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.

Verizon Total Mobile Protection price will increase on June 27

Verizon Total Mobile Protection price will increase on June 27

Verizon offers a coverage plan for smartphones called Total Mobile Protection, something that originally cost $11 per month before a past price increase bumped it to $13 per month. The wireless carrier has announced plans to once again increase the rate, and the new price is scheduled to go live later this month. A small perk is also being added to the plan.

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Apex Legends starts penalizing players who quit matches early

Apex Legends starts penalizing players who quit matches early

In early April, news surfaced that Respawn would start penalizing players who left a match early. The quit penalty has been requested by players since the battle royale game's launch, the idea being that a single team member who quits the game can leave the rest of the remaining players at a strong disadvantage. The penalty system is fairly lenient, however, and players won't suffer much the first time it's issued.

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Researchers made old mice live longer using blood from young mice

Researchers made old mice live longer using blood from young mice

Research out of the Washington University School of Medicine reveals that scientists enabled older mice to live longer by using the blood of young mice. The process didn't quite mirror that of mythological stories involving young blood, however, instead focusing on a specific protein that is found at higher levels in young mice and lower levels in older mice.

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Netflix plans prank show with Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo

Netflix plans prank show with Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo

Netflix plans to offer a hidden camera prank show called Prank Encounters, the company has announced. The show has reportedly been in the pipeline for months with plans to debut on the streaming service some time later in 2019. The company has tapped Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo to host the show and serve as an executive producer alongside Howard Owens' Propagate and Ben Silverman.

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FDA warns fecal transplants may contain deadly drug-resistant bacteria

FDA warns fecal transplants may contain deadly drug-resistant bacteria

The FDA has issued a new advisory that reveals one patient has died as a consequence of an investigational fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). Though the agency doesn't oppose these investigational studies into the potential benefits of FMTs, it warns that there are serious risks associated with undergoing the treatment, namely the transmission of bacteria that is resistant to a variety of drugs.

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Pixel 4 appears in the wild days after Google shares official image

Pixel 4 appears in the wild days after Google shares official image

On June 12, Google gave the public an official look at its upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone in excellent quality, confirming some leaks and speculation that had existed in recent weeks. The official image reveals the previously leaked square camera cluster, something we see again in two images captured of the Google Pixel 4 in the wild.

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Fortnite NERF Rocket Launcher gets an early limited release

Fortnite NERF Rocket Launcher gets an early limited release

Months ago, Hasbro revealed that it teamed up with Epic Games to release a line of NERF and Super Soaker toys with themes based on popular weapons from battle royale game Fortnite. The items went up for pre-order initially, and a number of items are already available to purchase. In an announcement today, Epic revealed that one new NERF Blaster is scheduled for a limited early release, but it'll be hard to get.

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Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus is working on a unique airplane design that involves flapping wing tips, something found on military jets but not commercial aircraft. The company successfully tested a remote-controlled scale-model plane fitted with the flapping wing tips, the company revealed this week. The demonstrator aircraft was based on the company's A321 plane.

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Lyft’s new electric scooters have longer battery life and pink wheels

Lyft’s new electric scooters have longer battery life and pink wheels

Lyft is deploying a new electric scooter model that is built for sharing. The new scooters have arrived in Denver, bringing with them hot pink wheels and a high-contrast Lyft logo. Riders will enjoy a number of improvements to the design, including a wider base, improved durability, and longer-lasting batteries. This is the first time Lyft scooters have featured pink wheels, making them easier to spot.

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Facebook ranking tweak will improve conversations on public posts

Facebook ranking tweak will improve conversations on public posts

In an effort to improve the conversations found on some Facebook posts, the company has announced improvements to its comment ranking that will use a number of factor to determine which comments get more visibility. The ranking system is necessary on posts from people and Pages who have many followers, helping users find meaningful conversations through the hundreds of otherwise uninteresting comments.

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Ebola outbreak risks international spread but isn’t formal emergency says WHO

Ebola outbreak risks international spread but isn’t formal emergency says WHO

Following its emergency committee meeting today, WHO reports that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC and Uganda is deeply concerning, it doesn't meet the criteria for an international emergency declaration. The meeting over whether the declaration should be made included 'differing views' from experts, according to WHO, which acknowledges the spread into Uganda represents an international spread of the virus.

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NASA says Saturn’s rings are far more complex than we thought

NASA says Saturn’s rings are far more complex than we thought

NASA's Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn back in 2004 to help researchers better understand the planet and its rings. The mission ended in 2017, but the data remains and scientists are still publishing new studies on it. The latest among those studies reveals a little more about Saturn's rings, in this case its strange and unique features.

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