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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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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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