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  1. Opera browser has been updated to version 86 in the stable channel. The patch brings a refined address bar, and a couple of useful additions to the application's built-in screen capture utility. What's new in Opera 86 Address Bar Categories Opera has tweaked the search functionality of its Address Bar. When you type something in it, the dropdown menu that shows up will now indicate whether a displayed result is a web search, a bookmark, or an item from your browsing history. Web searches are highlighted with a magnifying glass icon, along with the name of your default search engine. Pages in your History and Bookmarks are displayed at the bottom of the panel, and are listed under their respective categories. Tabs that are open and match the keyword, can be identified easily as they have a "Switch to tab" button. Tip: If you don't like the new addition, you may turn it off from the Experimental Settings page. Head over to opera://flags. Look for the option labeled "Address bar dropdown categories", its value is set to Default[E]. Set it to disabled, and it will restore the old address bar sans the categories. The results from Bookmarks don't appear reliably for me. Text Snapshot Opera browser's snapshot tool can now create screenshots based on text selection. To use it, simply select some text on a webpage. You will need to select three or more words to trigger the option. Click on the Snapshot option that appears in the pop-up panel. This will create a new snapshot that contains the text you highlighted in it. The browser will open its snapshot editor, that you can use to modify the image, add some effects to it, etc. It allows you to save the image to your computer as a PNG file, copy it to the clipboard, add it to Pinboards, or share it on social media websites. Crop Tool The Snapshot editor in Opera has a new tool that can be used for cropping images after taking a screenshot. This can come in handy to edit out unwanted elements like buttons, borders, YouTube seek bar, etc, from an otherwise nice screenshot. The button for the new editing option is located at the right edge of the toolbar. Crypto Wallet The Opera Crypto Wallet has been renamed to just Crypto Wallet. It offers a sidebar panel that you can use to manage cryptocurrency transactions. It is not enabled by default, and can be toggled from the browser's Settings > Advanced > Crypto Wallet. The flag setting for this feature is called Native Crypto Wallet. The company has been pushing forward in the cryptocurrency arena, last week it released the Opera Crypto Browser for iOS. The Web3 browser debuted in January 2022, for Windows, Mac and Android. Fixes in Opera 86 The Switch to Tab button that appears in the address bar should no longer jump to a wrong tab. Hitting the space bar will not display a blank suggestions panel. Autocompleted text will be displayed in the address field after the suggestion has been removed by the user. The Opera 86 update is based on Chromium 100.0.4896.127. You can download the latest version for Windows, macOS or Linux from the official website. Horizontal Tab Scrolling which was introduced in the Opera 86 dev channel build, is yet to make its way to the stable channel, though you can toggle a flag to enable it. Opera 86 brings URL categories in Address Bar, Text Snapshot and Crop Tool Frontpaged: Opera 86.0.4363.23
  2. Downloads: X86: https://get.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/84.0.4316.42/win/Opera_84.0.4316.42_Setup.exe X64: https://get.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/84.0.4316.42/win/Opera_84.0.4316.42_Setup_x64.exe Changelog: https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/changelog-for-84/
  3. The latest version in the Dev channel of Opera browser, version 86, adds a new way to navigate through your tabs. This maybe useful for users who are in the habit of hoarding dozens of tabs. Horizontal tab scrolling in Opera browser The feature, called Horizontal tab scrolling, places an arrow button at either end of the tab bar, clicking on which takes you to the left or the right of the list respectively. Opera's tab bar, unlike that of other browsers, keeps resizing the size of tabs dynamically, as you open more and more tabs. This makes it difficult to find a particular tab, which is why the new feature could be useful. But at this point, I think the Search Tabs panel is still the better way to manage tabs. Now, when you update to the latest version, you may think that the horizontal tab scrolling doesn't work. Firefox has a similar feature (mouse wheel gesture) which kicks in when you have 25 tabs or more. Since I'm used to it, I guessed Opera has a similar requirement, so I kept opening more tabs. Opera doesn't display the arrow buttons for tab scrolling until the entire tab bar is filled, I had to open 54 tabs for the icons to appear on my 1080p monitor. The horizontal tab scrolling is enabled by default. You can't disable the feature directly from the browser's settings, but you can toggle a preference from the opera:flags page. Look for the flag that is labeled "Scrollable tab strip", click on the drop-down menu next to it and select the Disabled option. Users who are on the stable channel of the browser can enable the above-mentioned setting, to try the horizontal tab scrolling without installing the dev channel build. Hide tabs from the same website Another change that the latest version of Opera brings, is the ability to hide the list of tabs from the same website in the tooltip that pops-up when you mouse over a tab. To disable the list, head to the Settings > Advanced > User interface > and toggle the switch next to "Show tabs from the same domain in tab tooltip". New Snapshot tools in Opera browser Opera added a couple of new options for its Snapshot tools last week. The first new option is a crop tool that can be accessed from the snapshot editor that appears after you capture a screenshot. It's pretty much similar to the crop tool that you may have used in image editors, i.e., resize the rectangle by dragging its borders. The other change lets you capture a Snapshot by selecting text, you'll need to highlight a minimum of 3 words, after which the "Snapshot" button appears in the pop-up panel. It acts as a shortcut to save the snapshot, so you can either copy the text or save it as an image. You can download Opera 86 for Windows, macOS and Linux from the official website. The horizontal tab scrolling is a nice feature to have, but I feel that the implementation could have been better. I prefer scrolling through the tabs with the mouse wheel, a feature that the application doesn't have yet. But given that Opera browser has been a pioneer in mouse gestures, I think we can expect it to be added in the future. Opera 86 dev channel update adds support for horizontal tab scrolling
