Opera may have beat rivals like Amazon to the punch with its new Opera Mobile Store, offering browser-based access to apps across various mobile platforms, but the new service has had an undesired side-effect: getting Opera Mini booted from GetJar. The download service confirmed this morning that "Due to violations of our T&C's Opera Mini has been banned from GetJar," going on to suggest that users "download Bolt, UCweb, Dolphin, Layar or Sqauce and others as needed" instead.
Opera has launched its own app store, the Opera Mobile Store, for its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers. Offering titles for Java, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android devices - though not, yet, iOS - the store is accessed by a new Speed Dial link in the apps and automatically filters by phone, location and currency.
Opera has become the first non-native web browser to arrive in the Mac App Store, and as per Apple's normal policies has been slapped with a 17+ age rating. That's not upsetting VP of desktop products Jan Standal, however, who sees the classification - deemed necessary by Apple since all the filthy internet is viewable through a browser - as the perfect opportunity for a joke. "I'm very concerned," Standal says, "seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application."
Vodafone has announced Webbox, an internet-enabled keyboard intended to turn a regular TV into an "internet portal". Based around a 14 x 25 cm QWERTY 'board with an RCA connection for the TV, the Vodafone Webbox packs the Opera Mini 5.1 browser together with support for SMS and email messaging, an FM radio, photo gallery and a music player.
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For many iPad users this is welcome news. Opera is planning to introduce a iPad specific version of its popular Opera Mini browser at the Mobile World Congress next week. Opera Mini has been available for iOS devices for awhile now, but this will be Opera’s first step into the tablet world. Expect Opera to use every inch of the iPads larger screen size.
Opera has announced that its browser will be making an appearance on future Sony BRAVIA HDTVs and Blu-ray players, allowing the network-connected hardware to browse the full internet. The partnership will also mean that future Sony kit will support emerging online standards, including HTML5, HbbTV and OIPF.
Opera has announced a new touch browser for tablets and netbooks, Opera for Tablets, which will make its official debut at CES 2011 later this week. Demonstrated on a Samsung Galaxy Tab, the browser looks reasonably similar to Opera Mini, already available for Android devices, though scaled somewhat to suit a tablet-sized touchscreen.
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If it weren't for the technology industry, there'd probably be a lot of downtime for some of the major courts around the United States. This time around, several companies are being targeted by plaintiff Hopwell Culture and Design. Of those companies, Apple, HTC, Adobe, and Samsung are being named. According to the plaintiff, these companies are violating a patent entitled Double-Clicking a Point-and-Click User Interface Apparatus to Enable a New Interaction with Content represented by an Active Visual Display Element.
Internet Explorer 9 has been praised for its malware-blocking abilities, with researchers NSS Labs finding [pdf link] the Microsoft browser was more than five times more likely to protect surfers from socially-engineered malware than Firefox 3.6. Looking solely at "a web page link that directly leads to a download that delivers a malicious payload whose content type would lead to execution, or more generally a website known to host malware links" - i.e. fake downloads as often seen on Facebook or Twitter - the research found IE9 capable of blocking 99-percent of the threats encountered.