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.

PlayStation Productions studio will turn games into movies and TV shows

PlayStation Productions studio will turn games into movies and TV shows

Sony Interactive Entertainment is gearing up to offer movies and television shows based on a huge catalog of popular videos games, the company has announced. These projects will come from PlayStation Productions, a studio newly unveiled as part of the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California. The production studio has already started work on its initial batch of projects, according to the company.

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Microsoft’s new Xbox commitments target toxic parts of gaming

Microsoft’s new Xbox commitments target toxic parts of gaming

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has detailed Microsoft's commitment to dealing with the toxic culture found in the gaming community. In his commentary on the matter, Spencer kicked off the details by saying, 'First, gaming is for everyone.' As such, says Spencer, 'Second, gaming must promote and protect safety for all.' Under these two 'fundamental truths,' Microsoft's head of Xbox explained, the company is publishing multiple commitment that will improve gaming for everyone.

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Stroke risk study on eggs and cholesterol has good news for dieters

Stroke risk study on eggs and cholesterol has good news for dieters

The research surrounding egg consumption, overall dietary cholesterol levels, and stroke risk remains murky. Some studies have found a link between diets high in cholesterol and stroke risk, while others have offered opposite findings, highlighting a potential link between eating eggs and a protective effect against stroke. A new study offers its own input on the matter, finding that moderately high cholesterol consumption doesn't increase stroke risk.

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Texting on the crosswalk in NY will result in $50 fine under new bill

Texting on the crosswalk in NY will result in $50 fine under new bill

Texting while walking has resulted in a number of incidents that could have been prevented if the individual was paying attention to their surroundings. Many of these accidents have been caught on video, and though some are comical and benign, others are tragic and frustrating, particularly ones involving traffic and the potential for serious bodily injury. New York City may address that latter issue by enacting rules against texting on crosswalks.

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Adding these foods to low-fat diets may slash breast cancer death risk

Adding these foods to low-fat diets may slash breast cancer death risk

Diet may have an important impact on one's risk of dying from breast cancer, according to new research out of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The study looked specifically at low-fat diets, finding 'no down-sides' to the dietary composition in addition to a potential health benefit: a major reduction in breast cancer death risk. This is the first large randomized clinical trial to demonstrate this potential benefit.

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Game of Thrones final season remake petition gets 1 million signatures

Game of Thrones final season remake petition gets 1 million signatures

It's no secret that faithful Game of Thrones fans are revolting against HBO's final season, and many of those fans are willing to sign off on their frustrations. A petition that seeks a remake of the show's season 8 has exceeded 1 million signatures just hours before the series finale airs, and it is filled with scathing criticism from fans who accuse HBO of rushing the final episodes, destroying years of development in the process.

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Blizzard to World of Warcraft Classic players: Those bugs aren’t bugs

Blizzard to World of Warcraft Classic players: Those bugs aren’t bugs

Though World of Warcraft Classic won't be widely available until later this year, many players received access to the game via its beta launch last week. Days later, Blizzard has published a list of non-issues that players keep reporting as bugs, advising these players that 'the nature' of the game 'sometimes invokes different memories for different players...' Those discrepancies have resulted in some players perceiving normal gameplay as buggy.

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Breastfeeding linked to major long-term heart health benefits

Breastfeeding linked to major long-term heart health benefits

Breastfeeding may have long-term cardiovascular health benefits in mothers, particularly in cases where the breastfeeding took place over a longer period of time. The findings were revealed at the recent European Society of Endocrinology ECE 2019 event. According to the study, women who breastfed at some point in their lives had 'significantly lower' heart disease risk later in life, with that benefit amplified in women who breastfed over a longer duration.

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NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

NASA shares first image of Astrobee ‘Bumble’ robotic assistant on ISS

Last month, a spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying, among other cargo, small cube-shaped robots called Astrobees. The devices are designed to operate in the space lab's unique microgravity environment, offering assistance to the astronauts located on the ISS. In its most recent update on the matter, NASA shared an image of the Astrobee robot 'Bumble' on the ISS alongside some details about how it and its 'Honey' companion are operating.

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Google Jump will end next month: What you need to know

Google Jump will end next month: What you need to know

Google has announced plans to shutter its Jump video stitching software platform in June, stating that the rise of alternative solutions has resulted in a decrease in users. Customers have been given a few weeks to transition from the service to a different option -- the service end will apply to both past and present users and include the loss of any data that is not backed up by the end of June.

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Apex Legends patch adds bug fixes, louder footsteps, performance boost

Apex Legends patch adds bug fixes, louder footsteps, performance boost

Next week, Respawn will release its next Apex Legends patch, introducing a number of important bug fixes to the game. This update will primarily revolve around audio, including fixing numerous audio issues and making some quality of life adjustments. Among the latter changes, Respawn says footsteps audio will soon be louder to help players determine when someone is nearby.

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Study warns e-cigarette marketing has major impact on teen use

Study warns e-cigarette marketing has major impact on teen use

A new study out of Stanford University warns that promotional materials related to electronic cigarettes and other tobacco alternatives have a major impact on teenage nicotine use. The results come from Stanford Medicine, which tracked 757 teenagers in California over the course of a full year. Based on the data, the researchers found that teenagers exposed to related marketing were more than twice as likely to start using non-tobacco nicotine products.

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