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.

Fawkes photo tool lets anyone secretly ‘poison’ facial recognition systems

Fawkes photo tool lets anyone secretly ‘poison’ facial recognition systems

The Internet is packed full of billions of photos, many of which are lost into the depths of abandoned accounts and old hosting services. A huge number of this media is readily discoverable and easily downloaded, however, and due to the rise of social media platforms, it is easier than ever to link them with the people featured in the photos. Unknown to the public, some companies are quietly downloading this content en masse and using it to create secret facial recognition models of the subjects...but there's a solution, and it is called Fawkes.

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Ingenious DIYer builds outdoor wall using hundreds of older iPhones

Ingenious DIYer builds outdoor wall using hundreds of older iPhones

Technology and aesthetics often go together, but it's rare to see everyday consumer tech made the centerpiece of artwork or utilitarian creations. It does happen on occasion, though, the latest example of which is a project from an ingenious DIYer in Vietnam who built his own outdoor property barrier and gate pillars using hundreds of older iPhones. Each iPhone functions as a colorful brick with shiny Apple logos glittering in the sunlight.

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Netflix plans spooky 2021 summer event with Fear Street movie trilogy

Netflix plans spooky 2021 summer event with Fear Street movie trilogy

It seems that a series of somewhat unfortunate events has resulted in Netflix acquiring three movies based on the Fear Street book series from R.L. Stine. The movies were acquired from Disney, a new report claims, which ended up in possession of them as a result of its Fox acquisition. The movies were reportedly originally planned to be released in theaters by Fox, but several things have changed that.

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Massive Arecibo radio telescope suffers more damage from cable incident

Massive Arecibo radio telescope suffers more damage from cable incident

The massive Arecibo Observatory, one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world, has suffered considerable damage due to a cable incident, officials report. This isn't the first time the radio telescope has been damaged -- it has been repaired multiple times in the past -- but this latest incident is fairly substantial, leaving a 100-ft wound that took the telescope offline.

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Fortnite FNCS Season 3 Finals: How to watch and everything else to know

Fortnite FNCS Season 3 Finals: How to watch and everything else to know

As expected, the Fortnite Champion Series Finals will be held this weekend, determining which players walk away as the ultimate champions. This is the final evolution in the tournament, one that kicked off with the initial Qualifier rounds back on August 1 and 2. This time around, the Finals will start on Friday and last three days. Interested in watching? Here's everything you need to know.

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Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Monosodium glutamate, a food additive most commonly known as MSG, has been a controversial ingredient for decades, with some claiming an allergy to it that results in headaches or other issues -- something that may be, in fact, simply a sensitivity to the additive when consumed in high doses. Regardless, the ingredient is still commonly used in many food products and that may be a good thing, according to a new study.

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Google is turning Android phones into a global earthquake alert system

Google is turning Android phones into a global earthquake alert system

Google has introduced its new Android Earthquake Alerts System, a crowdsourced method that uses smartphones to detect earthquakes before they happen. The new feature builds upon the earthquake alerts Android users in California receive, alerting them to a budding earthquake based on data from seismometers installed throughout the quake-prone state. Google is starting with detection and will move on to alerts.

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Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

A large body of research links prenatal depression -- that is, a mother who is depressed while pregnant -- and increased risks of developmental and behavioral issues in the offspring. Though the link has been established, the reasons for it have remained a mystery. A new study from the Society for Neuroscience has changed that, finding distinct brain changes in children born to depressed mothers.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will -- this time around -- take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a human fighter pilot who will use a simulator.

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Fortnite C2S3 may end with major HighTower event: Here’s what we know

Fortnite C2S3 may end with major HighTower event: Here’s what we know

Despite expectations otherwise, it seems that Fortnite's current Chapter 2 Season 3 (C2S3) may actually end on time, making it the first game season this year to hit its deadline. What makes this seem likely? A number of game data-miners, including some with long histories of accurate predictions, claim the next Fortnite update will be the last in the season, and it will pave the way for a major finale event referred to as 'HighTower.' Here's what we know so far.

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CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the discovery of a chemical found in grapefruit peels that can effectively repel bloodthirsty insects like ticks and mosquitos. The agency has big plans for this compound, which it has registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for use in insect repellants and insecticides. What's so special about this chemical? It works differently from existing insecticides, effectively killing pests that bite and, as a result, reducing the presence of bloodborne diseases like Lyme disease.

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Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google has announced its latest update for Google Maps on iOS, bringing two important features: support for CarPlay's latest and greatest feature, as well as the return of an Apple Watch app for the navigation platform. The two additions are a welcomed change for users who are firmly within the Apple ecosystem, but who prefer to use Google's mapping app instead of Apple's.

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