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Opera Coast browser for iOS gets speed boost, curated content

The Opera Coast 4.0 update includes a new Turbo mode that uses Opera servers to compress images and videos for faster page loads.

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Opera Coast 4.0 now includes faster page-load times and a Discover feature. Opera Software

Opera Software is goosing its browser for the iPhone and iPad.

The Opera Coast browser for iOS has been updated to version 4.0, the company announced Tuesday. The software now includes a new Turbo feature that relies on Opera's servers to compress images and video to improve page-load times.

In addition, Opera Coast now comes with the company's Discover tool. That feature automatically feeds articles along a particular category, like news or technology, to users without requiring them to go anywhere to look for content.

Opera Coast, which emphasizes touch gestures over buttons, debuted for the iPad in September 2013 and arrived on the iPhone in April of this year.

The new features in Coast 4.0 should look familiar to Opera fans. Turbo is available on the company's Windows and Mac browsers, and Discover comes with some of the other browser versions Opera offers.

To provide a little more value to Mac users, the updated Opera Coast also includes a Handoff feature that lets people look at pages through the browser and then automatically send those over to whatever default browser they have running on their Macs. That feature, however, requires Bluetooth 4 and iCloud enabled on both Apple operating systems.

Opera Coast 4.0 is available now in Apple's App Store. It's a free download.