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.

TIDAL’s new program slashes prices for first responders in the US

TIDAL’s new program slashes prices for first responders in the US

TIDAL, the music streaming service that offers a high-fidelity plan for audiophiles, has announced a new major price cut for first responders. The discount is offered under the company's new Community Heroes program, which is available to paramedics and others in similar first responder roles in the United States. The discount covers both the premium and HiFi plans.

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Ubisoft plans new Rabbids, Hungry Shark, and Watch Dogs shows

Ubisoft plans new Rabbids, Hungry Shark, and Watch Dogs shows

French video game company Ubisoft has plans to launch some new animated shows based on its hit video games. The company has already seen success with its Rabbids-based animated hit, characters that will be the subject of a new upcoming special called Rabbids Invasion. As well, the company is planning another kid-friendly show called Hungry Shark and some other content targeting older viewers.

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CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

The Centers for Disease Control has published its most recent update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, reporting that the number of probable and confirmed cases have increased to 1,200. In addition, the agency says it has confirmed 26 deaths in 21 states that directly resulted from this outbreak. The common factor between all these cases is the use of vaping products.

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Google Maps rolls out voice guidance for walking trips in US and Japan

Google Maps rolls out voice guidance for walking trips in US and Japan

Google Maps is getting a new feature that helps blind and visually impaired individuals better navigate using voice guidance. The feature is offered for walking routes in Google Maps, offering detailed information about things like risky intersections, whether the user is still on the correct path, when they are re-routed down a different path, and more.

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Eating a healthy diet may obliterate depression within weeks

Eating a healthy diet may obliterate depression within weeks

A number of studies over the years have linked healthy diets with lowered odds of developing depression, but the relationship between what we eat and how we feel hasn't been fully explored. Here to expand upon that work is a study recently published in PLOS, where researchers detailed their work on assessing whether improving a depressed person's diet may decrease the severity of their depression.

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iOS 13.2 beta 2 arrives with major new Siri privacy features

iOS 13.2 beta 2 arrives with major new Siri privacy features

The latest developer beta for ioS 13.2 has arrived with new features, as well as the anticipated opt-in notice that gives users control over whether clips of their Siri recordings can be used by Apple to improve the assistant. The company promised in August that it would introduce these changes following a report claiming contractors were reviewing the audio, some of which allegedly contained sensitive information.

READ: iPhone 11 Review: When enough is enough

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Skullcandy Vert wireless earbuds with dial control are made for sports

Skullcandy Vert wireless earbuds with dial control are made for sports

The Skullcandy Vert, a pair of wireless earbuds first teased earlier this year, are now available to purchase. The model offers a unique twist on an otherwise ordinary Bluetooth earbuds design, one featuring a circular 'puck' with a clip on the back. By replacing the slim in-line remote control with the large puck, users are able to control volume and audio even if they're wearing gloves.

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Hulu is quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices

Hulu is quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices

For reasons that aren't clear at this time, Hulu has been quietly dropping support for some Android TV devices over recent months. The most recent support change impacts the Channel Master Stream+ DVR and the AirTV OTA DVR from Sling TV; the company confirmed that it has dropped support for these devices, but hasn't offered an explanation for the change at this time.

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Rocket League is getting a Stranger Things crossover for Halloween

Rocket League is getting a Stranger Things crossover for Halloween

Hit automotive soccer game Rocket League is getting a Stranger Things crossover in time for Halloween. The plan was announced this week by developer Psyonix, which has released a video and series of high-res images showing off several new car designs. The game will be going into The Upside Down, according to the company, featuring the Farmstead arena and Mind Flayer.

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CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

CDC warns STD cases in the US reached an all-time high in 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its latest report on the state of STDs in the United States. According to the agency, three sexually-transmitted diseases in particular reached a combined all-time high in the US last year, including tragic cases of newborns who died as a consequence of congenital syphilis. All three diseases can be cured with antibiotics, but only if the patient seeks medical help.

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Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless gaming headset offers 100-hour battery life

Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless gaming headset offers 100-hour battery life

Sennheiser has launched its new GSP 370 wireless gaming headset, a model sporting an over-ear design and ultra-long battery life. The new model is compatible with PC and Mac, as well as the PlayStation 4 console, making it suitable for the majority of gamers. Among other things, Sennheiser says players can expect up to 100 hours of battery life per charge, as well as low latency despite the wireless connection.

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Uber Pet will make it easier to ride with animals starting October 16

Uber Pet will make it easier to ride with animals starting October 16

Uber is testing a new feature that'll make it easier for riders to summon pet-friendly cars in the US, the company has announced. Called Uber Pet, this feature has already been deployed in select international markets, making it easy for customers to indicate that they plan to bring a pet with them on the trip. The feature will go live later this month in a number of US cities, including Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Denver, and more.

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