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Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera has announced a controversial new feature for its browsers on iOS, Android and Windows Phone: native ad blocking. Those who choose to enable it will have the browser block advertisements for them, something that feels beneficial on the user end but ultimately harms the websites those users visit. Opera says the new native ad blocking feature will help speed up mobile browsing while reducing data usage.

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Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

The Opera browser has been gaining some cool new features recently. Last month the version of Opera for computer users gained a free and integrated VPN solution in the developer version that will eventually come to all users in the standard version of the browser. Opera is back now with the announcement that Opera for computers and Opera Mini are getting a built in ad blocker.

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Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

The Opera Mini browser for Android has just been updated with refined versions of its data saving modes. Previously, the browser was known for giving users the option of reducing bandwidth and speeding up load times, in turn compressing websites and their layouts, but this was either an "on" or "off" setting, with nothing in between. There are now "Extreme" and "High" settings, which reduce data by 90% and 30-40%, respectively.

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Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

Opera Mini 9 for iOS reduces video buffering

A new version of Opera Mini is available for users of iOS devices that promises to make loading video faster and reduce the amount of buffering you have to sit through. The new version is called Opera Mini 9 with video boost. Opera also says that the browser will help you reduce data usage, which is great for people who are on a data limited account.

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Opera Mini now on smartwatches via Samsung Gear S

Opera Mini now on smartwatches via Samsung Gear S

Ever since the dawn of mobile phones, Opera's web browser has been there on tiny screens with tiny data plans. Now the Finnish company is again trying its luck, this time on an even more minuscule screen, with the Opera Mini becoming the first web browser for Samsung Tizen-powered Gear S smartwatch, making it also the first major web browser to ever advertise support for the device category.

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Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft dumps low-end browser dev duties

Microsoft is washing its hands of developing the browser for affordable ex-Nokia phones, cutting a deal with Opera that will make Opera Mini the default route for web access. New Series 30+, Series 40, and Asha handsets will all come with Opera Mini preinstalled, while existing users will be prodded to ditch the existing Xpress browser and switch over if they want the most up-to-date software.

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Opera Mini makes a comeback on iPhone and iPad

Opera Mini makes a comeback on iPhone and iPad

The mobile browsing market may be dominated by the likes of Firefox and Chrome, or Safari in Apple's world, but something as light and lithe as Opera's mobile browsers may still have a loyal following. With the new Opera Mini on iOS devices, users will be greeted by an overhauled user interface, more data compression options, and pretty themes.

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Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

This week the folks behind the web browser Opera have pushed their Android-based mobile edition past Beta into its first full-fledged release. They've done so with little fanfare, too - so little that it's scarcely made waves here in the spring of 2013 - right between Google's developer conference Google I/O and the technology conference CTIA. It's a fine browser, all said, with a WebKit engine base and a free download set of innards that'll have it competing with the other big guns in web browser downloads.

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Opera cuts down its workforce by 10%

Opera cuts down its workforce by 10%

Opera has just reported that it lost about 91 of its employees, which amounts to almost 10% of its workforce. Half of the employees were developers for the software company, and the reason for the cut was due to Opera's decision to switch over to the open-source WebKit browser. The switch left the company with 840 employees last quarter, down from the 931 that it had previously had.


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Opera claims 56% of users are mobile-only Web surfers

Opera claims 56% of users are mobile-only Web surfers

Opera may not be the biggest name in the world of browsers, but when you hone the focus into mobile browsers, it begins to sing a different tune. The software company has revealed some interesting statistics about its users, which provide some fascinating insight into what kind of person the average Opera mobile user is. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that these numbers are on a global scale.

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New Opera Mini 6.5 and Mobile 11.5 browsers launch

New Opera Mini 6.5 and Mobile 11.5 browsers launch

If you are looking for a new browser for your smartphone, the latest version of Opera Mini is now available. The new version for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Java-enabled phones is Opera Mini 6.5. If you are using a Symbian S60 smartphone, the browser for you is Opera Mobile 11.5. The big upgrade in these browsers is the ability for the user to track data use.

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Pantech continues US invasion with ultra-slim Hotshot handset

Pantech continues US invasion with ultra-slim Hotshot handset

The fine folks at Pantech, a group which very recently released the least expensive version of a Verizon LTE-capable smartphone on the carrier, today announced another lovely little oddity: the Pantech Hotshot. This is a device that we'd otherwise not even think about making a post for since it's basically a feature phone, but it does have some features that should spark some interest for you in the future of Pantech. Before we continue though, have a look at our review of the Pantech Breakout and see what it means to fly quickly for a low dollar bill.

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