The Register: Opera loses Touch with iOS app: Browser maker locks and loads the rebrandogun . “As with the iOS versions of Microsoft’s Edge, Google’s Chrome, Vivaldi and so on, Opera has attempted to differentiate itself via the bits around the core rendering engine (what the company refers to as ‘the personal browser experience’). As well as the ad and cookie blocking that has become common among browsers, Opera added its Flow technology to the mobile browser at its 2018 launch to facilitate the sharing of files between desktop and device.”
VentureBeat: Opera acquires YoYo Games for $10 million and launches Opera Gaming division. “Web browser maker Opera has acquired YoYo Games, maker of the GameMaker Studio 2 game engine, for $10 million, and it has also launched its Opera Gaming division. The deal underscores Opera‘s efforts to differentiate its web browser, Opera GX, through a gaming community. Opera itself has more than 380 million people using its web browsers worldwide, but the new Opera GX gaming browser has seven million monthly active users as of December, up 350% from a year earlier.”
Neowin: Opera now lets you sync data between Android and PC with a QR code. “Opera has introduced a new update to its web browser for Android and PC that makes it easier to sync data between its mobile and desktop versions. The company has also added Flow to Opera on Android, a native chat feature in the browser.”
Ubergizmo: Latest Opera Update Will Make Easier To Manage Multiple Tabs. “These days browsers pretty much all come with tabs. Depending on the type of user you are, you might be the type that has many tabs open at once. This can be rather confusing if you’re trying to sort between the tabs, but if you’re an Opera user, then you might want to check out the latest update to the browser.”
The Register: Opera hits back at ‘short seller’ whose report claimed its ‘predatory’ microloan droid apps could hurt, er… investors
The Register: Opera hits back at ‘short seller’ whose report claimed its ‘predatory’ microloan droid apps could hurt, er… investors. “In response to the report, Julia Szyndzielorz, a senior public relations manager at Opera, said: ‘We believe Hindenburg has issued this report with the attempt at creating a situation to short Opera shares.’ She told us: ‘The Company believes that the report contains numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations regarding the business of and events relating to the Company.’” None of those errors, statements, etc. were apparently included in the response given to the Register. I’m going to keep an eye on this, as I was a huge Opera fan back in the day.
Engadget: Opera’s latest browser update will show you how much you’re being tracked. “With its previous release, Opera unveiled a tracker blocker for its browser that sped it up by up to 20 percent and offered more privacy, to boot. With the latest version, you’ll be able to see a list of those trackers to get an idea of just how often advertisers and websites are watching you.”
BetaNews: Opera 64 adds new tracker blocking protection, improves Snapshot tool. “Opera Software has released Opera 64, the latest major update to its Chromium-based web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. The major highlight of this new release is the addition of built-in protection against tracking.”
BetaNews: Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with Crypto Wallet and revamped VPN. “The headline feature is Opera’s claim to be the first Web3-ready browser. Web3, also known as the Decentralized Web, makes use of blockchain to provide P2P transactions without the need for a trusted intermediary, whether that’s Facebook (social media), Uber (ride sharing) or Airbnb (short-term lets).”
Ars Technica: Opera shows off its smart new redesign that’s just like all the other browsers. “Being Web-centric is not a bad principle for an application such as a browser, where the bulk of the functionality and interest comes from the pages we’re viewing rather than the browser itself. At first blush, I think that Opera has come up with something that looks good, but it does feel like an awfully familiar design rationale.”
Engadget: Opera’s free VPN is now built into its Android browser. “Opera is adding a free, unlimited VPN to its Android browser. It’s rolling out the VPN gradually to beta users first before making it more widely available. You’ll be able to set your location as America, Europe or Asia, or use a setting to automatically pick the optimal connection. There are also options to turn off the VPN while searching so you get more localized results and to only activate it on private tabs.”
Neowin: Opera announces Opera Touch for iPhone, due October 1 with private beta open now. “Opera has announced that its new Opera Touch browser, that launched on Android back in April, will be arriving on iPhone on October 1. In addition, those who are eager to get the browser now can request to join the beta programme.”
TechCrunch: Browser maker Opera has filed to go public . “Norway-based company Opera Ltd. has filed for an initial public offering in the U.S. According to its F-1 document, the company plans to raise up to $115 million. In 2017, Opera generated $128.9 million in operating revenue, which led to a net income of $6.1 million.” Read the article for the details about who owns Opera now and how it split and which part of that split is going public.