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.

Instagram makes it easier for users to avoid music copyright issues

Instagram makes it easier for users to avoid music copyright issues

This week, Instagram shared an update to its guidelines on the use of music in videos, including live broadcasts. The company is clarifying its restrictions to make it easier for users to understand what is acceptable and what puts their videos at risk. As well, the company has introduced a new alert that gives users a heads up when they're close to crossing the line.

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Disney Plus gets Zenimation short series of relaxing videos

Disney Plus gets Zenimation short series of relaxing videos

Disney has released a new series on its Disney Plus streaming service, one that is filled with nothing but familiar scenes from the company's existing body of work. The only difference? The scenes, collectively called 'Zenimation,' replace the background music, dialogue, and other sounds, replacing them with realistic noises that you can use to relax or play as background noise.

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Netflix’s canceled Tuca & Bertie animation revived by Adult Swim

Netflix’s canceled Tuca & Bertie animation revived by Adult Swim

In July 2019, it was revealed that Netflix declined to renew the then-new adult animated show Tuca & Bertie for a second season. The news was surprising as most Netflix shows usually get two or three seasons under their belt before being canceled. In a surprising turn of events, the show will live on, but its new home will be Adult Swim.

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T-Mobile rolls out free unlimited service with 5G for first responders

T-Mobile rolls out free unlimited service with 5G for first responders

T-Mobile has announced that it is giving first responders in the United States free unlimited service on its network. This offering is intended to support first responders through their respective agencies, which can include police and sheriff's departments, fire departments, and EMT services. The service offers unlimited talk, text, and data, including access to the carrier's 5G network.

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Fortnite will play the latest Tenet movie trailer in Party Royale

Fortnite will play the latest Tenet movie trailer in Party Royale

Epic has announced plans to stream another sneak peek at an upcoming movie in its Fortnite game. This time around, the company will be broadcasting one of the trailers for the action thriller movie Tenet, which is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 17. This isn't the first time Epic has played a movie sample in Fortnite, but it won't be quite as stunning as the Star Wars preview.

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Fitbit launches COVID-19 study with a focus on its wearables

Fitbit launches COVID-19 study with a focus on its wearables

Wearables company Fitbit has announced a new COVID-19 study it has launched to determine whether it can use its wearables and software to detect the infectious disease in users. The study is seeking participants in the US and Canada who will be given a series of questions within the Fitbit mobile app. The end game may be Fitbit's development of an algorithm to detect COVID-19 symptoms.

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The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC is singing a familiar song: stop snuggling, kissing, or otherwise being physically affectionate with chickens. The message has been preached many times in the past, each in reference to outbreaks of Salmonella, a bacterial disease most commonly acquired through contaminated water or food. Salmonella is common among chickens, as well, and that's a problem for backyard farmers.

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Biomimetic eye prototype brings cyborgs closer to reality

Biomimetic eye prototype brings cyborgs closer to reality

New research out of Hong Kong brings humanity one step closer to the existence of cyborgs. The study, which was published in the prestigious journal Nature, details the creation of a biomimetic eye prototype that features a hemispherical retina made from a high-density nanowires array that is the machine equivalent of the photoreceptors found in the human eye. The prototype could pay the way for 'super vision' in robots and maybe, eventually, in humans, as well.

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Netflix goes on an account purge

Netflix goes on an account purge

Netflix plans to start automatically canceling active account subscriptions, the company explained this week, though you likely don't have to worry about your own account. Netflix said that it will reach out to the account owner before it takes this action, giving them a chance to confirm that they want to keep their account active. If the account is canceled, the customer can restart it at any time.

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NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA OSIRIS-REx mission asteroid touchdown date bumped to October

NASA's ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission, which aims to collect a physical sample from the asteroid Bennu, finally has a date for the first touchdown attempt. Later this year, according to the space agency, its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will touchdown at a previously determined location, collect some sample materials from the asteroid's surface, then return to space, eventually bringing that sample back to Earth.

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Sphero startup will make robots for government and first responders

Sphero startup will make robots for government and first responders

Sphero, the company best known for its BB-8 toy robot, has announced the successful spin-off of its Company Six into a startup that will make robots for the government, military use, and more. Company Six will operate as an independent company, according to Sphero, which says that it will also work on artificial intelligence-based software designed for customers 'who work in dangerous situations.'

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Fortnite’s new Infiltration game mode tasks players with finding intel

Fortnite’s new Infiltration game mode tasks players with finding intel

Epic released Fortnite version 12.60 in the early morning hours (for players in the Eastern Time Zone, at least), adding bug fixes and a number of other changes. One of the additions is a new Spy Game called 'Operation: Infiltration,' which requires players to team up and collect intel from the opposing team while protecting their own assets.

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