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Senior editor at SlashGear, and a member of the team since 2012, Brittany A. Roston combines a deep knowledge of technology with the bleeding-edge in science and health. Whether reviewing the latest laptops and PCs, or distilling the insights from the vanguard of global research, Brittany's talent lies in her ability to communicate the complex in a way that's both clear and entertaining. Email

Oculus VR owners can now watch Vudu 3D movies on Quest headsets

Oculus VR owners can now watch Vudu 3D movies on Quest headsets

Fandango's Vudu streaming service is now available to Oculus owners, assuming you have a Quest headset. The platform allows customers to rent and buy digital movies, then watch them on a variety of devices -- and the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 are now counted among them. This is particularly good news for headset owners who enjoy 3D movies.

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Eating mushrooms may be a surprising way to reduce depression

Eating mushrooms may be a surprising way to reduce depression

Mushrooms, often regarded as a superfood due to their various health benefits, may help reduce the symptoms and risk of depression, according to a new study from Penn State University. Key to this potential benefit is a potent antioxidant called ergothioneine, which helps protect the body from damage. Of all the foods that contain this antioxidant, mushrooms are the greatest source.

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Tales of the Walking Dead anthology show heading to AMC in 2022

Tales of the Walking Dead anthology show heading to AMC in 2022

AMC is the latest network to announce an anthology series based on a hit show -- in this case, The Walking Dead. The upcoming anthology series will be called Tales of the Walking Dead, and it will tell new stories via single standalone episodes featuring new characters in the zombie apocalypse. The series will be available on both AMC and AMC+.

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Meditative breathing and VR combo reduces pain without drugs

Meditative breathing and VR combo reduces pain without drugs

Researchers at the University of Michigan have combined the ancient tradition of meditative breathing with modern technology, namely a virtual reality headset. The result, according to a new study from the team, is a reduction in pain perception, offering patients a way to reduce their use of painkillers. In contrast to meditative breathing on its own, however, the VR-based breathing method triggered pain relief in an entirely different way.

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USDA reveals massive canned beef recall over lead contamination

USDA reveals massive canned beef recall over lead contamination

The USDA has published a recall covering more than half a million cans of beef and gravy products over the presence of lead. The recall comes from Crider Foods of Georgia, which says the lead contamination has been traced back to a mix of spices provided by a third-party company. The recalled cans were made starting in October 2020.

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Fortnite v18.20 update detailed: Release date, downtime, leaks

Fortnite v18.20 update detailed: Release date, downtime, leaks

Epic Games plans to release another update for its hit battle royale game Fortnite in the early morning hours tomorrow, the company has revealed. With the announcement comes the related details for players who want to know what to expect, including when the downtime will start. As always, the game will be unavailable to play during downtime.

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Magic Leap 2 AR headset revealed: Dimming, larger FOV, smaller size

Magic Leap 2 AR headset revealed: Dimming, larger FOV, smaller size

Magic Leap has taken the wraps off its next-generation augmented reality glasses. Magic Leap 2 is scheduled for "general availability" in 2022, according to company CEO Peggy Johnson, who recently spoke about the latest AR headset in an interview with CNBC. According to Johnson, Magic Leap 2 will be the enterprise market's "smallest and lightest device."

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Twitter users can now quietly remove followers without blocking them

Twitter users can now quietly remove followers without blocking them

Among the many features it has tested and released this year, Twitter is now giving its users the ability to better control who follows their accounts without taking drastic steps or potentially drawing unwanted attention. Going forward, all users now have access to the soft block feature the company started testing last month.

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Peacock reveals Psych 3: This is Gus release date and trailer at NYCC

Peacock reveals Psych 3: This is Gus release date and trailer at NYCC

NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service will be home to Psych 3: This is Gus, the third movie based on the hit comedy show Psych. The company revealed the trailer and release date for the movie during New York Comic-Con, giving fans a long look at the upcoming streaming movie, as well as the good news that they won't have to wait long to watch it.

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Netflix taps Walmart to sell merchandise for Squid Game and other hits

Netflix taps Walmart to sell merchandise for Squid Game and other hits

Netflix has teamed up with Walmart to sell merchandise based on some of its hit original shows, including Squid Game and Stranger Things. For its part, Walmart is launching a new Netflix Hub through which Netflix fans will be able to find the exclusive merchandise, marking Netflix's first digital storefront offered by a major retailer.

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Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

The European Union has banned the use of a common food additive commonly used to produce white colors. The decision follows years of contention over whether titanium dioxide represents a health risk when used as a food additive. Though officials still have not concluded whether titanium dioxide is genotoxic when used in food, the "evidence along with all of the uncertainties" fueled the decision to ban its use.

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Parent’s Choice baby food recalled at Walmart over arsenic levels

Parent’s Choice baby food recalled at Walmart over arsenic levels

Some Parent's Choice baby food sold at Walmart has been recalled over higher than acceptable inorganic arsenic levels, a new recall advisory has revealed. The arsenic levels were discovered by the FDA via sample testing, prompting the voluntary recall. The baby food was sold in Walmart stores and on its website.

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