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  1. Opera browser gets improved sync and other new features Opera Software released a new version of the company's mobile web browser for Google's Android operating system and a new desktop version of the web browser today. The main reason for the simultaneous launch is that the company improved the synchronization feature that syncs data between the Android version and desktop versions of the Opera browser. Sync setup has been simplified significantly, as the entire process is now handled by scanning QR codes on devices and without having use an account to pair devices for the sync process. While it is still possible to use an account and the benefits that comes with it, in particular the option to restore data on new devices even if access to all previous Opera installations is no longer available, it is not a requirement anymore. Opera users may use the account option to create a backup of data as using a second device is no requirement to use the functionality. Setting up sync is quite easy once the new versions of Opera are installed. Point your desktop browser to the following page on the Opera website to generate a unique QR code. Open the Opera browser on the Android device afterwards and go to Opera Menu > Settings > Sync and backup. Select Connect device on the page that opens and scan the QR code displayed in the desktop browser. The improved synchronization functionality is not the only new feature of the releases. On the desktop, Opera Software introduces a new feature called Easy Files that helps users find recent downloads more quickly for sharing on the Internet. Basically, what Easy Files does is provide an interface that lists the most recent downloads so that users may pick these for sharing or uploading. The system works really well and may speed up certain processes like downloading a file and uploading it to Virustotal, or sending downloaded files to a friend or contact. Opera 60 for Android supports Flow now. Flow is not a new feature but it was reserved to Opera Touch and desktop versions of Opera in the past. With the new release for Android, Flow becomes available in the main Opera browser as well. Flow is a personal sharing feature to share links, articles, ideas, notes, and other content between mobile and desktop versions of the Opera browser. Another addition to Opera for Android is the introduction of suggested sites that are displayed below the Speed Dial items of the user. Opera Software notes that the suggestions are taken from commonly visited sites, open tabs on other devices (if sync is enabled), offline content, and "fresh items of potential interest". Opera browser gets improved sync and other new features [ FrontPaged here... Opera 71.0.3770.171 ]
  2. Opera for Android 59 advances online payments Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 59. The new update comes with a handful of new features including a Payment Request API, improvements to site settings, and other smaller improvements which many won’t even notice but should provide for a more polished browsing experience. The most notable addition to this upgrade is the Payment Request API. The firm said that as more shopping moves online, the need for standards such as the W3C-recognised Payment Request API will increase. This particular API will allow sites to access customer data such as addresses, contact information, and payment details which will save customers time and energy. Opera admitted that this API is not yet in widespread use but by including it in its browser, the foundation for its use is being laid. Also in this update, Opera has taken the opportunity to improve dedicated app handling making it easier for users to decide whether they want to keep the website open in the browser or switch to an external app; this functionality will be helpful on sites like YouTube and Reddit. In order to access this setting, just press the green padlock in the omnibar where you’ll also find settings for controlling permissions and more. It has been removed from the company’s announcement now, but the firm had also included some of the latest developments surrounding cryptocurrencies in its browser. It’s not clear why the information was pulled but it’s possible it wasn’t supposed to be announced today. This news included that those in the UK can buy crypto from inside Opera’s wallet thanks to a partnership with the Ramp Network and that the Dapp store has been launched in partnership with Dapp.com and features “the best & newest Dapps for Ethereum & Tron.” You can head over the Google Play Store to install or update the app to try out these new features. Opera for Android 59 advances online payments
  3. Opera 58 for Android out with automatic notification blocking Opera Software released Opera 58 for Android with automatic notification blocking, improved speed dial actions and form improvements today to the public. The browser may not show up yet on Google Play for everyone at the time of writing. Opera Software notes that the release is not as big as previous releases due to the current situation in the world. Still, Opera engineers managed to integrate three new features in the mobile browser. The first addresses notifications and the constant abuse of notifications on the Web. According to Opera Software, it received complains and feedback from Opera users which made it go back to the drawing board after trying out several different approaches to showing notifications in the browser. The new iteration that is in Opera 58 blocks notification prompts by default. Opera will display a "notifications blocked" overlay for a short period of time but it will go away automatically after that period. A tap on the overlay or on the icon that is next to the site address opens options to allow notifications for that particular site. Notifications are denied by default in the new Opera 58 browser for Android. The second change of Opera 58 improves the Speed Dial functionality. The big change in the release improves Speed Dial edit and delete actions. All it takes now is to long-tap on a Speed Dial item to get delete and edit options displayed. Previously, Opera users had to drag the items to execute the actions. Last but not least, forms on the web have received a visual upgrade in the latest Opera for Android release. Opera Software notes that it has "followed the latest Google Android guidelines to maximize usability". Tip: Opera users who don't want to see notifications blocked prompts in the web browser may select Opera Menu > Settings > Site Settings > Notifications and turn Notifications off there for all sites except for sites whitelisted in the browser. Source: Opera 58 for Android out with automatic notification blocking (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  