How to Enable Google Chrome’s Dark Mode on Windows 10

Google Chrome 74 offers a built-in dark mode on Windows. Rather than having its own dark mode toggle, Chrome simply follows Windows 10’s overall app mode. That’s how it normally works—but there’s a way to forcibly enable it, too.

How to Enable Chrome’s Dark Mode

You can simply enable Google Chrome’s built-in dark mode by heading to Settings > Personalization > Colors and choosing “Dark” under “Choose your default app mode.” Windows 10 will turn dark and Chrome, along with some other applications, will follow this overall setting.

On a Mac, you can enable macOS’s dark mode to achieve the same thing.

For now, this only works for some people. As of Chrome 74’s release on April 23, 2019, Google is testing this feature with “a small number of Chrome M74 users” and “it will become more widely available in the near future” according to a Chrome community manager. To enable it now, you can launch Chrome with the --force-dark-mode option.

How to Force-Enable Dark Mode

Chrome has a built-in option that will forcibly enable dark mode. This works right now, even when the normal system-wide dark mode option doesn’t work. It will also force Chrome into dark mode even if Windows 10’s default app mode is set to “light.”

To activate this option, find the shortcut you normally use to launch Chrome. For example, it might be on your taskbar or desktop. We’ll use the taskbar shortcut.

Right-click the shortcut and select “Properties.” For a Chrome taskbar shortcut, right-click the taskbar icon, right-click “Google Chrome,” and select “Properties.”

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How to patch Dropbox for Linux PCs that don’t use Ext4

The Dropbox syncing service released an update in late 2018 for Linux that dropped support for all file-systems on Linux aside from Ext4. For the average user, this probably isn’t a huge deal. Linux users on average don’t use lesser-known, file-systems (BtrFS, XFS). Furthermore, the Ubuntu installer, along with Fedora, Debian, and other major Linux operating systems use Ex4 by default. Still, even if it’s true that a majority of Linux users do not bother switching to lesser-known, file systems and stick with Ext4, it’s irritating that the Dropbox service is dictating to Linux users what file-system they have to use in order to use the desktop syncing client.

If you don’t use Extended 4 as your default Linux file system but require Dropbox, this new update is a real bummer. Fortunately, it’s possible to patch Dropbox for Linux filesystems that don’t run Ext4. Here’s how to get it done.

WARNING: This fix isn’t endorsed by Dropbox. Be sure that your synced data is backed up to a second location, such as an external USB or HDD before attempting this fix. We can’t confirm that the filesystem patch will work 100% of the time! Attempt at your own risk!

Install Dropbox fixer app

The Dropbox fixer application, also known as “Dropbox Filesystem Fix” is up on GitHub. To use it on your Linux PC the code needs to be compiled and built from source. To do this, you must install several dependencies.

Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. From there, follow the installation instructions that correspond with the Linux operating system you are using.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install build-essential git

Debian

sudo apt-get install build-essential git

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Fedora

sudo dnf install install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel git

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install -t pattern devel_basis
sudo zypper install git

After installing the dependencies for the app, you can use the git clone command-line argument to clone the latest release of the Dropbox fixer code.

git clone https://github.com/dark/dropbox-filesystem-fix.git

After cloning the Dropbox fixer code to your Linux PC, move the terminal session into the new folder, by making use of the CD command.

cd dropbox-filesystem-fix

Inside the code folder, feel free to take a look at the Readme.md file. It outlines what the program’s capabilities are, various features, installation information, etc. Otherwise, execute the make command to compile the code from source.

make

The compiler will take a few minutes to compile the patch quickly. The resulting output of the build is libdropbox_fs_fix.so.

