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FACE­BOOK MES­SEN­GER JOINS THE DARK SIDE

FACE­BOOK has fi­nally jumped on the cur­rent vogue for “dark-modes” in apps, with the roll out of an al­ter­na­tive white-on-black view for its Mes­sen­ger app.

It’s been in pub­lic test­ing for a few weeks – ac­cessed by send­ing a half-moon emoji to one of your con­tacts – but is now start­ing to roll out to ev­ery­one, ac­cessed in the set­tings menu.

It’s noth­ing too fancy – when on, it turns the screen black and the text white in­stead of the other way round (pictured above), with a few de­sign tweaks for leg­i­bil­ity.

Why would you want to turn it on? Some peo­ple find it eas­ier to read in low-light, and it also saves bat­tery power – you’re not lighting up the whole screen…

Ru­mour is Face­book will be ad­ding the op­tion to its main app pretty soon, join­ing the likes of Twit­ter and YouTube in of­fer­ing dark op­tions.

And we’re also ex­pect­ing Ap­ple to add a sys­tem-wide “dark-mode” op­tion to iOS when it re­veals its next ver­sion for the iPhone and iPad OS at its World Wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence in San Jose, kick­ing off on June 3.

These are dark days in­deed.

DISNEY UN­VEILS STREAM­ING TV

HOT on the heels of Ap­ple’s re­veal of its very own TV steam­ing ser­vice comes news that en­ter­tain­ment giant Disney is to do the same.

Disney+ will not launch un­til Novem­ber 12, and will be US-only at first. The en­ter­tain­ment giant has said noth­ing about a UK launch, but you can sign up to be no­ti­fied of news of this at dis­ney­plus.com.

The ser­vice itself looks like a very com­pelling of­fer­ing – not least be­cause Disney plans to charge only $7-a-month for it, com­par­ing favourably with Net­flix’s $13.99 for its top tier (they do a ba­sic $7.99 of­fer­ing, but you can watch only one stream at a time, and there’s no HD).

Disney will of­fer a wide range of con­tent from all its fa­mous fran­chises – in­clud­ing Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Na­tional Geo­graphic.

It looks as though it be well-worth $7, and we should be keep­ing our fin­gers crossed that the ser­vice ar­rives in the UK sooner rather than later.

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