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 annoying red notification dots can now be disabled

Facebook’s annoying red notification dots can now be disabled

Facebook is full of red dots that appear over various parts of the app whenever something new is posted. For most people, these dots appear in random places in which the user has little interest, resulting in either a pile-up of notifications or the brief annoyance of having to tap to make them go away. That changes starting today.

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Project leak claims Google is collecting millions of health records

Project leak claims Google is collecting millions of health records

A new leak alleges that Google is collecting millions of health records on Americans under a partnership with Catholic healthcare chain Ascension under an initiative dubbed 'Project Nightingale.' The report claims that under this partnership, Google has been getting data on patients that "amounts to a complete health history," including everything from the patients' names to their diagnoses and lab results.

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A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

Apple has been developing a new 3D sensor system for the past several years, according to a new report, which claims we'll see this system arrive in a new iPad Pro as well as multiple augmented reality and virtual reality wearables. The 3D sensor system is described as being more advanced than the existing Face ID sensor used in the most recent Apple gadgets.

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Alexa Home Theatre System brings Fire TV audio to Echo speakers

Alexa Home Theatre System brings Fire TV audio to Echo speakers

Amazon has rolled out a new feature it calls 'Alexa Home Theatre System' that enables its home entertainment customers to play audio from a Fire TV through an Echo smart speaker. The feature has launched with support for select Fire TV and Echo models at this time, including for some of the older units. Multiple configurations can be used ranging from a 1.0 to 2.1 setup.

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Instagram stalking app Like Patrol gets pulled from App Store

Instagram stalking app Like Patrol gets pulled from App Store

Like Patrol, a mobile app that enables anyone to keep tabs on an Instagram user's activity, has been pulled from Apple's App Store. The move comes days after Instagram sent the developer behind the app a cease and desist letter demanding that it stop providing its service to users. Only days later, Like Patrol is no longer available to download on iOS.

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Plex will add dozens of free MGM movies by the end of the year

Plex will add dozens of free MGM movies by the end of the year

Plex has announced a new deal with MGM that will bring more free movies to its app. The announcement follows a similar deal revealed earlier this year with Warner Bros, underscoring the company's effort to become more than just a home entertainment software solution. Plex says its users will get access to 'dozens' of movies under this deal and that they'll arrive on the platform before the end of the year.

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Unique type of meditation boosts the brain’s ability to spot mistakes

Unique type of meditation boosts the brain’s ability to spot mistakes

If you frequently make small mistakes, a unique type of meditation may help change that. According to a new study out of Michigan State University, open monitoring meditation -- as opposed to mindfulness meditation -- triggers neural activity changes in the brain when it comes to the signal that occurs when someone notices that a mistake has been made.

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Showtime’s Halo TV show finally enters production

Showtime’s Halo TV show finally enters production

More than a year after the series was announced, Showtime has revealed that its Halo TV show is finally in production. The network shared an image of the show's cast alongside its announcement, saying that the production will be kicking off imminently. The news follows years of rumors, speculations, and false starts involving movies and shows based on the Halo franchise.

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Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Monosodium glutamate, more commonly called MSG, is the often maligned food additive used to enhance flavor and make dishes more savory without making them too salty. This same ingredient may be key to reducing dangerous sodium consumption in nations that are eating too much salt, according to researchers, who say that replacing some salt with MSG may help reduce blood pressure and protect heart health.

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PUBG Mobile update adds Royale Pass Season 10 and special perks

PUBG Mobile update adds Royale Pass Season 10 and special perks

PUBG Mobile, the slightly more realistic battle royale alternative to Fortnite, has been updated to version 0.15.5. With this update, players get access to the new Royale Pass Season 10, as well as some limited-time perks that will disappear in a few days. Among other changes, players can now give the Royale Pass as a gift, there's a new TDM-exclusive map called 'Ruins,' and more.

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Mercury’s rare Sun transit will happen on Monday: Here’s how to watch

Mercury’s rare Sun transit will happen on Monday: Here’s how to watch

On Monday, November 11, Mercury will make a rare transit between the Earth and the Sun, something that will look like the planet skating past our star from our perspective on Earth. According to NASA, this transit only takes place around 13 times every century; the next pass won't happen until the year 2032. Most people on Earth will be able to witness the pass, though seeing it for yourself will be a bit tricky.

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ABC cancels Fresh Off the Boat, but there may be a spinoff

ABC cancels Fresh Off the Boat, but there may be a spinoff

ABC has canceled hit single-camera sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, meaning it won't be back for a seventh season. The series will get a proper series finale in February with a 1-hour final episode, however, and there's the potential for a spinoff series. Fresh Off the Boat debuted in 2015 and has largely been praised by critics.

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