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.

T-Mobile is offering free 5G phones in exchange for old phones

T-Mobile is offering free 5G phones in exchange for old phones

In a webcast today, T-Mobile announced a new free 5G phone upgrade offer and the 'Great Unlimited Trade-Up,' a program that gives competitors' non-unlimited customers the chance to switch to T-Mobile's unlimited plan for up to the same price they're already paying. The announcements joined T-Mobile's Home Internet launch and its T-Mobile Hometown 5G commitment to rural American communities.

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Fortnite ‘super-leveling’ Battle Pass rewards revealed up to level 225

Fortnite ‘super-leveling’ Battle Pass rewards revealed up to level 225

If you're a hardcore Fortnite player who exceeds the standard 100 Battle Pass levels, Season 6 comes with a special treat: super-leveling. That's Epic's term for reaching levels beyond the standard 100, giving players the opportunity to go all the way up to 225 -- and unlock special rewards that are exclusive to the elite levels.

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Facebook Portal TV finally gets support for Zoom video calls

Facebook Portal TV finally gets support for Zoom video calls

If you're a Facebook Portal user who prefers to have your video calls up on the big screen, the company has some good news. As of today, Zoom (as well as GoToMeeting) is now available on Portal TV, the version of Portal that is essentially a smart webcam for your home television. The new support comes weeks after Facebook added Zoom support to its non-TV Portal devices.

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Eating late-night snacks may hurt your work performance

Eating late-night snacks may hurt your work performance

Eating snacks and unhealthy food at night may cause an immediate, observable impact on your life by reducing your work performance the next day. That's according to a new study from North Carolina State University where researchers evaluated whether unhealthy eating can impair your work the next day. Among other things, the study linked unhealthy late-night eating with withdrawn behavior at work.

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Fermilab’s first Muon g-2 experiment results challenge known physics

Fermilab’s first Muon g-2 experiment results challenge known physics

Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory has published its first results from the Muon g-2 experiment, hinting at 'yet undiscovered particles or forces.' At the core of the effort is confirmation that the particles referred to as muons do not behave as you'd expect based on the Standard Model of particle physics. This deviation, the lab notes, 'might hint at exciting new physics.'

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Fortnite Reboot a Friend returns with promise of free rewards

Fortnite Reboot a Friend returns with promise of free rewards

Epic Games has brought back 'Reboot a Friend,' which, despite its name, doesn't have anything to do with the reboot vans. Instead, Epic is encouraging players to get former Fortnite players back into the action by offering them free rewards in exchange for gameplay. How do you participate and get the rewards?

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Biden moves ‘open season’ COVID-19 vaccine date to April 19

Biden moves ‘open season’ COVID-19 vaccine date to April 19

President Biden has announced that the 'open season' deadline for states to make everyone eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine has been moved back to April 19. This is the latest adjustment to the vaccination timeline, reducing the wait for the general public from the original May 1 deadline. The updated deadline joins the revised goal to reach 200 million administered shots by Biden's 100th day in office.

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There’s a big ketchup shortage, but that doesn’t mean what you think

There’s a big ketchup shortage, but that doesn’t mean what you think

Ketchup, the wonderfully acidic condiment for your favorite potato snacks, is currently in short supply -- and, yes, you can blame the pandemic for this latest supply issue. However, if you're already thinking about stocking up in hopes of enjoying your previously stockpiled potatoes throughout the rest of the year, think again. The shortage isn't quite what you anticipate.

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Apple TV+ non-fiction series The Line includes companion podcast

Apple TV+ non-fiction series The Line includes companion podcast

Apple has announced a new non-fiction series coming to Apple TV+ called The Line. The show will be a four-part documentary series that'll join The Line podcast on Apple Podcasts, giving fans the chance to enjoy the nonfiction story in both popular mediums. The true-crime podcast has arrived ahead of the upcoming video premiere.

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Signal tests private payments using MobileCoin cryptocurrency

Signal tests private payments using MobileCoin cryptocurrency

Encrypted privacy-centric messaging app Signal has announced a beta test called Signal Payments. As the name suggests, this new beta involves testing a beta feature that lets users send and receive money through the app -- though, in this case, the transactions involve a private cryptocurrency called MobileCoin.

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Researchers warn US is fueling Canada’s growing COVID-19 conspiracies

Researchers warn US is fueling Canada’s growing COVID-19 conspiracies

A new study from McGill University has found that misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine originating from the United States may be fueling conspiracy theories and other issues in Canada. Social media appears to be a driving factor in this cross-border information exchange, with Canadians who report frequent Twitter use experiencing high exposure to American news sources.

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Extra-strength acetaminophen recall warns of liver damage risk

Extra-strength acetaminophen recall warns of liver damage risk

Some extra-strength acetaminophen, a pain reliever sold under various brand names, has been recalled because the bottles weren't labeled properly. According to the recall notice from A-S Medication Solutions, LLM, the lack of the required OTC Drug Facts label may lead to some consumers taking the pain reliever without awareness of the potentially harmful effects.

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