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iCloud allegedly locked out a user over her last name

iCloud has had the occasional service issue, but its latest problem appears to be highly… specific. Actor and author Rachel True claims iCloud has effectively locked her out of her account due to the way her last name was written. Reportedly, her Mac thought lower-case “true” was a Boolean (true or false) flag, leading the …

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Lime’s latest e-bike can borrow batteries from scooters

Lime might have another way to make e-bikes more practical: have them use the same batteries as its scooters. The mobility service is rolling out a new e-bike whose battery is interchangeable with the one in Gen4 scooter models. That saves the company money, of course, but will also help with expansion plans that (with …

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Microsoft is testing 1080p Xbox Game Pass streaming

The 720p resolution for Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming (aka xCloud) is decent on a phone, but that’s clearly not going to cut it when the service comes to PCs and iPads. Thankfully, a resolution bump appears to be in order. Windows Central and The Verge both say Microsoft is testing 1080p streams. It’s not …

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Airbnb’s flexible search focuses on where you’re travelling, not when

Travel is still hurting due to the pandemic, but Airbnb wants to be ready for that moment when people are comfortable heading out again — even if remote work has changed how they book trips. It’s introducing a Flexible Dates search option that shies away from choosing exact days in favor of general time frames. …

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Mark Wahlberg will produce a series charting the rise and fall of MoviePass

Mark Wahlberg is producing a documentary series charting the spectacular rise and fall of the infamous movie-ticket subscription service MoviePass, reports Deadline. The show is reportedly based on Insider reporter Jason Guerrasio’s award-winning coverage of the troubled company, which offered access to unlimited movie screenings for just $9.95 per month, from its founding by entrepreneurs …

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Microsoft starts testing Xbox cloud gaming on the web

You don’t have to wonder what Xbox cloud gaming looks like on the web. The Verge has learned that Microsoft has started testing xCloud game streaming in browsers, and the experience will seem familiar if you’ve tried it on Android devices. A straightforward launcher both helps you fire up recent games and find new ones …

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Adobe adds new URL shortcuts to make signing PDFs easier

Adobe Despite being nearly synonymous with PDFs, Adobe’s Acrobat software hasn’t kept pace with the advancements we’ve seen the company’s competitors make to their online apps. In recent years, you’ve had to turn to the Acrobat desktop app if you wanted to access some of its more advanced functionality. But with Acrobat web’s latest update, Adobe …

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Facebook’s News tab arrives in the UK

Leon Neal via Getty Images Facebook is bringing its dedicated News tab to the UK on Tuesday, which marks the first time the company has rolled out the feature outside of the US. You can access the News tab from the menu in the Facebook app. It features news tailored to your interests alongside a …

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ was so popular on streaming that it beat ‘The Office’

Pixar/Disney There was little doubt Pixar’s Soul would find a large audience by going straight to Disney+ in many countries, but it’s now clear just how successful that strategy was. Deadline reports that the existential movie topped Nielsen’s streaming rankings for December 21st through December 27th, racking up 1.669 billion minutes of viewing. It even …

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Bird’s skid detection helps catch reckless scooter riders

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Don’t even think of using a Bird rental scooter for a wild ride. The company has revealed a Skid Detection feature that, as the name implies, watches for moments when an e-scooter goes sideways. If there’s a pattern of skidding Bird can attribute to excessive brake use and other …

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