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Vic Gundotra, who is known for his role in building Google’s social network, has announced that he’s leaving the company after a tenure of eight years. Appropriately, Gundotra made his intentions known in a post on Google+, saying that “now is the…

Last year Opera introduced Coast, a simple mobile browser designed specifically for the iPad, and today it brought the same unique experience to the iPhone. Coast is a little different than Chrome or Safari, and streamlines browsing by organizing…

Google offered Glass to the public as part of a one day sale not long ago. Now it seems that anyone can order one again without an invite. There’s been no announcement so far, no fan fair — a few Redditors just happened to discover that you can head…

When I showed Sol to my family, they all got a bit confused. My dad asked why I was testing a toolbox for Engadget, while my sister took one look at it and said “Bumblebee.” If you peek at the images below, you’ll understand why: This solar-powered…

Lyft isn’t about to be outdone by its rapidly growing ridesharing competition. The on-demand transportation outfit has just launched service in 24 new US cities, all in one day — enough to give it more American coverage than its rivals, at 60 cities…

Chances are your phone doesn’t have a built-in projector — and it never will. But there’s at least a small subset of the Chinese market that apparently has a need for an entry-level smartphone capable of projecting dim videos and presentation slides…

For the first time the International Indian Film Academy awards will be held in the United States.

Leica’s been making cameras for a full century this year, and to celebrate, it’s just now getting around to releasing an interchangeable-lens camera that you might actually be able to afford… until you factor in the glass. Priced around $1,850…

Twitter’s made serious efforts to turn itself into more than just a social network: it wants to be the go-to tool for journalists searching for breaking news. Naturally, it makes sense for Facebook to follow suit as the two continue to play feature…

Moving a game from one platform to another — from iOS to PC, from Xbox One to PlayStation 4 — isn’t as easy as it seems. Just change a few button prompts and you’re all set, right? Not so much. There’s a lot to consider: how do you control the game…

Just a week after introducing its newfangled step-tracking app Breeze, RunKeeper is updating its iOS training software with a new jogging partner. With the latest version, you’ll have access to Goal Coach: a motivational feature that helps with goal…

Android gamers who’ve been yearning for XCOM’s deep, turn-based tactics just got their wish: 2K has released a version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Google’s mobile platform. Much like last year’s iOS edition, you’ll get to fight off invading aliens and…

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that…

Facebook may already be tracking your usage to serve you ads, but how would you feel if it was able to log your movement? That’s exactly what could be on the cards after the company confirmed it’s bought Moves, the fitness-tracking app that records…

Be honest, don’t you kinda wish we could just rub our collective eyes and all this Heartbleed business would just disappear? Tough luck hombre, it’s still here, and some kid’s trying to steal your vacation photos (probably). When we spoke to the open…

April 24 (Reuters) – Medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc said it would buy orthopedic products company Biomet Inc in a deal valued at about $13.35 billion to broaden its portfolio of products…

The London Children’s ballet are performing a version of Nanny McPhee

BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) – Twenty-two Chinese firms, including Zhoushan Port Co., Ltd, announced plans on Thursday to list on China’s equity markets, boosting the number of potential stock market…

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Private equity firm KKR & Co LP on Thursday reported a 3 percent year-on-year drop in first-quarter profit due to a lower appreciation of its investments, overshadowing…

Back in September, Opera Software released its Coast WebKit-based browser for the iPad and now the company is debuting a new version of the browser designed for Apple’s iPhones.

Like the iPad version of the app, Opera Coast for iPhone has been optimized for the touchscreen. Initiating a search is as simple as pulling down on the home screen, which brings up an input interface with an icon-based autofill that allows users to tap the site they want to visit.

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Made for thumbs: The iPhone was made for having all screen real estate within a thumb’s reach, and Opera Coast takes this idea one step further. Gestures take care of practically all of the navigation needs, with the rest handled by a bare minimum of conveniently placed buttons. Two, to be exact.

Websites are displayed full screen, and swipe gestures let users navigate between pages. There’s a small toolbar on the bottom that brings up a visual grid of saved websites, which can be altered with a simple tap and drag gesture. Users can have multiple screens of saved websites, providing easy access to all favorite sites, and search is enhanced with related words and suggestions.

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The app also recommends popular websites to visit in a “Stuff we like” section, and provides a sharing tool to send links via iMessage, email, or social networks like Facebook and Twitter. An info tool also provides safety information, letting a user know whether a website is secure. While there is a lot of competition in the browser space, with Safari and Google Chrome readily available, Opera Coast is well worth checking out for its unique touch-focused interface.

Opera Coast for the iPhone will be available today as a free download.

The iPad version of the app is also available as a free download. [Direct Link]



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