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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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Opera TV 2.0 is browser maker’s second shot at smart TVs

Opera TV 2.0 is browser maker’s second shot at smart TVs

Yes, you read that right. Opera, the Finnish company whose main claim to fame has been its mobile web browsers, has a smart TV platform. In fact, it is now launching in version "two point oh". Opera is attempting to leave a mark in the over-the-top (OTT) market, where rival Mozilla's Firefox is also making a move, which is already starting to become a wee bit crowded. And Opera's spiel to OEMs and app developers? An HTML5-based application platform that offers a huge monetization opportunity through Opera's own ad platform and, perhaps more importantly, billing support.

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Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Streaming media over the Internet is slowly but surely taking over even buying digital copies of videos and music. It's a trend that Apple itself has practically affirmed by launching its own Apple Music service. That means, however, that more and more people are becoming reliant on media streaming even while their bandwidth or data plans don't support it. Luckily for those kinds of users, Opera will be rolling out an update to its Opera Max service that will perform data saving compression on music streaming as it does web pages and videos.

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Opera Max data saver app makes its way to 14 OEM devices

Opera Max data saver app makes its way to 14 OEM devices

Our use of the Internet has increased considerably in the past years, partly thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices. But the bandwidth consume and the price we pay for them aren't exactly getting considerably cheaper. Opera, who previously made a leaving out of compressing web pages, is now making a living out of compressing data that passes through mobile apps. And now it is making sure everyone gets the message by partnering with 14 OEMs to pre-install its Opera Max into as many smartphones as possible.

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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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Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Firefox moves toward cross-browser extensions with Chrome and Opera

Mozilla takes a giant step towards Firefox's total compatibility with browser extensions from the Chrome and Opera extension ecosystems. The plan is to switch out the extension API used for Firefox with one by the name of WebExtensions. With this API, developers will be able to create extensions that work with multiple browsers at once, bringing Firefox back into the mix where once they were excluded. This is all part of Mozilla's move toward a more user-friendly browser on all platforms.

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Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera has pushed out an update for its Opera Max Android app, and with it comes much-awaited support for both Netflix and YouTube. Opera Max is an app that compresses content and manages data usage to maximize how much browsing you can do with your carrier's monthly data allotment. According to Opera, the app will save data across 3G/4G /LTE and Wi-Fi networks by up to 50 percent. One of its big bragging points is that its compression comes with minor quality loss, so much so that users aren’t likely to notice any changes in the content’s quality.

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