With the code compiled, it’s time to move the ~/dropbox-filesystem-fix folder into the /opt directory. To do that, make use of the mv command.

sudo mv ~/dropbox-filesystem-fix/ /opt/

Next, delete some of the files in the folder that aren’t necessary with the rm command.

sudo rm /opt/dropbox-filesystem-fix/detect-ext.c 
sudo rm /opt/dropbox-filesystem-fix/libdropbox_fs_fix.c 
sudo rm /opt/dropbox-filesystem-fix/Makefile

Update the permissions of the dropbox_start.py script using chmod.

sudo chmod +x /opt/dropbox-filesystem-fix/dropbox_start.py

Set up Dropbox to use the Dropbox fix script

The Dropbox fixer script needs to be set as the default launch command for the sync client, or the patch won’t work. To do this, we must first erase the shortcut settings in the default Dropbox app launch file.

WARNING! Close the Dropbox sync client on your system and stop it from running before running any of the commands below.

Using the echo command, set Dropbox.desktop to blank.

sudo echo ' ' > /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop

Next, delete the existing Dropbox startup entry from your system, as it contains the same code we need to change.

rm ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop

Open up the blank Dropbox.desktop file in the Nano text editor.

sudo nano -w /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop

Paste the code below into the Dropbox.desktop file.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Dropbox
GenericName=File Synchronizer
Comment=Sync your files across computers and to the web
Exec=/opt/dropbox-filesystem-fix/dropbox_start.py
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=dropbox
Categories=Network;FileTransfer;
StartupNotify=false

Save the code with Ctrl + O in Nano. After that, exit Nano with Ctrl + X. Then, make a new copy of Dropbox.desktop to the ~/.config/autostart folder on your Linux PC.

cp /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop ~/.config/autostart/

Assuming everything is done correctly, Dropbox should now be ready to sync again on file-systems such as XFS, BtrFS, and other, unsupported ones.

To start syncing again, find “Dropbox” in the app menu on your Linux PC and double-click on it.

Limitations of the Dropbox Filesystem Fix

The Dropbox company has no intention of bringing back support for lesser-known file-systems again. So, this fix is the best that the community can do for the time being.

If Dropbox Filesystem Fix stops working for you, it may be best to re-install your Linux operating system with Ext4 or, set up a dedicated Ext4 partition for your Dropbox syncing needs.

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How to Export or Delete Your Outlook.com Search History

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If you use the online version of Outlook, you can delete your email search history (useful if you’ve got privacy concerns) or export it (useful for finding old searches or data analysis). Here’s how to do it.

Most users of Outlook.com should have the modern look and feel for their email account now, which by default shows an all blue bar.

The modern blue Outlook bar

If you’ve still got the classic version, which a lot of enterprise versions (the work email provided by your company) are still using, it’ll show a primarily black bar by default.

The classic black Outlook bar

Either way, the process is generally the same, but the location of the settings is slightly different.

Working with Search History in the Modern Outlook.com View

In the modern view, click the cog and then click “View all Outlook settings.”

The Settings in modern view

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What is G Suite, Anyway?

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G Suite is a collection of enterprise-based products—like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and so on—offered by Google via a monthly subscription platform to help streamline your business. But what’s the difference between it and the free apps?

What is G Suite?

Additional business features for G Suite

G Suite—formerly known as Google Apps for Work—is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product that groups all the cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools developed by Google for businesses, institutes, and nonprofits. Included with every subscription you get access to custom Gmail addresses, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Drive, Sites, and so much more.

What’s the Difference Between G Suite and Free Google Apps?

Brief overview of G Suite

It might seem like a lot of the same Google apps are available for free, but there are a few key features that help G Suite integrate with your company perfectly.

While most of these products are free for everyone, G Suite adds enterprise-level features for its subscribers. Some of these features include shared calendars, optional unlimited cloud storage, advanced admin controls—like add and remove users, two-step verification, and single-sign-on—and simple data migration tools to transfer all your company’s valuable data to G Suite. Plus, G Suite comes with mobile device management, letting you activate/deactivate mobile devices, control which apps are enabled, and remote wipe if the employee goes rogue with a company device.

In addition to all those already great features, G Suite also has custom email addresses for your domain. So for instance, unlike a regular Google account, that uses “@gmail.com,” when you sign up for G Suite, every user’s email will contain your domain and look like “someone@yourdomain.com.”

