Dark Mode on Facebook’s Mobile App Is Being Tested Extensively

Facebook begun to publicly test the Dark Mode. Users will be able to look the Dark Theme option under the Settings & Privacy section. Alexandru Voica, Facebook’s EMEA Communications Manager, authenticated the news to engineer Jane Manchun Wong. Last week, Manchun Wong had posted a video in collaboration with the social media major informing that this feature will be rolled out to more users.

Above all, Dark Mode permits users to switch to a dark background. It’s better for battery consumption and reduces strain on the eyes as well. In other words, the dark theme already actives for some Android Facebook users. And after that, the latest version of the Facebook app from Google Play Store will have a dark theme to get for your Android phone. It is worth noting that the dark theme feature is already available for desktops and Facebook Lite app users. Similarly, Facebook’s other apps WhatsApp and Instagram already have a dark theme on both iOS and Android versions.

How to enable Dark Mode on the phone?

How to enable Dark Mode on the phone

– Touch on the three-dotted icon, which is located in the top right corner of the screen.
– Scroll down and select the “Settings & Privacy”.
– Find the “Dark Mode” option above the “Language” option and below the “Your Time on Facebook”.
– It will let to choose between On, Off, or System.

In addition, keep in mind that Facebook has done a full roll out for the Dark Theme on iOS but not everyone will see the feature just yet.

 

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Google Launches Compare Apps Feature In new Play Store Experiment

As one of the most important apps on a smartphone, Google always makes tweaks to the Play Store. It is experimenting with a new change that compares similar apps head-to-head. Google makes this to help greatly improve usability and discoverability for developers. This is also let users decide which best fits their needs.

The Compare Apps shows up on specific app listings near the bottom of the page. When it appears, it will display popular apps that are similar to the current list. However, it is limited to a few popular media player. The comparison based completely on things like to ease of use and whether they support features like offline casting and playback.

Google Play Store Launches Compare Apps Feature

With so many apps in the Google Play Store, it can be hard for the best ones to rise to the top. Google usually asks short questions to people who leave app review. Comparing some of the options side by side so users can see their choices seems like a smart addition. It’s likely the data displayed is based partly on this kind of user feedback.

Google Play Store Launches Compare Apps Feature

It’s been spotted in the wild on the version 22.4.28 of Google Play Store. Like many other tests Google does, there’s no telling when or if this is more widely implemented. And of course there may be some server-side components that will determine if the new app comparison is visible. Hopefully it hits the mainstream sooner rather than later — compared to the current Play Store app listing page. Users definitely like this one better.

 

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MagSafe 15W Fast Charging Is Limited To Apple 20W Adapter

Apple’s MagSafe charging puck does peak at 15W with iPhone 12 in new testing shows. However only when it paired with the company’s 20W adapter. Aaron Zollo of YouTube channel Zollotech found this explicit restriction. In a comprehensive assessment of Apple’s MagSafe uploaded on Monday, Zollo found two Apple adapters. It’s a new standalone 20W USB-C device and the 18W unit that came with iPhone 11 Pro handsets achieved high rates of charge.

In the video, it measured energy throughput with an inline digital meter. And it revealed MagSafe hits the advertised 15W peak charging rate when paired with Apple’s branded 20W adapter. Zollo notes the system takes some time to ramp up when speeds drop to about 13W with the 18W adapter.

MagSafe 15W Fast Charging Is Limited To Apple 20W Adapter

Apple’s own 96W MacBook Pro USB-C adapter created out 10W with MagSafe. It match a high seen by Anker’s PowerPort Atom PD1. Third-party models and older adapters with high output ratings do not fare well in the test. Similarly, charging rates hovered between 6W and 9W when attached to other adapters. For example: Google’s Pixel adapter, Samsung’s Note 20 Ultra adapter, Aukey’s 65W adapter. To stable energy, ensure fast delivery when connected to iPhone 12 series devices, third-party devices will need to adopt a MagSafe-compatible power delivery profile

As can be expected with any charging solution, temperature plays a significant role in potential throughput. Zollo found MagSafe significantly throttles speeds as temperatures rise, meaning actual rates are not a constant 15W even when using the 20W adapter. In some cases, this could prompt users to remove their iPhone from its case — including Apple-branded MagSafe models — to achieve maximum thermal efficiency.

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Hum To Search: Google feature can figure out the song stuck in your head

Sometimes you get frustrated thinking about a song, especially when you don’t know the name of that song. Google will help you with new feature. ‘Hum To Search’ lets you search for songs just by humming them.

Do you know the song that goes “la laa laa la la la la la”? We all know how annoying it is when you can’t remember the title of the song or any words but the melody is in your head. No artist name, lyrics or perfect pitch required. Google can help you figure that song out.

Google announced a new “hum to search” feature that allows users to hum or whistle a tune to find out the name and artist of a song. This feature will let you hum, whistle, or sing the nasty song that’s stuck in your head, then use machine learning techniques to try to identify that song.

The “hum to search” feature only available on mobile devices in the Google app on both iOS and Android, or in Google Assistant.

Hum To Search feature can figure out the song stuck in your head

 

You just tap the newly added “search a song” button or ask Google “What’s the song”. And then hum, whistle or sing your song’s melody for 10-15 seconds before Google registers results.Google uses a machine learning algorithm to identify potential song matches and show you results. And then, you just tap results to listen to it.

Google using its machine learning models to “transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody,”. Then, it can compare to existing songs. They says that it trains these models on “a variety of sources, including humming, whistling, humans singing or studio recordings” removing things like vocal quality or the instruments to focus just on that numeric sequence. Consequently, the hum to search feature should work whether you’re tone-deaf or have perfect pitch.

The new hum to search feature is available today in English on iOS and in more than 20 languages on Android, with plans to add more in the future.


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TikTok stays in app stores as U.S. judge temporarily blocks ban

A federal judge in Washington has granted TikTok’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Thereby preventing President Trump’s TikTok ban from taking effect September 27 as originally expected.

Judge Carl J. Nichols made the ruling on the evening of Sunday, September 27. Just hours before the popular TikTok app was set to be pulled from app stores by Apple and Google.

It means that for the time being at least, anyone who hasn’t yet downloaded the app will be able to do so. It also means that TikTok will be able to continue to push updates to the app.

The court will now assess whether the TikTok app is a risk to national security. It is the reason Trump gave when signing an executive order in August to ban the software unless an American company bought its U.S. operations.

Only the court’s ruling was made public, with the reasoning provided only to the government and TikTok. The ruling will, however, be made publicly available once both parties have submitted requests for any redactions.

TikTok stays in app stores as U.S. judge temporarily blocks ban

The original date of the app’s ban was set for September 20. But a tentative deal between TikTok and U.S. software giant Oracle announced on September 19. And it prompted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to push the ban to September 27.

With the clock ticking and no further delay or removal of the proposed ban announced by the U.S. government. TikTok lawyers moved on Sunday to urge the judge to block the ban until the matter of TikTok’s future can be properly resolved.

TikTok lawyers argued that the proposed ban was “arbitrary and capricious”. And it could have an adverse on the security of data as it would prevent any required fixes from reaching the app via updates.

TikTok also claimed that the proposed ban would “prohibit core constitutionally protected speech: videos composed by millions of Americans containing a vast array of individual expression, ranging from art to political speech.”

But lawyers for the government said the ban was valid. Because TikTok’s connections to the Chinese government via its parent company ByteDance made it a national security issue.


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