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A Launch App button often appears on the top-right corner of Ethereum-platform websites. Is this an indication that a link is a link to a DApp (decentralized application)? Are the following two websites DApps?

What signs, or how can I tell if a website is a DApp? You wouldn't be able to tell just be looking at the URLs above, since even the sub-domain reads "app", not "dapp".

And once you do recognize that a website is a DApp, what can you expect to do with it as givens, compared to regular websites that aren't DApps? I am not even aware of websites that are called "Apps" (centralized apps) in the first place, so what App website can I compare the above Dapps with?

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A Launch App button often appears on the top-right corner of Ethereum-platform websites. Is this an indication that a link is a link to a DApp (decentralized application)?

Not necessarily. The button is usually just a link to a sub-page or page on a sub domain, regardless of what's at the destination.

Are the following two websites DApps?

They are.

What signs, or how can I tell if a website is a DApp?

You could check whether certain libraries are injected into the webpage (e.g. web3.js, ethers.js). There would also need to be some way for the user to connect a wallet, so the associated controls - e.g. a connect button - would need to be present.

And once you do recognize that a website is a DApp, what can you expect to do with it as givens, compared to regular websites that aren't DApps?

Read and/or write data to the blockchain, depending on what functionality the creator of the site has allowed for.

I am not even aware of websites that are called "Apps" (centralized apps) in the first place

Calling any website an "app" is just semantics, though you'd expect a website calling itself an app to provide some sort of interactive function, rather than just being presentational.

That being said, PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) can be created from any type of website.

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