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Brittany Roston is 88gadget.info's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

Fortnite hit by major outage in North America: Here’s the workaround

Fortnite hit by major outage in North America: Here’s the workaround

If you've tried playING Fortnite this evening and you're located in the North America-East, you've likely been met with a bizarre lobby that includes only Arena game modes -- or, perhaps, no game modes at all, only gibberish. This is due to a major outage the game is experiencing in one part of North America, leaving many players unable to initiate matchmaking. Fortunately, there's a simple way to get around the problem.

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Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

Google Search gets new tools to help travelers during the pandemic

As some parts of the world begin to open back up to more extensive activities and travel, many people are left wondering where they can go, what the related travel rules are, which places are accepting visitors, and more. Here to help with that is an update to Google Search that adds relevant COVID-19 and lockdown-related information for travelers, including what percentage of hotels are available, how many flights are operating to the destination, and more.

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Google pulls Fortnite from Play Store amid Apple lawsuit drama

Google pulls Fortnite from Play Store amid Apple lawsuit drama

The Epic Games versus Apple drama has gotten a bit more interesting as Google just pulled Fortnite mobile from its own app store. This doesn't mean the game is entirely gone from Android -- you just can't get it from the Google Play Store at this time. The change comes only a few months after Epic released the battle royale hit in Google's official app store, something it did alongside criticism of the 'disadvantage' apps outside of the ecosystem face.

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Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

Common seafood meals contain surprising amounts of microplastics

When it comes to seafood, the biggest concern on most people's minds is the mercury risk, something that's relatively easy to avoid by making certain dietary choices. A new growing concern is much harder to deal with, however, and its potential health consequences are still largely unknown: microscopic bits of plastics that are embedded in the flesh of sea critters. A new study has found that some commonly eaten seafood contains more microplastics than others.

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Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Board-based curating platform Pinterest is making it easier for its users to search for products based on a variety of skin tones, something that is particularly useful when it comes to makeup and fashion products. While the platform already featured skin tone-based searches, it wasn't terribly useful due to its limited skin tone ranges and accuracy. This time around, Pinterest says the updated skin tone search is much more accurate and expansive.

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YouTube cracks down on videos intended to disrupt the election

YouTube cracks down on videos intended to disrupt the election

As the US presidential election nears, many companies are detailing the measures they've taken to prevent their platforms from being used as a tool to manipulate the public and interfere in politics. YouTube is the latest among them, revealing the steps it is taking to address the potential abuse of its streaming platform as a means for election interference. Which videos are facing the banhammer?

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Signal messaging app finally offers more control over random chats

Signal messaging app finally offers more control over random chats

Encrypted messaging app Signal is making it easier to evaluate a potential contact before letting them have access to your profile, giving users more control over who is able to connect with them. This new feature comes in the form of message requests, which means anyone who isn't already in your phone's contacts will be presented for you to accept or reject before they can message.

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Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is following in the footsteps of some of its biggest competitors: it will soon add podcasts to its Amazon Music product, enabling its users to stream these audio shows without turning to third-party apps. The initial unveiling of this plan came with a ridiculous requirement for shows, however, one that aimed to force podcasters to avoid 'disparaging' the company. It has since removed that requirement.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a soda shortage in the US

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a soda shortage in the US

The pandemic has claimed many lives, disrupted every nation in the world, and revealed that humans haven't learned much since the influenza pandemic in 1918, at least when it comes to face masks. Beyond the most obvious and severe consequences of the pandemic are less severe, but still quite notable changes, including product shortages. Some shortages are caused by hoarding, while others are caused by production and distribution issues. The latest victim? A popular soda called Dr. Pepper.

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Fortnite cars bug is causing eliminations and players aren’t happy

Fortnite cars bug is causing eliminations and players aren’t happy

Fortnite seems to be experiencing a bug involving cars, which isn't surprising considering that they were just added to the game days ago. Players who have been with the battle royale game for a while have dealt with their fair share of bugs, many of which are minor and some of which are even beneficial (assuming you don't get banned for exploiting them). Then there are the death bugs -- they are, quite obviously, a big problem.

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NASA shows off the most striking Mars images that you can download

NASA shows off the most striking Mars images that you can download

NASA has spent years investigating Mars up close and personal with its various rovers and spacecraft, the latter of which includes the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). This spacecraft orbits Mars, using onboard cameras to snap images of the Red Planet below. This has resulted in a huge number of images, some of which are so strikingly beautiful that they look like art. NASA is showing off some of the best of these images and anyone can download them.

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Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Controversy and misinformation aside, it is clear at this point that face masks are a vital step toward reducing the community spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The disease remains widespread in the United States and select other countries, ones where many people are turning to reusable and homemade face masks as an alternative to more expensive and harder to find disposable medical masks.

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