Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston

Senior editor at SlashGear, and a member of the team since 2012, Brittany A. Roston combines a deep knowledge of technology with the bleeding-edge in science and health. Whether reviewing the latest laptops and PCs, or distilling the insights from the vanguard of global research, Brittany's talent lies in her ability to communicate the complex in a way that's both clear and entertaining. Email

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 limited edition bands are vegan and sustainable

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 limited edition bands are vegan and sustainable

Samsung has introduced a limited edition line of sustainable smartwatch bands in partnership with fashion company Sami Miró, the company announced on Friday. The new watchbands are available for the Galaxy Watch4 model, offering consumers a more environmentally-friendly option for wearing and displaying their smartwatch.

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Yale study details breakthrough COVID cases and who is most at risk

Yale study details breakthrough COVID cases and who is most at risk

Yale University has published a new study that evaluates who is most at risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infections after being fully vaccinated. Though the infections remain very rare compared to those who aren't vaccinated, the number of cases has increased as variants spread, particularly the highly infectious Delta variant.

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Twitter label test makes it easier to sort useful bots from spammers

Twitter label test makes it easier to sort useful bots from spammers

Amid Twitter's vast number of ongoing tests is a new one that labels bot accounts, making it clear to other users that the tweets are automated, not manually published by an individual. Not all bots are bad, of course; they can be used to, for example, automatically share data from NASA missions or provide users with real-time info on their local weather situation.

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WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heavily criticized wealthy nations in a recent statement about the pandemic and other health matters impacting the world. Among other things, the director-general said that wealthier nations are failing to uphold their promises to share vaccine doses with the world's poorest countries.

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Costco recalls thousands of wood shower benches after multiple injuries

Costco recalls thousands of wood shower benches after multiple injuries

Tens of thousands of classy-looking teak wood shower benches have been recalled due to numerous reports of them falling apart, including a few incidents that resulted in injuries. The recall was published by the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission, which reports that there have been 81 reports related to the benches falling apart, breaking, or otherwise collapsing when used.

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DOE spends $16m for AI that can make its own scientific discoveries

DOE spends $16m for AI that can make its own scientific discoveries

Technology is getting more complex every year, opening the door to new scientific innovations and discoveries, but with a big downside: there's more data than ever, and transforming it into something useful gets harder with the more data available. The Department of Energy wants to help address this by funding machine learning and AI research that may 'automate scientific discovery.'

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Marvel Unlimited redesign adds vertical format, exclusives, personalization

Marvel Unlimited redesign adds vertical format, exclusives, personalization

Marvel Comics has reintroduced its Marvel Unlimited service with a design overhaul that makes it more useful on mobile devices. Many new features arrive with the redesign, including new vertical format support so that users can read comics while holding their phone naturally. Other additions include exclusives, offline downloads, and much more.

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NASA tests 4K cockpit screen to replace X-59 supersonic jet’s window

NASA tests 4K cockpit screen to replace X-59 supersonic jet’s window

NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft may be futuristic in more ways than one. In addition to offering supersonic travel without the loud booms typical to these aircraft, the X-59 may also swap out the cockpit window in favor of a large 4K display. The screen would overcome the issue presented by the plane's design, which reduces visibility out of a traditional cockpit window.

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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands gets new gameplay trailer as preorders arrive

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands gets new gameplay trailer as preorders arrive

As part of its showcase today, Sony has given Borderlands fans another trailer for the upcoming title Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. Gearbox Software has also launched pre-orders for the game, which is set to hit shelves in March. The trailer gives fans a look at actual gameplay, as well as more story elements for the title.

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NASA’s annual rover challenge is back for industrious student teams

NASA’s annual rover challenge is back for industrious student teams

NASA has announced the details for its next annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition's registration is now open to student teams located in the US, giving budding engineers and designers the chance to build their own lightweight rover and demonstration its suitability for exploring other worlds. Some of the teams may win awards for their work.

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Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon has announced a new plan to cover its warehouse workers' college tuition costs, among other educational options, as part of its Career Choice program. Though some details are lacking at this time, the company says that some of its workers can qualify for the tuition coverage after only three months spent working for the company.

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Study details whether your old face mask is still effective a year later

Study details whether your old face mask is still effective a year later

If you bought a pack of reusable face masks at the start of the pandemic and find yourself still using them more than a year later, you may be wondering whether they're still effective at helping reduce the spread of the virus. A new peer-reviewed study from the University of Colorado at Boulder confirms they are -- with one big exception.

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