Posts Tagged ‘opera’

Opera 44 – Non-MSE Video Hardware Acceleration, Malware Shortcut Blocking

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Based on capabilities offered in the Developer version, it looks like the next Opera update will include some interesting new features.

Opera Software has released the first Developer version of the upcoming Opera 44 web browser to the public today. The new development version, a version that is made available for testing purposes mainly, gives a glimpse of new features that will find their way into Opera 44 Stable.

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Key Opera Software Employees quit

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

When one key employee quits, that’s a sign of trouble ahead. When four key employees quit, that’s a sign of a disaster in progress.

If you are following members of Opera Software’s Developer Relations team on Twitter or elsewhere, you may have noticed that most announced that they left the company recently or are about to leave it. Bruce Lawson, Andreas Bovens, Shwetank Dixit and Vadim Makeev all announced in the past couple of days that they have parted ways with Opera Software or are about to.

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Opera Max’s New Privacy Mode

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The overall concept is definitely worthwhile, but since this new privacy feature actually collects a good deal of personal data itself, the execution leaves a bit to be desired.

Opera Software has started the roll out of a new Privacy Mode feature for the data compression application Opera Max for Android. Privacy Mode goes hand in hand with Opera Max’s data compression functionality. As you may know, all traffic is tunneled through Opera servers using Opera Max. This is done primarily to reduce data usage, and was first introduced back in 2013 as a standalone version of Opera’s Off-Road mode.

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Opera VPN Launches for Android

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Given the popularity of VPN services, this makes a lot of sense. Once Opera figures out a way to monetize this free service, I’d expect other software companies might pick up on it too.

Opera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year. The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.

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Opera Software Sale Not Happening … Sort Of

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Given Opera’s relatively small market share, I’m kind of surprised that there would be this much interest in buying them out.

According to a report on Reuters, the sale of Opera Software to a Chinese consortium is not going to happen. The deal, approved by company boards and shareholders alike, failed to win regulatory approval by July 15. The takeover bid of $1.24 billion US Dollars for all Opera Software assets by a Chinese consortium that includes Qihoo 360 and Kunlun would move huge amounts of data to China.

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Which Browser is the Fastest?

Friday, June 24th, 2016

It sounds like Microsoft’s efforts to create a faster, more competitive browser have yielded fairly decent results.

Which browser is the fastest? When Google introduced Chrome, one area the company put a lot of emphasize on was performance. Google ran benchmarks regularly showing that the browser’s performance was way better than that of other browsers such as Firefox or Internet Explorer which were dominating the landscape at that time.

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Opera Mini Update Brings Ad Blocker

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Interesting. First, Opera released a browser VPN/proxy, and now they’ve included a built-in ad blocker. It sounds like Opera has been listening to its customers.

Opera Software published an update for the Opera Mini application today that introduces an ad blocker to the mobile web browser. After making an ad blocker available in the desktop version of Opera, or more precisely, the Developer edition of the browser, recently, Opera Software just added the very same feature to Opera Mini as well. Opera Mini is a lightweight browser that has existed since the good old Nokia days where phones were not all that powerful and Internet transfers not speedy at all.

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Block Opera VPN from Leaking Your IP Address

Monday, April 25th, 2016

It appears that Opera’s built-in VPN still has a few bugs that will need to be worked out …

Opera Software added a virtual private network (VPN) to Opera Developer a couple of days ago to improve user privacy and security while using the web browser. This VPN client is free to use, does not impose restrictions in regards to bandwidth or data to users, and there is little reason not to make use of it unless you are already using a VPN that runs system-wide, or want to watch shows on Netflix.

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Opera Ships with Free VPN Client

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

If this feature works out well and eventually finds its way into Opera Stable, it will be interesting to see if other browsers decide to include a VPN client too.

Norwegian company Opera Software released a new version of the Developer Edition of its web browser today that ships with a free built-in VPN option. Opera browser is the first major browser that ships with built-in VPN functionality to improve user privacy and security while connected the Internet.

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Opera is an Attractive Option for Left-Behind Chrome Users

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

If you’re a Windows XP user who’s been left high and dry by Chrome’s end of support for XP, you might want to give Opera a try.

Google announced back in 2015 that the company’s Google Chrome web browser would support Microsoft’s Windows XP operating throughout 2015 but would drop support shortly thereafter. It revealed in November 2015 that it made the decision to add Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier, all 32-bit versions of Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 to the list of unsupported operating systems.

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