  4. Download Page: Opera: https://get.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/84.0.4316.31/ Opera GX: https://get.opera.com/pub/opera_gx/84.0.4316.30/ Downloads: Opera - Full Installer: Opera_84.0.4316.31_Autoupdate.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:12 74565880 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Autoupdate.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 12:12 64 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Autoupdate_x64.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:14 78763568 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Autoupdate_x64.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 12:14 64 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Setup.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:18 79915200 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Setup.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 12:18 64 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Setup_x64.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:19 84878832 Opera_84.0.4316.31_Setup_x64.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 12:19 64 Opera - Patch: Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-83.0.4254.62_Patch.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:12 23534424 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-83.0.4254.62_Patch.ex..> 03-Mar-2022 12:12 64 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-83.0.4254.62_Patch_x6..> 03-Mar-2022 12:13 26363696 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-83.0.4254.62_Patch_x6..> 03-Mar-2022 12:13 64 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-84.0.4316.21_Patch.exe 03-Mar-2022 12:12 4494344 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-84.0.4316.21_Patch.ex..> 03-Mar-2022 12:12 64 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-84.0.4316.21_Patch_x6..> 03-Mar-2022 12:13 6273920 Opera_Stable_84.0.4316.31-84.0.4316.21_Patch_x6..> 03-Mar-2022 12:13 64 Opera GX - Full Installer: Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Autoupdate.exe 03-Mar-2022 08:51 106048344 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Autoupdate.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 08:51 64 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Autoupdate_x64.exe 03-Mar-2022 08:52 110290776 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Autoupdate_x64.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 08:52 64 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Setup.exe 03-Mar-2022 08:59 112080672 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Setup.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 08:59 64 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Setup_x64.exe 03-Mar-2022 09:01 117094688 Opera_GX_84.0.4316.30_Setup_x64.exe.sha256sum 03-Mar-2022 09:01 64 Opera GX - Patch: Opera_GX_Stable_84.0.4316.30-83.0.4254.70_Patch..> 03-Mar-2022 08:49 23574472 Opera_GX_Stable_84.0.4316.30-83.0.4254.70_Patch..> 03-Mar-2022 08:50 64 Opera_GX_Stable_84.0.4316.30-83.0.4254.70_Patch..> 03-Mar-2022 08:51 26420680 Opera_GX_Stable_84.0.4316.30-83.0.4254.70_Patch..> 03-Mar-2022 08:51 64
  5. Opera Software released Opera 84 to the stable channel on February 16, 2022. The new version of the Chromium-based web browser introduces the new protective feature Paste Protection. Opera updates automatically by default, but this does not happen the moment a new version is released by Opera Software. Users may run a manual check for updates by selecting Menu > Update & Recovery, or by loading opera://updates in the browser's address bar. Opera displays the installed version and runs a check for updates to install any update that is found. A download of the latest version of the browser is also provided on the official Opera website. Paste Protection Opera Software highlights Paste Protection as the main feature of the new Opera browser. I reviewed Paste Protection back in December 2021 when it was introduced in Opera 84 Developer, a development version of the browser. Paste Protection aims to protect sensitive Clipboard content by informing users about potential manipulations. Users who copy data such as banking account numbers or crypto wallet identifiers are informed by the browser if the content is manipulated. Malware may target these specifically so that transactions are hijacked if the user does not pay attention to the target addresses. Paste Protection warns users only so that they are aware of potential manipulations. Pasting is not prevented though. Opera Software's blog post does not reveal additional information about the release, but it links to the full changelog. Naturally, Chromium, the base that Opera shares with browsers such as Chrome, Vivaldi, Edge or Brave, has been updated to a new version. Opera supports the new Windows 11 snap layout popups and there appear to be some changes in regards to the DRM system Widevine as well in the release. Other than that, there is not a lot that is sticking out. The changelog lists bug fixes, including crash fixes and memory leaks in the new version. Now You: have you updated to the new Opera? What is your impression so far? Opera 84 final is out with Paste Protection Frontpaged: Opera 84.0.4316.14
  6. Download Page: https://get.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/80.0.4170.63/ Downloads: Full Installer: Opera_80.0.4170.63_Autoupdate.exe 20-Oct-2021 16:57 73238248 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Autoupdate.exe.sha256sum 20-Oct-2021 16:57 64 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Autoupdate_x64.exe 20-Oct-2021 16:58 80249640 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Autoupdate_x64.exe.sha256sum 20-Oct-2021 16:59 64 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Setup.exe 20-Oct-2021 16:59 77598896 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Setup.exe.sha256sum 20-Oct-2021 16:59 64 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Setup_x64.exe 20-Oct-2021 17:00 85333744 Opera_80.0.4170.63_Setup_x64.exe.sha256sum 20-Oct-2021 17:00 64 Patch: Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-79.0.4143.72_Patch.exe 20-Oct-2021 16:56 20798432 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-79.0.4143.72_Patch.ex..> 20-Oct-2021 16:57 64 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-79.0.4143.72_Patch_x6..> 20-Oct-2021 16:58 34352808 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-79.0.4143.72_Patch_x6..> 20-Oct-2021 16:58 64 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-80.0.4170.40_Patch.exe 20-Oct-2021 16:57 4792048 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-80.0.4170.40_Patch.ex..> 20-Oct-2021 16:57 64 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-80.0.4170.40_Patch_x6..> 20-Oct-2021 16:58 19152440 Opera_Stable_80.0.4170.63-80.0.4170.40_Patch_x6..> 20-Oct-2021 16:58 64
  7. Opera adds support for Apple's M1 processor and custom shortcuts Opera Software has announced that its namesake browser now natively supports Apple’s M1 processor. According to the firm, M1 support makes Opera run two times faster compared to the previous version of the browser. The latest version of Opera also lets users create custom keyboard shortcuts to more quickly access various browser features. Last November, Apple released several new Macs that ship with the new Apple M1 CPU, which is ARM-based. With the shift from Intel’s processors, Apple had to ship a compatibility layer called Rosetta 2 that would enable programs designed for Intel CPUs to run on the Apple M1. Since the launch, Mozilla has added support for M1 to Firefox and Google has added support to Chrome. Now with the latest update, Opera supports M1 too. The other feature arriving in this update is the ability to create custom shortcuts that let you easily access Player, Flow, and Crypto Wallet. To set keyboard shortcuts for any of these features you should click the three-dot icon at the bottom of the sidebar then click the three-dot icon next to the feature and select Configure shortcuts; from there, you can type the shortcut you want. The latest version of Opera is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux (deb, RPM, snap). If you already have Opera installed, press the Opera menu, go to Update & Recovery, press Check for update and once the update has finished downloading, press update. Source: Opera adds support for Apple's M1 processor and custom shortcuts
