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Dark mode is in the works for Chrome, coming to Windows 10 and macOS

No need for dark themes

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Dark mode is a sought-after feature these days, may it be on mobile or desktop systems. While dark mode is now available system-wide on both Windows 10 and macOS, third-party apps have yet to adapt automatically. But, that might change soon — at least for Chrome users.

Google has been working on a full-fledged dark mode for Chrome and it’s now available in the latest builds of Chrome Canary. If you wish to test it out, simply download and install Chrome Canary 74. The experimental version of Google’s browser runs separately from the stable build, so you don’t have to worry about it messing up.


There are quite a few dark themes available on Chrome’s Web Store, but the built-in dark mode turns on and off dynamically based on your operating system’s settings. When you have dark mode enabled on either Windows 10 or macOS, Chrome will automatically adjust to match the system-wide change.

There’s no manual switch or an option to disable dark mode from automatically kicking in for now, but it’s unclear if the implementation will be the same when it comes to the stable build.

Check it out in action on Windows 10…

Google Chrome dark mode switching on Windows 10 | Image credit: TechDows

… and on macOS.

Google Chrome dark mode switching on macOS | Image credit: 9to5Google

Unlike dark themes which selectively darken portions of the browser, the built-in dark mode turns everything to black or a really dark shade of gray including the omnibox, tabs, and menus. So far, it’s looking pretty clean which could mean it’ll soon be ready for prime time.

There’s no official release date for dark mode on stable builds yet, but based on Google’s usual release schedule, it should be ready for stable release in April as per TechDows.

SEE ALSO: Android Q early build leaks, shows system-wide dark mode

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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