Posts Tagged ‘opera’

Opera 37 Desktop Ships with Built-In Ad Blocker

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Ad Blockers are a tremendous aid for internet users, but a major headache for those who sell advertising space on their pages.

Opera Software announced today that it has added native ad-blocking to the latest developer version of the Opera desktop browser. While Opera Software is not the first company that integrated an ad-blocker in a desktop browser, it is the first with a sizable market share that did so. You could say that Mozilla was first with Tracking Protection in Firefox, but that mode is limited to the browser’s Private Browsing mode by default.


Chinese Companies Make Offer to Acquire Opera Software

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Opera might not be the most popular browser on Earth, but apparently somebody thinks it has potential.

A consortium of Chinese Internet companies, among them Kunlun and Qihoo 360, plan to acquire Norwegian company Opera Software in a buyout valued at $1.2 billion US Dollars. Rumors about a potential acquisition of Opera Software, or a sale of company assets, have circulated around the Internet as early as 2012. While there has surely been interest by many companies to acquire Opera Software, no offer has been made publicly until yesterday.


Otter Browser Beta 8 has been Released

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

If you love the Opera browser just the way it is, and dread the upcoming Opera restart, then you might want to take a look at Otter.

Otter Browser Beta 8 brings the open source browser one step closer to a final release. The new version introduces new features and improvements to the web browser. The Otter web browser project was launched in January 2014 as a response to Opera Software’s decision to restart the Opera web browser by discontinuing the company’s own Presto engine.


Opera 35 Ships with Audio Muting

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Given the popularity of the browser audio muting function, it’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long for all of the various tabbed browsers to pick it up.

Opera Software released an update to the Developer channel (bringing the version to Opera 35) yesterday that introduces a batch of new features and improvements to the web browser. Probably the biggest feature to find its way into Opera 35 is audio muting. It works similar to how Chrome and Firefox handle it: audio indicators are displayed automatically in tabs when audio starts to play on sites.


VPNs – The Next Big Browser Feature?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A built-in VPN would indeed be a pretty appealing feature to find on a browser. It seems like it would be handy for both business applications and for those who are concerned about privacy.

While there are hundreds of web browsers, there are only a handful of engines all of these browsers run on, especially on the desktop. Chromium alone is the building block for more than a dozen different browsers from Google’s own Chrome browser over Opera and Vivaldi to Comodo Dragon, Yandex browser and SRWare Iron.


Opera Co-Founder Launches Vivaldi Web Browser

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sure, why not? Trying out a new web browser is always kind of interesting and fun.

The technical preview of Vivaldi, a Chromium/Blink based web browser by Opera co-founder and former CEO John von Tetzchner is now available. The Opera browser is best known for innovations that Opera Software introduced to the browser, and while not all of them stuck, many were copied by other browsers in the end.


Otter Browser Beta 3 Brings Sidebar and Other Improvements

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

This is the first time I’ve heard of the Otter Browser, but what the heck, it’s always nice to have plenty of browser options …

When Norwegian company Opera Software announced the retirement of the company’s own Presto engine in favor of WebKit and shortly thereafter Blink, some users of the browser decided to take matters in their own hands and create a spiritual successor of the Opera browser. The core reason for the decision was that the new official version of Opera lacked several of the features that set the old Opera apart from other browsers.


Bookmark Importing Now Easier in Opera Browser

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The lack of a simple way to import bookmarks has probably kept a lot of folks from experimenting with Opera for a long time now; hopefully, this improvement will draw more users to this under-appreciated browser.

If you are using a recent version of the Opera browser, you may have noticed that it is not that easy to import bookmarks from another web browser or a local bookmarks file. Opera users came up with quite a few workarounds to that issue, from bookmarking a plain bookmarks file exported from another browser to importing into Chrome first and replacing Opera’s bookmarks file with that of the Chrome browser.


Opera 26 Introduces Bookmarks Sharing and Tab Syncing

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The newest version of Opera adds a couple of interesting features …

If you want to know what is in store for the Opera browser next in terms of functionality and changes, you have to check out the Developer version of the web browser to do so. It is two versions ahead usually which means that both Beta and Stable users of the browser won’t have access to those features for several weeks.


Opera Software Releases First Linux Build of New Opera

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

It sounds like the new, Linux version of Opera still needs a bit of work …

When Opera Software announced that it would switch from its old trusted Presto engine to Chromium, it became clear quickly afterwards that many popular features of the old client would not be available initially in the new one. The new Opera can best be described as bare bones. While it offered anything that you could possible want in terms of rendering web pages in the browser, many of the features that made Opera unique or comfortable to use were missing.