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Coast by Opera Wants to be Your Go-To iPad Browser

Posted by on September 9th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Tech Crunch reports that Opera Software has been hard at work on a made-for-iPad web browser for the past year and a half, and now they’re finished. Coast by Opera is specifically an iPad web browser, not a computer browser tossed onto Apple’s tablet. What this means is that the app has been optimized for use on iOS.

Specifically, that equates to a re-imagined interface. About the only buttons you’ll find are one to go back to the Home page and one to bring up your recent History. Pretty much everything else is gesture-based such as swiping left and right to go back or forward a page, and a home screen similar to the familiar iOS interface that will display large icons for favorite sites as well as recently-visited ones to make bookmarking a lot simpler.

So if you’ve got an iPad and are looking for an intuitive web browser with a minimal interface, go ahead and give Coast a download.

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source: Tech Crunch
Splitit – Productive Browser Review

Splitit – Productive Browser Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Enjoy effortless split-screen multitasking on the iPad with this productive browser.

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Instabrowser Review

Instabrowser Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Instabrowser solves a problem, but is it one that people actually have, and is it worth the cost?

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New App: Rockmelt Works Its Way Onto iPad

Posted by on October 12th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Originally out on Mac and PC, Rockmelt is now available for iPad, requiring iOS 6 or later. The orignal browser was focused on connecting your social network to your browsing habits, and did quite well. Let us know what you think of the iOS version in the comments!

★ More Beautiful: Open up to an infinite, image-rich stream of great content
★ Faster: Minimal load times, speedy rendering
★ Ad free: Content from many of your favorite sites in clean, ad-free reader view (e.g. The Atlantic, Us Weekly, Forbes, SB Nation, Rolling Stone Magazine, and more than a thousand others)
★ Available offline: Syncs so you can enjoy content offline
★ Searchable: Web search plus search across all your content
★ Social: Discover great content through friends and share with them easily

source: Rockmelt Browser

Passing one iPad around an entire family can be frustrating, as everyone likely logs in to check their email and social networks without logging back out, and many folks will leave tabs open or clutter up the browser history with sites you could care less about. Rather than constantly log in and out and start to secretly resent those you love why not download Skyfire HotSwap instead?

The new service, which integrates directly into the Skyfire browser, allows users to set up to four separate profiles on an iPad, each with its own social and email settings and browser preferences. Not only is it more convenient, it’s also a boon to user privacy, as now brothers and sisters don’t have to worry about the other spying on their email. Of course, by the same token parents may find it harder to keep tabs on their kids, but parents always find a way.

HotSwap has been integrated into the latest update of Skyfire which is available right now. All you have to do is download (or update) the app and you’ll be ready to put those family fights about the iPad behind you!

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-22 :: Category: Utilities

Let’s face it folks, the iPad Safari broswer leaves something to be desired in the integration department.  Once such area that has previously fallen flat is Facebook Chat from within the browser.  But what if there were a way to get high quality browser experience, while also getting your social interaction in the same place?  Developer VoyagerApps is looking to do that with their groundbreaking new tool for the iPad, the Apollo-Browser.

Utilizing a unique feature that embeds Facebook’s chat feature into the browser itself, users are not even required to be using the site to engage in conversations with their friends.  As you can see from the screenshot at right it seamlessly integrates with the browser to create a one-of-a-kind internet experience on the iPad.

Coming soon, the developer has plans to add a breakout video player as well, that will allow you to watch media online, while not interrupting the browsing experience.  You can look for this awesome update to be coming to the App Store very soon.  Until then, enjoy surfing the information superhighway while still staying in the social loop.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-06-01 :: Category: Social Networking

You may remember the Skyfire browser. The Mobile Safari replacement that allows you to stream Flash content to your iPhone and iPad. They announced recently that the browser saw over 300,000 downloads on the iPhone and iPod Touch in the first two days it was available. The iPad version saw nearly 200,000 downloads in the first two days of availability.

To celebrate this, Skyfire are putting their browser replacements on sale for a 48 hour Flash Sale, which started today. You have until noon on Friday to grab either the iPhone or iPad version for $1 off.


$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-03 :: Category: Utilities

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-22 :: Category: Utilities

Portal – Full Screen Browser Review

Portal – Full Screen Browser Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Full screen is nice, but no matter how hard they try, nothing out there can quite match the brainless (in a good way) browsing experience that Safari offers.