4. How to turn off Opera promotional notifications on the desktop When you install the Opera web browser, you may get promotional notifications on the desktop from time to time. I recently received a "Welcome to Opera" notification on a Windows 10 system stating that Opera's built-in ad-blocker improved the page loading time by up to 90%. The prompt had a "try now" and a "don't show again" option, and a close button attached to it. I only ever saw Opera advertising features of its own products using the notification system. Since I'm no fan of desktop notifications, I decided to investigate to find out why the notification was displayed in first place and how to turn it off. The Opera browser comes with a set of preconfigured options and one of these allows the browser to show promotional notifications on the desktop. Here is how you turn these notifications off in the Opera web browser: Either load opera://settings/privacy in Opera's address bar directly or select Menu > Settings > Advanced > Privacy & Security. Scroll down until you find the "Display promotional notifications" options under Privacy & Security. Toggle the preference to turn it off. A gray slider indicates that it is off, a blue one that it is enabled. Opera won't show promotional notifications afterwards anymore. While you are at it; you may also want to turn off "Receive promoted Speed Dials and Bookmarks" under Start Page in the options if you have not already. Doing so removes sponsored tiles on the Start page. Last but not least, you may also disable "Show Continue Shopping section" and "Show Continue on Booking.com section" if you don't need these displayed on the Start page of the web browser. Closing Words It is a good idea to go through a browser's settings when you run it for the first time, regardless of whether you install the browser or run a portable version instead. You may catch things like promotional notifications in Opera then and disable those as most Internet users probably dislike them. Source: How to turn off Opera promotional notifications on the desktop (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  5. Opera 68 for the desktop gets Instagram support Opera Software has released a new version of the company's desktop web browser. Opera 68 for the desktop is now available for all supported operating systems. The new version introduces native support for Instagram on the desktop, some smaller changes, fixes, and the upgrade to a newer Chromium version. Existing Opera installations will be updated automatically to the new version. You may select Opera Menu > Update & Recovery to run a manual check for updates from within the browser. The new Opera 68 Stable is also available as a download on Opera Software's website. Opera 68 Opera 68 introduces support for Instagram in the browser's sidebar. Opera Software launched the sidebar some time ago as a way to quickly access browser features and also some web services such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Basically, what happens is that Opera loads the mobile web version of the service in the sidebar so that users may use it from within the browser. The new Instagram icon is visible in the sidebar after the upgrade to Opera 68. A click opens the interface; you get a sign-in prompt (or sign-up) to use the service in Opera. It is probably a good idea to click on the "pin" icon to make sure that the interface stays on top while you use the application. Opera Software notes that the entire Instagram Web interface is at the user's disposal after sign-in. Instagram users may check their feeds, message, watch, comment, or use direct messaging. Opera users who don't use Instagram or don't want to use it in Opera can remove the icon with a right-click and toggling Instagram in the selection menu. Other icons can be added or removed from the sidebar as well using the method. Opera 68 introduces a new icon in the top right corner of the browser UI. The new magnifying glass icon opens the new search in open tabs feature of the browser. Opera users who prefer the keyboard may use the shortcut Ctrl-Space to display the search interface. Opera lists the open tabs and a search field at the top that filters the tabs based on the input. Tabs can be selected with the keyboard, mouse or touch then to jump directly to the tab in the browser. The feature searches across all open windows -- with the exception of private windows -- of the browser and includes all tabs that match the query regardless of window they are open in. Users who open lots of opens regularly may find the feature useful to locate tabs quickly. Opera Software introduced a new Tab highlighter in the last stable version (Opera 67). The update to Opera 68 improves the feature by adding an underline to each duplicate tab in the browser. The developers added a new close duplicate tabs option to the context menu as well. Opera 68 makes changes to how secure and insecure pages are highlighted in the browser. Secure pages are highlighted with a grey padlock icon to the left of the address bar (company name won't be displayed). Insecure pages are highlighted with a grey warning sign. Source: Opera 68 for the desktop gets Instagram support (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  6. The mysterious case of the Opera Autoupdate folder in Downloads If you are using the Opera web browser on a Windows device, you may have noticed that the browser is creating a "opera autoupdate" folder in the Downloads directory or in other locations. Opera adds a scheduled task on Windows during installation the checks for new versions regularly to update the browser if a new version is available. Ideally, this works without the creation of the aforementioned folder. I checked on two systems running different versions of Windows 10 and both systems had the "opera autoupdate" folder listed under downloads. The content of the folder includes several subfolders such as Crash Reports and CUsersMartinAppDataLocalProgramsOpera (plus one for Opera Developer and Opera Assistant), and the opera_autoupdate.log file. If you find the folder in the Downloads folder, or in your User folder, then you may want to know why Opera is creating the folder and using it. Other browsers don't, even those based on Chromium, e.g. Brave, Chrome or Edge, and it is not clear right away why the folder needs to be used by Opera for updating purposes. According to Opera Software, the folder gets only created in certain situations. If multiple scheduled tasks exist for the same purpose, e.g. to update Opera Stable, then the Downloads folder may be created and used by the browser. Why? Because one of the first steps when a scheduled update tasks runs is to lock the Opera folder. If the first scheduled task locks the Opera installation folder, the second task cannot update