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Having a great experience coasting the web?

If so, cast your vote for
Opera Coast in this year’s Webby AwardsOpera Coast has been nominated for the Best User Experience in the Mobile and Apps category.

Cast your vote for Coast.

And, thanks to those who’ve already voted for us!

Introducing Cats by Opera
Your cat deserves a browser

From the people that brought you Coast, comes a first-of-its-kind browser carefully crafted for your cat. Introducing Cats by Opera, the browser that is tailor-made for your cat.

Huib Kleinhout, Head of the Coast team at Opera, had this to say about Opera’s latest innovative project:

"So much of the stuff on the internet is based around cats, but there is no browser for cats to experience this themselves. We realized we had to fix this. We make browsers for a living, and cuddle with our cats in the evening. They have tiny paws, so accuracy can be a real problem for them. We haven’t just scaled an interface and thrown some features into the browser, but we’ve really tried to think how the perfect browser for cats would look. I think we’ve got it right, and, today, the result is in the Cat Store.”

Cats by Opera is not yet available in the App Store, but ask if your local Cat Store has one.

Flappy alternatives

We play Flappy Bird because we like to challenge.

If you also like a challenge, but you were too late in downloading the game, then these are worth a try:

1. Flappy Doge.

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Tempting. Play here.

2. Helicopter Game.

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This old gem is particularly fun to play in Coast! Play here.

3. Badland.

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Costs $4, but we think it’s worth it. Download here.

4. Space Whale.

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It has a whale. In space. How can you go wrong with that?  Download here.

5. Flappy Bird.

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Hit up Try it in Coast!

5 Reasons to ditch your other browser for Coast

1. The look.
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Mmm. So classy.

2. The design.
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Add your own image as wallpaper. Make your home screen your own.

3. The search.
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Damn, that’s fast.

4. The swipes.
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Throw away what you don’t need. It’s just a matter of swiping to clear your recent history.

5. The tiles.
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Bookmarks? Nope. We’ve got awesome home-screen icons. Think of sites as apps and you’ll get it.

Oh, and you won’t feel like doing this.
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Take care of your iPad. Download Coast by Opera.

Love it or Hate it? Social media trends from 2013

Hot-dog legs
Considering the awkward pervasion of the sparrow or duck face, hot-dog leg pics were much more forgivable than actual selfies. Want to take one yourself? Get inspiration from Hot-dog Legs on Tumblr.

Everybody does it. Nobody admits to it. We’re pretty sure it’s the reason Snapchat was invented. We saw selfies everywhere, even at funerals.image

Keep Calm
Although we’ve seen the keep calm meme long before 2013, it managed to stick around and flooded our feeds last year. The crown and bold letters were printed on practically anything that would accept ink. Calming. Not. We even thought of making our own ‘keep calm and browse on’ t-shirt, but decided to keep working instead.image

Sentimental hipster edits
We saw tons of sentimental texts laid over totally irrelevant pictures. We agree with blogger Kelsey Edwards. Slap some humor on it and it becomes pure gold.image

Can restaurants ban foodstagramming? Some chefs interviewed for the New York Times actually do. Regardless, we think this trend will not lose its steam soon. Search #foodstagram on Instagram and you’ll see over 50 variants of the hashtag and more than two million pics.image

We saw an endless stream of posts listing things bloggers and online magazines say we ought to know about. Our love-hate relationship is strong with these, so we decided to give you a list of our own.

Top 3 New Year’s resolutions from the Coast team:
* Alexander will do everything in his power to become super muscular.
* Rik will continue to not cut his hair. [This is the laziest resolution in history.]
* Huib will wear his Coast T-shirt once a week.

We’re rolling out new features for Coast today

Three months ago we launched Coast, and since then we’ve been busy working for this new release. We’ve added new features and we think you’ll enjoy them:

Make Coast’s home screen your own
We know you want to see more than the New York skyline, so we made an option where you can change the background by long-pressing the home screen to see a selection of pictures we’ve pre-installed, or by clicking the plus button to add one of your own images.

Music visualization
When you have sites like SoundCloud as one of your home-screen tiles, you see the graphic waveform when you’re playing songs. We know you’ll really love the visuals we’ve added on Coast. We listen to our favourite sets of songs, too, while browsing and working on other stuff. This works on Coast, as well. As long as you’ve clicked that play button, it will continue to play even while you’re opening other sites, or even when Coast is just loaded in the background and you’re working on other stuff on your iPad.image

iBooks and PDF reader integration
This is one of the most-requested features. We know how much reading you do on your iPad. Now, you can directly open PDF files from the web in iBooks or other PDF readers.image

And here are some more stuff we’ve added in this update:
- Swiping back to the previous page is now much faster.
- Better tile detection for each site. When you click on the homes screen, it will minimize to the right site.
- Coast’s security engine now uses the new iOS 7 JavaScriptCore.
Team changelog:
Rik still hasn’t cut his hair.
- Huib has been busy travelling and has become very fashionable.
Alex scored two goals against a team in the last company soccer league match.

Coast by Opera is on TIME’s Top 10 Apps of 2013

TIME’s Top 10 of Everything in 2013 lists Coast in its technology category. 

TIME Techland writes that Coast is “…a thoughtful retooling of browsing that somehow feels even more iPad-like than Safari does." We love the sound of that!

Recently, Coast has also been named as one of the Essential Apps of 2013 by Stuff Gadget Awards 2013 in the U.K.

If you think Coast deserves all this love, you can join in nominating it for Best Design 2013 Crunchie in the annual Crunchies Awards. You can nominate Coast here:

The Coast team sends a BIG Thank You to everyone!

A visual search of recipes from around the world

Do you enjoy food photography? How about discovering new recipes? Head on to Foodgawker and enjoy a visual feast while browsing on Coast.

You can search by keyword, food blogger, or category…
but if you’re up for a random search, just scroll down and enjoy rows and rows of best-quality food photography.
Tap the magnifying-glass icon on the lower-left corner of a photo to find other recipes like it.
But if you’ve already made your choice, just select the photo so you’ll get redirected to the food blogger’s site. Foodgawker curates photos and recipes from food bloggers around the world.

Tip: Visit other Gawkerverse photo gallery websites - Craftgawker for arts and crafts, Weddinggawker for wedding photography, Dwellinggawker for design and architecture, and Stylegawker for style and fashion.