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Opera updates Coast browser for iOS with music and PDF options

Opera Software has finished a new version of its Coast browser, an attempt to get a better foothold on Apple's iOS, with new music and PDF controls.

When a Web page can play music, Coast will indicate that with a graphic-equalizer animation in the page's tab and let people control the music with a lock-screen control. Coast also now offers options for saving PDFs or opening them with other apps, the Norwegian browser company said.

The updated Coast also lets people set a home-screen image. Last, for moving among Web pages, Opera dumped its older buttons and moved … Read more

Google Doodle sings praises for opera star Maria Callas

The latest Google Doodle honors the birthday of an opera singer who defined the word diva.

Born on December 2, 1923, Maria Callas became one of the world's most celebrated opera stars, winning acclaim throughout the 1940s and '50s for her legendary performances. After making her debut in 1941, Callas went on to sing in such operas as "Tosca," "Fidelio," "Norma," and "Lucia."

But she also became known for her extravagant tastes and temperamental behavior, according to her official Web site. Off stage, she had an affair with Aristotle Onassis while … Read more

Review: Save on data charges with fast and functional Opera Mini

Opera Mini reduces your data charges by using less data than other Android browsers and downloading compressed Web pages from Opera's servers. Opera Mini is a pared-down arrangement of Opera, with a smaller footprint than the full mobile version of Opera. But true to the Opera tradition, it somehow delivers a stable, full-featured Web experience with fewer resources than the competition. Also like the others, Opera Mini is free but displays some ads.

Opera Mini's Home tab is highly functional, with customizable news feeds appearing under My News, a social networks log-on feature, and a long list of … Read more

Opera finds a niche on bigger Android tablets

Android tablet users should take the latest version of Opera for a spin around the Web.

Launched Wednesday at the Google Play store, Opera for Android version 18 has been spruced up to take advantage of the full screen of larger tablets. The icons and menus are positioned so as to allow easy access whether holding your tablet in portrait or landscape mode. Opera's goal was to not scale up the smartphone layout or scale down the desktop layout but to design an interface ideal for tablets.

"We poured a great deal of thought into the Opera for … Read more

Safari more usable than other mobile browsers, says study

Safari pulled in the highest usability score among the top five mobile browsers, according to a new report from Fixya.

Apple's mobile browser took home a grade of 1.31, far outpacing the stock Android browser, Opera, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The scores were assigned based on the number of problems reported on Fixya, along with market share data from NetMarketShare. The fewer "problem impressions" given to each browser, the higher the score.

In Safari's favor were its simple interface, its Reading List feature, and its ability to let users perform multiple tasks from a … Read more

Opera Software gets new staff, offices in Silicon Valley

Opera Software is becoming more of a Silicon Valley company.

It has expanded its US operations, tripling its office space to 60,000 square feet through a new office and its acquisition of Skyfire, the company said Thursday.

"Silicon Valley has become one of Opera's most strategic locations to do business and grow our talent base," said Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilesen in a statement. "We will continue our expansion in this region by hiring people in all areas and generating more revenue than ever."

The maker of the Opera browser is based in Oslo, … Read more

Smartphones will kill off Opera Mini? Well, not yet

Feature phones may be doomed, but the Opera Mini browser that's commonly found on them is more than hanging on by a lot more than a thread.

Usage of the browser continues to grow steadily, statistics the Norwegian browser maker released Friday show -- both the number of users and how many pages they visit.

From August 2011 to August 2013, the number of Opera Mini users grew 88 percent from 129 million to 243 million, Opera Software said. And usage grew even faster: the number of pages that Opera transcoded into boiled-down form to be sent to Opera … Read more

Meet Coast -- polished and intuitive Web browsing by Opera

On Monday, Opera released a new tablet browser redesigned from the ground up that blurs the lines between app and Web.

Coast, as the browser is called, is an attempt by Opera to mimic the nativity of iOS and bring that to the Web browsing experience. The result is a Web browser that basically acts and feels like a cross between iOS and the old WebOS platform.

By stripping away the buttons and menu of most conventional Web browsers, Coast brings pages front and center; each Web page takes the stage to be treated more like an app than a … Read more

With Coast, Opera reboots its browser for mobile future

What began as one person's programming project a year and a half ago has become a major new project for Opera Software as the Norwegian company debuted its new Coast browser for iPads on Monday.

Instead of looking like a traditional browser reworked for a mobile screen, Opera's Coast presents users with an interface that looks like what they're more likely to be familiar with in the mobile world, said Coast project leader Huib Kleinhout. Instead of an address bar, bookmarks, and tabs, people get a home screen with grid of icons representing Web pages, a search … Read more