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.

Google I/O 2020 detailed: Date, location and solved puzzles

Google I/O 2020 detailed: Date, location and solved puzzles

Following speculation, Google has confirmed the location and date for its upcoming Google I/O 2020 event. The details were revealed by company CEO Sundar Pichai in a tweet on Thursday; he says the 'cosmos aligned' to make this arrangement happen. The details follow a series of puzzles Google released that fans had to solve in order to learn the details for the event.

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Fortnite’s new Cap Kick emote has a secret failure mode

Fortnite’s new Cap Kick emote has a secret failure mode

Last summer, you likely noticed a brief Internet trend (unless you live under a rock) that involved recording videos of one's self attempting to kick the cap off of a bottle. This was the latest of a long line of social trends that attracted celebrity attention, fueling its rapid rise and brief peak in popularity. The Cap Kick has returned, this time in the form of a Fortnite emote and it comes with a secret variant.

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Tinder rolls out blue checkmarks as a way to deal with catfishing

Tinder rolls out blue checkmarks as a way to deal with catfishing

Catfishing, the activity that involves pretending to be someone other than yourself on the Internet, is a big problem on dating apps. Many users have found themselves led on by and otherwise tricked into meeting up with a stranger who wasn't the person they were expecting, leading to, in the best-case scenario, a huge waste of everyone's time. Here to help solve that problem are blue checkmarks on Tinder.

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Three popular diets plus fasting linked to big health benefits

Three popular diets plus fasting linked to big health benefits

Three popular diets alongside the habit of not eating for significant periods of time have been linked to important health benefits that extend beyond weight loss. The findings come from the University of Otago, which reports that things like lowered blood sugar and blood pressure as among the benefits associated with these diets and fasting, each assessed in a 'real world' setting.

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Halo Top Keto Series ice cream offers traditional flavors for dieters

Halo Top Keto Series ice cream offers traditional flavors for dieters

Halo Top, the company best known for its low-calorie but somewhat expensive ice cream, is back with a new product called Keto Series. As its name suggests, these new ice cream products are specifically made for people sticking to the popular keto diet, something that involves consuming low quantities of carbohydrates and greater amounts of fat and protein.

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DirecTV satellite suffers ‘major anomaly’ putting batteries at risk

DirecTV satellite suffers ‘major anomaly’ putting batteries at risk

A DirecTV satellite has suffered a 'major anomaly' that has put its batteries at risk of exploding, according to a document recently published by the FCC. The company is working on decommissioning the satellite in order to get it out of orbit before the batteries burst, which would jeopardize other satellites.

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China coronavirus: What we know and what to do

China coronavirus: What we know and what to do

Though it been managed far better than the SARS outbreak that happened years ago, the ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China has raised global concerns over the potential for the virus to spread internationally and infect a large number of people. Health agencies and organizations around the world have mobilized to address the matter; here's the latest on what they're doing and what you can expect in the immediate future.

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Epic is taking an exclusive Fortnite skin away from some players

Epic is taking an exclusive Fortnite skin away from some players

Under a partnership with Samsung, Epic offered an exclusive skin called 'iKonic' that was only available to players who had purchased the Galaxy S10 or one of its variants. This exclusivity didn't stop some obsessive fans from finding ways to acquire the skin elsewhere, but Epic isn't tolerating it, at least based on reports from some players. It seems the company is removing the skin from some players' lockers.

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Google Collections tweaks make it easier to find and share content

Google Collections tweaks make it easier to find and share content

Google has announced some changes made to its Collections feature that make it easier to find and share content related to the things you've searched for and saved. The feature builds upon the activity cards Google introduced last year, this time tapping artificial intelligence to group similar pages the user has visited based on the activity. This is joined by a couple of other changes for desktop and mobile users.

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BenQ TK850 4K HDR10 projector is made for bright rooms and sports

BenQ TK850 4K HDR10 projector is made for bright rooms and sports

BenQ is back with another home projector, this one being its new TK850. The model is said to be the first-ever 4K HDR-PRO projector designed for use in bright living rooms, offering a clear picture even during daytime hours. The projector features DLP projection and 4K HDR video support, as well as the promise of 'true to life' colors, 98-percent Rec. 709 color gamut and more.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer shows off the final season

Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer shows off the final season

Disney has published the trailer for its final season of The Clone Wars, the hit Star Wars animation that premiered in 2008 and was originally canceled in 2014. The series follows the story of popular Star Wars characters, including Darth Maul, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker. The final season will only be available to watch on the Disney Plus streaming service.

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Novel coronavirus may have been transmitted to humans from snakes

Novel coronavirus may have been transmitted to humans from snakes

In an update on the matter this week, officials with the CDC stated that China's current coronavirus outbreak has been linked to the illegal sale of wildlife at a market in Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of the virus is currently taking place. A new study published in the Journal of Medical Virology has shed light on the potential origins of this virus, revealing that it may have been transmitted to humans from snakes.

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