the files and that is the reason why the update switches to using the Downloads or Home folder for the update procedure. The solution is quite simple: check the Task Scheduler and delete any excess task. When I checked the Opera tasks on one of the Windows 10 systems, I noticed that each task was listed twice in the scheduled tasks listing. I disabled one of the tasks and deleted the "opera autoupdate" folder afterwards. Here is how you can do the same: Open Start, type Task Scheduler and load the result. You should see Opera tasks under Task Scheduler Library. If you see multiple, select each and switch to the Actions tab for each to check the "start in program" path. If you see the same path for multiple tasks, disable all but one. Once done, delete the "opera autoupdate" folder in Downloads to get rid of it. If things worked out, Opera should no longer create the folder in Downloads or Home when it runs updates. Another alternative is to use a portable version of Opera or disable automatic updates to update the browser manually only. Source: The mysterious case of the Opera Autoupdate folder in Downloads (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. Opera 57 for Android: improved offline pages and data saving controls Opera Software launched a new version of the company's mobile web browser for Google's Android operating system today. Opera 57 for Android introduces several improvements and new features including improved data saving controls, options to customize the storage location for offline pages on the device, faster Speed Dial access, and more. The update is available on Google Play already; users who use Google Play may check the list of updates in the Store to pick up the new version of the mobile Opera browser. The browser launches a "what's new" page on first start after the update has been installed that lists the new features. Users who have enabled the data saving feature of the browser in previous versions may notice that it is now highlighted in the browser's address bar. The new data saving badge provides quick access to the data saving feature and its settings. Opera users may turn the feature on or off from the new management interface and configure the handling of images there as well. Android Opera users who have had troubles using the browser's offline pages functionality in the past because of storage space restrictions may now set the storage location. Opera for Android used internal storage in previous versions but that can now be changed so that external cards or storage locations may be used to store offline pages in the browser. Any open page in the browser can be saved to the device with a tap on Menu > Offline pages. Another new feature in Opera 57 for Android is auto-completion for Speed Dial pages. When text that is typed in the browser's address bar matches a Speed Dial page set in Opera, it is auto-completed automatically so that users only need to hit the Go button to open that page; this may speed up access to Speed Dial pages further for users who prefer to type in the address bar. Opera will prompt users when it notices that YouTube is loaded in the browser; the prompt allows users to switch to the YouTube app instead to watch the video or browse the site. A tap on "no thanks" denies the request. Last but not least, Opera Software improved the browser's built in crypto wallet by including support for Web 3.0 websites with crypto domains as well as .eth and .xyz using IPFS. Users from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong may now also buy cryptocurrency in the browser (which users from the United States and Scandinavia could for a while). Source: Opera 57 for Android: improved offline pages and data saving controls (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  8. Fintech biz's financials hit a high note... as in bank notes Those who remember Opera for its freeware browser may be saddened to note its ever-increasing dependency on fintech revenues, judging from financial figures it shared last night. Opera's full-year sales jumped 94 per cent from $172m in 2018 to $335m in 2019, we're told, with the stand-out being its online money-lending service, which rose from $1.7m in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $71.9m in the fourth quarter of 2019 – that's more than half of total Q4 sales. Sales for the final quarter of 2019 thus increased 158 per cent to $129.6m from the year-ago period. Search revenue, meanwhile, comprised $22.6m in the fourth quarter, up seven per cent on the year-ago period thanks to "browser growth." When Opera went public in 2018, Google and Yandex search deals accounted for more than half of its revenues. The steep increase in sales came at a high cost as full-year operating profits took a dive from $45.3m in 2018 to $20.7m in 2019. Even comparing quarters, things looked glum: Opera managed to turn in a $13.2m operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter of 2019 managed only $12.7m profit despite those soaraway revenues. Net income, on the other hand, for the year stood at $57.9m, up 64 per cent, thanks to $34m from its investments in other organizations: Africa's OPay and social media upstart StarMaker. Without that injection, Opera would have finished 2019 with about the same amount of overall profit as 2018. The Norway-based software maker, which last month snapped back at accusations it had plunged with gusto into the murky waters of predatory short-term loans to make its financials look rosier, put the growth in expenses down to the cost of growing its fintech business, particularly its personnel. Some $19m of the $33m cost of revenues for 2019's fourth quarter was attributed to the cost of "microlending revenue," for instance. To put that into context, the entire cost of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $8.1m. Still, in a conference call with analysts, Frode Jacobson, Opera's chief financial officer, reckoned that "at its core, the growth in microlending was self-funded," adding that the company reckoned the cash flow would turn positive despite the cost growth rates. The trend looks set to continue, if Opera's forecasts are to believed. Revenues of between $123m to $133m are expected in the first quarter of 2020, but those hopeful of a return to the browser business are likely to be disappointed by a full year drop of $20m expected in technology and retail revenues. This despite an increase in 2019 to 355 million monthly active users (although someone crueler than us might mistake Opera's browser market share for a rounding error these days.) It is instead full steam ahead on the fintech front, with continued targeting in South East Asia and Africa – the company also launched data plans in Nigeria.) And for European users of the company's wares? Great news! "European fintech also represents a significant opportunity – one where we will be able to provide our European user base of more than 50 million users with new products around payment and open banking," said the biz. Chief operating officer Lin Song told analysts he reckoned Euro users were "highly dissatisfied with current financial offerings" and thus would be "receptive to the compelling products we have planned." Just one European market will get to feel the benefit of Song's banking and payment plans (thanks the January acquisition of Estonia-based fintech outfit Pocosys) with a rollout to others if all goes well. You lucky, lucky people. Source
