Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston

Senior editor at SlashGear, and a member of the team since 2012, Brittany A. Roston combines a deep knowledge of technology with the bleeding-edge in science and health. Whether reviewing the latest laptops and PCs, or distilling the insights from the vanguard of global research, Brittany's talent lies in her ability to communicate the complex in a way that's both clear and entertaining. Email

Battlefield 2042 delayed and the pandemic is to blame

Battlefield 2042 delayed and the pandemic is to blame

The anticipated futuristic Battlefield 2042 game from DICE has been delayed, Electronic Arts revealed on the game's official Twitter account today. The reason for the delay is one we've heard before: the pandemic disrupted workflows and the teams behind the project, causing unanticipated issues that require the release to be pushed to a later date.

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Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Kroger taps Instacart to offer ultra-fast grocery deliveries across US

Popular grocery chain Kroger has announced a new partnership with Instacart to offer its customers grocery deliveries within half an hour. The new service is called Kroger Delivery Now, leveraging the Instacart online shopping platform with Kroger grocery stores across the US serving as fulfillment centers. Grocery deliveries and pick-up services have become more popular amid the pandemic.

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NASA says ancient Mars experienced thousands of super volcanic eruptions

NASA says ancient Mars experienced thousands of super volcanic eruptions

NASA says that a region of Mars known as Arabia Terra once experienced thousands of massive eruptions from volcanoes, ones that were so powerful they were able to alter the Red Planet's climate for decades after. The explosions took place over the course of 500 million years, according to the space agency, where researchers recently published a scientific paper on the topic.

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Roku’s first original movie is a Christmas special based on an NBC show

Roku’s first original movie is a Christmas special based on an NBC show

This holiday season will bring Roku's first original movie, one that will be made available on the company's free ad-supported Roku Channel streaming service. The Christmas special will be based on the NBC show Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist and it will include the original cast from the series. Once it arrives, Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas will be Roku's first original feature film.

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Fitbit snore detection arrives, but you need certain models to use it

Fitbit snore detection arrives, but you need certain models to use it

Fitbit's previously announced Snore & Noise Detect feature is now rolling out to users, but it is only available on certain models. The feature is designed to help users learn about the noises at night that may be reducing their sleep quality. You'll need more than just the Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense to use the feature, however, which is limited to premium subscribers.

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USDA warns chicken and beef empanadas sold with fake inspection mark

USDA warns chicken and beef empanadas sold with fake inspection mark

The USDA has issued a Class I recall involving thousands of pounds of chicken and beef empanadas that it says were sold in the US without inspection. A tip led to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) investigating the matter, at which point it found the food products were sold featuring a 'false USDA mark of inspection.'

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Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo Switch finally gets Bluetooth audio support in new update

Nintendo has released the latest software update for its Switch consoles, including the Switch and Switch Lite. The update is a notable one, and it brings with it a key feature that owners have been requesting for quite some time: support for Bluetooth audio devices. With this support, you can now play your games using wireless earbuds, headphones, or even a Bluetooth speaker if you prefer.

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Fortnite’s new Sideways Anomalies are disabled until further notice

Fortnite’s new Sideways Anomalies are disabled until further notice

One of the big new features launched yesterday with Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 8 are Sideways Anomalies. This new game function is essentially a portal that appears somewhere on the map, enabling players to enter The Sideways, an alternative dimension full of Cube Monsters and unique weapons. The only problem? Epic has already disabled this feature.

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NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA study warns smart car features may increase drowsy driving risk

NASA is looking into the factors behind fatigued driving and how new automation technologies may both help -- and exacerbate -- the problem. Drowsy driving is responsible for many vehicular accidents and deaths every year, according to the NHTSA, but partially automated vehicles equipped with smart features may make this issue worse, not better.

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Twitter verifications return again for users who really want a blue badge

Twitter verifications return again for users who really want a blue badge

Around one month after its most recent pause, Twitter has once again opened back up its public verifications tool, allowing anyone with a Twitter account to apply for their own small blue badge. Not all users will see the option to apply for verification initially, though Twitter notes anyone who doesn't yet see the option should keep checking.

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Homemade face masks work, but it depends on how they’re made

Homemade face masks work, but it depends on how they’re made

Though N95 and surgical face masks are the best options when it comes to reducing the spread of droplets, homemade face masks are also effective...assuming they're made correctly, according to researchers with the India Institute of Science. Homemade face masks may be used because they're more economical than buying boxes of surgical masks, or they may be used when commercial masks are in short supply.

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Study finds changing your gut bacteria may make weight loss easier

Study finds changing your gut bacteria may make weight loss easier

It's known that changing your diet can also change your gut bacteria, but a new study goes beyond that, finding that your gut bacteria play an important role in how hard or easy it is for you to shed unwanted pounds. The findings suggest that altering your gut bacteria in a beneficial way may make it easier to lose weight for those whose gut microbiomes are making the process harder.

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