Apple receives patent to protect iPhone users' eyes from bright screens in dark rooms

Apple has received a patent that could help prevent iPhone users from suffering “luminescence shock.” This can happen when a handset is turned on in the dark and the display immediately is too bright for the surroundings. After a few seconds, the screen finds a more appropriate setting and tones down the brightness. But the user’s eyes have already been “shocked” by the bright display. Apple’s new patent, called “Luminescence Shock Avoidance in Display Devices,” would have an iPhone limit the brightness level of its screen when the device is activated in a dark environment.

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YouTube for iOS updated with dark mode, Android version to get it "soon"

It looks like Google is in the process of rolling out a new update for the YouTube app, which will add a new dark mode, similar to the one that’s been released on desktop last year.

Nothing else seems to have been implemented except for this new dark theme, but one thing that’s worth mentioning is the update will only be available to iOS users initially.

The folks over at The Verge report Google plans to introduce the dark mode to the Android version of YouTube “soon.” In case you’re wondering why a Google service is getting a new feature on iOS before Android, we can’t really tell …

Android 9.0 P may integrate Dark Mode feature for OLED displays

Android 8.0 Oreo brought along light/dark theme shift dependent on your wallpaper’s hues, but only for Google’s new Pixel phones, while each and every device with OLED display could benefit from a true Dark Mode in its own right. 

You see, unlike LCDs, where the backlight shines with the same intensity no mater what color is displayed, the OLED display pixels are themselves the source of light, and when displaying white, in particular, they are lit with maximum current. Thus, OLEDs surpass LCDs in battery draw when displaying darker or more colorful imagery like movies, …

'Saturday Night Live' took 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' to dark and weird places this week


The internet loves Fresh Prince of Bel-Air nostalgia, so it seems pretty clear Saturday Night Live created this parody just for us.

In the sketch’s redone and significantly expanded Fresh Prince opening credits, Chris Redd-as-Will Smith weaves a suspenseful tale. The west Philadelphia troubles that sent him packing to sunny Bel-Air came with a side of vengeance from the local gun-and-drug-running gang he crossed.

The story only gets weirder from there. Come for the darkest timeline take on Fresh Prince, stay for Redd’s damn near perfect Will Smith gyrations. Read more…

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YouTube on iOS scores native dark mode for some users, but what about Android?

A while ago, we told you that code suggesting that YouTube on Android is about to score a native dark theme has been unearthed in the app. 
However, as it often happens with Google’s software, it’s the iOS version of the YouTube app that receives this new feature first. 

Well, that’s only true for a select few iOS users who boasted on Reddit that version 13.01.4 of the app has introduced  a neat switch in the preferences that allows users to switch opt for the new dark interface in favor of the default light one. 

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Latest version of YouTube for Android app features code for a dark theme and more

A report published this weekend discusses a teardown of the latest version of the YouTube for Android app (v. 13). Code found inside this new version of the app indicates that the next update could give Android users the choice to activate a dark theme for YouTube. This really wouldn’t be shocking considering that on the web, the streaming video site already offers this capability.

Also discovered in the teardown was code related to an incognito mode. Currently, Android users of the YouTube app can go into the History & privacy menu of YouTube and toggle to pause watch history and search …

Devs are taking the initiative, and introducing dark app modes for the OLED iPhone X

Remember the beautiful but imaginary dark mode for the iPhone X that we showed you the other day. Unfortunately, it was a work of fiction, as Apple hasn’t dabbled into experimenting with darker backgrounds for its OLED iPhone X just yet. 

Enter app developers, who are increasingly aware that black looks as it should on OLED displays, plus it saves on battery, as the pixels are turned completely off to display it. Thus, darker backgrounds make sense on apps where there is a lot of reading or browsing involved, as OLED’s Achilles heel when it comes …

A dark interface mode for the iPhone X is on your wishlist (poll results)

We asked you whether you would enjoy an imaginary Dark Mode for the iPhone X’s OLED screen, like the set you see above, courtesy of graphics artist Maximos Angelakis, and the vast majority of our respondents are digging it, it seems. Just as any other OLED display phone out there, the iPhone X is theoretically going to use less power when displaying dark images or content, so Apple will be wise to take note and introduce something similar to the X, shooting two birds with one stone – popular demand, and battery endurance.
The iPhone X is Apple’s first …

Would you fancy a systemwide Dark Mode for the iPhone X?

The iPhone X is Apple’s first smartphone with an OLED display, and the company did great with its peak brightness and color reproduction calibration. It still exhibits the Achilles heel of OLED screens, though, namely cold color shifts when viewed at an angle, but not to the extent of phones like, say, the Pixel 2 XL, which has to be viewed at 90 degrees so that you don’t perceive the whites as a sad blue.
And just as any other OLED display phone out there, the iPhone X is theoretically going to use less power when displaying dark images or …

Dark vs. Light: 'Star Wars' fans storm social media with dueling 'Last Jedi' opinions


Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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