Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston

Brittany Roston is SlashGear's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

iPhone 12 iFixit teardown reveals modular design for simple repairs

iPhone 12 iFixit teardown reveals modular design for simple repairs

The iFixit team has wrapped up its teardown of Apple's new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, giving consumers a look under the hood at what makes the devices tick, what has changed over the previous model, and the kinds of difficulties one may face if they attempt to fix the phone on their own. In addition to disassembling the iPhone 12, the team also took apart the MagSafe power puck introduced with the new models.

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Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch release delayed until 2021

Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch release delayed until 2021

Electronic Arts has delayed the release of battle royale game Apex Legends for the Nintendo Switch, the company revealed, instead first gearing up to release the game on Steam in coming weeks. This delay will push the Switch release into 2021, leaving fans to play the title on the two big gaming consoles (PlayStation and Xbox), as well as on PC. As always, the game remains free to download.

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CDC warns deli meats linked to serious illness and at least one death

CDC warns deli meats linked to serious illness and at least one death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked deli meats sold in multiple states with a serious foodborne illness that has claimed at least one life. A total of 10 cases have been reported under this outbreak, according to the agency, all of which required hospitalization. At this point in time, experts have linked the foodborne illness specifically with Italian-style meats like salami.

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Among Us hit with hack promoting Trump and threatening players

Among Us hit with hack promoting Trump and threatening players

InnerSloth is scrambling to deal with a mass hacking campaign that has hit its suddenly viral game Among Us, the company said in a number of tweets. The issue popped up following a highly popular live stream of the game involving US Representatives AOC and Ilhan Omar, marking the latest and most disruptive instance of hacking that targets players.

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NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA says Bennu asteroid sample is leaking, but it has good news

NASA has shared a new series of images featuring OSIRIS-REx, the spacecraft that successfully nabbed a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu. These images show some of the collected material, including larger rocks, escaping from the collection tool on the spacecraft -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. According to the space agency, scientists have a good reason to believe the Bennu sample is 'plentiful.'

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Fortnite Ghostbusters crossover is the Halloween treat no one expected

Fortnite Ghostbusters crossover is the Halloween treat no one expected

Fortnite fans have been treated to yet another Battle Royale crossover this season with the Marvel superheroes, villains, and their related abilities and henchmen. It seems this may not be the extent of Epic's crossover plans, however, with players noticing one subtle but massive clue to a new arrival in-game that is joined by a related data miner leak.

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fuboTV now lets Apple TV users watch four sports games at once

fuboTV now lets Apple TV users watch four sports games at once

FuboTV, a live streaming service that largely revolves around sports, has announced a new feature for Apple TV users that enables them to watch four shows at the same time. This new feature is a modern take on the old picture-in-picture feature that has been available on many TV models for years, taking advantage of the increasing screen sizes and platform capabilities.

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Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Podcast platform Stitcher has introduced a massive redesign for its mobile app, one that brings an updated, clean design alongside new features and more. The new interface comes amid the massive spike in podcast popularity and the subsequent rise of major competitors, including platforms like Spotify and audio apps like Google Podcasts. The new Stitcher design will be made available to users on iOS and Android.

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Scientists say high-quality fabric face masks are needed to slow pandemic

Scientists say high-quality fabric face masks are needed to slow pandemic

Any face mask is better than no face mask at all, but that doesn't mean every mask is equally effective at protecting against the virus behind COVID-19. A number of studies have looked into the various mask shapes and materials to determine which are best at reducing the spread of particles, the latest of which takes things a step farther by calling on governments to potentially require high-quality face mask use.

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Scientists claim spirituality is one of seven signs of wisdom

Scientists claim spirituality is one of seven signs of wisdom

A new study from the University of California - San Diego claims that spirituality -- but not necessarily religiosity -- is one of several signs of wisdom, though it's not the primary one. The findings, which were published this week in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, reveal that spirituality is 'significantly associated' with factors that may increase one's overall wisdom. In addition, the study found that older people, particularly women, were more likely to be spiritual.

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Lyft just made it much easier to split your ride fee with friends

Lyft just made it much easier to split your ride fee with friends

If you're using Lyft, there's a good chance you're catching a ride with friends. Until now, splitting the fare typically involved one person paying for the trip and the other people reimbursing them with their share of the fee, a time-consuming and somewhat convoluted method. Lyft's newly added Venmo support changes that, making it very simple to split the cost of a ride.

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Target Black Friday safety plan detailed: What shoppers can expect

Target Black Friday safety plan detailed: What shoppers can expect

The pandemic will, as with everything else this year, have a major impact on the biggest retail shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Though shopping online to skip the crowds has become increasingly popular, many people still make plans to hit up physical retail stores, and that'll be a problem in places where social distancing mandates are still necessary. For its part, retailer Target has detailed the additional measures it will roll out to keep customers safe this holiday season.

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