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.

Marvel Cinematic Universe gets Kit Harington as the Black Knight

Marvel Cinematic Universe gets Kit Harington as the Black Knight

Kit Harington, the actor best known for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Dane Whitman, also known as the Black Knight. The announcement was made by Marvel president Kevin Feige at Disney's D23 Expo in California over the weekend. This isn't the first time Disney has tapped talent from HBO's hit series.

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Fortnite ‘god mode’ BRUTE exploit makes players invincible

Fortnite ‘god mode’ BRUTE exploit makes players invincible

Every so often, a Fortnite player discovers a bug that gives them some sort of competing edge, though rarely are they capable of giving the player a Victory Royale. A newly discovered exploit involving the BRUTE mech suit and Junk Rift items is of the rarest variety, transforming players into unkillable victory machines.

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FAA warns citizens to stop putting weapons and fireworks on drones

FAA warns citizens to stop putting weapons and fireworks on drones

The Federal Aviation Administration really wants the public to stop attaching weapons and fireworks to drones. Officials with the agency published a statement about the matter last week, warning that operating weaponized drones is not only dumb and dangerous but also against the law. Anyone caught flying a drone modified with these items faces a huge fine, something that could snowball into more serious punishment if someone gets hurt.

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Study finds exercise extends lifespan, but sitting around is deadly

Study finds exercise extends lifespan, but sitting around is deadly

It's no secret that exercising may increase your life, but questions remain over exactly what type of exercise -- as well as the duration and intensity -- is needed to get those benefits. The answer is surprising, at least according to a new study that found any level of exercise may slash early death risk. On the flip side, however, the study also warns that sitting for several hours a day is significantly linked to mortality.

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Six new shows for Disney+ detailed: Muppets, Marvel, and Lizzie McGuire

Six new shows for Disney+ detailed: Muppets, Marvel, and Lizzie McGuire

During its D23 Expo on Friday, Disney announced a total of six new original shows that will be made available on its Disney+ streaming service, though not all of them will be available at launch. The shows cover some of the company's biggest properties and will also reboot a classic Disney Channel television series. Multiple actors are on board to work with Disney on its new content.

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YouTube will now remove disturbing videos targeting kids

YouTube will now remove disturbing videos targeting kids

YouTube has been heavily criticized for years over the growing number of faux videos for kids on its platform that show violent, disturbing, or otherwise mature content unsuitable for young audiences. In regards to that, the company quietly announced a policy change on its support forum this week stating that it will remove 'misleading family content' going forward, including videos that target 'younger minors.'

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Pets, especially dogs, have a surprising effect on heart health

Pets, especially dogs, have a surprising effect on heart health

As it turns out, owning a pet may increase your overall health, particularly if it is a dog. The findings come from a study that looked at pet owners located in the Czech Republic, ones who had no history of heart disease when first evaluated in early 2013. In their most recent evaluation of these participants, researchers noted that owning dogs seems to be linked to lower cardiovascular disease risk.

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The Mandalorian trailer gives first look at live-action Star Wars show

The Mandalorian trailer gives first look at live-action Star Wars show

Lucasfilm has published the first trailer for The Mandalorian, a Star Wars live-action series created for the Disney+ streaming service. The series was announced months ago and will debut with Disney+ in mid-November, giving Star Wars fans their first live-action TV show set in the science fiction universe. The Mandalorian, Disney says, follows the story of a lone gunfighter working beyond the scope of the New Republic.

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Disney confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi original show with Ewan McGregor

Disney confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi original show with Ewan McGregor

Following weeks of speculation and rumors, Disney has confirmed that it will release a Star Wars series on its Disney+ platform that stars actor Ewan McGregor. The actor played the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy from 1999 to 2005 and will, according to Disney, play that role again in the new show. The company hasn't announced a name for the series at this time.

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Marvel Studios announces Disney+ originals She-Hulk and Moon Knight

Marvel Studios announces Disney+ originals She-Hulk and Moon Knight

At the D23 Expo in California, Marvel Studios announced that it will be bringing new shows to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, including She-Hulk and Moon Knight. The confirmation comes only hours after a leak revealed that Marvel will also be creating a Ms. Marvel show for Disney's streaming service, adding a total of three new originals onto the already substantial content plans.

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Amazon’s Audible sued over AI-powered audiobook captions plan

Amazon’s Audible sued over AI-powered audiobook captions plan

Amazon's audiobook company Audible is being sued by publishers over its plan to offer AI-powered captions. Five major publishing houses are behind the lawsuit, including Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, which filed their complaint with the Southern District Court of New York. The 'Captions' feature was revealed by Audible in July.

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NASA’s Amazon forest fire map shows just how much trouble we’re in

NASA’s Amazon forest fire map shows just how much trouble we’re in

NASA has published a new sequence showing the carbon monoxide plume generated by the wildfires in Brazil, tracking the changes each day starting from August 8. The country has experienced record wildfires this year, and, as of August 23, has more than 2,500 active fires throughout the Amazon. NASA's time-series map shows the carbon monoxide concentrations at an altitude of 18,000ft.

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