  9. Opera 56 for Android launches with improved reader mode Opera Software released Opera 56 for Android today; the new version of the mobile browser comes with reader mode improvements, configurable address bar buttons, and tab restoration improvements. The update is already available and should be pushed to Android devices automatically that have automatic updates enabled. New users can download the web browser from Google Play by following this link. Opera 56 for Android Opera Software highlights three main features that are new or improved in the release in the official blog post on the Opera website. The second feature sounds the most interesting to me so lets start with that. Opera users who run the browser on Android may set a default address bar action button in the new release. The default button is Reader Mode while Reload has been moved to the menu. The company notes that reloading is till possible by swiping down from the top of the web page. Opera users who prefer Reload to be displayed in the address bar, or another action button, can make that happen in the new release. Here is how that is done: Tap on the Menu button and select Settings. Locate and activate Appearance under Browser. Scroll down on the page that opens and activate "shortcut in address bar". Select one of the available shortcuts to make it the default. Available are, among others, Reader Mode, Reload, Translate, Share, Find in Page, Save as PDf, or Add to bookmarks. Note that you can add only one shortcut to the address bar using the feature and that you may activate some of the other features using the menu. The second improvement on Opera 56 for Android, the one that Opera put first, affects the built-in Reader Mode. Reader Mode improves readability by turning convoluted web pages into basic pages that focus on text content. In Opera 56, Reader Mode is available directly from the address bar if the browser detects an article that would benefit from it. The Wikipedia example above highlights how an article on Wikipedia looks like when it is displayed in Reader Mode. I also tried this on Ghacks but the feature does not work on this site at all. If you display the mobile site, no Reader Mode icon is shown. If you load the desktop site instead, the Reader Mode icon is displayed but activating it displays only the first two paragraphs of the article. The third and final feature that Opera Software highlights in the new mobile release improves the resurrection of closed tabs. The list of closed tabs is displayed in chronological order now in the browser. Previously, only the option to restore the last tab that was closed was available which was not very user friendly. Source: Opera 56 for Android launches with improved reader mode (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  10. What is going on at Opera Software? An analysis of Opera Software's performance by Hindenburg Research suggests that the company that is best known for its Opera web browser faces troubling times. Note: Hindenburg Research specializes in "forensic financial research". Opera Software has not reacted to the report at the time of writing. The law firm of Kirby McInerney LLP is investigating these potential claims against Opera Limited. The company was acquired by a Chinese-based investor group in 2018 prior to its IPO and things have taken a turn for the worse since then. The company's browser gross margins "collapsed by 22.6% in just one year" and the company has "swung to negative $12 million in LTM operating cash flow" from a positive $32 million in the 2018 period. Hindenburg Research's analysis of Opera Software's performance and activity since the management change. It uncovered that Opera's CEO "was recently involved in a Chinese lending business" that saw its shares plunge by more than "80% in two years" and that Opera has started to make a "similar and dramatic pivot into predatory short-term loans in Africa and India". The bulk of Opera's lending business is operated through applications offered on Google's Play Store according to Hindenburg Research and in "violation of numerous Google rules". The company concludes that these applications may be removed by Google at any time which in turn would cause Opera Software to lose a large part of the company's revenue. According to Hindenburg, Opera generates "over 42% of the company's revenue" from its short-term loan business. If that would not be bad enough already, Hindenburg Research's analysis suggests that Opera's CEO is directing company cash into businesses owned by the Chairman to "draw out cash". Hindenburg Research believes that Opera stock will go down significantly in the next 12 month period. The company set a price target of $2.60 on Opera; Opera Ltd's last course was $7.05 on NASDAQ on January 17, 2020. The course was at $9.02 two days prior but took a dive after reports went live. What does this mean for users of the Opera web browser? It is too early to come to a final conclusion. The claims made by Hindenburg Research need to be be looked at and it remains to be seen how Opera will react to the report. If the allegations are true, it could potentially mean the end of Opera and the Opera web browser. Source: What is going on at Opera Software? (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  11. Opera 66.0.3515.27 Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software. Features include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse gestures, and an integrated download manager. Its security features include built-in phishing and malware protection and the ability to delete private data such as HTTP cookies. Opera is designed with your life in mind. The day is short and productivity is essential, so let the Opera Web browser help you tackle your 'to do' list. Download: 32-bit: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/66.0.3515.27/win/Opera_66.0.3515.27_Setup.exe 64-bit: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/66.0.3515.27/win/Opera_66.0.3515.27_Setup_x64.exe
