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.

HBO Max reveals which original shows will arrive this summer

HBO Max reveals which original shows will arrive this summer

After months of hearing about the service, we're on the cusp of getting access to HBO Max, the new on-demand streaming service coming from WarnerMedia. The service is scheduled to launch on May 27 with a large catalog of shows, including some originals made specifically for the service. The company has taken the wraps off its second slate of originals that will be dropping later on this summer.

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Wyze teases its future smart home hardware and features in new video

Wyze teases its future smart home hardware and features in new video

In a new video titled 'Our Pitch to Investors,' smart home company Wyze has teased some of the hardware and features that it has in the pipeline. Wyze says that it has more than 30 "pieces of hardware in the works," hinting at a huge expansion of its product offerings in the future. The company is hoping to raise funds to give it a bit of security amid the economic downturn.

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Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava, the fitness app made specifically for cyclists and runners, has rolled out a big change to its business. While anyone can still download and use the app without paying on iOS and Android, certain popular features are now locked behind a paywall. Users who want access to the segment leaderboards and analysis will need to sign up for the new subscription, which is a way of ensuring the app can stick around in the future.

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The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

The NASA hunt for dark energy and exoplanets has some big news

NASA plans to make a special announcement related to its WFIRST space telescope mission this week, the space agency said on Monday. The announcement will reveal something about the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, likely a new detail about the upcoming mission, followed by a live stream chat with members working on the project.

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US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

Following a delay caused by poor weather, the US Space Force and United Launch Alliance have successfully launched the military's secretive X-37B space plane. The craft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida using the Atlas V rocket, sending it off on its sixth space mission. Space Force recently revealed that the space plane is carrying multiple experiments, including some for NASA, though many details on the spacecraft remain a secret.

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WhatsApp gets Messenger Rooms integration in latest beta

WhatsApp gets Messenger Rooms integration in latest beta

In late April, Facebook introduced Messenger Rooms, a new video chatting feature that enables up to 50 people to participate in the same group call. The feature was introduced as demand for video messaging services has skyrocketed, joining Skype, Zoom, and other similar platforms. The latest WhatsApp beta adds an integration with this feature.

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ESPN will livestream NHLPA’s $200,000 Fortnite charity esports event

ESPN will livestream NHLPA’s $200,000 Fortnite charity esports event

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) has announced a new Fortnite charity event with $200,000 in funds. Called the NHLPA Open, this tournament will feature 60 NHL players who will compete in Trios matches over the duration of three hours later this month. The matches will be livestreamed by ESPN Esports through its Twitch account.

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Percy Jackson author confirms Disney Plus series in the works

Percy Jackson author confirms Disney Plus series in the works

Disney plans to turn the children's book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians into a Disney Plus series, author Rick Riordan has confirmed on Twitter. The project will build upon the movie released in 2013; though the series was never a big theatrical hit, it may find more success as a streaming TV show. According to Riordan, the show's first season will be based on the book "The Lightning Thief."

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FDA says some CBD oil recalled across US over risk of lead poisoning

FDA says some CBD oil recalled across US over risk of lead poisoning

A batch of CBD oil that was distributed nationwide in the US has been recalled after it tested positive for high levels of lead. The FDA warns that consuming this CBD oil could potentially result in lead poisoning, a serious condition that could, among other things, result in kidney damage and shock. There haven't been any consumer complaints related to the CBD, however.

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Fitbit promises low-cost emergency ventilators made for COVID-19

Fitbit promises low-cost emergency ventilators made for COVID-19

Wearables company Fitbit has announced intentions to manufacture emergency ventilators designed for use with COVID-19 patients. The ventilators will be made to meet demand, according to the company, which will make its ventilators available in the US and other countries. Fitbit plans to submit an Emergency Use Authorization request with the FDA to get its ventilators on the market during the pandemic.

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Samsung XR apps will gradually shut down over the next few months

Samsung XR apps will gradually shut down over the next few months

In a notice on its website this week, Samsung revealed that it will slowly shut down its Samsung XR apps over the next few months, ultimately shuttering them in late September. Some changes have already taken place -- the 360-degree videos are no longer available, for example, and users can no longer purchase premium videos. The company has also suspended updates for the apps.

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Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini console finally gets a shipping date

Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini console finally gets a shipping date

The previously announced and then delayed TurboGrafx-16 Mini console from Konami finally has a shipping date, at least for people who preordered the device in the United States. The company revealed the shipping date in a tweet on Friday, explaining that it still doesn't have availability information for the European variant called the CoreGrafx Mini.

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