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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Dark Mode

The Dark Mode

Have you ever been working late at night on a report and found the incessantly white background of your word document or web browser to be unbearable?

Well, indeed we're staying in front of our screens later and later into the night these days which is why today we are talking about The Dark Mode. Often times it isn't obvious whether an app or a program features a dark mode and it's often a little unassuming option buried in a menu somewhere but for those of you who are night owls you'll know that it works by reversing the usual color scheme of your windows putting light coloured text on a dark background but it isn't as simple as just inverting the colors on a webpage and calling it a day and you can see this if you have a browser extension that applies a dark mode as some elements on the page often don't look as nice, while other ones such as images won't dim properly, so coding a good-looking dark mode that is specific to a certain website often requires a fair bit of finesse, however, this often ends up being worth it as dark mode ends up delivering quite a few benefits.

You see it's pretty common these days for phones and computers to have a built-in night mode to reduce blue light you can learn more about that here but the basic idea is that blue light from your screens can affect your ability to properly fall asleep, so night mode reduces blue light emissions by giving everything a yellowish or reddish tinge and this might not be a big deal if you're just trying to read text in fact Google claimed a few years ago that having a predominantly white screen can use up to six times as much battery as a predominantly black one on the original pixel, so it might be worth switching to dark mode if you find yourself consistently fighting poor battery life.

Android currently offers options to enable dark mode on frequently used apps like phone and messages and iOS has a smart invert colors feature that switches Apple apps to a dark mode pretty elegantly and also works with third-party apps with varying degrees of success on the desktop side of things you can enable a dark theme in Windows 10 that can tone down the excessive white of the settings menu and File Explorer and of course our favourite WhatApp working on dark mode which is expected to be lunched soon, so although dark modes aren't universally present yet it's great to see developers putting some thought into saving our eyes.

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