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.

Facebook’s Tuned is a private messaging app made for couples

Facebook’s Tuned is a private messaging app made for couples

The New Product Experimentation team at Facebook has quietly released a new iOS app called Tuned that is designed specifically for couples. With Tuned, any two people can send voice and text messages to each other, as well as media like images, assuming they're located in the US or Canada. The app, like many messaging services, is tied to phone numbers, not Facebook accounts.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 will add four-player squads mode

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 will add four-player squads mode

On Tuesday, Activision published the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its battle royale game Warzone's third season. The company plans a number of changes to the game, the most notable being support for larger squads. In addition, players can expect new types of vehicles, the return of some familiar characters, new firearms, and more.

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship returns from ISS with science experiments

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship returns from ISS with science experiments

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft has successfully returned to Earth from the International Space Station carrying a variety of scientific investigations that were conducted in space. The capsule splashed down near the California coast on Tuesday, according to SpaceX, which says its ship transported dozens of US National Laboratory scientific research projects.

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Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Home entertainment company Vizio has launched 30 free streaming channels on its SmartCast TVs, the company has announced, giving quarantined customers some additional entertainment. The new content is available as of April 7; it spans a variety of genres, including news, comedy, entertainment, sports, music, and lifestyle.

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Apple Clips video app update adds iPad cursor support and new stickers

Apple Clips video app update adds iPad cursor support and new stickers

Apple has pushed out a big update for Clips, its video creation app for iPhone and iPad. With this new update, iPad owners who are running iPadOS 13.4 can now utilize the new cursor support for use with a mouse, Bluetooth keyboard, or trackpad. The update all also new stickers and more, as well as improvements to the overall performance and stability of the video app.

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Fruit peel compound may reverse some multiple sclerosis damage

Fruit peel compound may reverse some multiple sclerosis damage

A new study out of Thomas Jefferson University has found preliminary evidence that a compound found in some herbs and fruit peels may help protect against and reverse some of the damage caused by the devasting autoimmune disease called multiple sclerosis. Existing MS treatments can help slow down the progression of this disease, but at this point in time, they cannot reverse the damage caused to neurons.

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Movies Anywhere Screen Pass beta expands, but you still need an invite

Movies Anywhere Screen Pass beta expands, but you still need an invite

In mid-March, movie locker service Movies Anywhere announced a new closed beta feature called Screen Pass that enables users to share eligible movies with their friends and family. This feature is available on a large number of titles, including ones purchased from services like iTunes, Prime Video, and Vudu. In an announcement on Tuesday, Movies Anywhere revealed that it is expanding Screen Pass into a new open beta.

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Boeing plans second unmanned Starliner test following December glitch

Boeing plans second unmanned Starliner test following December glitch

Boeing has made the decision to conduct a second Orbital Test Flight following the troubles it experienced late last year with the initial test. The company announced its decision on Monday, stating that it will conduct a second flight at zero cost to taxpayers, doing so to prove the safety of its system. The second flight will follow its first Orbital Test Flight in December 2019, which experienced a glitch that caused the capsule to enter the wrong orbit.

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Popular video games are getting ‘stay home’ coronavirus banners

Popular video games are getting ‘stay home’ coronavirus banners

The United Kingdom has turned to some of the most popular video games on the market to encourage the public to stay home. The new effort involves banners the companies have agreed to put in their games, ones that read, "Stay At Home, Save Lives." The initiative comes from the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which is working with game companies.

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Facebook health survey helps Carnegie Mellon track COVID-19 cases

Facebook health survey helps Carnegie Mellon track COVID-19 cases

Facebook says that it is working with Carnegie Mellon University's Delphi Research Center to help track and forecast the potential spread of the infectious disease COVID-19. The effort comes in the form of a survey that some Facebook users will be given the opportunity to take; it'll ask questions related to symptoms and more, which will be used to generate heat maps based on the data.

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Google Maps update adds filters for finding takeout and delivery food

Google Maps update adds filters for finding takeout and delivery food

Google has pushed out another Maps update that makes things easier for businesses and consumers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. With this update, Google Maps features two new search filters: Delivery and Takeout. Both are related to food, of course, helping users figure out which restaurants in their city are still taking food orders. The feature is live on mobile.

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Disney plans to release a Frozen digital video series made at home

Disney plans to release a Frozen digital video series made at home

Hit animated Disney movie Frozen is returning in the form of a digital video series that was created at home. Disney Animation teased the new series in a tweet on Monday, explaining that it was created by Olaf animator Hyrum Osmond with help from others while quarantined at home. As expected, the voice audio for the new short series was also recorded from home.

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