Apple approving Opera Mini for iPhone was perhaps the most surprising event of the week, and it comes as little surprise that owners of the smartphone have been downloading it in their droves. After leaping to the number one download spot in the 22 featured Apple Stores on the company's site, Opera have just announced that the browser was downloaded more than one million times in its first day of availability in each market.
Well, well, well. Who would have seen this coming? Sure enough, it seems that everything is about to change. Or, if you believe that when Apple actually does something as crazy as allow a third-party developer to get a web browser (you know, like Safari) approved for the App Store as a sign of the end times, we'll let you read into this what you will. But, Opera has officially announced today that Apple has given the green light to their Opera Mini web browser for the App Store.
Google might be getting all the STB-related attention with their much-rumored Google TV project, but a far more impressive home media box looks likely to reach the market well ahead of them. 3view is a UK DVR that promises to blend OTA digital TV reception with streaming IPTV, throwing in Opera 10 and even Z-Wave home automation compatibility.
Video demo after the cut
Browser developer Opera have revealed that they plan to launch a version of Opera Mini for iPhone at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week. As in other versions of Opera Mini on different platforms, the iPhone app will support the company's compression system which shrinks down webpages and results in faster load-times and reduced data traffic. It will also throw in tabbed browsing (something still absent from Safari on the iPhone) and a password manager.
However, while Opera may be previewing the new app, that doesn't mean users will be able to download it post-MWC. Apple have previously shown themselves to be resolutely opposed to permitting third-party browsers in the App Store, which means iPhone and iPod touch owners won't actually be able to get it, at least not legitimately.
While all eyes may be on the JooJoo/CrunchPad (and most editorial concentrating on skewering the home web-tablet segment) it's easy to forget that there are other devices out there, already on sale and offering just about everything the contentious slate promises. One such example is the Orange Tabbee, announced back in April and on sale in France since June for €249 ($362). Charbax caught up with the 7-inch tablet at LeWeb and shot some hands-on video.
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Toshiba have announced their latest high-end LCD TV, and it's the first to include the Cell Broadband Engine for multi-channel display and DVR recording. The Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 has a 55-inch, 5,000,000:1 contrast LED-backlit panel, with independent control over each of the 512 LED backlighting zones and 240Hz refresh. It's accompanied by a processor box, housing the Cell goodies, which can pump out eight channels to be shown on-screen at once, time-shift up to eight channels simultaneously for 26 hours, or boot up a web browser based on Opera.
After Apple made such bold claims about Safari 4 during their WWDC keynote last week, it was only a matter of time until another browser company came along and claimed to "reinvent the web". Opera have done just that with Opera Unite, a cloud-based system integrated with the company's browser, that synchronizes user data - including files, music, photos and notes - and makes it available to any internet-connected browser.
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Samsung's Mondi WiMAX MID had something of a stretched out launch - first being demonstrated at MWC as the SWD-M100, then getting a quiet mention through the company's own RSS image feed, before Samsung finally came clean early this month. What we haven't known until now is the processor powering the Mondi, and anybody hoping for something esoteric and interesting will be disappointed: it's an 800MHz ARM11 chip.
After their Korean cousins flaunted it yesterday, Samsung USA and Sprint have officially announced the Instinct S30, follow-up to the best-selling Instinct touchscreen phone. The Samsung Instinct S30 has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 2-megapixel camera, GPS and Bluetooth 2.0, as well as the Opera Mini 4.2 browser, speech-control (which Sprint are calling Speech to Action) and a new on-screen QWERTY keyboard.
Opera kept its promise of making the first beta of Opera Mobile 9.5 available today. The mobile browser displays full web pages rather than strip down mobile version and seems to be quite responsive and polished web browser, even for a beta version.
Opera claimed the browser is twice faster than Internet Explorer mobile. It features Pan and zoom, better web standards support, AJAX support, and tab browsing. You can download the first beta version here.
There's also a video (after the cut) showing how another creative Wii owner circumnavigated the previous hassle of redirecting the console's shopping page to google, by instead getting his wireless router to intercept and forward on any request for the shop to the search engine.