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By Fiza Ali
Apple is shutting down Dark Sky's iOS app and website in 2022
by Fiza Ali
Apple acquired the hyperlocal weather app, Dark Sky, in 2020 and, at that time, it was highly likely that it would shut down Dark Sky's apps and website in the same year. However, the company also said that there would be "no changes to Dark Sky for iOS" at that time.
In 2021, we see that there is a small update to the Dark Sky blog that appears to be adding a new shuttering date for the Dark Sky iOS App, API, and website. Adam Grossman, the co-founder of the Dark Sky weather app, wrote:
We hear this news shortly after Apple announced an overhaul to iOS' inbuilt weather app during WWDC. While the wording on the website doesn't explicitly say that the service will be "shut down" per se, it does seem that it is reaching its end of life.
Previously, the Dark Sky website was scheduled to shut down in August 2020 while the API was scheduled to for the same at the end of 2021. Apple already killed Dark Sky's Android app back in August 2020.
Source: Dark Sky via 9to5Mac
GitHub introduces video uploading across its platform
by Paul Hill
GitHub has announced that it’s now possible for users to upload videos across its platform. MP4 and MOV files can be uploaded in issues, pull requests, discussions, and more. The inclusion of this feature will open up new possibilities including clearer demonstrations of new features or bugs in software projects.
The firm previously released video uploads as a beta feature back in December but now it’s considered stable enough for everybody on the platform to use. Now that it’s available, all users can upload videos to help maintainers reproduce bugs, provide context on pull requests for reviewers, give a demonstration of new features currently in the prototype phase, and more.
Commenting on the ability to upload videos, Lauren Brose from GitHub said:
The ability to upload videos is also arriving with mobile support. Both the iOS and Android GitHub mobile apps are capable of uploading videos to the platform but you’ll need to update the apps to their latest versions.
Proton Calendar beta now available for all ProtonMail users
by Paul Hill
The company behind ProtonMail has announced that all users of the e-mail service can now access a beta version of Proton Calendar on the web and Android with an iOS version due soon. Similarly to ProtonMail, Proton Calendar uses end-to-end encryption to keep your information secure while remaining easy to use.
Proton Calendar has been in the works for a while now. Back in 2019, the company released a beta version of Proton Calendar for paying customers but it has now been extended to all users of ProtonMail. To access the calendar, you can go directly to calendar.protonmail.com or you can go to beta.protonmail.com and use the App Selector to go to Proton Calendar.
While the main appeal of Proton Calendar is the security, it also comes with most of the features you expect from a calendar product, you can:
Create, edit, and delete events across devices Set reminders Send and respond to event invitations (web only but expected on mobile) Set up recurring events annually, monthly, weekly, daily, or at a custom interval The option to switch to dark mode Import existing calendars ProtonMail integration so that you can respond to event invitations In terms of the items that are covered by the end-to-end encryption, Proton Calendar will protect event details including titles, descriptions, locations, and the people you invite. All encryption is performed on your device so not even the firm behind Proton Calendar can see what has been added to your calendar.
By Namerah S
How to enable the dark theme on Facebook desktop
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Social media giant Facebook released dark mode for the desktop and iOS platforms in March last year. Even though testing of the Android version of the dark theme began earlier, general availability came out after the desktop and iOS versions.
We have already done a tutorial to turn on dark mode on Android. Today's guide will walk you through the steps of toggling the desktop version of dark mode. Follow the below instructions to say hello to the dark side of Facebook on PCs.
Step 1: Visit Facebook on your PC's web browser. Once open, locate the small arrow pointing downwards on the upper left corner of the dashboard and click on it.
Step 2: After clicking on the little downwards-pointing arrow, a dropdown menu will pop up. Select the "Display & accessibility" option.
Step 3: Clicking on the "Display & accessibility" option will take you to the dark mode feature. Simply click "on" to enable it.
Here are some before and after screenshots to showcase the differences in theme on Facebook's desktop dark mode:
With that, we conclude this short and easy tutorial to toggle the dark mode on Facebook on desktops. Happy browsing!
By Abhay V
Google rolling out dark theme for Search on the desktop for some users
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google seems to be rolling out a new dark mode for Search on the desktop for some users. A new pop-up message suggesting that “Dark theme is now available has begun showing up for people, based on user posts on Twitter, which was corroborated by folks over at 9to5Google as well. The feature seems to also be showing up for users when accessing Google Search from the desktop in Incognito mode.
The prompt reportedly redirects users to a setting that lets them choose between light, dark, or system theme. This means that the search engine will adapt to the system theme settings on Windows and macOS, making it a much more streamlined option for those that prefer to switch between themes regularly. However, it is not clear if the rollout is part of an A/B test or an actual staggered release since the feature supposedly gets disabled for some users after a page refresh or when users navigate to image search.
This isn’t the first time that users have been able to spot dark mode for Search on the web. Back in May last year, the company was testing the theming option on mobile browsers via a hidden flag. Early this year, there were reports of a randomized test with an experience similar to what users are reporting today.
As for the theming option itself, the company is keeping the experience in line with its mobile apps, which means that the UI adapts a dark grey background color with white text. From the screenshots posted by users, it does not look like there are too many rough edges, although, the theme is applicable only to a few pages.
The addition of a dark theme for Search on the web will be a welcome addition for those that prefer the theming option, especially when working in dimly lit environments. It will be interesting to see if the Mountain View company expands the rollout of the feature soon or if this is another toe dip in the water to gauge reception from users.