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.

8BitDo M30 2.4G Genesis Mini controller is wireless and has six buttons

8BitDo M30 2.4G Genesis Mini controller is wireless and has six buttons

Gaming accessories company 8BitDo is back with another third-party gaming controller that offers consumers features they can't get from a console's official controller. This time around, 8BitDo is targeting the new Sega Genesis Mini, the retro-style modern console offering access to some of the most beloved games that were launched for the original model. The new controller is wireless and includes six buttons.

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India is one of the first countries to ban all electronic cigarettes

India is one of the first countries to ban all electronic cigarettes

India has revealed intentions to ban all electronic cigarettes in the nation, a move said to be made out of concern over public health. Approval of the ban was given by the country's Union Cabinet, according to India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The decision follows confirmation of nearly 400 cases of a severe lung condition impacting people with a history of vaping.

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Google Family Link can now limit time spent on individual apps

Google Family Link can now limit time spent on individual apps

Google Family Link, the company's parental control app, has been updated to include a new arguably vital feature for managing a child's phone usage. Going forward, parents can use the parental control offering to set time limits for specific apps installed on their child's phone, ensuring they don't waste too much time playing a particular game, watching videos, or scrolling through social media.

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Comcast is sending free Flex boxes to its Internet-only customers

Comcast is sending free Flex boxes to its Internet-only customers

Comcast is making its Flex video streaming platform available to all of its Internet-only customers for free, the company has announced. Comcast Flex was introduced earlier this year as an option for customers who only sign up for Xfinity Internet, giving them an alternative to Comcast's cable service that features a similarly large body of content, including many free options.

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Lack of sleep triggers gut health change behind severe inflammation

Lack of sleep triggers gut health change behind severe inflammation

Working the night shift or generally getting a lack of sleep at night may trigger gut changes that pave the way for a number of inflammatory intestinal disorders, according to a new study. The reason boils down to the body's internal clock and how easily it can be disrupted, causing a cascade of effects that impact many parts of the body. In the case of gut health damage, the consequences were found to impact immune cells called Type 3 Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILC3s).

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Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has announced plans to expand into Dallas, Texas, building upon its existing presence in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. The company will start gathering data in the city in early November, the company revealed in a statement today, and it'll be kicking things off with manually-driven cars. The cars will be driven on the city's downtown streets.

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Fortnite Special Edition Controller for Xbox One now available

Fortnite Special Edition Controller for Xbox One now available

Remember the special Fortnite Xbox One console edition Microsoft introduced earlier this summer? The bundle included a purple console alongside a dark purple wireless controller, both styled after the game's iconic Storm. If you didn't pick up one of those bundles because you already own a console, Microsoft has some good news for you: the controller is now available to purchase a standalone item.

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‘The Office’ reboot may debut on NBCU’s Peacock streaming service

‘The Office’ reboot may debut on NBCU’s Peacock streaming service

Earlier today, NBCUniversal finally revealed the name for its previously announced streaming service. Called Peacock, the platform will offer both existing and original content, the latter of which will include reboots of Saved by the Bell and Battlestar Galactica. The company previously announced that Peacock will be the exclusive streaming destination for The Office, and that may include a brand new reboot.

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Blue Yeti X microphone features real-time LED metering and smart knob

Blue Yeti X microphone features real-time LED metering and smart knob

Audio company Blue has introduced its latest Yeti microphone, the Yeti X. This model, as with many before it, is designed for podcasting and other voice content, such as streaming. One of the microphone's most notable features is the inclusion of an LED meter that provides real-time visual feedback on the user's voice levels. In addition to using the microphone with software, users can adjust certain primary functions using a 'smart knob.'

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High levels of banned food additive found in popular vape liquids

High levels of banned food additive found in popular vape liquids

Researchers with Duke University Medical Center have published a study warning that high levels of a banned food additive called pulegone have been found in some smokeless tobacco products, including liquids used with electronic cigarettes. The chemical was banned as a food additive by the FDA last year due to its potential for causing cancer.

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Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

The RideCheck feature Uber first introduced last year is now rolling out widely to users in the United States, the company has announced. RideCheck is a safety feature that uses the sensors located within the driver's and rider's phones to detect unusual behavior related to rides, such as whether they take a strange route or stay stopped for an unusually long time, among other things.

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Disney Bedtime Hotline returns with iconic voices: Here’s how to call

Disney Bedtime Hotline returns with iconic voices: Here’s how to call

Disney has brought back its Bedtime Hotline for a limited time, adding new iconic voices to the service: Yoda and Spider-man. The company first introduced the hotline last year with the arrival of its Sleep Shop line of bedtime clothing, offering the hotline as a nice little hook to help parents get their kids into bed (and maybe into a pair of Disney pajamas).

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