  8. Opera for Android 61 launches with media player and WebSnap Opera has announced the availability of Opera for Android 61. The new update includes an integrated media player that removes the need for third-party media players as well as WebSnap, a tool that lets you snap the current page and add doodles, text, and emojis before sending the picture to your contacts. The built-in QR code scanner has also been made easier to access. The headline feature is this update is the integrated media player. According to Opera, it providers users with a “smooth media experience” and removes the need to open content in a third-party player. The new media player includes Play Queue support so you can watch or listen to your media in a particular order while continuing to browse. It also supports picture-in-picture mode you can watch and browse at the same time. Another new addition is WebSnap which functions like the snapshot tool on the desktop version of Opera. WebSnap lets you screenshot the current page and add doodles, text, and emojis before you forward the image onto friends. The WebSnap feature can be accessed in the three-dot menu in the top right. The final change in Opera for Android 61 is that the QR scanner is now easier to open. Opera said that QR codes are becoming more and more common in markets around the world so it wanted to make the QR scanner more prominent and easier to access. You can open the QR scanner directly in the search box on the start page as well as on web pages. If you long-press the Opera home screen icon, you can drag the QR scanner onto the home screen making your native QR scanning app redundant. The firm said that this version also includes over 300 fixes which will ensure you receive the best possible browsing experience. If you already have Opera for Android installed, you should get the update automatically via the Google Play Store. If you don’t have the browser yet and want to try it, you can find it here. Opera for Android 61 launches with media player and WebSnap
  9. Opera browser gets Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music support Opera Software released a new version of the company's Opera desktop browser to the public today. Opera 72.0 Stable is all about music, or more precisely, integrating some of the most popular music services directly in the browser. Opera users may control music playback directly from the sidebar, and Opera Software believes that this is more comfortable than having to control playback from a browser tab or a standalone application. The integration uses Opera's sidebar implementation that has been expanded widely in recent releases. This year, Opera Software integrated direct access to Instagram and Twitter to the sidebar, complementing the already available Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp messenger services. The music player integration works similarly but it is grouped together under a new player icon in the sidebar. A click on the icon displays the supported services -- Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Music -- and a click on a service opens the site of the service in the sidebar. All that is left then is to sign-in to an account or create a new account, and start using the service from the sidebar. Music playback is controlled from the sidebar, but options to use media keys if supported are also available. Opera Software designed the player with other web activity in mind. If a user plays a video or other audio in open browser tabs, sidebar music playback is paused automatically and resumed automatically when the video or audio stream. Users have full manual control over music playback as well. All it takes is to hover over the music player icon in the sidebar to get controls and information about the song that plays currently. The controls support pause/resume, move on to the next or go back to the previous song. There is no need to open the full player interface for these controls, as they appear on hover automatically. Opera users may sign-in to multiple supported services using the new player functionality. The feature to switch to another service is a bit hidden at first; you find a small down-arrow icon next to the icon of the service that is displayed currently in the title bar. A click display all supported services and an option to switch to another. Opera users may hide any of the sidebar icons if they don't use them. Sidebar extensions are also available to integrate other services in the sidebar directly. You can check out the official blog post here. Download links for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are also provided on the page. Closing Words If you like to play music while you are using your computer, you may find the new sidebar player useful as it makes everything a tad easier to control for many users. Those who are using media keys may not get the same mileage out of the new feature but those who controlled playback in a tab in the browser, will. Opera browser gets Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music support [ FrontPaged here.... Opera 72.0.3815.378 ]
  10. Opera Touch for iOS Gets Rebranded to Just 'Opera' on Its 3rd Anniversary, Revamps UI Opera Touch on iOS has now been rebranded to just Opera, retaining its classic design with some visual changes. Opera for iOS brings forward the clean and minimalistic design of its predecessor Opera has revamped its Opera Touch browser for iPhone and iPad models to commemorate its third anniversary on the platform, and rebranded it to just 'Opera' in the process. With the update, the browser gets a modern UI that keeps the minimalistic style and core functionalities of its predecessor but revamps animations, colours, themes, and a few other visual changes including a flatter design. The fast action button that is iconic of Opera Touch's design remains, giving users the ability to browse conveniently with one hand. In a blog post announcing the rebranding of Opera Touch to Opera for iOS, the company said "The most noticeable changes will be in the revamped UI aspects of the browser, like new colours being introduced. If you use Opera on your iOS device, you will also notice the purple logo on the home screen changing to red. Other visual changes will be happening in the background animations of the main UI as we introduce a cleaner and smoother design for a more refined look and feel." Apart from these changes, Opera gets new themes with "intense and impactful" colours, while the fast action button now has less transparency than before. The company says all the popular features of Opera Touch have been brought forward to the new version, including speed dial bubbles, the built-in ad-blocker, cookie dialogue blocker, the Flow cross-device sync feature, cryptocurrency mining protection, and the Crypto-Wallet. Opera for iOS retains the fast action button popularised by Opera Touch In a press release, Jona Bolin, Product Manager for Opera for iOS, explained the importance the launch of iOS 14 had for the company “Since the introduction of iOS 14 last year, when Apple announced users could change their default browser, we have seen tremendous interest in our flagship browser for iOS, particularly from users in North America and Europe." "We plan to keep adding additional UI changes in the upcoming months. These additions will improve usability and aesthetics to give our users a more enjoyable browsing experience on their beautiful iOS devices. This is something unique that no other browser available on the App Store currently offers." added Bolin. The revamped and rebranded Opera browser for iOS devices is listed on the App Store. In other Opera-related news, the browser for Android got an update recently that brings features like an integrated media player, WebSnap feature, and better access to the QR scanner. The v61 update also fixes more than 300 issues and supports a picture-in-picture feature. Source: Opera Touch for iOS Gets Rebranded to Just 'Opera' on Its 3rd Anniversary, Revamps UI
