their security software. Did that mean no more BlackBerry phones? Far from it! Earlier this year, BlackBerry revealed a business partnership with hardware company TCL (one that probably dates back to last year) while teasing a new […]

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    Sony Unleashes the Fastest SD Cards on the Market Yet

    As is tradition come time for Mobile World Congress, a new speed king is being crowned in the kingdom of SD cards. Last year, SanDisk impressed with a microSD card boasting 275 MB/s transfer speeds, but they’re being topped this year by Sony. Sony’s new SF-G series SD cards are capable of up to 300 […]

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    Here’s a Look at the All-New Teddy Ruxpin

    Teddy Ruxpin, the animatronic storytelling teddy bear extraordinaire, has never really gone away. But, since his heyday in the late ’80s, Teddy’s follow-up appearances haven’t always gone well — comeback attempts have been undone by business struggles and outdated cartridges as he’s been passed from toy company to toy company. Last year, we heard that Wicked […]

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    Four More Planets Have Been Discovered and Some Could Host Life

    In May of last year, astronomers from MIT and the University of Liège discovered a dwarf star they named TRAPPIST-1. The relatively cool star had three planets in its orbit, one of which was situated in just the right zone to meet the conditions for life. Well, it wasn’t just us who thought that was a […]

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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 […]