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This week in apps: Houzz gets an AR update, Strava goes social and Spotify launches QR codes

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Gmail’s massive phishing scam and Microsoft’s new Surface laptop debut may have distracted you from reading about some of this week’s best new apps. Don’t sweat it. We got you. 

Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s look at top apps.

Soundcloud launches The Upload

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The Upload is a brand new discovery feature from Soundcloud that brings a list of the newest tracks tailored to the user’s liking. Similar to Spotify’s Discover Weekly, which creates a “mixtape” every week, The Upload uses machine learning to bring the freshest music that you would like. It’s an upgrade to Souncloud’s own Suggested Tracks feature.

Strava goes social

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Strava, the activity tracker and athlete social network, got a big update, including a new feature called “Athelete Posts” which allows athletes to blog about their adventures. The feature is currently limited to select athletes but soon it will be available to all Strava users. The company also described its new goal: “everything you love about your sport in one app.” Notably, Strava’s new CEO, James Quarles, previously a VP at Instagram, will help the…

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Global fashion e-tailer Shein launches new hub in Singapore

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Shein has websites for Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines and has plans to create a standalone website for Malaysia too.

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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