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Today's Best Apps: Yahoo! Screen And Coast

Today's Best Apps: Yahoo! Screen And Coast

September 10, 2013
The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


Yahoo! Screen by Yahoo! (Free, 24.4 MB): Optimized for touchscreen-based mobile devices, this official app will allow you to enjoy Yahoo!'s consolidated library of videos from several top comedy channels and news sources as well as the company's original web series with utmost efficiency. By default, you're sent straight to the Popular videos section, which conveniently auto-plays. Actually, all videos begin playback immediately, however, that function can be disabled. Getting back to browsing, you have two options. The main navigation is a full-screen one video at a time slideshow-type setup where an up or down swipes change sources and a left or right drag moves through the video collection. Alternatively, content is browsable through a multi-source, multi-video thumbnail preview gallery. During playback, just tap once to display the minimalistic navigation bar and controls, which includes play, pause, and scrubbing, plus an expandable information and sharing panel. The app features Twitter, Facebook, and Mail integration, links to other Yahoo! apps, and a lineup consisting of Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, The Onion, Vogue, Splash News, PopSugar, Clevver Music, ABC News, Wired, GQ Magazine, Mansome, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Yahoo! Sports, MLB, UFC, and more.


Coast by Opera by Opera Software ASA (Free, 14.1 MB): From the longtime web browser developer comes a product specifically designed for the iPad, including an iOS 7-friendly flat and simple colored UI. Even though most competing products have gesture control support for optimized touchscreen operation, Coast has them implemented through the entire app in a very streamlined manner. The swipe left to see the previous page, pull down to refresh, and even the button at the bottom-right to view active, or open, pages likely won't need a lot of practice. However, a few things may have you stumbling at first. Adding a page to the bookmarks, search, and URL entry area requires first visiting the site, then going back to the bookmarks gallery and finishing the pin by dragging the icon into a pre-filled or new set. With a little experience, you'll soon realize the setup and behavior closely resembles the iOS home pages except removing items. Whether in the bookmarks or active pages management area, just tap, hold, and drag an item to the top, which causes a sort of slip behind animation, and release to delete. As a bonus, the active pages manager includes share as well as simple security level information buttons.

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