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.

Google sent Stadia development kits to more than 100 game studios

Google sent Stadia development kits to more than 100 game studios

Google took the wraps off its anticipated video game streaming platform today, unveiling Stadia at the Game Developers Conference. The company has laid out the details for both future players and developers, stating that it will be working on building games exclusively for its new platform via its new Stadia Games and Entertainment division. The company has already started working with third-party developers, as well, and has sent out dozens of development kits.

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Call of Duty: Mobile for iOS and Android revealed: beta starts soon

Call of Duty: Mobile for iOS and Android revealed: beta starts soon

Activision is preparing to launch a new mobile version of its hit game franchise Call of Duty. The new game, which is now available for 'pre-registration,' offers gamers iconic maps from various popular COD installments, as well as familiar weapons and gameplay. Players get access to Team Deathmatch, Free-for-All, Search and Destroy, and more on both iOS and Android.

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These two coffee compounds may inhibit drug-resistant prostate cancer

These two coffee compounds may inhibit drug-resistant prostate cancer

Past research has found evidence that coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, and a new study may have figured out what's behind that beneficial effect. The project, which has been presented at the European Association of Urology, found that two particular coffee compounds inhibited drug-resistant prostate cancer cells in cell cultures and lab mice.

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PS Vue users can now watch four channels at once on Apple TV

PS Vue users can now watch four channels at once on Apple TV

Watching more than one show at the same time used to involve setting up multiple displays or quickly toggling between channels during commercial breaks. Picture-in-picture support, DVR, and streaming television have all changed that, but watching three or more shows on the same large TV is still limited. That changes today for PlayStation Vue customers who own an Apple TV.

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Fortnite mobile stability update: Some items may briefly disappear

Fortnite mobile stability update: Some items may briefly disappear

Epic Games has issued an update about the stability issues impacting its Fortnite mobile apps, explaining that work continues on fixing the problem. According to the company, players on mobile may notice some in-game items and features going offline temporarily while it investigates various issues. The news follows Epic's decision to temporarily disable voice chat on the iOS and Android versions of the game last week.

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Philippines whale died after eating 88lbs of plastic garbage

Philippines whale died after eating 88lbs of plastic garbage

Earlier this month, workers with the D'Bone Collector Museum in the Philippines recovered the remains of a beaked whale that had appeared near Davao City. In its most recent update about the deceased animal, the museum revealed the whale's cause of death: the ingestion of approximately 88lbs of plastic. The materials were primarily composed of plastic bags, including shopping bags and rice sacks.

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Popular high blood pressure drug linked to sudden cardiac arrest risk

Popular high blood pressure drug linked to sudden cardiac arrest risk

A common calcium-channel blocking heart medication has been tentatively linked to increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest. The research comes from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET), though additional work is needed to determine whether the findings can be replicated. At the heart of the study were medications amlodipine and nifedipine, which are prescribed for high blood pressure and chest pain called angina.

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Study finds some people can sense Earth’s magnetic field

Study finds some people can sense Earth’s magnetic field

Researchers with the University of Tokyo and Caltech have found evidence that humans may have the ability to sense magnetic fields. Many animals are known to possess magnetoreception, including birds and bees, but questions have remained over whether humans have the same ability. A newly published study potentially has the answer, detailing brain wave changes observed in isolated participants.

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Gboard for iOS adds text translation support: Here’s how to use it

Gboard for iOS adds text translation support: Here’s how to use it

Google has released an update for its Gboard mobile keyboard for iOS, adding text translation support for all languages supported by Google Translate. The new feature enables iPhone and iPad owners to directly translate text-based messages without toggling to the separate Google Translate app, speeding up the entire process and decreasing disruption to ongoing conversations.

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Walmart tipped to take on iPad with its own Android tablet

Walmart tipped to take on iPad with its own Android tablet

Walmart plans to launch an Android tablet designed to compete with the cheapest iPad model, according to a new report. The sources claim Walmart's tablet will be 'kid-friendly' and sold under the retailer's ONN store brand. The company has confirmed plans to offer this tablet, but didn't provide any official details about it, such as price and launch date.

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Twitter subscriptions test hints at easier way to follow threads

Twitter subscriptions test hints at easier way to follow threads

Twitter has confirmed that it is working on a subscription feature that will enable users to subscribe to specific conversations, providing a cleaner, simpler alternative to liking or replying to a tweet. The feature was first revealed by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who has an excellent track record with uncovering unannounced features hidden in popular apps.

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Study reveals green tea extract may reduce inflammation and obesity

Study reveals green tea extract may reduce inflammation and obesity

Research out of Ohio State University has found a link between green tea and reduced obesity in mice, according to a newly published study. The work focused on lab mice fed a diet that included 2-percent green tea extract, which was linked to a reduction in inflammatory biomarkers associated with poor health, as well as a decrease in obesity levels. The study found that changes in gut bacteria may contribute to the positive effects.

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