  12. Opera introduces new workspaces feature in Opera 67 Opera Software introduced a new feature, called Workspaces, in the latest developer version of the Opera web browser for desktop operating systems. Opera 67 Developer comes with built-in support for Workspaces, a feature that resembles virtual desktops and also Firefox's container feature to a degree. The main idea behind Workspaces is to separate websites and web apps into different groups. Opera users could use a workspace for work-related activity, one for social media, and another for shopping or entertainment. Unlike containers in Firefox, Workspaces do not separate the browsing data but may improve tab management in the web browser. Opera Software says the feature is experimental at this point in time; features may change and while the company seems inclined to improve Workspaces in future versions of the browser, there is no guarantee at this point. Opera 67 displays two workspaces by default in the sidebar that users may switch between easily. The two work areas display tabs opened in them only and the switching happens near instantly. The first experimental version of the feature lacks several customization options and interactivity options. It is not possible to create more workspaces or change their icons in this version. Opera Software plans to introduce the functionality in future versions. Another feature that is missing is the ability to push tabs from one workspace to another; it is however possible to use the built-in search, using Ctrl-Space, to find tabs open in the web browser. Keyboard shortcuts are not support either at this point in time. Opera users who don't want to use the functionality may disable it with a right-click on the web browser's sidebar and the deselection of the two workspaces placed there. Open tabs are retained in the workspaces if Opera is configured to restore the previous browsing session and Exit is selected from the Opera menu. Closing words The main benefit of the browser's Workspaces feature is better manageability of open tabs in the browser. Opera users may use it to separate their activity visually and it may also be useful to hide activity in places in which someone might catch a glimpse of the screen. Workspaces is no Containers feature on the other hand and it does not appear that Opera Software plans to evolve it into one. Source: Opera introduces new workspaces feature in Opera 67 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  13. Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new stable version of the web browser on December 5, 2019. The new Opera 55 web browser for Android devices includes a new Night Mode and improved keyboard dimming functionality. The new version of the mobile web browser should be offered to Android users soon via Play Store updates. It may also be downloaded from Google Play (and other sources) manually. The major new feature of Opera 55 for Android is the browser's redesigned Night Mode. It is disabled by default but may be activated with a tap on the Opera icon and the toggling of Night Mode in the menu. You may customize Night Mode functionality in the browser's settings. Just tap on Night Mode there to open the configuration page. There you find the following options in Opera 55: Change the color temperature to alter blue light emission. Change the dimming. Toggle the use of the dark theme. Enable dark web pages. The feature enables a dark theme for sites that don't support dark themes by default. Enable the new dim keyboard feature; this requires an additional permission as the browser uses an overlay to dim the keyboard on the device. Schedule Night Mode so that it is enabled during a specific period, e.g. from sunset to sunrise or custom period. With Night Mode enabled, Opera for Android will display webpages that are opened in the mobile browser accordingly. It makes sense to use Night Mode together with Dark Mode on the deice and the extra dark web page and dim keyboard modes. All taken together paint the entire screen in darker colors that may make the whole experience more enjoyable in the morning and at night, and may also improve sleep. Opera Software calls it Super Dark Mode when all Night Mode features are enabled. The browser takes care of the UI, webpages, and keyboard that may be displayed when it is active. Source: Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  14. Opera's Start Page loading slowly? Do this to speed it up! Like most web browsers, the Opera web browser comes with a default New Tab Page / Start Page that displays a number of elements to users when opened. Opera users find a search bar on the page as well as links to certain websites and services. Opera browser users may enable or disable elements on the page; they may add news to the page or hide the bookmarks bar that is displayed. The linked websites may also be replaced with other properties. There may be a visual delay before the page opens in Opera regardless of the method that you use to open it. A tap on Ctrl-T opens a new tab in the browser but it is also possible to click on the plus icon in the browser's tab bar to do the same. Opera Software has been working on an improvement that speeds up the loading of the page in the web browser. Recent versions of Opera, including the latest Stable versions, support it already. The feature, called Shared Start Page, is not enabled by default in the browser at the time of writing. Opera users may enable it in the browser to speed up the loading. The feature is available for all desktop versions of the Opera web browser. Improves loading time of a new start page by sharing single webcontents. – Mac, Windows, Linux Note: experimental flags may be removed at any time or integrated natively in the browser. Here is what you need to do to enable the Shared Start Page feature in the Opera web browser: Load opera://flags in the browser's address bar. The page that opens lists all available experiments. Search for Shared Start Page using the search form at the top. Set the status of the Shared Start Page experiment to enabled. Restart the Opera web browser. When you open a New Tab Page in Opera after the operation you may notice that the page opens much quicker than before. I tested this on Opera Stable running on a Surface Go device and the loading improvement was noticeable. It seems likely that Opera Software will integrate the improvement natively in the browser at one point in time; for now, it is necessary to enable the flag to benefit from it. Source: Opera's Start Page loading slowly? Do this to speed it up! (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. Opera 65 Final is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new version of the company's Opera web browser, Opera 65.0 Stable, to the public on November 14, 2019. The new version of the desktop version of Opera comes with content blocking improvements, a redesigned address bar, and direct access to separate bookmarks and history sections from