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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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Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera is a name you might more readily associate with mobile browsers, but in late 2013 it tried to diverge a bit from that core business. Focusing on one of its key strengths, which is compressing Internet data before it arrives on your device, it launched the Opera Max service that brings that feature to cover not just web pages, but more kinds of data. In the latest iteration of its Android app, it brings two new features to the fold: watching Wi-Fi data usage and shutting down obstinate apps.

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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Back in the days before smartphones, Opera was the household name when talking about web browsing on phones. The browser has since then been eclipsed by mainstream desktop names like Firefox and Chrome. The Norway-based company has seen its business change over the course of the years, including a data-saving service that goes beyond the its web browser. Now, however, its main product is starting to catch up. Opera, on both desktop and mobile, will now let you sync your bookmarks across all of those platforms.

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WhatsApp Web gains support for new browsers

WhatsApp Web gains support for new browsers

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that users can use to send texts, images, and share locations with each other. The web version of the app has been updated to support two more popular browsers, which is good news for web users. WhatsApp now supports Firefox and Opera browsers. Previously the only supported web browser was Chrome.

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Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

Vivaldi is a new browser set to take on Chrome and Firefox

There are plenty of browsers out there today that web users can choose from including the old standby Internet Explorer and the newer Chrome and Firefox browsers among others. If none of those browsers is really your cup of tea, a new offering is coming down the pipes to add another contender to the field. The new browser is called Vivaldi and it is from a team that includes the former CEO of Opera.

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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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