  11. The mysterious case of the Opera Autoupdate folder in Downloads If you are using the Opera web browser on a Windows device, you may have noticed that the browser is creating a "opera autoupdate" folder in the Downloads directory or in other locations. Opera adds a scheduled task on Windows during installation the checks for new versions regularly to update the browser if a new version is available. Ideally, this works without the creation of the aforementioned folder. I checked on two systems running different versions of Windows 10 and both systems had the "opera autoupdate" folder listed under downloads. The content of the folder includes several subfolders such as Crash Reports and CUsersMartinAppDataLocalProgramsOpera (plus one for Opera Developer and Opera Assistant), and the opera_autoupdate.log file. If you find the folder in the Downloads folder, or in your User folder, then you may want to know why Opera is creating the folder and using it. Other browsers don't, even those based on Chromium, e.g. Brave, Chrome or Edge, and it is not clear right away why the folder needs to be used by Opera for updating purposes. According to Opera Software, the folder gets only created in certain situations. If multiple scheduled tasks exist for the same purpose, e.g. to update Opera Stable, then the Downloads folder may be created and used by the browser. Why? Because one of the first steps when a scheduled update tasks runs is to lock the Opera folder. If the first scheduled task locks the Opera installation folder, the second task cannot update the files and that is the reason why the update switches to using the Downloads or Home folder for the update procedure. The solution is quite simple: check the Task Scheduler and delete any excess task. When I checked the Opera tasks on one of the Windows 10 systems, I noticed that each task was listed twice in the scheduled tasks listing. I disabled one of the tasks and deleted the "opera autoupdate" folder afterwards. Here is how you can do the same: Open Start, type Task Scheduler and load the result. You should see Opera tasks under Task Scheduler Library. If you see multiple, select each and switch to the Actions tab for each to check the "start in program" path. If you see the same path for multiple tasks, disable all but one. Once done, delete the "opera autoupdate" folder in Downloads to get rid of it. If things worked out, Opera should no longer create the folder in Downloads or Home when it runs updates. Another alternative is to use a portable version of Opera or disable automatic updates to update the browser manually only. Source: The mysterious case of the Opera Autoupdate folder in Downloads (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  12. What is going on at Opera Software? An analysis of Opera Software's performance by Hindenburg Research suggests that the company that is best known for its Opera web browser faces troubling times. Note: Hindenburg Research specializes in "forensic financial research". Opera Software has not reacted to the report at the time of writing. The law firm of Kirby McInerney LLP is investigating these potential claims against Opera Limited. The company was acquired by a Chinese-based investor group in 2018 prior to its IPO and things have taken a turn for the worse since then. The company's browser gross margins "collapsed by 22.6% in just one year" and the company has "swung to negative $12 million in LTM operating cash flow" from a positive $32 million in the 2018 period. Hindenburg Research's analysis of Opera Software's performance and activity since the management change. It uncovered that Opera's CEO "was recently involved in a Chinese lending business" that saw its shares plunge by more than "80% in two years" and that Opera has started to make a "similar and dramatic pivot into predatory short-term loans in Africa and India". The bulk of Opera's lending business is operated through applications offered on Google's Play Store according to Hindenburg Research and in "violation of numerous Google rules". The company concludes that these applications may be removed by Google at any time which in turn would cause Opera Software to lose a large part of the company's revenue. According to Hindenburg, Opera generates "over 42% of the company's revenue" from its short-term loan business. If that would not be bad enough already, Hindenburg Research's analysis suggests that Opera's CEO is directing company cash into businesses owned by the Chairman to "draw out cash". Hindenburg Research believes that Opera stock will go down significantly in the next 12 month period. The company set a price target of $2.60 on Opera; Opera Ltd's last course was $7.05 on NASDAQ on January 17, 2020. The course was at $9.02 two days prior but took a dive after reports went live. What does this mean for users of the Opera web browser? It is too early to come to a final conclusion. The claims made by Hindenburg Research need to be be looked at and it remains to be seen how Opera will react to the report. If the allegations are true, it could potentially mean the end of Opera and the Opera web browser. Source: What is going on at Opera Software? (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  13. Fintech biz's financials hit a high note... as in bank notes Those who remember Opera for its freeware browser may be saddened to note its ever-increasing dependency on fintech revenues, judging from financial figures it shared last night. Opera's full-year sales jumped 94 per cent from $172m in 2018 to $335m in 2019, we're told, with the stand-out being its online money-lending service, which rose from $1.7m in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $71.9m in the fourth quarter of 2019 – that's more than half of total Q4 sales. Sales for the final quarter of 2019 thus increased 158 per cent to $129.6m from the year-ago period. Search revenue, meanwhile, comprised $22.6m in the fourth quarter, up seven per cent on the year-ago period thanks to "browser growth." When Opera went public in 2018, Google and Yandex search deals accounted for more than half of its revenues. The steep increase in sales came at a high cost as full-year operating profits took a dive from $45.3m in 2018 to $20.7m in 2019. Even comparing quarters, things looked glum: Opera managed to turn in a $13.2m operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter of 2019 managed only $12.7m profit despite those soaraway revenues. Net income, on the other hand, for the year stood at $57.9m, up 64 per cent, thanks to $34m from its investments in other organizations: Africa's OPay and social media upstart StarMaker. Without that injection, Opera would have finished 2019 with about the same amount of overall profit as 2018. The Norway-based software maker, which last month snapped back at accusations it had plunged with gusto into the