Items tagged with Opera

As if we needed another vector for our online privacy to be invaded, it appears that site operators may have another tool at their disposal when it comes tracking visitors. Security researchers from Princeton University have identified two scripts that are actively tracking users across the web using an HTML5 API. The Battery Status API is part of the HTML5 standard, and can be found in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox. Using the API, a website can determine if a mobile device’s battery is close to full capacity, near depletion, or anywhere in between. The World Wide... Read more...
You can browse cute cat pictures for longer than ever before, now that Opera has released a new battery saver that claims to increase battery life by about 50% compared to other browsers like Google Chrome. So far the feedback from Twitter has been positive with comments from users like @jonathanhaslett exclaiming “Somehow @opera became the best desktop web browser without anyone noticing.” Opera started testing this update in May via its developer channel. Opera Software stated, “It took us quite some time to normalize our test environments, but still the challenge was to be able to... Read more...
One of the key metrics when evaluation a laptop is battery life. For some people, it's the most important measurement, or at least right up there with overall performance. But what if you could dramatically improve performance just by using a specific web browser? Opera Software is testing a new power saving mode in a developmental build of Opera that it says can extend battery life by up to 50 percent. "We are the first major browser to include a dedicated power saving mode, designed to extend your laptop battery life by up to 50 percent compared with, for example, Google Chrome. Depending on... Read more...
The Internet is an ever changing congruous mass of standards, design, and interoperability challenges. Keeping on top of it all can be a daunting task. It's a delicate balance between features, security and performance. If you're considering swapping out your web browser for something new and fresh, but are uncertain over the real world performance differences, this article should help with lots of insight. Features are not something that can be easily compared, and will be up to you to decide what you want in a browser. As for security, that is in a constant state of flux, and issuing metrics... Read more...
Looking to change things up on your Android device? You can try the brand-spanking-new version of Opera Software's Opera Mini mobile browser, available free of charge from Google Play. Even if you've used Opera Mini on your handset or tablet before, the new version with its "dramatically redesigned interface" will offer a different experience. Opera was shooting for a native Android look and feel with its revamped mobile browser. You'll find goodies like a simplified menu, an overhauled Speed Dial, private browsing mode so you shop birthday gifts on the down low (because that's what we use private... Read more...
Who says you'll have to settle for second-best when trying to compute on a smartwatch? Samsung's Gear S watch now has its first full browser en route courtesy of Opera. The company has announced that it'll bring Opera Mini, a data-saving browser, to the Tizen-based Gear S. The browser isn't just a straight port, either. It'll include a handful of touch-friendly features that'll make smartwatch interactions more seamless -- for example, the website shortcuts on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial appear as large buttons, enabling Gear S users to reach their favorite sites in a single tap. To zoom, double-tap... Read more...
The latest edition of the Opera browser, Opera 21, is now available for Windows and Mac. Chief among the many changes, tweaks, and updates is hardware acceleration via Aura technology. Aura “allows us to hardware-accelerate the entire browser, including the user interface,” wrote the Opera Desktop team in a blog post. Aura acceleration promises smoother and more responsive animations. The Opera folks spent a great deal of effort simply making Aura work correctly with the browser, and as such they say they’ve just scratched the surface of what the technology can do. Interestingly,... Read more...
Now this is one that we didn’t see coming. Opera announced Opera Web Pass, a product that will allow mobile operators to “sponsor” users’ mobile data. In other words, you could enjoy free mobile data as long as you’re willing to endure ads from a given sponsor first. The company paying the advertising is paying for your mobile access. Using the Opera mini browser, you could pull up Web Pass options, select one, and be browsing the web right away. Perhaps you get a one-day unlimited web pass, or a week of Twitter use (sponsored by Twitter), or an hour of Facebook (sponsored... Read more...
Scandinavian browser maker Opera Software was the recent victim of a hacker attack in which the infiltrators made off with at least one old and expired Opera code signing certificate. The attackers were then able to use the certificate to sign some malware and distribute malicious software under the pretense that it's been published by Opera Software, or appears to be the Opera browser, the company said. Fortunately for Opera browser users, Opera Software doesn't believe that any user data was stolen or otherwise compromised in the attack, adding that current evidence suggests the attack had "limited... Read more...
The Opera browser has been a beloved alternative in the web browser market, although statistically speaking it’s been an also-ran in terms of market share. The company is working to change that with its latest Opera browser release, Opera Next 15. This version of Opera is a major one, as instead of tweaking the existing version the team built it from scratch, this time using the Chromium engine, which is an effort to embrace more web standards and higher performance. Speed Dial In addition to a new look, new features include Speed Dial, which is a shortcut tool that lets users organize their... Read more...
A new research report on Valve's Steam has highlighted how the program can be used to launch malicious code attacks, thanks to flaws in how browser commands are passed between Steam and browsers like Chrome, IE, Opera, and Firefox. First, it's important to understand that Steam itself isn't the (S)ource of the vulnerability. As Figure 1 illustrates, the attack vector presupposes that a machine has already been compromised in some fashion. The relevant vulnerabilities all revolve around the Steam browser and how Steam:// commands are treated by the third-party browsers they interact with. Browsers... Read more...
Despite denials from the highest echelons of Facebook, it sure looks like the social media giant is planning (plotting?) to expand its empire beyond newsfeeds, ads, and “likes”, perhaps to a dedicated Facebook phone and/or a mobile operating system to compete against iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Facebook has been busy, scooping up patents, acquiring companies, opening an app “center”, and most recently building a dedicated camera app. If the competition doesn’t see something big coming, images of Tony Stark building a prototype Iron Man suit in a cave under the... Read more...
Internet Explorer has its television ads, and Firefox has it's fiery fox logo. But Opera has a growing user base of its own, and the latest edition of the browser-that-could is now available. Opera 12 Beta has launched this week, presenting an entirely new look and feel, including new themes that provide some of the most stunning skins yet. With the new implementation, anyone can style Opera just the way they want. There's also 64-bit support, enabling startup times and page loading to be quicker than before. There's also a new implementation that runs plugins (such as Flash) as separate processes,... Read more...
In the wide, wild world of Android, if the stock Web browser isn't doing anything for you, there's always alternates. And now, there's another. Opera has just released Opera Mini 7 for Android, in its final version no less. What's new? Well, browsing is faster thanks to improved hardware acceleration, and there's also as many Speed Dial buttons as you’ll ever want. Add all the sites you want to see right from the moment you start up your browser. And of course, those watching their data usage will love the compression technology, which cut sup to 90% of the original data. It's free, as always,... Read more...
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