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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.
By Abhay V
Planner on the web now lets users add image backgrounds to each plan
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new feature for Planner on the web that lets users add custom background to plans. The firm says that the feature provides a way for users to “visualize [their] work in a fun and flexible way” and allows for easier differentiation between the boards for those with access to multiple plans.
The feature, located under Plan settings, provides users with image suggestions based on the name of the plan. The company adds that the capability is powered by the same ‘Designer’ feature available on PowerPoint and automatically surfaces “unique high-quality background images” depending on the plan. For example, a Coffee Store plan will contain suggestions of coffee beans or a coffee scene.
To access Suggested Backgrounds, users must click on the ellipsis (…) menu at the top and head to ‘Plan settings’. Currently, there appears to be no way for users to upload their own images, and it is not clear if that ability will be added later. Additionally, suggested backgrounds are currently only available for the web version of Planner. The firm has not provided any information on whether the feature will roll out to other clients.
It will also be interesting to see if the Redmond firm introduces a similar feature for Tasks in Teams, considering that that experience too is similar to that of Planner.
By Usama Jawad96
Google launches XS-Leaks Wiki to secure the web against cross-site leaks
by Usama Jawad
Cross-site leaks - also referred to as "XS-Leaks" - is a category of issues in the design of the web which allows web apps to interact with each other, even when they are not related. This leads to user data being shared across web applications, which is a serious security breach. Noting the increase in security flaws which rely on cross-site leaks, Google has now announced a knowledge base so developers and security researchers better understand the problem and build defenses around it.
Image via Rusbase Dubbed "XS-Leaks Wiki", this repository of information contains articles which explain cross-site leaks, some common attacks which hinge upon this, and the defenses you can set up against them. Along with the details of each attack, proof-of-concept code is available as well.
Another goal of this knowledge base is also to help developers understand the various security features offered by browsers to protect against cross-site leaks, such as Cross-Origin Resource Policy and SameSite cookies.
Google hopes that making this knowledge base available to everyone will increase collaboration between the company, security researchers, and web developers. Building upon the years of experience offered by all involved parties, it aims to make the web safer for all users by protecting them against threats that utilize this behavior. You can find out more about cross-site leaks by visiting Google's dedicated website here or the associated GitHub repository here.
Facebook publicly testing dark mode support for its Android app
by Rajesh Pandey
Facebook started testing dark mode for its Android app in August last year. Since then, the company has gone ahead and rolled out a redesigned interface on the web with dark mode and even on the iPhone. However, dark mode support has still been missing from Facebook's Android app.
Now, it looks like Facebook is getting to roll out dark mode support for its Android app as it has started testing the feature publicly. Leaked screenshots from a few months ago had shown how dark mode in Facebook's Android app would look like. A video posted on Twitter by @wongmjane shows the new dark mode in action on Facebook's Android app.
While the video might suggest that Facebook is rolling out dark mode support for its Android app, Wong's tweet indicates that the company is only testing the rollout publicly. If everything goes as per plan, a wider public rollout should be on the cards soon.