murky waters of predatory short-term loans to make its financials look rosier, put the growth in expenses down to the cost of growing its fintech business, particularly its personnel. Some $19m of the $33m cost of revenues for 2019's fourth quarter was attributed to the cost of "microlending revenue," for instance. To put that into context, the entire cost of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $8.1m. Still, in a conference call with analysts, Frode Jacobson, Opera's chief financial officer, reckoned that "at its core, the growth in microlending was self-funded," adding that the company reckoned the cash flow would turn positive despite the cost growth rates. The trend looks set to continue, if Opera's forecasts are to believed. Revenues of between $123m to $133m are expected in the first quarter of 2020, but those hopeful of a return to the browser business are likely to be disappointed by a full year drop of $20m expected in technology and retail revenues. This despite an increase in 2019 to 355 million monthly active users (although someone crueler than us might mistake Opera's browser market share for a rounding error these days.) It is instead full steam ahead on the fintech front, with continued targeting in South East Asia and Africa – the company also launched data plans in Nigeria.) And for European users of the company's wares? Great news! "European fintech also represents a significant opportunity – one where we will be able to provide our European user base of more than 50 million users with new products around payment and open banking," said the biz. Chief operating officer Lin Song told analysts he reckoned Euro users were "highly dissatisfied with current financial offerings" and thus would be "receptive to the compelling products we have planned." Just one European market will get to feel the benefit of Song's banking and payment plans (thanks the January acquisition of Estonia-based fintech outfit Pocosys) with a rollout to others if all goes well. You lucky, lucky people. Source
  14. Opera 66.0.3515.27 Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software. Features include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse gestures, and an integrated download manager. Its security features include built-in phishing and malware protection and the ability to delete private data such as HTTP cookies. Opera is designed with your life in mind. The day is short and productivity is essential, so let the Opera Web browser help you tackle your 'to do' list. Download: 32-bit: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/66.0.3515.27/win/Opera_66.0.3515.27_Setup.exe 64-bit: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/66.0.3515.27/win/Opera_66.0.3515.27_Setup_x64.exe
  15. Opera 56 for Android launches with improved reader mode Opera Software released Opera 56 for Android today; the new version of the mobile browser comes with reader mode improvements, configurable address bar buttons, and tab restoration improvements. The update is already available and should be pushed to Android devices automatically that have automatic updates enabled. New users can download the web browser from Google Play by following this link. Opera 56 for Android Opera Software highlights three main features that are new or improved in the release in the official blog post on the Opera website. The second feature sounds the most interesting to me so lets start with that. Opera users who run the browser on Android may set a default address bar action button in the new release. The default button is Reader Mode while Reload has been moved to the menu. The company notes that reloading is till possible by swiping down from the top of the web page. Opera users who prefer Reload to be displayed in the address bar, or another action button, can make that happen in the new release. Here is how that is done: Tap on the Menu button and select Settings. Locate and activate Appearance under Browser. Scroll down on the page that opens and activate "shortcut in address bar". Select one of the available shortcuts to make it the default. Available are, among others, Reader Mode, Reload, Translate, Share, Find in Page, Save as PDf, or Add to bookmarks. Note that you can add only one shortcut to the address bar using the feature and that you may activate some of the other features using the menu. The second improvement on Opera 56 for Android, the one that Opera put first, affects the built-in Reader Mode. Reader Mode improves readability by turning convoluted web pages into basic pages that focus on text content. In Opera 56, Reader Mode is available directly from the address bar if the browser detects an article that would benefit from it. The Wikipedia example above highlights how an article on Wikipedia looks like when it is displayed in Reader Mode. I also tried this on Ghacks but the feature does not work on this site at all. If you display the mobile site, no Reader Mode icon is shown. If you load the desktop site instead, the Reader Mode icon is displayed but activating it displays only the first two paragraphs of the article. The third and final feature that Opera Software highlights in the new mobile release improves the resurrection of closed tabs. The list of closed tabs is displayed in chronological order now in the browser. Previously, only the option to restore the last tab that was closed was available which was not very user friendly. Source: Opera 56 for Android launches with improved reader mode (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  16. Opera 65 Final is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new version of the company's Opera web browser, Opera 65.0 Stable, to the public on November 14, 2019. The new version of the desktop version of Opera comes with content blocking improvements, a redesigned address bar, and direct access to separate bookmarks and history sections from the sidebar. Opera Software released Opera 64.0 featuring a new theme and Bitcoin support last month. Opera 65.0 Opera 65.0 is already available for download on the official Opera website. Existing users may get the new version automatically thanks to the web browser's built-in updating functionality. Since it is not real-time, users may select Opera Menu > Update & Recovery to run a manual check for updates to download and install Opera 65.0 on the device. Opera 65.0 comes with several improvements. Most notable, probably, is the redesigned address bar that completes the browser's design updates that started with the release of Opera Reborn 3 in April 2019. The active site is grayed out when users of the browser start to type in the address bar; this puts the focus on the input and values that Opera returns based on the input of the user. Those who used previous versions of Opera may notice that Opera 65.0 displays website titles first and then hyperlinks, and that it is easier to distinguish between suggestions picked from the browsing history, bookmarks, speed dial elements, and search. Websites displayed in the address bar are displayed with a favicon in the new version which improves recognition further. Bookmarks and history are now accessible as separate elements in the sidebar of the browser. A click on history or bookmarks displays the interface. Opera Software hopes that this improves access and usability of the features in the browser. Bookmarks open in an overlay when activated from the sidebar while the history is opened in a tab which may need to be addressed to improve the user experience. Another change in