Android VPN Client App

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

By on August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

Opera made waves back in April when it announced the addition of unlimited free VPN service to its desktop web browser. VPN, or virtual private networking, is a technology that allows people to mask their actual IP addresses by routing their internet traffic through a third-party server. This way, any software that might collect information about users as they visit a website will not be able to record a user’s actual IP. People also often use VPN services to spoof their region, with the most widely discussed example being people who use a VPN client to make it appear to Netflix as though they’re based in the United States.

VPN services are incredibly valuable to people who protect their privacy while surfing the web, but these services can also have costly subscription plans that limit the amount of data you can use each month. That’s why Opera’s initial announcement was so intriguing, but the company has no intention of stopping with desktop browsing. More →

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Laptop Battery Life Extender Software

The only browser to use if you want your laptop battery to last as long as possible

By on June 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM.

The only browser to use if you want your laptop battery to last as long as possible

Modern laptops have now arrived at a point where pretty much anything you purchase is going to offer enough power to handle web browsing, media streaming and basic work without any problems — unless it’s really a budget machine. Modern processors and graphics chips are nice and powerful, and most software from big-name developers is pretty well-optimized. With that in mind, battery life becomes an increasingly important piece of the puzzle when people are choosing a new laptop. What you might not realize, however, is that battery performance is about much more than just hardware. More →

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Opera Battery Saver Mode

Switching to this browser will instantly increase your battery life by 50%

By on June 8, 2016 at 2:45 PM.

Switching to this browser will instantly increase your battery life by 50%

The whole point of owning a laptop is to be able to bring your work with you when you’re away from home, but with as much battery power as the average internet browser soaks up, it’s often ill-advised to go anywhere without a charger.

That’s exactly why Opera introduced a new battery saver feature in its latest update, extending the battery life of a connected laptop by an impressive 50%.

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Opera Browser Download

Ditching Chrome for Opera can increase your laptop battery life by 50%

By on May 12, 2016 at 7:35 AM.

Ditching Chrome for Opera can increase your laptop battery life by 50%

Chrome didn’t take very long to become one of the most popular desktop web browsers in the world, and it stole users away from Internet Explorer and Firefox by addressing common pain points users had with these two top browsers. Now, Opera is making waves by stealing a page from Google’s playbook. The company recently announced the addition of free and unlimited VPN to the developer preview version of its desktop web browser, and now Opera is back with a new announcement. The latest build of its pre-release browser includes a new power saving mode that can increase a laptop’s battery life by 50% or even more. More →

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Facebook Messenger Inbox Opera VPN

3 new technologies that will make managing your online life easier than ever

By on April 22, 2016 at 1:52 PM.

3 new technologies that will make managing your online life easier than ever

The internet is every where these days: On your PC, your phone, your TV and perhaps even your watch. Email, social networking, and internet browsing are part of our daily lives, both at work and at home.

But are you really spending your time online in the most efficient way possible? To help you out, we’ve picked out some new software updates that will make navigating your internet life easier than ever before.

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Coast Web Browser iPad

Norwegians just launched the iPad browser Apple couldn’t build

By on September 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Norwegians just launched the iPad browser Apple couldn’t build

Damn Norway. That smug little frozen Hobbitton is floating on oil money. It owns a $750 billion sovereign wealth fund and keeps buying up half-billion dollar chunks of Manhattan whenever it pleases. Norway has just 5 million people, but it forced other nations to name Friday after Freia, the Norse goddess of sex, just out of sheer Scandinavian lasciviousness. And now it has launched the best iPad browser ever, trumping all of Apple’s design and coding prowess. More →

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Microsoft Fine Google

Google reported Microsoft for violating browser commitments in Europe, leading to $731M fine

By on March 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM.

Google reported Microsoft for violating browser commitments in Europe, leading to $731M fine

Microsoft (MSFT) was hit with a $731 million fine on Wednesday for not displaying a required browser choice screen in Windows 7. The European Commission found that nearly 15 million people weren’t given an alternative browser option in Europe from May 2011 through July 2012. According to a report from the Financial Times, the Commission was tipped off about Microsoft’s violation by rivals Google (GOOG) and Opera, both of which would have benefited greatly from the mandatory browser selection screen Microsoft failed to display in Windows. More →

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Facebook no longer recommends Google Chrome, replaces it with Opera

By on May 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM.

