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PDF editing is coming to Google Drive app for G Suite users, but you can’t sign on the dotted line

You're out and about and you've just been emailed a contract you've been waiting for. All you need to do is fill it out and send it back. The problem is that the file is in PDF, meaning you'll be mucking around with different apps and maybe even a purchase or two to get a simple job done. Well, Google Drive is about to save G Suite users some of that hassle as it will now allow you to fill out structured PDFs on either Android or iOS.

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Lenovo Smart Clock update adds photo slideshows and Continued Conversation

The Lenovo Smart Clock is the first (and still only) Assistant-powered clock. It looks like a smart display, but it's not as capable as a Nest Hub or Lenovo Smart Display. The new update will bring it a bit closer, though. Google and Lenovo will help you enjoy some memories and spend less time talking to your clock.

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12 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Well, it's time for another round of app sales. Today's is mercifully smaller than Monday's, but still check it out; you might like something here.

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Midweek deals: Save on Google Home Max, Amazon Fire tablets, and more

Happy Wednesday, readers. Today we've got some fine prices on Google's biggest and best smart speaker, Amazon Fire tablets, and charging accessories from Anker. Read on to learn more.

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[Update: Now official] Google rolls out new Material Play Store interface with bottom navigation bar

Last month we reported the Play Store was about to get a design overhaul, including a new navigation bar that moved to the bottom of the screen. Although this could only be activated by fiddling with feature flags when we published our initial post, Google is now widely rolling out the new interface to users.

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Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Google is delaying the shutdown of its longtime internet protocol chat and call app, Hangouts. G Suite users were originally told that Hangouts would be retired starting in October. Now, the deadline for G Suite customers to move has now been pushed back to "no sooner than June 2020."

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Oops: Google listed the wrong phone number to its product advice hotline for months

Back in May, Google rolled out a new product consultation service to help folks in their smart home deliberations — and maybe point them at a few Google/Nest products. While you could arrange for an in-home appointment in parts of southern California, most of us had to make do with the toll-free hotline. There was just one catch: Google had the wrong number for that hotline listed on product pages for months. 

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Google publishes Play Store policies for personal loan apps

You might have noticed a proliferation of personal loan apps in the Play Store as of late. Sure, a lot of them have innovative ways to dress up a loan, but they still encourage people to borrow money. Google has published new rules in the Google Play developer policies aimed at preventing predatory loan apps from taking root in the store.

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Pick up a Pixel 3a XL for just $380 ($99 off) at Rakuten

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are pretty much already a steal at full price. For the XL's $479, you get one of the best cameras in mobile photography, fast software updates, and a big ol' six-inch display. Right now, Rakuten members can get it for even less: just $380.

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Google removes option to send Play Music subscription gifts in latest app update

Google's messaging strategy is famously terrible, but its approach to music isn't much better. Google is moving slowly but surely to make YouTube Music its only music service, and that means more signs that Play Music is being mothballed. The option to purchase Play Music gift memberships is gone in the latest version of the app, and the webpage version probably isn't long for this world.

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