the sidebar. Opera Software released Opera 64.0 featuring a new theme and Bitcoin support last month. Opera 65.0 Opera 65.0 is already available for download on the official Opera website. Existing users may get the new version automatically thanks to the web browser's built-in updating functionality. Since it is not real-time, users may select Opera Menu > Update & Recovery to run a manual check for updates to download and install Opera 65.0 on the device. Opera 65.0 comes with several improvements. Most notable, probably, is the redesigned address bar that completes the browser's design updates that started with the release of Opera Reborn 3 in April 2019. The active site is grayed out when users of the browser start to type in the address bar; this puts the focus on the input and values that Opera returns based on the input of the user. Those who used previous versions of Opera may notice that Opera 65.0 displays website titles first and then hyperlinks, and that it is easier to distinguish between suggestions picked from the browsing history, bookmarks, speed dial elements, and search. Websites displayed in the address bar are displayed with a favicon in the new version which improves recognition further. Bookmarks and history are now accessible as separate elements in the sidebar of the browser. A click on history or bookmarks displays the interface. Opera Software hopes that this improves access and usability of the features in the browser. Bookmarks open in an overlay when activated from the sidebar while the history is opened in a tab which may need to be addressed to improve the user experience. Another change in Opera 65.0 brings an option to display the blocked trackers in the interface; this is only enabled when the native ad-blocker is enabled. A click on the content blocking icon displays controls to allow or block ads and/or trackers on the active website. If trackers are blocked, all blocked trackers may be displayed in Opera 65.0 with a click on "list of blocked trackers" in the interface. You can check out the full changelog on the Opera website as well. The browser has been updated to Chromium 78.0.3904.87 and Opera Software has applied numerous fixes for issues in the new releases as well. Source: Opera 65 Final is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  16. Opera 54 for Android: new theme, Bitcoin support Opera Software released a new version of the company's main web browser for Google's Android operating system on October 22, 2019. The new Opera 54 web browser features a new theme and comes with support for Bitcoin and TRON virtual currencies among other new features. The update is already pushed via Google Play at the time of writing. Opera users may check the Apps and Games section on Google Play to force the update to take place immediately. The new version loads a theme selection interface on first launch that users of the browser may use to pick from one of the included themes. A tap on a theme enables it right away, a tap on more options opens the mobile browser's full appearance options with additional preferences. There users find five colour options for light and dark modes; the new version includes a setting to apply the system wide mode -- dark mode or light mode -- automatically. The option is enabled by default but users may switch to light or dark mode manually in the Appearance settings. Tip: if you want the address bar to be displayed at all times, switch the "toolbars" preference from "only hide address bar when scrolling" to "never hide" under Appearance. Opera Software states that the new UI has a flat design with no extra layers or shadows to make it "visually cleaner". Company engineers reduced animation times and simplified several other things to make the browser "more quickly" in the process. The main design goal was to remove unnecessary distractions from the UI so that things can be done faster. Opera Software introduced a crypto wallet in 2018 in Opera for Android. It allowed users of the browser to store Ethereum using the wallet. The new Opera 54 for Android adds support for Bitcoin to the wallet; arguably the world's most popular cryptocurrency, Opera for Android users may now use the wallet to trade Bitcoin. As far as other features are concerned, there are a few: Opera switched the default button for notification requests from allow to deny to make sure that users don't allow notifications by accident anymore. The new version of the browser supports the Web Authentication standard next to that as well. Closing Words While Opera Software teases the new design and theme options as the main feature of Opera 54, it is Bitcoin support in my opinion that is most noteworthy as it extends cryptocurrency support. Source: Opera 54 for Android: new theme, Bitcoin support (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. Opera Software tests Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS in Opera 65 Opera Software released a new beta version of the company's Opera web browser on October 17, 2019 to the public. Opera 65 Beta includes support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a privacy and security feature that encrypts DNS traffic to prevent spying and common attacks such as spoofing or pharming. Opera 65 Beta is already available. Existing Beta installation should receive the new version automatically thanks to the integrated automatic updating system. Opera Beta downloads are also linked on the official blog post that announced the new release. Opera browser is based on Chromium but the company decided to select Cloudflare as its partner for the test. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, entered an agreement with Cloudflare as well to power the DNS over HTTPS functionality of the Firefox browser. Google on the other hand makes available several provides in the DNS over HTTPS test in the company's Chrome browser. All DNS queries will run through Cloudflare servers when the feature is enabled in the Opera web browser. Requests that Cloudflare cannot handle are still handled by the local DNS server; this is mainly done to allow the browser to connect to local resources, e.g. those behind firewalls or on internal networks (which Cloudflare cannot resolve). The DNS over HTTPS feature is not enabled by default in Opera 65. Opera users need to do the following to enable it: Load opera://flags/#opera-doh in the browser's address bar. This loads the right experimental flag on the internal opera://flags page directly. You can also load opera://flags and search for Secure DNS to find it. Set the Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS) flag to Enabled. Restart the Opera web browser. The feature is supported by all desktop versions of the Opera web browser. Opera is available for Windows, Mac and Linux desktop systems. The flag's description: Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS) Use secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS; DoH) instead of local DNS. This replaces your default DNS with Cloudflare's public 1.1.1.1 server for public server name lookups. – Mac, Windows, Linux The feature is experimental at this point in time. While it worked fine when I tested it for a short period of time, it is certainly possible that issues may be experienced. Uses may want to turn off the feature if that is the case to see if that resolves the issues that they experience. Opera Software, unlike Mozilla, has not published any information regarding privacy. It is unclear if the company has brokered a deal with Cloudflare that is similar to Mozilla's to limit data exposure, use and retention when the service is enabled. Source: Opera Software tests Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS in Opera 65 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  18. Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new version of the company's desktop web browser Opera to the public on August 20, 2019. Opera 63.0 improves the browser's private mode among other things. Opera users may run a check for updates with a click on Menu > Update & Recovery. The browser should download and install version 63.0 automatically at that point or list the update so that it can be installed. The new Opera 63.0 can also be downloaded from the Opera website. The new version of Opera improves private mode; Opera users who open a new private mode window get information about private mode on that page. In particular, Opera informs them that certain parties may still see the browsing activity, and that some data is deleted and some is kept when leaving private mode. Tech savvy users known that private browsing modes are only good for reducing local traces; visited sites, Internet providers, or the organizations that operate a network the computer is connected to, may still see activity. Users could improve privacy by using a VPN. Opera 63.0 informs users that it will delete the browsing history, cookies and site data, and form data when private mode is exited. Data purposely created by the user, e.g. bookmarks or downloaded files, remains available. The second change that Opera Software highlights on the official company blog moves the default location from the Other Bookmarks folder to the Bookmarks Bar. Newly saved bookmarks, e.g. by pressing Ctrl-D or clicking on the bookmarks icon in the Opera toolbar, are saved to the Bookmarks Bar by default unless a different folder is selected by the user. The log of changes reveals other improvements and fixes. Here is a selection of noteworthy ones: Chromium was updated to 76.0.3809.100. Download page load speed improved. Opera 63.0 is not a massive update feature-wise. Opera Software did fix several crashes and lots of issues in the new Opera browser version though which should be reason enough to update to the new version. Source: Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) Latest Opera is Frontpaged here: https://www.nsanedown.com/?page=web-browsers
  19. Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start I have configured all my web browsers to restore the last browsing session whenever they are launched on a system; that's handy as it allows me to continue where I left off, and to keep a number of sites open in the browser without having to worry about losing them or having to restore them through other means. The Opera web browser supports session restore as well but for some time now, I noticed that the browser would always open a blank page next to all the tabs from the previous session. While that may be useful to some users of the browser, I found myself closing the blank tab that displayed just the start page of the browser more often than not. One of the main issues that I had with that was that it focused the New Tab page automatically when the browser started. Again, some users may like it as they can run searches or interact with content displayed on the New Tab page right away. Thankfully, after some digging around, I found a way to disable the behavior. Once changed, Opera will just load the tabs of the previous browsing session when started and not a New Tab page as well. Here is how you make the change in current versions of the Opera web browser: Activate the Opera Menu at the top left and select Settings. You may use Ctrl-P alternatively to open the Settings, or load opera://settings instead which does open the preferences as well. Select Advanced and scroll down on the page until you get to the "on startup" section on the Settings page. You may also run a search for startup instead to display only that preference group. Flip the state of Display the start page first under "Retain tabs from previous session" to disable the feature that loads a new tab page whenever Opera starts. I suggest you test the change by closing Opera and opening the browser again. If everything worked out, Opera should just load the tabs of the previous browsing session. Source: Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  20. With Opera Mini v42.0.2254.139274 Beta [AdFree] you can save data while browsing the internet and get to your favorite content faster Opera Mini is the best browser for Android, versions 2.3 and up, on both phones and tablets. It’s fast, free and beautifully designed. The new Opera Mini has been redesigned with a lighter look and made more intuitive to use. Ditch buttons and swipe to navigate the web. With less clutter and less hassle, Opera Mini’s updated look gives you a superior browsing experience. ► Save data Use up to 90% less of your mobile data compared to other web browsers. Get faster access on the internet, while getting more out of your data plan. ► Browse privately Go anywhere on the internet without leaving a trace on your device, with Opera Mini’s private tabs. Features: Customize your layout: Choose between three different looks. See your daily savings: Get a summary of how much data you use, and track your data savings. Sync and share your bookmarks: Switch between your computer and your phone without missing any of your favorite bookmarks. Share your favorites to your friends, using your favorite social-network apps. Switch between search engines: Choose between popular search engines like Yahoo! or Google. Search Amazon, eBay, IMDB and more, right from the browser. You can even add your own search engines. Manage your tabs easily: Get an overview of all your tabs, tap to open a tab or swipe to remove one. Save your favorite sites: Tap the “+” button on the combined address and search bar to save a page to Opera Mini’s Speed Dial start page, to add it your mobile bookmarks or to read it offline. Get the latest news: With the Discover feature, you can browse through the top stories or select a preferred category and get the newest trending articles. Visit http://www.opera.com/help/mini/faq/beta/ Download: Site: https://multifilemirror.com Sharecode: /93ohi6rpnnhy
