The Coast browser from Opera has come a long way since its early days on the iPhone, and it's about to get better. Not to be confused with Opera Mini, Opera Coast is a mobile browser focused on providing users quick access to their favorite websites, sporting a tile-based user interface and the ability to support multiple homes screens -- which makes it feel slightly like a mini OS. Today, Opera's bringing a few new things to the Coast app, including its trademark Turbo data-compressing tool for speedier browsing. Furthermore, Opera Coast is getting a Discover feature that easily finds stories related to the topics you're searching for, while a newly added button lets you share those links with friends on email, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. To round things up, Coast is now friendly with Apple's Continuity trait when browsing, allowing you to pick up right where you left off from any device, so long as you're on iOS 8 and have Handoff enabled.

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One downside of bank cards is that, with the right equipment and know-how, they're pretty easy to clone. That's not just a problem for the people whose cash gets stolen, but also for the banks that are tasked with preventing fraud. It appears that credit card cloning may become a thing of the past if a theoretical system from the University of Twente becomes a reality. Rather than using numerical codes which, as Target, Sony and others will attest, are only as secure as the box they're stored in, this new method uses quantum physics.

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We love the idea of orientation gestures (used by Samsung, HTC and Moto phones and apps like Tasker), but they aren't natively supported on iOS, Android or Windows Phone yet. Microsoft seems ready to buck that trend with the launch of a Gestures Beta app for WP8 Lumia phones. As shown below, it'll let you answer a call by raising the phone to your ear, listen on speakerphone by setting it on a table and mute the mic with a face-down flip. Microsoft planned to launch a similar feature for WP8.1 called "3D Touch" with other features like a grip sensor, possibly alongside the now-defunct McLaren phone. There's no sign that'll come anytime soon, but at least there's now an app -- just bear in mind that it's still in beta, and functionality is "limited" for the Lumia 530, 630 and 635.

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German firm EDAG Engineering regularly conjures up both futuristic and wacky concept cars, just like the "Light Cocoon" pictured above slated to be showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The company calls it the "ultimate in future lightweight construction," because it doesn't have the typical automobile shell. Instead, it has a 3D-printed skeleton covered in tough weatherproof fabric called Texapore Softshell that's apparently four times lighter than copy paper. (And yes, it has backlighting -- the whole design was just asking for it.) EDAG says this unusual sports car design was inspired by leaves, which have veins supporting layers of epidermis and mesophyll, as any grade school student can tell you. However, this isn't the first fabric-covered concept car we've seen. In 2008, BMW revealed the GINA Light Visionary concept that's essentially the Batmobile with a carbon fiber and metal frame wrapped in textile.

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"May you live in interesting times!" 2014 strongly honored that Chinese blessing/curse, judging by the top Google searches around the world. Trillions of queries reflected the turbulence of the past year with tragedy (the suicide of Robin Williams), triumph (the German World Cup victory), and even a plague for good measure (Ebola). Frozen topped all movie searches and Game of Thrones was TV's king, while the most searched (and leaked) gadget of the year was the iPhone 6, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 6 and Apple Watch. Flappy Bird was the most sought app (and was fifth overall, amazingly) while the preeminent GIF was Mexico national football coach Miguel Herrera's joyous World Cup celebration. If you want more, and of course you do, check the top trends globally and by country, along with Google's Year in Search 2014 video below.

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Netflix has taken its sweet time bringing its Android app up-to-date, but at least it's bearing extra nice gifts for you and your inner circle. You can now privately endorse shows to Facebook friends without clogging their news feeds -- a feature that's already been available on the web and iOS for several months. Netflix did throw in a couple of exclusive Android extras, though: you'll be able to use your smartphone to thank a friend for a recommendation, see movie info and images, and even pause or play shows. But, the best part for nerdy film-lovers: you can now use an Android Wear smartwatch to do all that too, including remotely controlling shows (as shown above). Being the last to get an update sucks, but I'll gladly trade that for the double-takes when I launch House of Cards from my watch, Dick Tracy-style.

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On the same day HBO announced its streaming service is on the Amazon Fire TV, Roku has news of its own. Re/code found an FCC filing revealing that the media streamer folks have come to an agreement with Comcast. That means the cable giant's customers will finally be able to use HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on Roku media streamers, after years of the apps refusing to authenticate, making an ugly joke of the "TV Everywhere" slogan. While neither side has commented publicly or announced when the change will take effect, we've also heard that Comcast is talking to Amazon and could allow HBO Go access on its box / dongle soon.

Update: And... it's live right now. Roku has put up a blog post announcing the change and interested users should be able to try it out immediately. We still don't know why it took so long, but we're glad it's done.

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Apple still hasn't opened up NFC support for Google Wallet, but it doesn't mean Mountain View can't add some other sweet new features to the app's iOS version. This latest update brings in a handful of new functions, including Touch ID support that lets you unlock the app with your fingerprint and the ability to see your loyalty and gift cards offline. Best of all, though, the app now comes with a new "split charge" option -- just add the amount you want to divvy up, choose the users you want to split with and mark their share of the total. They'll then get a reminder to settle up, though they can choose to decline, as well. So, if you're friends with someone who seems to "forget" his wallet at home all the time, ask him to install the app. Just don't be surprised if, next thing you know, he's "lost" his phone, as well.

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When the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) involves itself with regulating over a thousand sports teams, organizations and athletes, it's normally a big deal - especially when deal-makers are looking to offer all kinds of incentives for the best young players. Then there's Southeast Missouri State, whose former assistant coach has violated rules by talking to recruits in quiet season, in addition to offering water bottles and shirts for a local baseball camp. The final disgraceful act? (Assistant coach Ben Coomes left the school this summer after these violations happened.) He apparently gave recruits the login details to his Netflix account, which meant they could use the streaming service without paying, the monsters. As Daily Dot notes, compared to the allegations of fraud agains the University of North Carolina, accused of offering faux classes for more than 18 years, the occasional Air Bud revisit on someone else's account doesn't quite seem so bad.

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Biodegradable plastics exist because traditional ones take between 20 and 1,000 years to break down in the wild, often blocking waterways and killing animals as that all happens. That's why two industrial designers and a group of microbiologists have designed a way to break down plastic -- and create edible mushrooms in the process. To be precise, the team (the designers are from Vienna, Austria, while the microbiologists are from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands) created something called the Fungi Mutarium: a glass dome that houses hollow egg-like pods containing bits of plastic in their cavities. These "pods" serve as food to nourish the fungi, as they're made of agar, sugar and starch, similar to those agar plates used to culture organisms in labs.

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