Facebook no longer recommends Google Chrome, replaces it with Opera

Facebook Google Chrome

Last week rumors began to circulate that Facebook was interested in acquiring Opera Software, the makers of the Opera Web browser. The social networking giant recently removed Google’s Chrome Web browser, which is the most popular in the world, from its recommendation list and replaced it with Opera, further fueling the speculation of a potential buyout. While both Chrome and Apple’s Safari Web browsers are supported by Facebook, the Menlo Park-based company is recommending users to use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera for a better experience.  More →

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Android browser becomes most popular mobile web browser besides the one on iOS

By on March 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM.

Android browser becomes most popular mobile web browser besides the one on iOS

The built-in Android web browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, according to StatCounter. Android’s browser overcame Research in Motion’s BlackBerry browser in March 2011 to capture fourth place. Since then, the browser has grown at a rapid rate, passing Nokia, Apple and Opera’s mobile web browsers. In February 2012, Android had a 22.67% market share, beating out Opera’s 21.7% share for the first time ever. Apple’s iPhone browser continues to make gains with a share of 21.06%, while Nokia and BlackBerry continue to fall with an 11.24% and 6.53% market share. StatCounter does, however, account for the iPhone and iPod touch browsers separately, and combined they propel Apple’s iOS browser to first place, with a market share of 25.36%. The iPad is not included. More →

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Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

By on March 31, 2011 at 11:52 PM.

Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

After ousting Opera’s popular Opera Mini Web browser from its app store earlier this month, GetJar announced the browser’s return on Thursday. The app was originally tossed out of GetJar’s app store in early March when Opera announced plans to offer an app store of its own. GetJar wasn’t very happy with Opera’s entrance into the space so it banned the app from its catalog, theoretically preventing its users from accessing Opera’s competitive offering. “I’m glad that Opera Mini is back in the GetJar store,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile at Opera Software, in a statement. “We believe Opera should be everywhere and we love the fact that our fans will now be able to download Opera Mini again from GetJar.” GetJar offered no explanation as to why it allowed this new version of Oper’a mobile browser, Opera Mini 6, back into its app store. More →

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GetJar fears competition, ousts Opera Mini from its app store

By on March 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

GetJar fears competition, ousts Opera Mini from its app store

The Opera Mini browser no longer has a home in GetJar’s app store. Following Opera’s announcement on Tuesday that it will now offer an app store accessible through its mobile browser software on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java-enabled handsets, GetJar has pulled Opera’s Opera Mini mobile Web browser from its catalog. In a strikingly candid note to users, GetJar’s chief marketing officer Patrick Mork cites a fear of competition as the cause for the removal. “The simple problem is that Opera mini decided to include a competing app store in its browser,” Mork wrote in a note to GetJar users. “Although we don’t have any issue with this in principle, in practice it means that consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar to get their favourite apps. This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore of the advertising necessary to keep our service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar. It also jeopardizes an ecosystem that has generated over 1.6 billion downloads for tens of thousands of developers who depend on us to make money from their apps.” Opera Mini was one the most popular apps in GetJar’s catalog. Hit the break for the full letter. More →

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Opera launches app store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java handsets

By on March 9, 2011 at 3:33 AM.

Opera launches app store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java handsets

Browser maker Opera has announced the a new application store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Java based handsets that offers both free and paid applications for your mobile device. “The Opera Mobile Store is available to Opera users and users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries,” reads the press release. “The Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology and leverages a wide catalog of applications.” The company boasts that its store attracted more than 15 million users from 200 countries, cultivating over 700,000 downloads per day, during its pilot stage this February. Opera has partnered with app store curator Appia to help launch the Opera Mobile Store globally. “The Opera Mobile Store presents a remarkable opportunity for mobile application developers to distribute localized content through a single, far-reaching marketplace,” said Appia’s CEO, Jud Bowman. “Appia is thrilled to partner with Opera to deliver an incredible storefront of applications to Opera users and beyond.” The Norwegian company has put a “featured link” leading to the new store in the Speed Dial section of the Opera browser. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Opera teases its tablet optimized browser on video

By on January 4, 2011 at 1:31 AM.

Opera teases its tablet optimized browser on video

Days ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, browser maker Opera has posted a quick teaser video showcasing its tablet-optimized, Android browser. The quick, 26 second clip emphasizes the fluidity of the browser when scrolling an zooming — a little anticlimactic, we know. If you’re interested in getting a very brief peek at what the browser is going to look like, hit the jump… the video is waiting for you. More →

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