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.

Fortnite’s new Infiltration game mode tasks players with finding intel

Fortnite’s new Infiltration game mode tasks players with finding intel

Epic released Fortnite version 12.60 in the early morning hours (for players in the Eastern Time Zone, at least), adding bug fixes and a number of other changes. One of the additions is a new Spy Game called 'Operation: Infiltration,' which requires players to team up and collect intel from the opposing team while protecting their own assets.

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YouTube mobile app can now tell you when it’s time for bed

YouTube mobile app can now tell you when it’s time for bed

If you've ever fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole, you've likely experienced the rapid passing of time as you jump from video to video, failing to notice how late it is getting. The company previously introduced a 'take a break' reminder to help deal with binge-watching and now it is back with a similar tool, one made to help with bedtime.

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Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

Keto study finds ‘dramatic’ gut bacteria changes that cool inflammation

The ketogenic diet, more commonly referred to as 'keto,' causes dramatic changes in gut bacteria that contribute to a reduction in inflammation, according to a new study. The findings come from the University of California - San Diego, where researchers found that the ketone bodies produced by a high-fat, low-carb diet may contribute to reduced inflammation.

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GoPro Zeus Mini waterproof light is made for outdoor adventures

GoPro Zeus Mini waterproof light is made for outdoor adventures

GoPro has announced a new product that is neither drone nor camera, but rather an accessory that would be useful in a variety of situations: the Zeus Mini. This model features 10 LED lights and a magnetic swiveling clip, enabling users to mount it for light while shooting with a camera or use it as an accessory in other situations. The Zeus Mini is compatible with existing GoPro mounts.

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The CW’s Batwoman to recast role after star Ruby Rose’s surprise exit

The CW’s Batwoman to recast role after star Ruby Rose’s surprise exit

In a surprising turn of events, the CW will recast the starring role in its Batwoman series. Lead actress Ruby Rose has made the decision to exit the show after its first season, which was cut slightly short due to a production halt over the coronavirus pandemic. Rose's exit from the show has been confirmed by the actress, but she hasn't stated her reasons for deciding to leave.

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Fortnite 12.60 update downtime detailed: What to expect

Fortnite 12.60 update downtime detailed: What to expect

One of the final updates in Fortnite's Chapter 2, Season 2 will arrive tomorrow, Epic Games has announced. The version 12.60 update will go live early in the morning for players in the Eastern Time Zone, giving many fans time for it to download and install the patch before their next gaming session. Epic says with its tweet, "Thank you for being among The Agency's finest."

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Google Photos gives users more control over shared albums

Google Photos gives users more control over shared albums

Google has announced a change to its Google Photos app that gives users more control over shared albums and who can access them. The company says this new feature builds upon the direct sharing feature Google introduced back in December for individual videos and images. Similar functionality is being added for shared albums, though the old sharing method isn't going anywhere.

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Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

Huge landforms on Mars may have been caused by mud, not lava

The Martian surface is covered with thousands of lava-like flows similar to the kind we see from volcanoes on Earth. Questions have remained over what these flows are made of -- were they the result of lava or something else entirely? A new study out of Lancaster University has settled the question, pointing to massive floods that happened in Mars' distant past.

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Walmart quietly reveals plan to shut down online shop Jet.com

Walmart quietly reveals plan to shut down online shop Jet.com

Only a few years after acquiring the company, Walmart has quietly announced plans to shut down the online retailer Jet.com. The revelation was nestled within Walmart's newly published quarterly financial results, with the company noting that it will 'discontinue' Jet due to the 'continued strength of the Walmart.com brand.' Walmart had paid $3 billion to acquire the company.

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Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger and climate change may be to blame

Hurricanes are getting stronger, according to a new study, and climate change may be the cause. The findings come from scientists with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information. Around four decades of hurricane satellite images went into the research, according to the University, building upon previous research that found similar storm intensification.

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Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

American biotech company Moderna has announced positive interim clinical data related to its mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate targeting the novel coronavirus. The positive results come from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Phase 1 clinical trial. The test involved a total of eight volunteers who received two doses of the experimental vaccine, which will be heading into larger tests going forward.

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Epic Games Store adds self-service game refunds feature for customers

Epic Games Store adds self-service game refunds feature for customers

Epic Games has announced a development update that includes, among other things, the arrival of what it calls self-service refunds for customers. Put simply, the feature enables customers to easily refund their purchases on their own, assuming it qualifies for the refund process, of course. The feature is readily accessible within the user's Epic Games account.

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