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360 Web Browser

360 Web Browser

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The 360 Web Browser has tons of features (tabs, fullview, innovative "arcs" for accessing functions), but that abundance holds it back. If you're willing to put up with sluggishness and the occasional crash, though, it's as feature-rich as you'll get on the iPhone.

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When the iPad was first announced, I will confess to uttering a few comments about it being a giant iPod Touch.  Honestly, there was very little about the device, apps included, that would entice me to make the plunge and sink upwards of six hundred dollars into something that looked like it was running up-rezed versions software that I already owned.  A perfect example of this is the iPad’s Safari web browser.  Sure, it may have more real estate to work with, but it brought nothing new or compelling to the table.

Seeing a vulnerability in this market, the Japanese developers behind the PC web browser Lunascape decided they could make an impact by releasing their own competing web navigator.  Christened iLunascape, they went on to corner the tabbed browser market on the iPad.  The application was so popular that when it was released in Japan last month, it skyrocketed to the position of #1 free app in less that twenty-four hours.

Members of the development team recently discussed their new approach to iPad browser design:

You’re going to be holding it at the bottom a lot, so we moved all the major actions down to the bottom. (And we named it as ‘In Reach’ interface – as you can access menus and tabs easily while holding the iPad, as well as it is very simple to use for anyone.) You are going to depend more than ever on tab browsing, so we brought over all the real desktop-like tab functions to it.

As this is just a start, the features are rather limited. We will develop it further by listening to your feedback. So, give it a try and let us know what you think. It is free.” — Yuki Sekiguchi, via Lunascape Development Blog

While the interface and tabbed browsing seem to be huge new features to bring to the fledgling device, I think it is great to hear how they are open to listening to their community.  If I had an iPad I would definitely give it a download and see what all the buzz is about.

Who knows? Maybe if you don’t like something, they could fix it for you!  If that isn’t customer service, then I don’t know what is.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-07-29 :: Category: Utilities

Life Browser Review

Life Browser Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Life Browser introduces new features designed just for the iPad.

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Find in Page Review

Find in Page Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Quickly find a word on any webpage without skimming.

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media.0Opera Mini is a web browser for the iPhone. A web browser? Why would you want that, you already have Safari, right? Good question…

Opera Mini seems to be an application that was built just because they could do it. It’s really only useful for a small number of people — those that only have access to really bad Edge data. And it needs to be really bad to make Opera Mini useful. The goal of Opera Mini is to speed up the rendering of web pages by doing all of the hard work on the server and then sending down low bandwidth images to the client on your iPhone. And, in theory it works, but in practice, not so much.

In my tests over the last few hours I had a hard time finding a web site that rendered correctly. Most were missing large chunks or just didn’t function at all. One of the main features is that all javascript, the code that lets web pages do interactive things, is executed on the server. But the result is that this pretty much breaks any web page that has any javascript.

The plus is that Opera Mini is free to download, and does have some interesting features. The 3×3 grid of quick launch web sites called Speed Dial is great. The zooming and scrolling is wickedly fast. But overall, if a page doesn’t render properly, how useful is it?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-13 :: Category: Productivity

Instapaper Pro

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Are you literate? Do you read long things online? If so, Instapaper Pro is a must-have. It allows you to download long articles and blog posts for on-the-go reading. Finesse, functionality, and overall awesomeness make it a true 5-star app.

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You may remember a few months back now that Apple unveiled a new system in which it used a web-based interface to show song information for an individual iTunes URL, before you were physically transferred to the actual iTunes store itself. The move came in sync with the iTunes store re-design which saw the store become more streamlined overall, with a cleaner, crisper interface. Until now, these new web-based ‘Preview‘ pages have lay dormant, offering no real purpose other than to provide necessary links to albums and individual tracks on the iTunes store.

Today, Apple has reportedly enabled studio 30 second previews of all tracks in it’s current iTunes catalog to work in-browser. Mac Rumors are reporting via GigaOM that these previews are encoded in 44.1 KHz AAC format at 300+ kbps, and playback is issued via QuickTime.

The move falls in line with Apple’s recent acquisition of the online music streaming service Lala, which could see Apple move it’s entire current catalog online, possibly offering all-you-can-eat subscription based plans in the future.

myDesktop

myDesktop

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
myDesktop is an excellent idea, and it has potential. But this multi-window browser just has too many rough edges to be useful, featuring bookmark bugs and lag-tastic speeds.

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