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.

Comedy TV show Community will soon expand from Hulu to Netflix

Comedy TV show Community will soon expand from Hulu to Netflix

Comedy series Community from Dan Harmon will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix, it has been announced. All six seasons of the hit show will be available on the platform starting tomorrow, April 1, and no that's not an April Fools' joke. The new arrival on Netflix is good news for people to subscribe to the service, but the deal isn't exclusive -- the series will also remain on Hulu.

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Ubisoft makes some games free starting with Rayman Legends

Ubisoft makes some games free starting with Rayman Legends

Ubisoft has announced that it is making some of its games free-to-play, helping entertain people who are currently staying home in quarantine. The new initiative will involve free games, trials, and more over the duration of a month with Rayman Legends headlining the new offerings. The game is now free to download and play until April 3, and it'll soon be joined by trials and free offers for other games.

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SiriusXM Premier is now free, but only until May 15

SiriusXM Premier is now free, but only until May 15

SiriusXM, the company best known for its satellite radio service, is the latest to offer extended free access to its product for people stuck home in quarantine. The company has made its streaming service available for free until May 15; during this time, new users can access the platform and stream music, as well as the company's talk shows and more, without paying for a subscription.

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Roku OS 9.3 revealed with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support

Roku OS 9.3 revealed with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support

Popular home entertainment company Roku has announced its latest Roku OS update, bringing the software to version 9.3. With this, users get access to new and enhanced features, the most notable being 'Works with' support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. As well, Roku has updated its 'Roku Voice' feature with better control for users, plus performance has been improved and more.

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Marriott reveals another security breach: 5.2 million guests exposed

Marriott reveals another security breach: 5.2 million guests exposed

A Marriott International franchise property may have been the source of a data leak that compromised information on up to 5.2 million hotel guests, the company announced on Tuesday. The breach involved the login credentials belonging to two employees; the incident happened in mid-January and was discovered by Marriott in late February 2020. The intruder's access has since been disabled.

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets one last spin before launch

Last week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA wrapped up what it says was 'important testing' involving the small helicopter that will be shipped with its Perseverance Mars rover next year. This was the last time the helicopter's rotor blades will spin until the vehicle arrives on the Martian surface, where NASA hopes to operate the first-ever aircraft on a planet other than Earth.

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Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

Popular messaging service Telegram has been updated with new features that'll be particularly useful for users and groups that have experienced an uptick in messaging frequency. As of Monday, March 30, Telegram now supports Chat Folders, which is exactly what it sounds like -- a new feature that enables users to better separate the different types of chats that take place in the app.

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Microsoft disables custom Xbox gamerpics amid record numbers

Microsoft disables custom Xbox gamerpics amid record numbers

In a brief notice today, Microsoft revealed that it has temporarily disabled the ability to upload customer club pics, gamerpics, and club backgrounds. The company cites its 'record numbers' as the reason for the temporary change, specifically the way this aids moderators in evaluating and removing offensive images. It's unclear how long this change will remain in place.

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Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

A number of beloved older shows are doomed to languish in low-resolution quality due to costs associated with properly remastering them for modern displays. In addition to reprocessing raw footage from these shows, many would require entirely new computer graphics for an official remaster, making the cost astronomical for lengthy series. That hasn't stopped a number of fans from using the next best thing: artificial intelligence.

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FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

An important type of face mask called an N95 respirator is in critically short supply at the moment, putting medical workers in many countries at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Unlike surgical masks and ordinary paper masks, an N95 respirator features a tight fit and can filter out the majority of particles in the air. In light of the shortage, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization to new technology that can decontaminate used N95 respirators.

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Amazon’s Fire TV Live feature gets Sling TV free news integration

Amazon’s Fire TV Live feature gets Sling TV free news integration

Earlier this month, Sling TV launched a new free tier called 'Stay in & SLING' targeted at people who don't subscribe to the service, but who are currently stuck at home and seeking new streaming services to watch. The service offers a variety of free channels and on-demand content, including news content and a bunch of older and lesser-known series. Some of that content is now integrated with Fire TV's 'Live' tab.

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New COVID-19 vaccine heads to clinical trial: Here’s the release timeline

New COVID-19 vaccine heads to clinical trial: Here’s the release timeline

American corporation Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will send a COVID-19 vaccine candidate into human clinical trials by September 2020 at the latest, assuming nothing unexpected happens. If the vaccine proves successful, the company says that it may be able to get it on the market by as soon as early 2021. The company says it will make vaccines available globally.

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