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[Update: APK Download] Google Adds Gmail-Like Features To Non-Gmail Accounts With Gmailify

Google started allowing non-Gmail email accounts in the Gmail app about a year ago, but you would lose all of the cool Googley features that come with Gmail. Now, you can get some of the Google magic in your email without migrating to a Gmail address. All you have to do is "Gmailify" it.

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Google Is Giving Up On Selling Android Tablets To Schools Under Google Play For Education, Will Focus On Chromebooks Instead

Google is winding down its Google Play for Education program. The company has confirmed to a news outlet or two that it will stop selling licenses to partner tablet vendors on March 14th.

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New Android Commercial Uses 'Not The Same' Musical Analogy, Leads To Confusing Tweets

Google has been on a kick lately with Android ads featuring the "Be together. Not the same" slogan, and the latest uses a piano to make its point. The ad shows what it would be like if all those keys were the same instead of different, which is fun and kind of clever. However, the @Android Twitter account got a little carried away with the letter "C."

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YouTube's Tablet Subscription List Gets Filters

Back in December, we reported on a new "pseudo-drawer" for the YouTube app on Android - replacing the horizontal list of avatars and activity indicators found on phones, the drawer gave users a scrollable vertical list of subscriptions - avatars and names - along with actual numbers.

Now, it looks like the drawer is getting some tweaks. First, it overlaps the UI when expanded now, rather than pushing everything to the side. Whether this is better or not is debatable, but the more important change is inside the drawer itself. Instead of just "Channels," the drawer header now has filters to let users sort their subscriptions by relevance or new activity.

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YouTube Acquires BandPage, A Musician Profile Company, On Undisclosed Terms

You may have heard: YouTube is getting into music in a big way. The Google-owned service has been a hotbed of music videos and independent artists almost since its inception, and lately pushes like YouTube Music and YouTube Red are formalizing that relationship. The latest progression comes out of left field: YouTube (and by extension, Google/Alphabet) has purchased BandPage, a service that helps artists and groups create website profiles specifically for music.

The acquisition was announced on BandPage's company blog, and the terms of the sale were not disclosed. BandPage uses a WYSIWIG editor for easy website creation, and publishing music or videos on the site allows for easy distribution on YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and other music and social websites all over the Internet.

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Google Decides To Shut Down Picasa, Directs Users To Google Photos Instead

Before Google+ and Google Photos, Picasa was Google's photo sharing and management product. You may not be aware, but it has continued to exist all this time—well, languish may actually be a better term. There have been no improvements to Picasa lately, and now Google is closing it down.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play Music Subscription Gifts Are 50% Off Until February 15

Do you like music? Do you want to listen to as much music as you can, online and offline, from albums you know and others you don't, legally, without ads, and for as little money as possible? Then boy have I got some awesome news for you! Google Play Music subscription gifts are discounted by 50% today and until February 15.

What is that? You want to gift yourself? Sure you can. Here's all the good news:

  • All subscription tiers are discounted: 1 month $9.99 -> $4.99, 3 months $29.96 -> $14.98, 6 months $59.94 -> $$29.97.
  • We know that the discount is valid in the US and the UK, but other countries should probably have it too.
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Google Drive Now Lets You Disable Shared File Notifications On Android

Google Drive has been giving us notifications about new shared files and requests to access our files for several months, but the notification setting was only accessible from Drive on the web. If you were wondering how to turn it off after you saw it on your phone, you were probably stumped. That's why the Drive team is rolling out an update that adds a Notification pane in the app's settings, which allows you to toggle them on or off.

The settings also let you pick a sound, enable vibration, and choose whether you get notified only for new shared items, or for requests for access, or both.

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[Deal Alert] LG Nexus 5X $20 Off On eBay - 16GB For $280, 32 GB For $330

The 5X may not be as flashy or as powerful as its more refined big brother, the 6P, but it sure is a heck of a lot cheaper. Google already is selling the phone at a pretty good price, but today you can pick up both models for $20 less on eBay.

Buydig via eBay has the 32GB 5X marked down to $330 and the 16GB model for only $280. That's a low enough price to make my fingers itch. Seriously, I'm very tempted to take the plunge and buy myself a cheap slab of Marshmallow.

Here's a quick reminder of the phone's upper mid-range specs for those of you who haven't memorized them already.

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[Deal Alert] Get The 32GB Nexus 5 For A Mere $139.99 On eBay

The Nexus 5 was a watershed moment for the Nexus program. It was the first device from Google that didn't feel like it was making any extraordinary sacrifices in the name of value or openness. More than two years later, many people are still using the N5 (judging from AP site statistics). If you are not among them, you can pick up the venerable Nexus 5 on eBay today for just $139.99, which seems like a great deal.

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