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.

Cancer study has bad news for people who drink soda

Cancer study has bad news for people who drink soda

Sugar is one of the most common elements in the average Western diet -- it can be found in obviously sugary snacks, but also in products one wouldn't guess contain high amounts of sugar, such as certain breads and savory sauces. Sweet drinks are arguably the most common way many people consume large quantities of sugar, both juice and soda being two popular examples. A recently published study has bad news for consumers who regularly drink these sweetened beverages.

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Fortnite may be banned in another country over ‘negative impacts’

Fortnite may be banned in another country over ‘negative impacts’

The battle royale genre is the biggest thing in video games right now, the biggest titles at this time being PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, and Fortnite. The tiny nation of Jordan recently banned PUBG, the first battle royale game to catch on in a big way, and now it has announced plans to ban another six games, Fortnite among them.

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VAIO SX12 ultrabook packs every port you’ll ever need

VAIO SX12 ultrabook packs every port you’ll ever need

VAIO has introduced an incredibly slim, lightweight 12.5-inch laptop that, despite its ultrabook design, features just about every port you're likely to need in various usage scenarios. The VAIO SX12 has a full-size keyboard, weighs less than 2lbs, and comes with the promise of 'full performance' despite the slim notebook design.

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Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

A number of websites and services have experienced issues today, including the multi-hour outage over at Reddit this morning followed by a brief outage at Twitter. Microsoft is among the companies having trouble, in this case with its Xbox services. Though most services remain operational, one is limited, and that's causing big problems for players who want to download purchased or new content.

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CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

A mysterious illness with no known cause or cure has resulted in a number of otherwise healthy children becoming paralyzed, the CDC reports, and it expects another record outbreak to happen in 2020. Called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), this condition is described as rare but very serious by the CDC; it causes weak muscles and reflexes in the body, lesions in the spinal cord, and primarily appears in otherwise healthy kids. Officials are pleading for more information from doctors about the condition ahead of the next anticipated wave.

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Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is about to unleash a major new ride

Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is about to unleash a major new ride

Disney has announced plans to launch another major ride at its Galaxy's Edge theme park starting later this year. The 'Rise of the Resistance' ride will first arrive at the Disney World Resort later this year, followed by a similar launch at Disneyland in California in early 2019. Disney calls this the 'most immersive and advanced attraction' it has ever launched at one of its parks.

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Apple quietly updates Macs to remove Zoom’s risky web server

Apple quietly updates Macs to remove Zoom’s risky web server

Zoom, a popular video conferencing software, was recently found to contain a serious security vulnerability that left millions of Mac users at risk. According to security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh who detailed the matter in a post on Medium, the security flaw could potentially be used by an attacker to access on a Mac's webcam without the user's permission.

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Epic just made a big change to Fortnite’s Team Rumble mode

Epic just made a big change to Fortnite’s Team Rumble mode

Though Fortnite became popular due to its last-player-standing battle royale mode, casual players have largely taken to the game's Team Rumble, a Limited Time Mode that has essentially become a permanent fixture in the game. On the afternoon of July 10, Epic Games took to its Twitter account to make a simple announcement: it has changed how many kills it takes to win a match on Team Rumble. Not everyone is happy.

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Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Due to the low number of users who were controlling their smart thermostats using smartwatches, Google has ended Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch. Google confirmed that the removal was due to only a 'small number' of smart thermostat users taking advantage of the support, saying that its team will instead focus their time on voice interactions and the mobile apps.

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JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

Back in August 2018, JBL started accepting pre-orders for its Link Bar, a hybrid soundbar device that includes Android TV and Google Assistant built-in. The device was positioned as a sort of all-in-one home entertainment experience that brought both Android TV and Google Assistant to one's entertainment setup, but a huge delay prevented consumers from getting the soundbar.

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Google Translate camera tool gets support for another 60 languages

Google Translate camera tool gets support for another 60 languages

Google Translate, the company's machine translation tool, is available as a mobile app with a unique feature: instant camera translation. As the name suggests, this feature uses a mobile device's camera to capture text and translate it in the app. The ability is essential for travelers and others who may need to translate signs, menus, and more, and it just received support for a bunch of additional languages.

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Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

A day after detailing its plan, Virgin Orbit has successfully dropped a test rocket from a plane high above the Mojave Desert in California. The test is a key step toward the space company's plan of eventually launching satellites into space from the air, an alternative to the typical ground-based launches used by SpaceX and other companies.

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