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Opera VPN for Android, iOS is shutting down

Opera VPN for Android, iOS is shutting down

It seems that Opera is in the process of shutting down the mostly free services that have actually resurrected its brand in the mobile market. Last year, it shut down the data monitoring and data saving Opera Max app. Now it's doing the same for Opera VPN, its free VPN service for mobile. The announcement ironically comes at a time when the use of and interest in VPNs are on the rise due to recent events in the tech industry.

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Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

The surge of fame, or infamy, that cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin, is now enjoying has made some a tad too desperate to cash in on the hype. Desperate but enough to risk investing in such a fickle business. And so they will let others take the risk for them whether those others like it or not. That is practically the line of thinking behind a new class of intrusion called cryptocurrency mining that threatens to render devices, including smartphones, inoperable or even dead. Opera is coming to the rescue with a new version of its mobile browser to protect your phone from such drive-by attacks.

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Opera bitcoin mining protection feature arrives in next update

Opera bitcoin mining protection feature arrives in next update

As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise in value, a number of websites have been caught hijacking visitors' browsers and using their devices to mine digital currency without permission. This is a problem for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that this causes the user's computer to slow down and grow very hot. Opera is offering a convenient solution to the problem: an anti-cryptocurrency mining protection feature built into its browser.

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Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Opera web browser to soon have built-in 360 VR video player

Virtual reality is still a bit of flux at the moment, with so many players and so many variables that make the setup a tad complicated. When you do manage to get your hands on a rig powerful enough to run VR programs and a not so cheap VR headset, you will sometimes discover that the experience isn't all that, especially when it comes to simply watching videos on YouTube. Opera is trying to fix the latter by baking a VR player into the next version of its web browser.

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Opera Max data-saving app discontinued: here are three alternatives

Opera Max data-saving app discontinued: here are three alternatives

Following its launch in 2014, Opera has decided to discontinue its data-saving app for Android. The app is no longer listed in the Google Play Store, but existing users will get to use it for a while longer. Eventually, though, Opera is going to terminate support for those who are still using the app, forcing them to switch to a different product altogether.

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Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Microsoft Edge’s battery life claims get an independent test

Although it probably had the biggest share in the web browser market, the bloat that was known as Internet Explorer soon dragged Microsoft's name down to the Internet Hall of Shame. Given than notoriety, it almost seemed that its new browser, Microsoft Edge, had an unfair disadvantage. Unsurprisingly, the company put its marketing and advertising machine into high gear, including tests that claim superior battery life for the Edge. However, most, if not all, of these proofs and counter-proofs were made by browser makers themselves. Fortunately, Linus Tech Tips decided it was time to have an independent test done, and the results might surprise you.

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Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

Opera is Reborn with built-in chatting

In a world full of Chromes, Foxes, Safaris, and Edges, is there still room for other web browsers? Opera, which precedes some of those, definitely thinks so. After toying around with some possible features in its experimental Opera Neon, the company is folding some of those more successful ideas into the newest version of Opera. Meet Opera Reborn, which has built-in social network chatting so you won't have to waste your precious office time switching between apps or tabs.

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Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Yes, Opera Mini is still alive. The name once synonymous with web browsers for phones, whether smart or not, has practically been overshadowed by the likes of Chrome and Firefox. That's not to say, however, that Opera doesn't have something unique to offer anymore. Keeping true to its core mission to help users save data, Opera is announcing new features it is rolling out to Android, including its own built-in download helper as well as Facebook monitoring and notifications.

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Opera 43 is all about speed

Opera 43 is all about speed

Opera is getting an update to version 43 today, and with it comes a number of improvements all about speed. As outlined on the Opera blog this update aims to decrease load times and work alongside existing speed features such as native ad-blocking and optimized start-up times. There are two main speed features in Opera 43, and they sound like they'll be welcome additions.

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Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera is looking to change the state of internet browsers, and it has launched a new browser called Neon as the first step in realizing that vision. Starting today, Opera Neon is available to download on Mac and Windows, and it's the culmination of a year and a half of work by Opera's design team. As everyone knows, competition in the web browser space is stiff, so I downloaded Opera Neon and took it for a spin to see how it stacks up to more traditional browsers.

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Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera offers an Android app designed to reduce the amount of mobile data you use throughout the day, and it’s pretty great at doing so. That has resulted in somewhere around 50 million Android users actively using the app every month, and Opera found itself in a bit of a pickle: while the free app shows an advertisement when you’re within the app, there was little reason to actually open the app and thus no one was looking at these ads with any sort of regularity. The company recently introduced a limitation that addresses that issue, and users weren't happy, so now the company is back with yet another change: VIP Mode.

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Opera 41 aims to make launching your browser faster no matter how many tabs

Opera 41 aims to make launching your browser faster no matter how many tabs

Opera has announced the latest version of its web browser for Windows computers and the main focus of the browser this time out is speed. Specifically Opera wants your browser to launch faster no matter how many tabs you open at launch. The latest version of the browser is Opera 41 and one of the main features is a startup sequence that aims to eliminate most of the wait time at launch.

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