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.

Fortnite gets iOS stability update, but voice chat remains disabled

Fortnite gets iOS stability update, but voice chat remains disabled

Epic Games has released Fortnite update 8.11.1 for iOS, bringing a number of important stability bug fixes. The update is part of an ongoing process to address performance issues that have plagued the iOS version of the game since Season 8's arrival. The update comes only days after Epic restored voice chat functionality on the Android version of Fortnite.

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It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

It’s no secret that ‘chickenpox parties’ are a terrible idea

Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin set off a firestorm of criticism after revealing that he had deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox as an alternative to getting them vaccinated. Bevin is currently the face of what remains a popular, troubling activity among certain groups: 'chickenpox parties' aimed at infecting healthy children on purpose.

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Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

Antidepressant failure linked to out of shape brain cells

When antidepressant medication works as intended, the results can be life-changing for patients suffering from depression. For around 30-percent of sufferers, however, the popular class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs simply does not work. Researchers have puzzled over this unexplained failure for years, but a new study may finally have the answer: out of shape neurons.

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Boeing uncrewed test flight for NASA may be delayed until August

Boeing uncrewed test flight for NASA may be delayed until August

Boeing has delayed its first uncrewed test flight under the NASA Commercial Crew program, at least according to sources claiming to have knowledge of the matter. The delay would be the latest in a long number of setbacks impacting the space agency's program. In contrast, competitor SpaceX successfully conducted its first uncrewed test flight in early March, putting it a full milestone ahead of Boeing.

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Tesla revives Referral Program with car giveaways, Supercharger perk

Tesla revives Referral Program with car giveaways, Supercharger perk

Tesla has announced a new Referral Program that rewards customers who recommend the company to their friends...assuming that recommendation results in a vehicle purchase, of course. The company explains that its previous Referral Program was popular but pricey, and so it is back with a new version, one that offers exclusive perks for existing customers without the same 'significant costs' for Tesla.

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Apex Legends players find trick to swap loot boxes for crafting metals

Apex Legends players find trick to swap loot boxes for crafting metals

Hit battle royale game Apex Legends is free to download and play, but there are elements of the game that can be purchased using digital coins first bought using real world money. You don't have to buy these items, though -- the game also offers random loot boxes that sometimes contain crafting metals, which are then used to unlock skins, quips, and other non-essentials. Thanks to a Reddit post, players have figured out a way to swap their Battle Pass loot boxes for crafting metals.

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Walmart tipped in talks to launch its own game streaming service

Walmart tipped in talks to launch its own game streaming service

Days after Google unveiled Stadia, sources have surfaced claiming Walmart may launch its own competing game streaming service. The company is 'exploring' its own potential move into the industry, according to a new report, which claims Walmart has already been in talks with some publishers and developers, including most recently at the Game Developers Conference.

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Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve reveals major Steam library redesign and new events page

Valve is redesigning the Steam store's Library page, the company has revealed, as well as introducing a new Events feature. The change was announced at the Game Developers Conference today, where Valve explained that users will soon see a new Library page design that presents more information at a glance and makes it easier to jump back into games.

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Study finds reused cooking oil may fuel aggressive breast cancer

Study finds reused cooking oil may fuel aggressive breast cancer

A new study has found a concerning link between cooking oil that has been reused multiple times and late-stage breast cancer. The research, which involved lab mice fed reused cooking oil, found that consuming this 'thermally abused' oil may trigger changes that promote metastases and the proliferation of aggressive cancer cells. Similar effects weren't observed in mice fed fresh cooking oil.

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Comcast Xfinity Flex streaming service is for Internet-only customers

Comcast Xfinity Flex streaming service is for Internet-only customers

Comcast has introduced Xfinity Flex, its own streaming television and video service. The new platform brings Internet-only customers the opportunity to get live streaming TV and on-demand videos without signing up for the Xfinity X1 service. Comcast calls Xfinity Flex a 'streaming platform,' one offering an integrated guide with direct access to other popular services, including Prime Video and Netflix.

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NASA engineers create special copper alloy to 3D print rocket parts

NASA engineers create special copper alloy to 3D print rocket parts

NASA researchers with the Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center teamed up to develop GRCop-42, a copper-based high strength alloy with high conductivity. When used with a Concept Laser M2 3D printer and Power Bed Fusion AM system, the new material can be used to 3D print rocket parts that are resistant to deformation and remain strong even at high temperatures.

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T-Mobile will give customers a free year of MLB.TV on March 26

T-Mobile will give customers a free year of MLB.TV on March 26

T-Mobile plans to offer its subscribers a free year of MLB.TV on March 26, mirroring the same promotion it has offered in past years. The perk will give eligible T-Mobile customers the chance to get access to MLB.TV for the entire 2019 baseball season for free. The offer will be available for a single day, and customers must actively redeem it in order to get the perk.

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