Note: You must already own and verify the domain that you’re signing up with to use it with G Suite.

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Daily News Roundup: Kohl’s Wants Your Amazon Returns

If you love buying from Amazon but hate dealing with returns, life is going to get a lot easier starting in July: Amazon and Kohl’s announced an extended partnership that will allow all Kohl’s stores to accept Amazon returns.

This isn’t exactly a new program for the pair—there were initially 100 Kohl’s stores across the country that were able to accept Amazon returns. But in July, that is being expanded to all 1,150 Kohl’s location in the US.

This is a pretty brilliant move for both companies. I have friends who don’t like shopping online because if they order the wrong thing, they hate dealing with shipping returns. This solves that issue. But at the same time, it’s a huge win for Kohl’s, because it simply gets more people through the door. As pointed out by TechCrunch, Kohl’s has seen increased traffic—and more importantly, revenue—in the 100 stores that initially accepted Amazon returns. Come in to return something, end up leaving with some new kicks. Sneaky, sneaky.

Of course, this extended partnership also comes on the heels of another recent collaboration between the two companies that saw Kohl’s include Amazon-branded products (like Echo speakers) in 200 of its stores. Some Kohl’s stores also feature an “Amazon Smart Home Experience” to show users what Echo devices are capable of. That’s another good idea.

With online sales continually chipping away at the number of people willing to get in their car and walk into a store, supporting partnering with Amazon is an incredibly smart move for Kohl’s. It’s a win-win-win for Amazon, Kohl’s, and customers. Really, your wallet may be the only loser in this partnership.

In other news, iFixit thinks it found why Galaxy Folds are failing, Verizon wants you to buy YouTube TV, Apple started an Apple TV YouTube channel, and more.

  • iFixit found the Galaxy Fold’s issue: As iFixit does, it tore down the Galaxy Fold. As you might expect, it’s not a simple issue; turns out it’s a combination of the display tech (OLED), Samsung’s testing process by using a machine to fold the Fold, and more. Wowsers. [iFixit]
  • Verizon partners with Google to offer YouTube TV: If you’re a Verizon customer who has also been thinking about making the switch to YouTube TV, hold that thought for a bit longer: Verizon announced that it’s going to start selling YouTube TV bundled with its service, presumably for a slight discount. [Verizon]
  • Apple preps for TV+ launch: The company started a YouTube channel to show off what it’s been working on as the service nears launch. [Apple Insider]
  • A first look at Chrome on Touchless Android: It’s been rumored that Google is working on a touchless version of Android for feature phones. 9to5Google offered a first look at Chrome on that platform. Fascinating. [9to5Google]
  • A Telsa leaf blower? Elon Musk says they’re going to make a quiet, electric leaf blower. Because why the hell not. I’m in. [Business Insider]
  • Apple prioritizes MacBook keyboard repairs: If your MacBook keyboard is suffering from the issues that have been plaguing the newer models, Apple is going to fix it for you within a 24-hour window. [TechRadar]
  • Atlanta Hawks fan shop gets hit with malware: If you’re a Hawks fan who recently bought from the team store, you may want to check your credit card statement—the shop was hit with info-stealing malware. [CNET]
  • Paint will live forever: Microsoft isn’t removing Paint from Windows 10 after all. It will never die. Maybe. [The Verge]

Now, let’s talk about something a little more serious: shopping carts. They’re part of everyone’s life (unless you only shop on Amazon—speaking of which, did you know that Kohl’s will start taking Amazon returns soon?) and they’re kind of annoying. Imagine with me, if you will, a world where shopping carts were…better. One where they were able to stop themselves in an emergency. That’s the world Ford wants us to live in.

The company developed a safer shopping cart—one designed to save the shins of countless users, shelves, or anything else that it may run into. Using the same technologies that Ford uses in its cars, the cart will be packed with sensors to detect obstacles and slow itself down when an imminent impact is detected.

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