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Opera Updates Coast Browser For iPad with Music and PDF Support

17
Dec
2013

Coast, Operas pretty browser for the iPadjust got a few newupdates that should improve your browsing experience. Unfortunately, those still looking for a URL bar or more tabs are out of luck. In addition to performance improvements, the new version of Coast will bring home screen customization, in-browser music playing and PDF reading capability. Launched in September, Coast was designed from the ground up with a tablet user in mind, replacing familiar desktop navigation buttons such as Back and Refresh with swipe gestures. These features were already available with Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 devices. Opera also added nifty security features such as ratings and alerts for each site you visit. MORE: 25 Best iPad Apps The update to Coast will let users play music directly from pages such as Soundcloud without launching an extra app. An equalizer graphic will show up in the websites icon on the home screen to indicate the page is music-capable. Spotify and Pandora are both supported sites. Among other improvements, you can now more easily choose where to save content, including apps such as iBooks or Dropbox. And PDFs are now accessible, which is a welcome change. Coast users can also personalize their browser with one of eight Opera-made backgrounds or any of their own images by long-pressing on the apps home screen.Opera says it also made under-the-hood changes to Coast, boosting navigation speeds so that going back to the home page from an open site will happen instantly. As we noted during our time with the first version of Coast, key features such as a URL bar, private browsing mode and support for unlimited tabs (Coast only allows up to seven open pages at a time) are still missing. Those who dont use those tools will find Operas browser a beautiful, intuitive experience. Download or update it from the App store. Game Changer Awards – The Most innovative Tech of 2013 Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 Top Tablet Gifts Copyright 2013 LAPTOP Magazine, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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