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 Maps users can now easily edit their public profiles

Google Maps users can now easily edit their public profiles

Google has pushed out a Google Maps update that enables users to edit their public profiles from the mobile app, offering more control over what other users see when they take a look at your page. The new management option gives users control over their profile picture and their bio, as well as offering a look at whether they're a Local Guide and how many points they have, among other things.

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Fortnite leak hints at tornado grenades, cloning machines, new traps

Fortnite leak hints at tornado grenades, cloning machines, new traps

The new version of Fortnite battle royale brought a number of new items and major changes to the map, including robust bodies of water, boats, and the ability to hide in dumpsters. Players are expecting to see new items and consumables appear throughout the first season of the game's second chapter, and now a new leak has offered a look at what those items may include.

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Fake rhino horn made from horse hair may help curb poaching

Fake rhino horn made from horse hair may help curb poaching

Researchers with Fudan University in Shanghai and the University of Oxford have developed fake rhino horn crafted from horse hair, paving the way for realistic fakes that can be used to flood the horn market. Fake animal horn is a common way to drive down prices and demand in the market, reducing the incentive for poachers to illegally hunt the wild animals.

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Instagram will test hiding likes in the US starting next week

Instagram will test hiding likes in the US starting next week

If you're located in the United States, you'll notice a big change to the way posts on Instagram look starting next week: they won't have visible 'likes,' at least for some accounts. The company has confirmed that it plans to start testing the hidden likes in the United States following similar tests in several other countries. Not sure what to expect? It's pretty simple.

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Apple orders thriller directed by Ben Stiller and starring Adam Scott

Apple orders thriller directed by Ben Stiller and starring Adam Scott

Apple has ordered another show for its Apple TV+ streaming service, it has been announced. Called Severance, this drama will be directed by Ben Stiller who will also be serving as executive producer. Actor Adam Scott will have the leading role in the series, which revolves around a fictional workplace called Lumen Industries.

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Roku brings its remote control app to Apple Watch

Roku brings its remote control app to Apple Watch

Roku allows its users to control their streaming device using a mobile app instead of the remote control. This is convenient for times when the remote is lost, plus it comes in handy when the remote is on the other side of the room and you don't want to get off the sofa. Starting today, you no longer even have to pull out your smartphone.

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Cosmic fog helps astrophysicists clock just how fast the universe is expanding

Cosmic fog helps astrophysicists clock just how fast the universe is expanding

At the cosmic level, dark energy is largely fueling the expansion of the universe, the rate of which is referred to as the Hubble Constant. The estimation of this rate first came from Ewdin Hubble, the astronomer after whom the Hubble Space Telescope was named. In the decades since, experts have been refining the estimate and the most recent work among that effort comes from a team of scientists led by the University of Clemson.

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Lyft is offering perks to riders who get rid of their cars

Lyft is offering perks to riders who get rid of their cars

Ridesharing company Lyft is trying to get riders to permanently ditch their cars by offering them various perks through a new Carvana partnership. Assuming customers go through the program to 'ditch' their car, they'll receive multiple free months of the Lyft Pink subscription service, as well as Lyft credit for rides and more. This is a revival of the program first launched in 2018.

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Boeing reveals why one of its Starliner parachutes failed to deploy

Boeing reveals why one of its Starliner parachutes failed to deploy

Earlier this week, NASA and Boeing successfully tested the private space company's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft during a pad abort test, which was intended to make sure the spacecraft's systems would function properly in the event of an emergency during launch. The test was declared a success, but the event wasn't perfect: one of the three parachutes that lowered the capsule failed to deploy, leaving only two to save the spacecraft.

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CDC reveals the familiar ingredient that may cause vaping lung disease

CDC reveals the familiar ingredient that may cause vaping lung disease

The CDC has announced the potential cause of EVALI, the lung injury that has appeared in people who report recent vape use. The concerning ingredient is vitamin E acetate, the compound previously leaked as a finding under the agency's investigation. Though the CDC had advised, at the time of the leak, that it was too early to implicate the compound, it is now back warning that vitamin E acetate may be deadly when inhaled.

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FX Networks is bringing all of its content, plus exclusives, to Hulu

FX Networks is bringing all of its content, plus exclusives, to Hulu

Popular network FX is bringing its entire catalog of existing content to on-demand and live television streaming service Hulu, the companies have announced. In addition to offering all of its existing shows on the platform, FX will also create original exclusive shows for Hulu. The content will be presented to viewers as 'FX on Hulu,' eliminating the need for a pay-TV plan.

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Two popular supplements taken for inflammation probably aren’t helping

Two popular supplements taken for inflammation probably aren’t helping

Two popular supplements taken for their supposed effect on systemic inflammation may not be as effective as consumers had hoped. Neither omega-3 fatty acids -- which are commonly sold in the form of fish oil -- nor vitamin D was found to reduce inflammation in the body in most cases, according to a study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital. In fact, there was some evidence that taking one of these supplements may increase systemic inflammation.

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