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DC Comics sets its sights on Marvel Unlimited with the launch of DC Universe Infinite

DC Comics sets its sights on Marvel Unlimited with the launch of DC Universe Infinite

Back in September 2018, DC Comics launched its subscription video streaming and digital comic service. This service was called DC Universe, and it was basically an all-in-one app for everything DC. Well, despite rough times for the company, DC has rebranded its DC Universe app into DC Universe Infinite to solely focus on the digital comic book side of the app. While all of the video content that used to exist in DC Universe has been moved to HBO Max, the comic book selection has expanded beyond the 24,000+ library to now include titles from the Black Label line as well as the Vertigo imprint.

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Mind Leak shows you the stupid face you make when you doomscroll

Mind Leak shows you the stupid face you make when you doomscroll

You're probably familiar with Digital Wellbeing and the likes from other manufacturers, but these tools are generally pretty restrictive. They set hard limits on how long you can use an app, and if you do happen to have to access an app that you've restricted, you'll have to jump into system settings first. For those who just need a nudge to be more mindful with their time, the newly released Mind Leak app might be the better tool. It monitors your app usage and shows you a lovely live view of your face or memes to remind you that you probably have better things to do than doomscrolling on Twitter or mindlessly swiping through TikTok.

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Envato releases Milkshake, an app to make vertical websites

Envato releases Milkshake, an app to make vertical websites

Envato is a top marketplace to create and share creative assets for web development. They have several services to make the creation of websites easier, many of which require minimal experience to use. Milkshake is their newest tool, made to help you build websites specifically for Instagram, with no web development knowledge necessary.

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Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

As you may remember, Vine was a simple app with short looping videos. It gained immense popularity and was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but was unceremoniously discontinued late in 2016 amid strong competition from Snapchat and Instagram. If you're still mourning its loss, you'll be pleased to hear that the Vine founder is making another app.

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Google breaks Settings Suggestions out into its own app [APK Download]

Google breaks Settings Suggestions out into its own app [APK Download]

The Settings menu/app on Android phones has evolved quite a bit in recent years. Starting in Android 8.1 it got a search bar that made digging for individual settings a bit easier, and in Android N it got suggestions to help encourage you to enable things like a lock screen, finish the setup process, or explore additional customization options. Google even reserved some secret sauce for search and suggestions on its Pixels, and now it's breaking that out into its own app called Search Suggestions.

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[Update: APK download] Uber is piloting a Lite version of its rider app in India

[Update: APK download] Uber is piloting a Lite version of its rider app in India

Scaled down versions of apps are nothing new; Google has made plenty of "Go" apps specifically for emerging markets where internet connections are unreliable, phones are generally less capable, and plans offer less data. Uber is now getting in on the act, too.

Uber Lite has been built with India in mind — where it's currently being piloted — but it will be coming to other regions around the world later on.

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Instagram starts testing a Lite version of its app in Mexico [APK Download]

Instagram starts testing a Lite version of its app in Mexico [APK Download]

With mobile data getting faster and smartphones having larger storage, you'd be forgiven if you thought the need for slimmer and more efficient apps is dwindling. Quite the contrary, many developers are building bigger apps with overflowing features, which are not optimized enough for the lower-end devices and slower networks that are still found all around the world. To provide an alternative and avoid alienating this large user base, these developers are making "lite" versions of their apps — we've already seen this happen with Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Uber, LinkedIn, Skype, Shazam, and all of Google's Go apps. Instagram is now joining the fold with its own Lite app.

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Verizon launches its new Fios TV app, a better-looking version of its old FiOS Mobile app

Verizon launches its new Fios TV app, a better-looking version of its old FiOS Mobile app

I'm a fairly satisfied Verizon Fios customer with a basic internet and TV package. Sure, it helps that the man who installed our setup somehow gave us a handful of channels we weren't supposed to get (shh), but I've come to prefer it over any of the previous providers I've endured. But one thing I haven't taken advantage of yet is the Verizon FiOS Mobile app, probably because I'm still a bit scarred by visions of the atrocious bloatware defecating all over my phones when I was a Verizon Wireless customer. Well, Verizon has just released a new app for Fios TV customers simply called Fios TV.

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Express Wi-Fi by Facebook connects you to local hotspots in developing countries [APK Download]

Express Wi-Fi by Facebook connects you to local hotspots in developing countries [APK Download]

Facebook's Internet.org initiative was designed to extend better internet access to developing nations, which it does via its Free Basics service in 63 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. The platform's latest app, Express Wi-Fi, aims to connect users to connect to public hotspots offered by the company for a fee.

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Samsung releases Experience demo app for Galaxy S9/S9+ [APK Download]

Samsung releases Experience demo app for Galaxy S9/S9+ [APK Download]

For anyone tempted by the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ who wants to learn more about what it can do, there's an app for that. The Experience app for Galaxy S9/S9+ does exactly what the name suggests. It can be downloaded on most Android phones (Marshmallow 6.0 and up) and it gives you a sense of what it would be like to own Samsung's latest flagship.

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