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

Humble Bundle gets Stephen King story exclusive to raise ACLU funds

Humble Bundle gets Stephen King story exclusive to raise ACLU funds

Humble Bundle is currently the exclusive source for a new Stephen King short story called Red Screen. The story is offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, meaning the price starts at $5 but you can optionally enter other amounts to pay. The funds for the story will go entirely to charity -- in this case, to the American Civil Liberties Fund (ACLU).

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Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Universal’s next podcast is about doomsday preppers and brainwashing

Next week, Universal's UCP Audio (also called USG Audio) group will release a new podcast called The Followers: Madness of Two that focuses on prophets, doomsday prepping, and how seemingly ordinary, sensible people can get sucked into the absurd. The podcast will focus on the story of two people and the disappearance of their kids, as well as digging in to the why questions behind the drama.

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Apple warns mounting iPhone on motorcycle may damage its camera

Apple warns mounting iPhone on motorcycle may damage its camera

Apple has published a new support document advising iPhone owners to avoid certain high-amplitude vibrations, namely the kind you get from powerful motorcycle engines, in order to protect their phone's camera system. The newer iPhone models in particular have sophisticated camera technology, including optical image stabilization, that may be impaired by certain vibrations.

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NASA now has two Mars rock samples with third target already selected

NASA now has two Mars rock samples with third target already selected

Only two days after successfully acquiring its first Mars rock sample for storage in a titanium tube, NASA collected and stored a second sample -- and it is already scouting for the perfect place from which to drill its third core. The space agency has named these first two samples "Montdenier" and "Montagnac," and they've already revealed some details about the Martian planet.

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Fortnite Operation: Sky Fire finale teaser hints at big Mothership secret

Fortnite Operation: Sky Fire finale teaser hints at big Mothership secret

Epic has published a teaser video for its big Fortnite finale scheduled to happen this weekend. The event, which is called Operation: Sky Fire, will mark the end of Chapter 2 - Season 7, ushering in the game's mysterious Season 8 and whatever story it will bring. The new video doesn't show us any action, but instead hints at a big mystery lurking in the Mothership.

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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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