  21. Opera for Android 51 Now Available with Built-in Free VPN Opera is one of the first browsers that brought a free VPN service to the desktop, and now the company is bringing it to Android as well. Opera for Android 51 thus allows users to browse the web securely by easily connecting to a VPN server, all right from within the browser. Opera says the built-in VPN does not create any logs, so information about your online activity isn’t stored on a server. “This means that the VPN servers do not log and retain any activity data, all to protect your privacy,” the company says. Additionally, the new version of Opera for Android introduces support for crypto-pairing, which is already available in the latest desktop version of the browser. “With the recent improvements to our Crypto Wallet, including our efforts to dramatically simplify the acquisition of funds, we are fulfilling our goal to make Opera for Android the natural choice for stepping into blockchain technology and Web 3.0 for the first time,” Opera explains.Older Android versions abandonedNeedless to say, Opera for Android 51 also comes with other under-the-hood improvements, so the browser overall should be faster and more stable. One particular change that takes place with the introduction of the new version is deprecated support for Android 4.1 to Android 4.3, a version of the mobile operating system that was introduced back in 2012. Opera says that users still running this version can switch to Opera for Android, but no further updates are otherwise planned. You can download the latest version of Opera for Android from Softpedia using this link. To enable the VPN and connect to a server, just go to settings or tap the VPN icon in the top left corner. You can choose from a series of regions and also see statistics regarding your browsing from the same screen. Source
  22. Opera for Android 50 Released with Improved Ad Blocker, Picture-in-Picture Mode Opera for Android has officially reached version 50, and this new release comes with lots of improvements, including a refined ad blocker and a brand-new picture-in-picture mode. First and foremost, the new Opera version now allows users to configure special ad-blocking rules per each website. Previously, the application only came with general filters that were applied to every page you loaded, and this approach wasn’t the most convenient for users who wanted to whitelist specific websites. “This feature was implemented in our Opera browser for computers back in 2016 and today we are bringing this experience to our mobile browser,” Opera explains. “The site-specific ad blocker option is also a friendly solution for publishers to display their ads. It’s also an easy solution for users as they can switch the ad blocker on or off in two taps on the websites that they value the most.”Hello, Picture in PictureAdditionally, the Android browser now boasts the Picture in Picture mode that’s also available in the desktop version of the application, so you can technically watch YouTube videos while doing something else on your phone. PiP requires Android 8 and newer. There’s also support for dark CSS themes, as well as faster opening of PDF files and documents. The Opera team says it has also focused on improving scroll support in the Android browser. “The scroll handle also acts as the quick jump tool used in previous versions of Opera. Tap the handle when the arrow points up or down to go to the very beginning or end of a web page,” Opera says. And last but not least, the application is available in a series of new languages, including Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian. You can download Opera 50 for Android from this link to get all the aforementioned improvements on your phone as well. Source
  23. Opera users who run any recent version of the web browser -- Stable, Beta or Developer -- and either the native ad blocker or a browser extension that blocks advertisement, may have noticed that ads are no longer blocked by either solution on search results pages. Opera users with content blockers enabled may notice that advertisement is displayed as if no content blocker was enabled in the browser on search results page. Opera made no mention of the change in recent Opera changelogs. Developers find information about it on Opera's Dev website: Opera implements an additional privacy protection mechanism. By default, extensions are not allowed to access and manipulate search results provided by most built-in engines. Privacy is certainly affected by the change and while the feature may improve privacy under certain circumstances, it reduces privacy at the same time for users with content blockers. Opera users who use content blockers need to allow extensions to access search results. Load opera://extensions in the browser's address bar to get started. Opera displays all installed extensions and some preferences for each, e.g. to allow them to run in private mode or access all websites. Find "Allow access to search page results" and check the box. The extension is allowed to interact with search page results once you make the change. Opera's Native Ad Blocker works a bit different in this regard. Activate the options link on the opera://extensions page or load opera://settings/adBlocker directly. Select the "Manage exceptions" link and remove any site listed there so that the ad blocker may block advertisement on these sites. You find sites like Google or Facebook on the list, and need to click on the menu icon and select remove from the menu that opens. The change is active only in Opera; it is not part of Chromium, Google Chrome, Brave, Vivaldi, or other Chrome-based browsers. Closing Words Opera Software faces a challenge that is very similar to that of Mozilla: the balancing act between improving user privacy on the Internet and being dependent on deals with search engine operating companies such as Google. Google and other search engine operators pay Mozilla, Opera and other browser companies for the integration of search engines in those browsers, and especially for the privilege of selection of the default search engine Companies earn money from these deals when users use these search engines and view or interact with ads, and other monetized content or other activity. The deal is probably the core reason why Mozilla or Opera have not integrated or enabled a full content blocker in their browsers. (via Deskmodder) Source: Opera blocks Ad Blockers on Search Page results now! Fix Inside (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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