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

Pet supplements recalled over risky bacteria that can infect humans

Pet supplements recalled over risky bacteria that can infect humans

The FDA has published a new recall involving products sold for cats and dogs, though this one doesn't involve food. The advisory comes from the company Livia Global, Inc., which says the recall covers two brand names: BioLifePet and LiviaOne. The decision to voluntarily remove these items from sale was made after routine third-party lab testing revealed potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 ‘The End’ event details: Everything you need to know

Fortnite Chapter 2 ‘The End’ event details: Everything you need to know

Few things in Fortnite are more exciting than the start of a new season, which makes this weekend doubly exciting: it'll kick off the game's Chapter 2 finale called "The End." Players are invited to participate in the event, and though Epic has kept its plans under wraps, some big changes are all but guaranteed.

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Microsoft’s DNA storage research just hit a huge milestone

Microsoft’s DNA storage research just hit a huge milestone

Microsoft has detailed a major breakthrough in its work on synthetic DNA storage, specifically on improving data throughput. The proof-of-concept is the subject of a new study from Microsoft Research and a team at the University of Washington's Molecular Information Systems Laboratory (MISL), paving the way for a future in which the world's data is stored on lab-made DNA, not tapes and hard drives.

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Google’s first smartwatch leaks as Apple Watch rival for 2022

Google’s first smartwatch leaks as Apple Watch rival for 2022

Google is gearing up to release its own smartwatch, insiders claim, and it may hit the market next year. The sources allege Google's smartwatch -- which has long been rumored under the name "Pixel Watch" -- will be designed to compete with the Apple Watch, potentially giving Wear OS the boost it needs to earn back consumer attention.

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Sennheiser HD 400 PRO reference headphones aim for ‘all the tiny details’

Sennheiser HD 400 PRO reference headphones aim for ‘all the tiny details’

Sennheiser is back with another pair of reference headphones targeting professionals, studios, and anyone who needs to clearly hear every subtle note in an audio project. The Sennheiser HD 400 model boasts a wide frequency response beyond that of consumer headphones, exceeding the audible range to ensure even the most nuanced sounds are perceived.

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FDA warns to check broccoli tots for rocks after dental damage reports

FDA warns to check broccoli tots for rocks after dental damage reports

If you've made the switch from tater tots to the arguably healthier broccoli tots alternative (they're basically tater tots, but made from, you know, broccoli), pay attention to a new recall notice published on the FDA's website. According to the advisory, some frozen broccoli tots products have been recalled because they may contain small pieces of metal or rocks.

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Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Time crystals are back in the news, and not the ones from TimeSplitters. A study recently published in Nature builds upon previous research released earlier this year on time crystals, a new phase of matter that holds significant promise for the future of quantum computing. This time around, the researchers say Google's Sycamore quantum hardware was used to observe a stable time crystal.

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Here’s who should buy the new GoPro Enduro battery

Here’s who should buy the new GoPro Enduro battery

Action camera company GoPro announced a new accessory called the Enduro battery in late October. Enduro is designed for the HERO9 and HERO10 Black action cameras, replacing the stock batteries to offer improved performance. Though it's not a necessary accessory, Enduro will drastically improve the GoPro experience for certain users.

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FDA advisory panel endorses Merck’s COVID-19 pill, but it was a close vote

FDA advisory panel endorses Merck’s COVID-19 pill, but it was a close vote

The FDA's Antimicrobial Drug Advisory Committee met today, as anticipated, to decide whether it would recommend molnupiravir, an oral antiviral medication, as a new treatment option for COVID-19. The votes are now in, and though there were many opposed, the advisory panel ultimately recommended that molnupiravir receive an emergency use authorization (EUA).

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Scientists use AI to design self-replicating xenobots from frog cells

Scientists use AI to design self-replicating xenobots from frog cells

Last year, a team of scientists announced the development of "living robots," a new type of organism made using cells harvested from frog embryos. That same team is back with an update on these "robots," which they call xenobots, detailing a new scientific milestone: the ability to self replicate using existing cells.

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Here’s How to Reset Your AirPods

Here’s How to Reset Your AirPods

Apple's AirPods offer a smooth experience, but they're not totally immune to the occasional issue. Some users have experienced moments where the earbuds won't charge, while at other times one may face a connection issue in which the AirPods refuse to pair with a smartphone or laptop. Not every issue requires a full reset, but performing the action is simple when nothing else works.

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AMC is giving Stubs members the chance to get Spider-Man NFTs

AMC is giving Stubs members the chance to get Spider-Man NFTs

AMC Stubs members have the opportunity to get one of a limited collection of Spider-Man NFTs, the cinema company has announced. The NFTs are being issued by AMC and Sony Pictures to help promote the latter company's upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will hit theaters starting on December 16. Assuming the NFTs are still available, certain customers can get the NFTs by purchasing tickets for the movie early.

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