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A Stable Version Of Mozilla Webmaker For Android Is Now Available In The Play Store

Webmaker is Mozilla's effort to make it easy for new smartphone users to make content for the web. Instead of creating something using WordPress or Blogger, people can throw materials together using a more simplistic interface.  Webmaker has been available on the web since 2012, but now you can download an Android version directly from Google Play.

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[Bonus Round] The Path To Luma, Cartoon Survivor, And Dinofour

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a beautiful circular puzzler, an equally beautiful runner game, and an old-school platformer. Without further ado:

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The Path To Luma

The Path to Luma is a zen puzzle game where every stage is a self-contained planet, a la The Little Prince.

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Chrome For Android Dev Version 46 Includes Tweaked HTML5 Media Playback Controls

Have you ever noticed how embedded YouTube videos in the Android version of Chrome have a habit of failing to hide their player controls when you set them to full screen? That may be going away soon. Googler François Beaufort pointed out some new functionality in the latest Dev release of Chrome for Android (version 46): embedded HTML5 media has new playback controls. They're white now. Here's an embedded video from this Android Police post displayed in Chrome Dev 46...

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...compared to the same page and video in standard Chrome. Chrome Beta has the same control setup.

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Hangouts 4.0 Can Keep You Connected To A Video Call While Changing Between Wi-Fi And Mobile Networks

Hangouts version 4.0 has been released, to both relief and derision among the Android faithful. We're still finding some of the cool stuff that it can do, but at least one member of the /r/Android subreddit beat us to the punch. "Tutsumi" noticed that if you should happen to change between mobile and Wi-Fi networks while you're in an active video call, the connection won't drop out like it used to.

I gave this a shot on both Hangouts 3.0 and 4.0. On the previous version, switching from Wi-Fi to Verizon's local LTE network or vice versa caused the call between my PC and Nexus 6 to drop out, as you would expect.

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IK Multimedia's Pricey iGrand Piano And iLectric Piano Apps Simulate Some Of The World's Best-Known Instruments

Music creation on Android has been given a major boost as of Lollipop 5.0 thanks to latency reduction, and IK Multimedia (best known as the manufacturer of the popular iRig series of professional musical adapters for phones and tablets) has decided to take advantage of it. The company has released two new Android apps, iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano, meant to give players a portable and highly technical way to create the sound of famous brand-name pianos.

That experience won't come cheap: each app is a whopping $20, and they don't even include the full range of simulated pianos and keyboards (20 are included with each app, and you'll have to use in-app purchases to buy the rest).

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[Update: WhatsApp Officially Acknowledges Slow Rollout] WhatsApp's Google Drive Backup Should Be Back Now And Working For (Almost) Everyone

The saga of WhatsApp's Google Drive backup option is only rivaled by the app's epic voice calls invite feature that we all had to endure for months. It's there, then not there, then it's back, only to disappear again, then wait it's hiding and only shows when it's time for a backup... but Rita, it's not working for me, and now it's gone for everyone, oh-oh look I got it with root and a few commands, and now it's on for everyone finally. We swear.

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Firefox Introduces A True Private Browsing Mode In Pre-Beta Releases And Rolls Out New Add-on Signing Policy

In their latest testing releases, Mozilla has launched two ambitious efforts to improve upon two areas where Firefox seeks to set itself apart: privacy and security.

To address privacy, they have changed the way their "private browsing mode," which is akin to incognito on Chrome, protects users. Rather than keep your info away from other people using your computer, which is more or less the intent of the feature, new versions of Firefox will also try to keep you more anonymous to web-based trackers.

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In addition to not saving history, the previously-hidden Tracking Protection feature is enabled by default when private browsing.

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Chrome Dev v46 Includes New Flag For A Smoother Page Loading Status Bar Animation

Buried in the flags of the latest release of Chrome Dev, v46, is a toggle that allows you to tweak the progress bar animation that you see when loading webpages. The default setting is equivalent to "disabled," but you can try it out and see how it looks.

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There are now 4 different options: disabled (which is default), linear, smooth, and fast start. Disabled just leaves things the way they have been for a while. Fast start is like smoother but is set to work faster in the first portion of the page load and slower as it completes.

Smooth, as you might expect, is basically the default animation but at a higher framerate that will look more appealing.

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Hexlock App Locker Locks Only The Apps You Choose, Comes Complete With Profiles And Automatic Switching [Sponsored Post]

Let's be real here - some people just don't like using security on their phones. Having to put in a PIN code or pattern every single time you just want to check a notification can be quite annoying. We get that. And apparently so does Liquidum, the developers of Hexlock - App Lock Security.

The idea behind Hexlock isn't a new one: it's an app that allows the user to lock specific apps behind either a PIN or pattern screen. But it also goes several steps past that, offering a few other key features that make this app one worth checking out if you're into the idea of granular security.

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