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.

Wyze adds AI-powered Person Detection to its security cameras

Wyze adds AI-powered Person Detection to its security cameras

Wyze has released a free firmware update that brings a Person Detection feature to the company's existing Wyze Cam v2 (the cube-shaped model), as well as the tower-shaped and motorized Wyze Cam Pan. The new feature is powered by artificial intelligence under a partnership with Xnor.ai, making it possible to add the new ability without requiring a hardware upgrade.

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Sirui anamorphic mobile lens lets anyone shoot retro cinematic videos

Sirui anamorphic mobile lens lets anyone shoot retro cinematic videos

If you love the classic look of old ultra-wide movies but don't want to invest in an expensive camera to shoot your own versions, Sirui's new anamorphic mobile lens gives you a solid, relatively cheap alternative. The new lens offers a premium build that includes aircraft-grade aluminum and it attaches to any phone camera using a simple clip. Sirui says a special coating enables users to shoot anamorphic videos that have a 'retro' appearance.

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Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Study finds some video games can boost creativity in players

Someone who wants to increase their creativity may benefit from playing certain types of video games, according to a new study out of Iowa State University. The researchers looked at massively popular game Minecraft, the entire basis of which is creating new worlds and structures, and found that players experienced increased creativity later on. There was an exception among these players, however, indicating that not all gameplay is the same.

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Instant Vortex Plus multi-function air fryer joins Instant Pot

Instant Vortex Plus multi-function air fryer joins Instant Pot

Instant Brands, the company behind the wildly popular Instant Pot pressure cooker, has introduced a new product called the Instant Vortex Plus. Unlike the Instant Pot, which essentially functions as a pressure cooker and slow cooker, Instant Vortex Plus is an air fryer that comes with a rotisserie mode, as well as other common, useful functions.

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Marvel auction offers props from Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist

Marvel auction offers props from Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist

Prop Store, a movie collectables company, will auction off props from Marvel's original Netflix shows Dardevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Marvel is involved in the auction, which will take place live on television on August 12 and 13. The company is already accepting bids online and interested buyers can now submit a live auction bidder registration form.

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AT&T turns on automatic robocall blocking for wireless customers

AT&T turns on automatic robocall blocking for wireless customers

AT&T has become the first US carrier to turn on automatic scam call blocking, the company has announced. The change follows an FCC vote last month that approved this approach to dealing with the nation's robocalling problem. According to AT&T, new wireless customers will see the feature turned on by default when they sign up for a new line, while existing customers will see the feature arrive in coming months.

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HBO Max exclusives and originals detailed ahead of 2020 launch

HBO Max exclusives and originals detailed ahead of 2020 launch

WarnerMedia has taken the wraps off HBO Max, a new streaming service that will offer HBO content alongside a huge roster of media from Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and a number of popular networks and shows. Under this deal, HBO Max will offer classic television hits like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends, as well as originals and more.

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Blue light exposure at night may sabotage your keto diet efforts

Blue light exposure at night may sabotage your keto diet efforts

Exposure to blue light at night may be sabotaging your weight loss and low carb dieting efforts, a new study has found. The research focused on rats that followed a diurnal schedule, meaning they were awake during the day and slept at night. When exposed to light from LEDs for an hour at night, the rats were found to have an increased sugar cravings and reduced glucose tolerance the next day.

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Stranger Things season 3 sets new streaming record for Netflix

Stranger Things season 3 sets new streaming record for Netflix

On July 4, Netflix released the third season for its hit original series Stranger Things. Four days later, the company has announced, the show's season 3 has set a new viewing record for Netflix, which says more than 40 million household accounts around the world have already started watching the show. Of those accounts, more than 18 million binge-watchers have already finished the entire season.

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Quorn vegan protein may be better than milk for building muscle

Quorn vegan protein may be better than milk for building muscle

A meat substitute called Quorn was found to aid muscle building better than milk protein, according to a new study. The research looked at the product's meat-free 'mycoprotein' ingredient, which is sourced from a microfungus called Fusarium venenatum that grows in soil. According to scientists with the University of Exeter, this protein may be ideal for stimulating muscle growth after exercise.

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Instagram ‘Restrict’ feature test lets users shadow ban bullies

Instagram ‘Restrict’ feature test lets users shadow ban bullies

Instagram has introduced a new feature primarily targeted at the young users on its platform who face bullying from other users. The company plans to start testing 'Restrict,' a feature that enables users to shadow ban bullies without alerting them to the change. Instagram has also introduced a new prompt that aims to reduce nasty comments from bullies.

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5 Fortnite PS4 bundles revealed: Neo Versa skin, V-Bucks, back bling

5 Fortnite PS4 bundles revealed: Neo Versa skin, V-Bucks, back bling

Sony has just taken the wraps off five new Fortnite bundles for the PlayStation, all of them set to launch as limited edition offerings later this month. All five products fall under the "Neo Versa" series, according to Sony, which says its bundles will include Epic's Neo Versa skin, as well as V-Bucks and other in-game content.

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