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Here’s how you can enjoy Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger

Dark Mode on every app, please

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Since the initial rollout of the redesigned Facebook Messenger app, we’ve been patiently waiting for Dark Mode. What we got first was the unsend feature which is handy to have, but we really wanted a dark-themed Messenger. Finally, the wait is over!

Dark Mode for Facebook Messenger is now live on both Android and iOS. It’s not outright available for everyone, though; it’s more of an easter egg. The steps in activating it are super easy, so let’s get right to it.

All you have to do to is send the crescent moon emoji (🌙) to anyone on Messenger. We’re told that you’ll have the chance to activate Dark Mode when someone sends you the emoji as well.

Dark Mode turned on and off

How would you know that Messenger’s Dark Mode is now available for your phone? A number of smiling crescent moons will fall down and a pop-up notification will let you know about Dark Mode.

Simply head over to the settings panel or “Me” profile section of the app and a Dark Mode toggle is waiting for you.

The app’s background will turn to pitch black

Turning Dark Mode on will completely darken the app’s background. From clean white, it’ll become pitch black. Dark Mode is ideal for phones with OLED displays, but LCD phones can also take advantage of the dark background.

Dark Mode is getting popular lately. Some apps already have it, and we know that Google Chrome and Android Q are next in line to promote this feature.

SEE ALSO: Facebook now lets users unsend messages on Messenger

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Dark mode for Google Chrome is now available for Mac

Not a theme, not a skin

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Google Chrome 73 | GadgetMatch

The time has come. The official dark mode for Google Chrome is now rolling out and it’s available in the latest stable version of the popular desktop browser. We’ve seen themes and skins to achieve this, but nothing beats a deeply integrated dark mode.

Chrome introduced dark mode last month, and it’s ready for the enjoyment of macOS users, while support for Windows is on the way.

To get this, users must use the latest Chrome 73 version. The browser should update itself (given that’ll you’ll restart it as well), but if it’s taking time, simply head over to the “About Google Chrome” section in the Help menu to manually trigger the download.

Unlike other apps, Chrome’s dark mode is integrated into the system. So, if you have dark mode enabled in macOS (or Windows 10), Chrome will automatically theme itself to match.

If you use Incognito Mode a lot, you’ll need to be more careful when switching windows. The regular dark mode and Incognito Mode windows are virtually identical sans the indicator in the menu bar.

Aside from the much-awaited dark mode, Chrome 73 also brings a couple of new features and enhancements. It has a new “Sync and Google services” section and it now supports hardware media keys to play or pause content on supported devices.

Via: 9to5Google

SEE ALSO: How to experience ‘Dark Mode’ in Google Chrome

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Harry Potter: Wizards United AR game is like Pokémon Go, but more complex

Made by the same game studio

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Image credit: Niantic Labs / WB Games San Francisco

Back in 2017, Niantic Labs, the makers of the mega-hit Pokémon Go, announced that they are working on a new augmented reality (AR) game based on the popular Harry Potter franchise. The time has come for us to see what they were able to make.

The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the title of the AR game co-developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco’s development team. From the looks of it, this ain’t just another Pokémon Go clone that other franchises have, but they share something in common.

The map of Wizards Unite is based on the real world and you walk around to look for items. Instead of cute pocket monsters, you’ll see artifacts and notable characters from the series. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up as well. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Professor, or the Auror.

Image credit: Niantic Labs / WB Games San Francisco

Here’s Niantic’s description of the game’s plot from the website: A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes. Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.

Here’s a teaser featuring a Niffler hoarding shiny coins to get you more excited:

Wizards Unite seems to be a bit more complicated than Pokémon Go, which could either be good or bad. What’s for sure is that fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in a for a treat. Players of the game will surely need a high-end phone to fully experience the game and it could possibly eat up a lot of battery juice, much like Pokémon Go.

There’s more to know about the gameplay of Wizards Unite and everything there is to understand (for now) about the game is available on their website. As of writing, pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store, while iOS users will have to wait for a bit.

SEE ALSO: These video games from our childhood made us who we are today

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Apple is having an event this month, might announce new online services

Will they become a Netflix competitor?

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While Apple is known to produce great hardware and software, they also have other services which complement their devices. For starters, they have Apple Music that battles Spotify in the music streaming sector. Whether you like Apple Music or not, the Cupertino company seems to be moving toward video streaming.

On March 25, Apple will hold an event at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater right inside the Apple Park in Cupertino, California. For those who wish to watch it online, a livestream will be available on Apple’s website.

While the exact details about the upcoming gathering are kept from the public, we’re expecting it to focus on the company’s upcoming online services.

This should include a video streaming service as implied by the teaser that shows a classic film countdown. According to rumors, the service will feature original programming along with borrowed content from other producers like HBO. A new subscription model for Apple News wherein subscribers can access exclusive content from multiple publications is also expected.

As for hardware, we’re hoping to finally see the AirPower and the AirPods 2. There are talks about the refresh of the basic iPad model, as well.

SEE ALSO: US President Donald Trump calls Apple CEO ‘Tim Apple’

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