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Twitter for iOS gets even darker

It’s only available for iOS users at the moment

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Tech giants such as Apple with macOS Mojave, Viber, Google Chrome, and Facebook Messenger have already implemented the “dark mode” scheme on their systems. Although Twitter was ahead of its time, their version seems uncanny as it’s not really a “dark” mode, rather a “night” mode showing a darker shade of blue instead of a deep black scheme.

Fortunately, Twitter finally applied it this time with a new “lights out” option when turning on dark mode. I tweeted about this exactly 29 days ago and it felt like Twitter listened to my low-key request:

To turn this feature on, you must first activate Twitter’s dark mode. The easiest way to switch is to enter your Account Profile icon found on the upper-left corner and hit the light bulb icon found on the lower left corner.

After activating dark mode, head to “Settings and privacy,” tap “Display and sound,” and you will see two dark mode options: “Dim” and “Lights out.” Select the latter.

Et voila! You just activated the deep black version of Twitter. The obvious differences are found in the colors. The “dim” mode has a darker shade of blue, while the “lights out” mode, from the word itself, reveals no hints of blue or gray at all — just deep black.

Twitter had the OLED-equipped iPhones in mind (the iPhone XS, XS Max, and X) as deeper blacks on these devices preserve more battery power and less chances of getting “screen burn in” which is a problem among OLED devices.

Twitter’s dark mode in dim versus lights out

Take note that this is exclusive to iOS users at the moment. There is still no word about its availability on Android. Even the desktop and macOS version doesn’t have this yet. We hope Apple will officially bring its own dark mode to the next version of iOS for a better, more seamless look among its apps.

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Waze now supports Apple Music

Link those accounts

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Music always goes well with driving. However, because driving demands both hands on the wheel, controlling music playback isn’t always the most seamless experiences. Thankfully, a lot of navigation apps are expanding their support towards the most popular music streaming platforms right now. Today, Waze has announced that the app now supports dual functionality with Apple Music.

Of course, Apple Music isn’t the most popular platform today. Still, expanding support is always a win. With the new update, Waze users can now control their Apple Music content straight from the navigation app.

It does need a bit of setup, of course. Users will have to link their Waze account to their Apple Music account through the Audio Player setting on the app. Besides Apple Music, Waze also supports Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

Though the streaming platform is already a staple especially for Apple users, Apple Music is doing more to create a viable plan against other streaming giants today, including a cheaper Siri-only plan that rids the need for an app interface. The service also increased the price of its student plan in several countries recently.

Both Apple Music and Waze are available for download on the App Store and on the Play Store.

SEE ALSO: Apple Music increases subscription price for students

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Apple Music increases subscription price for students

In the Philippines and Singapore

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In the Philippines, Spotify is still king. However, the platform’s dominance isn’t enough to deter other music streaming services from setting up shop in the country. Much like Spotify, these other platforms are ever-changing and prone to price changes. If, for example, you use Apple Music as a student, you’re likely affected by a recent increase in the country.

In South Africa, Twitter user @LVDNoff took to the platform to reveal an email from Apple detailing a price increase for Apple Music’s student plan. “Apple is raising the price of this subscription from US$ 1.49 per month to US$ 1.99 per month,” the email read. Though it’s not a huge increase, a few extra cents can put a larger dent in a student’s allowance. Unfortunately, the email didn’t reveal why an increase was tacked on. It also doesn’t reveal if regular subscriptions might see similar increases.

MacRumors, who first reported about the tweet, uncovered something else about the price hike, too. South Africa isn’t the only country getting an increase. According to the publication’s findings, the following countries are also seeing higher student prices: Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Africa.

The report doesn’t indicate specific increases for each country. However, Apple Music’s website currently shows a subscription worth PhP 75 per month. When the service first launched in 2018, students paid only PhP 69 per month.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the Apple Music Voice Plan

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Spotify lets you blend your music tastes with K-Pop stars

Mix and match with BTS

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Last year, Spotify introduced an all-new feature for music discovery. Blend takes your and your friend’s music preferences and melds them into one shared playlist. The feature can ultimately bring two people closer together by introducing one to the other’s music. Now, Blend is getting a major update: a K-Pop expansion.

And no, it doesn’t just mean a sudden infusion of K-Pop songs for your Blend playlists. Users, especially K-Pop fans, can now blend their music preferences with those of popular K-Pop groups, including BTS, AB6IX, ENHYPHEN, NMIXX, Stray Kids, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER.

As always, using the feature on these groups will create a playlist combining your songs with their favorite artists. You won’t just get a helping of their songs; you’ll get the songs of the ones they like.

Further, you’ll get a share card saying how much your preferences match up to theirs. Users can share these cards directly to social media platform. Use them as badges of honor to proclaim how alike you are with your favorite group.

Blending with artists isn’t totally new, though. Earlier this year, Spotify also unleashed the feature to cover Western artists like Charli XCX, Lauv, and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. Expanding this feature taps into a huge market that Spotify has, the K-Pop fanbase.

SEE ALSO: Spotify launches new recommendation feature, Enhance

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