Opera 65.0 brings an option to display the blocked trackers in the interface; this is only enabled when the native ad-blocker is enabled. A click on the content blocking icon displays controls to allow or block ads and/or trackers on the active website. If trackers are blocked, all blocked trackers may be displayed in Opera 65.0 with a click on "list of blocked trackers" in the interface. You can check out the full changelog on the Opera website as well. The browser has been updated to Chromium 78.0.3904.87 and Opera Software has applied numerous fixes for issues in the new releases as well. Source: Opera 65 Final is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. Opera's Start Page loading slowly? Do this to speed it up! Like most web browsers, the Opera web browser comes with a default New Tab Page / Start Page that displays a number of elements to users when opened. Opera users find a search bar on the page as well as links to certain websites and services. Opera browser users may enable or disable elements on the page; they may add news to the page or hide the bookmarks bar that is displayed. The linked websites may also be replaced with other properties. There may be a visual delay before the page opens in Opera regardless of the method that you use to open it. A tap on Ctrl-T opens a new tab in the browser but it is also possible to click on the plus icon in the browser's tab bar to do the same. Opera Software has been working on an improvement that speeds up the loading of the page in the web browser. Recent versions of Opera, including the latest Stable versions, support it already. The feature, called Shared Start Page, is not enabled by default in the browser at the time of writing. Opera users may enable it in the browser to speed up the loading. The feature is available for all desktop versions of the Opera web browser. Improves loading time of a new start page by sharing single webcontents. – Mac, Windows, Linux Note: experimental flags may be removed at any time or integrated natively in the browser. Here is what you need to do to enable the Shared Start Page feature in the Opera web browser: Load opera://flags in the browser's address bar. The page that opens lists all available experiments. Search for Shared Start Page using the search form at the top. Set the status of the Shared Start Page experiment to enabled. Restart the Opera web browser. When you open a New Tab Page in Opera after the operation you may notice that the page opens much quicker than before. I tested this on Opera Stable running on a Surface Go device and the loading improvement was noticeable. It seems likely that Opera Software will integrate the improvement natively in the browser at one point in time; for now, it is necessary to enable the flag to benefit from it. Source: Opera's Start Page loading slowly? Do this to speed it up! (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  18. Opera introduces new workspaces feature in Opera 67 Opera Software introduced a new feature, called Workspaces, in the latest developer version of the Opera web browser for desktop operating systems. Opera 67 Developer comes with built-in support for Workspaces, a feature that resembles virtual desktops and also Firefox's container feature to a degree. The main idea behind Workspaces is to separate websites and web apps into different groups. Opera users could use a workspace for work-related activity, one for social media, and another for shopping or entertainment. Unlike containers in Firefox, Workspaces do not separate the browsing data but may improve tab management in the web browser. Opera Software says the feature is experimental at this point in time; features may change and while the company seems inclined to improve Workspaces in future versions of the browser, there is no guarantee at this point. Opera 67 displays two workspaces by default in the sidebar that users may switch between easily. The two work areas display tabs opened in them only and the switching happens near instantly. The first experimental version of the feature lacks several customization options and interactivity options. It is not possible to create more workspaces or change their icons in this version. Opera Software plans to introduce the functionality in future versions. Another feature that is missing is the ability to push tabs from one workspace to another; it is however possible to use the built-in search, using Ctrl-Space, to find tabs open in the web browser. Keyboard shortcuts are not support either at this point in time. Opera users who don't want to use the functionality may disable it with a right-click on the web browser's sidebar and the deselection of the two workspaces placed there. Open tabs are retained in the workspaces if Opera is configured to restore the previous browsing session and Exit is selected from the Opera menu. Closing words The main benefit of the browser's Workspaces feature is better manageability of open tabs in the browser. Opera users may use it to separate their activity visually and it may also be useful to hide activity in places in which someone might catch a glimpse of the screen. Workspaces is no Containers feature on the other hand and it does not appear that Opera Software plans to evolve it into one. Source: Opera introduces new workspaces feature in Opera 67 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  19. Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new stable version of the web browser on December 5, 2019. The new Opera 55 web browser for Android devices includes a new Night Mode and improved keyboard dimming functionality. The new version of the mobile web browser should be offered to Android users soon via Play Store updates. It may also be downloaded from Google Play (and other sources) manually. The major new feature of Opera 55 for Android is the browser's redesigned Night Mode. It is disabled by default but may be activated with a tap on the Opera icon and the toggling of Night Mode in the menu. You may customize Night Mode functionality in the browser's settings. Just tap on Night Mode there to open the configuration page. There you find the following options in Opera 55: Change the color temperature to alter blue light emission. Change the dimming. Toggle the use of the dark theme. Enable dark web pages. The feature enables a dark theme for sites that don't support dark themes by default. Enable the new dim keyboard feature; this requires an additional permission as the browser uses an overlay to dim the keyboard on the device. Schedule Night Mode so that it is enabled during a specific period, e.g. from sunset to sunrise or custom period. With Night Mode enabled, Opera for Android will display webpages that are opened in the mobile browser accordingly. It makes sense to use Night Mode together with Dark Mode on the deice and the extra dark web page and dim keyboard modes. All taken together paint the entire screen in darker colors that may make the whole experience more enjoyable in the morning and at night, and may also improve sleep. Opera Software calls it Super Dark Mode when all Night Mode features are enabled. The browser takes care of the UI, webpages, and keyboard that may be displayed when it is active. Source: Opera 55 Stable for Android is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  20. Opera 57 for Android: improved offline pages and data saving controls Opera Software launched a new version of the company's mobile web browser for Google's Android operating system today. Opera 57 for Android