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Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Technology
Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use the same Fortnite account with the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.Gamers were already unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and...
CDC: Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' pose growing threat

CDC: Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' pose growing threat

Health
"Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday. That's more than they had expected to find, and the true number is probably higher because the effort involved only certain labs in each state, officials say. The problem mostly strikes people in hospitals and nursing homes who need IVs and other tubes that can get infected. In many cases, others in close contact with these patients also harbored the superbugs even though they weren't sick — a risk for further spread. Some of the sick patients had traveled for surgery or other health care to another country where drug-resistant germs are mo
Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

Science
A collection of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean is growing rapidly, according to a new scientific estimate.Predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tonnes of plastic in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii.This figure is up to sixteen times higher than previously reported, say international researchers.One trawl in the centre of the patch had the highest concentration of plastic ever recorded."Plastic concentration is increasing - I think the situation is getting worse," said Laurent Lebreton of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation in Delft, Netherlands, which led the study. "This really highlights the urgency to take action in stopping the in-flow of plastic into the ocean and also taking measures to clean up the existing mess."Waste accumulates in five ocean ...
Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Technology
Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with The Associated Press, the couple said they're concerned about President Donald Trump's "America first" worldview. They've made known their differences with the president and his party on issues including foreign aid, taxes and protections for immigrant youth in the country illegally. And they said they're now digging into the layers of U.S. poverty that they haven't been deeply involved with at the national level, including employment, race, housing, mental health, incarceration and substance abuse. "We are...