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Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

Opera challenges Microsoft Edge’s battery saving claims

When you just recently released a product or feature that promised to significantly save users some laptop battery life, you would naturally be unsettled when, out of nowhere, someone suddenly claims to have an even better "regular" product. That is probably what browser maker Opera felt when Microsoft surprisingly published a blog post that extolled its own Edge browser's battery efficiency. Now Opera is refuting Microsoft's claims by presenting its own hard evidence of how Opera's new power saving feature trumps them all.

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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’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Smartphones aren't the only ones in dire need of sometimes drastic battery saving features. Even laptops, with their significantly larger batteries, need some power saving loving. That's why when Opera announced that it had a new built-in browser feature that promised to give back 50% more battery life, there was understandably a good amount of interest. Now you can verify that for yourself as Opera just launched version 38 of its desktop web browser that bakes in this battery saver feature.

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Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera power saving mode aims to get you 50% more battery life

Opera has announced a new feature that has been added to the developer channel for Opera for computers. The new feature is one that people who work frequently from a laptop computer will appreciate. Power saving mode claims to be able to extend your laptop battery life by 50% compared with using another browser such as Google Chrome.

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Opera browser brings free VPN service to iOS

Opera browser brings free VPN service to iOS

Last month, Opera made a surprise move with their desktop browser. They announced that they would be providing a free VPN service, which would be integrated into the browser. What's more, the free service would have no usage caps, meaning that you could stream all of the content you wanted over their VPN, without paying a single dime.

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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 browser gains free integrated VPN

Opera browser gains free integrated VPN

Opera has unveiled a new free VPN clients in the newest developer version of the Opera browser today that has no data usage caps. There are other VPN extensions out there, but Opera says that most of those are paid-subscriptions or have limited data use. Opera notes that you might want to use a VPN to keep your browsing habits private or to access region-restricted websites.

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Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Vivaldi web browser takes on the giants with big 1.0 release

Many might think we have more than enough web browsers today. There's Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and maybe even Microsoft Edge on the side. There are also a ton of other browsers here and there, like Opera, but those are pretty much the biggest players. Opera co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner, however, obviously thinks otherwise. There is always room for one more, and that one more is Vivaldi, which is announcing its entry into the big leagues with its first stable, public 1.0 launch.

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Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

While still in the land of uncertainty regarding the acquisition by a Chinese company, it is still business as usual for Norwegian browser maker Opera. In fact, it just announced the availability of version 36 of its browser for Android. Along with the usual gamut of under the hood improvements as well as swell new visual features, Opera 36 takes the mobile browser beyond, well, the browser, adding functionality that would let it connect to and communicate with Bluetooth devices. Like, for example, the popular BB-8 toy from Sphero.

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Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera has announced a new feature that brings native ad blocking to the browser promising to make browsing the internet faster. Since the ad-blocking tech is native and not an extension, Opera says that it works faster and happens at the web engine level. Opera says that it is the very first major browser to integrate ad-blocking features; others rely on extensions to block ads.

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Opera’s board recommends accepting Chinese buyout offer

Opera’s board recommends accepting Chinese buyout offer

Opera, once famed for its web browsers, is apparently struggling to make ends meet. So much so that it has hired Morgan Stanley International to search for a buyer. That buyer has just come into the picture from halfway around the world. A consortium made up of Chinese bigshots Kunlun and Qihoo 360 have signified their intention to buyout the Norwegian company for $12 billion. Backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, Opera's board is more than convinced that this is the right way to go for the former Internet giant.

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Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Although the idea isn't really original or new, Netflix is nowadays credited for having popularized an old/new business model to the point that any new subscription-based content providing service is labeled as "Netflix-like". And that's not just for the usual culprits like movies and music but even books, games, and, soon, Android apps as well. Opera, the web browser maker who also dabbles in VPNs and smart TVs, has announced the global launch of Opera Apps Club, which lets users "rent" premium Android apps. In other words, like Netflix.

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