introduces several improvements and new features including improved data saving controls, options to customize the storage location for offline pages on the device, faster Speed Dial access, and more. The update is available on Google Play already; users who use Google Play may check the list of updates in the Store to pick up the new version of the mobile Opera browser. The browser launches a "what's new" page on first start after the update has been installed that lists the new features. Users who have enabled the data saving feature of the browser in previous versions may notice that it is now highlighted in the browser's address bar. The new data saving badge provides quick access to the data saving feature and its settings. Opera users may turn the feature on or off from the new management interface and configure the handling of images there as well. Android Opera users who have had troubles using the browser's offline pages functionality in the past because of storage space restrictions may now set the storage location. Opera for Android used internal storage in previous versions but that can now be changed so that external cards or storage locations may be used to store offline pages in the browser. Any open page in the browser can be saved to the device with a tap on Menu > Offline pages. Another new feature in Opera 57 for Android is auto-completion for Speed Dial pages. When text that is typed in the browser's address bar matches a Speed Dial page set in Opera, it is auto-completed automatically so that users only need to hit the Go button to open that page; this may speed up access to Speed Dial pages further for users who prefer to type in the address bar. Opera will prompt users when it notices that YouTube is loaded in the browser; the prompt allows users to switch to the YouTube app instead to watch the video or browse the site. A tap on "no thanks" denies the request. Last but not least, Opera Software improved the browser's built in crypto wallet by including support for Web 3.0 websites with crypto domains as well as .eth and .xyz using IPFS. Users from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong may now also buy cryptocurrency in the browser (which users from the United States and Scandinavia could for a while). Source: Opera 57 for Android: improved offline pages and data saving controls (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  21. Opera 76 fixes the YouTube ad blocking issue A couple of weeks ago, I told you that Opera browser isn't blocking YouTube ads. This issue has been quite the headache for users, but the latest update seems to have fixed the problem. Opera has released a new version of its browser to the stable channel. The update announcement on the company's blog finally acknowledges the ad blocking issue was real. As a matter of fact, it was the only thing highlighted in the article. Opera 76 has fixed the YouTube ad blocking issue. Interestingly, the post also confirms that the ad blocker was not properly blocking all ads. That kind of explains why I got ads only on some videos, it was random. The release notes for Opera 76.0.4017.177 makes things even more interesting, it reads, DNA-93554 [AdBlock] Find a fix for blocking ‘new’ YouTube ads Notice how the 'new' part is in quotes. Some Brave users had reported the ad blocking issue as well. That indicates there's something odd going on behind the scenes. It's good to see that the problem has been addressed by Opera. Speaking of which, does the ad blocker work? There's only one way to find out. I reset the browser to make it work like a fresh install, and to get rid of all extensions and custom settings. The first part of the test was to use Opera browser with its default settings. So, here are my observations from using the browser without the ad-blocker enabled. A lot of YouTube videos started out with a video advertisement before getting to the actual content, while some had banner ads that stayed on top of the media. The search results page had an ad banner too. There's nothing unusual about this, this is how the world looks when you aren't using an ad-blocker, and that's what makes it annoying. Time for part 2 of the test, all I enabled was the option to block ads. I did not toggle the block trackers setting. After watching several videos and restarting the browser multiple times, I can confirm that the ad blocker works correctly. Opera browser blocked all three types of ads (in-video ads, sticky banners, and banners on the results page). Opera 76 also fixes an issue with the picture-in-picture video playback, you can now control the sound properly in the pop-out. Did you notice that Opera's blog announcement does not talk about Opera GX? If you read my previous article, you may remember that GX had the ad blocking issue as well. After a bit of searching, I found the change log for Opera GX on the community forums. The post mentions that the same fix for the ad blocker was added in version v75 of the browser. That's Opera GX 75.0.3969.282 to be precise. So, I gave it the same treatment as the regular variant of the browser, and GX seems to be blocking ads just as it should be. If you're using an older version of the browser, I recommend updating to Opera 76. The installer is available at the official site. Don't forget to tell us whether the ad blocker is now working fine for you. Opera 76 fixes the YouTube ad blocking issue
  22. Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start I have configured all my web browsers to restore the last browsing session whenever they are launched on a system; that's handy as it allows me to continue where I left off, and to keep a number of sites open in the browser without having to worry about losing them or having to restore them through other means. The Opera web browser supports session restore as well but for some time now, I noticed that the browser would always open a blank page next to all the tabs from the previous session. While that may be useful to some users of the browser, I found myself closing the blank tab that displayed just the start page of the browser more often than not. One of the main issues that I had with that was that it focused the New Tab page automatically when the browser started. Again, some users may like it as they can run searches or interact with content displayed on the New Tab page right away. Thankfully, after some digging around, I found a way to disable the behavior. Once changed, Opera will just load the tabs of the previous browsing session when started and not a New Tab page as well. Here is how you make the change in current versions of the Opera web browser: Activate the Opera Menu at the top left and select Settings. You may use Ctrl-P alternatively to open the Settings, or load opera://settings instead which does open the preferences as well. Select Advanced and scroll down on the page until you get to the "on startup" section on the Settings page. You may also run a search for startup instead to display only that preference group. Flip the state of Display the start page first under "Retain tabs from previous session" to disable the feature that loads a new tab page whenever Opera starts. I suggest you test the change by closing Opera and opening the browser again. If everything worked out, Opera should just load the tabs of the previous browsing session. Source: Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  23. Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new Opera Software released a new version of the company's desktop web browser Opera to the public on August 20, 2019. Opera 63.0 improves the browser's private mode among other things. Opera users may run a check for updates with a click on Menu > Update & Recovery. The browser should download and install version 63.0 automatically at that point or list the update so that it can be installed. The new Opera 63.0 can also be downloaded from the Opera website. The new version of Opera improves private mode; Opera users who open a new private mode window get information about private mode on that page. In particular, Opera informs them that certain parties may still see the browsing activity, and that some data is deleted and some is kept when leaving private mode. Tech savvy users known that private browsing modes are only good for reducing local traces; visited sites, Internet providers, or the organizations that operate a network the computer is connected to, may still see activity. Users could improve privacy by using a VPN. Opera 63.0 informs users that it will delete the browsing history, cookies and site data, and form data when private mode is exited. Data purposely created by the user, e.g. bookmarks or downloaded files, remains available. The second change that Opera Software highlights on the official company blog moves the default location from the Other Bookmarks folder to the Bookmarks Bar. Newly saved bookmarks, e.g. by pressing Ctrl-D or clicking on the bookmarks icon in the Opera toolbar, are saved to the Bookmarks Bar by default unless a different folder is selected by the user. The log of changes reveals other improvements and fixes. Here is a selection of noteworthy ones: Chromium was updated to 76.0.3809.100. Download page load speed improved. Opera 63.0 is not a massive update feature-wise. Opera Software did fix several crashes and lots of issues in the new Opera browser version though which should be reason enough to update to the new version. Source: Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) Latest Opera is Frontpaged here: https://www.nsanedown.com/?page=web-browsers
  24. Opera 54 for Android: new theme, Bitcoin support Opera Software released a new version of the company's main web browser for Google's Android operating system on October 22, 2019. The new Opera 54 web browser features a new theme and comes with support for Bitcoin and TRON virtual currencies among other new features. The update is already pushed via Google Play at the time of writing. Opera users may check the Apps and Games section on Google Play to force the update to take place immediately. The new version loads a theme selection interface on first launch that users of the browser may use to pick from one of the included themes. A tap on a theme enables it right away, a tap on more options opens the mobile browser's full appearance options with additional preferences. There users find five colour options for light and dark modes; the new version includes a setting to apply the system wide mode -- dark mode or light mode -- automatically. The option is enabled by default but users may switch to light or dark mode manually in the Appearance settings. Tip: if you want the address bar to be displayed at all times, switch the "toolbars" preference from "only hide address bar when scrolling" to "never hide" under Appearance. Opera Software states that the new UI has a flat design with no extra layers or shadows to make it "visually cleaner". Company engineers reduced animation times and simplified several other things to make the browser "more quickly" in the process. The main design goal was to remove unnecessary distractions from the UI so that things can be done faster. Opera Software introduced a crypto wallet in 2018 in Opera for Android. It allowed users of the browser to store Ethereum using the wallet. The new Opera 54 for Android adds support for Bitcoin to the wallet; arguably the world's most popular cryptocurrency, Opera for Android users may now use the wallet to trade Bitcoin. As far as other features are concerned, there are a few: Opera switched the default button for notification requests from allow to deny to make sure that users don't allow notifications by accident anymore. The new version of the browser supports the Web Authentication standard next to that as well. Closing Words While Opera Software teases the new design and theme options as the main feature of Opera 54, it is Bitcoin support in my opinion that is most noteworthy as it extends cryptocurrency support. Source: Opera 54 for Android: new theme, Bitcoin support (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  25. Opera Software tests Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS in Opera 65 Opera Software released a new beta version of the company's Opera web browser on October 17, 2019 to the public. Opera 65 Beta includes support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a privacy and security feature that encrypts DNS traffic to prevent spying and common attacks such as spoofing or pharming. Opera 65 Beta is already available. Existing Beta installation should receive the new version automatically thanks to the integrated automatic updating system. Opera Beta downloads are also linked on the official blog post that announced the new release. Opera browser is based on Chromium but the company decided to select Cloudflare as its partner for the test. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, entered an agreement with Cloudflare as well to power the DNS over HTTPS functionality of the Firefox browser. Google on the other hand makes available several provides in the DNS over HTTPS test in the company's Chrome browser. All DNS queries will run through Cloudflare servers when the feature is enabled in the Opera web browser. Requests that Cloudflare cannot handle are still handled by the local DNS server; this is mainly done to allow the browser to connect to local resources, e.g. those behind firewalls or on internal networks (which Cloudflare cannot resolve). The DNS over HTTPS feature is not enabled by default in Opera 65. Opera users need to do the following to enable it: Load opera://flags/#opera-doh in the browser's address bar. This loads the right experimental flag on the internal opera://flags page directly. You can also load opera://flags and search for Secure DNS to find it. Set the Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS) flag to Enabled. Restart the Opera web browser. The feature is supported by all desktop versions of the Opera web browser. Opera is available for Windows, Mac and Linux desktop systems. The flag's description: Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS) Use secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS; DoH) instead of local DNS. This replaces your default DNS with Cloudflare's public server for public server name lookups. – Mac, Windows, Linux The feature is experimental at this point in time. While it worked fine when I tested it for a short period of time, it is certainly possible that issues may be experienced. Uses may want to turn off the feature if that is the case to see if that resolves the issues that they experience. Opera Software, unlike Mozilla, has not published any information regarding privacy. It is unclear if the company has brokered a deal with Cloudflare that is similar to Mozilla's to limit data exposure, use and retention when the service is enabled. Source: Opera Software tests Cloudflare DNS over HTTPS in Opera 65 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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