Opera acquires video optimization company Skyfire

Opera announced today that they have acquired Mountain View based Skyfire Labs. + On his blog, Skyfire CEO Jeff Glueck commented: Opera and Skyfire are a natural fit. Both companies have extensive focus on operator products well beyond our well-known consumer web browsers, with complementary geographic strengths (Skyfire in North America, Opera globally and especially across the entire developing world).

Opera announced today that they have acquired Mountain View based Skyfire Labs.

Skyfire + Opera

On his blog, Skyfire CEO Jeff Glueck commented:

Opera and Skyfire are a natural fit. Both companies have extensive focus on operator products well beyond our well-known consumer web browsers, with complementary geographic strengths (Skyfire in North America, Opera globally and especially across the entire developing world). Skyfire brings cutting-edge products like Rocket Optimizer and Skyfire Horizon that are proven in commercial deployment, and signed customers including 3 of the largest U.S. wireless operators. Our technology in video, app optimization, and mobile browser personalization for smartphones and tablets extend Opera’s portfolio into high-growth areas.

Skyfire provides a range of products for both operators and consumers:

Earlier this week Opera announced that it is switching to webkit. And, this move will enable the company to improve its mobile offering further.

Skyfire will be retaining its brand.

Opera switches to Webkit from Presto

Opera announced today that they have crossed the 300m users mark. The browser has seen an increasing adoption amongst users across all its platforms. I’ve been using Opera for several years now at a time when it was ad-supported.

Opera announced today that they have crossed the 300m users mark. The browser has seen an increasing adoption amongst users across all its platforms. I’ve been using Opera for several years now at a time when it was ad-supported. It’s not my primary browser because I miss the extensive extension support that Firefox and Chrome provide, but it is a good alternative.

Till now Opera has been using Presto as the rendering engine. However, this is something that they have been dedicating tremendous resources to maintain and in order to grow, Opera has decided to adopt Webkit and focus its efforts on developing the browser.

Opera Turbo

In the release, CTO of Opera Software, Håkon Wium Lie stated:

“The shift to WebKit means more of our resources can be dedicated to developing new features and the user-friendly solutions that can be expected from a company that invented so many of the features that are today being used by everyone in the browser industry.”

In a way I think this is a good approach from Opera’s perspective. I’d really like to see the browser offering a better user experience. A better add-on integration will ensure more adoption from users and developers.

Am looking forward to the new Opera. What about you?

Opera releases 12.10 beta; adds Windows 8 support

Opera has always been one of my favourite browers. It’s fast and they have steady update to valuations. It still needs to go a long way to get close to Chrome or Firefox in terms of add-on support, but it’s a good alternate browser, if you need one.

Opera has always been one of my favourite browers. It’s fast and they have steady update to valuations. It still needs to go a long way to get close to Chrome or Firefox in terms of add-on support, but it’s a good alternate browser, if you need one.

The Opera team have released 12.10 beta. Opera 12.10 beta offers a big boost of speed, along with better compatibility across websites, improve standards support, new capabilities for extensions, as well as with the major operating systems in use today.

New features include:

Support for Windows 8 and Mac OS X

12.10 adds basic touch support for Opera in Windows 8 Classic, so you will be able to scroll, zoom and browse pages and elements easily. As an extra bonus, touch support also works on Windows 7.

Mountain Lion users are now able to use Mountain Lion’s built-in share function, using the new Share button in Opera’s address bar, as well as seeing Opera notifications in the Notifications Center.

Faster

This latest version of Opera is faster than ever before, thanks to many performance optimizations. It also includes support for the SPDY (“Speedy”) network standard. SPDY was designed to cut down the time it takes for a webpage to load, while reducing some of the security risks posed by HTTP.

Extensions, improved

Several new and improved APIs are included in this version of Opera including:

High-resolution display

The new version has been designed to work on high-resolution displays like the new Retina Macs. So, you’re no longer going to see blurred versions of the browser.

Opera high-resolution display

For a complete list of bug fixes for this version, please see the full bug fixes list.

Download Opera version 12.10 beta for Windows
Download 64-bit version for Windows
Download Opera version 12.10 beta for Mac OS X
Download 64-bit version for Mac OS X

Share your bookmark across browsers with Transmute

If you’re like me you probably have a huge number of browsers installed on your system. And surprisingly, I use most of them at some point of time or the other. One main reason is for testing whenever I am working on a new theme or site.

If you’re like me you probably have a huge number of browsers installed on your system. And surprisingly, I use most of them at some point of time or the other. One main reason is for testing whenever I am working on a new theme or site.

If you’re using browsers for browsing, you will feel lost when you don’t have all your favorites in place.

Transmute is a bookmark converter that enables you to import and export your bookmarks and favorites between Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Apple Safari, Chromium, Flock and Konqueror. You can export bookmarks to the root or a designated subfolder and also create a backup file.

Transmute

Transmute boasts of several features besides just the multiple browser support. For starters, Transmute will timestamp and back up your bookmark collections before changes are made, providing extra safety.

It can also run on Linux and Mac via use of the Mono Framework and if you decide to go pro (for a fee), you get tonnes of features including support for Google Bookmarks and Delicious.

Download Transmute
Download Transmute Portable

Opera 10 Alpha is out and it’s a perfect Acid3

Opera 10 Alpha has been released with brand new features that’s made is faster, better and well as usual ready to capture its share back! Presto 2.2 Engine Performance boost 100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test Auto-update Inline spelling checker Opera Mail improvements, including rich text composition and delete after X days Widget Improvements on Linux Opera 10.

Opera 10 Alpha has been released with brand new features that’s made is faster, better and well as usual ready to capture its share back!

  • Presto 2.2 Engine
  • Performance boost
  • 100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test
  • Auto-update
  • Inline spelling checker
  • Opera Mail improvements, including rich text composition and delete after X days
  • Widget Improvements on Linux

Opera 10.0 Apha passes the Acid3 Test with a perfect 100/100. I ran the test on other browsers and they were far far behind!

Opera 10 Alpha scores 100/100 on Acid3 Test

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6 Must Have Symbian S60 Mobile Applications

Ever since I activate GPRS on my Nokia N73, I’ve kept myself busy hunting for various applications to install and run on my mobile. The purpose has always been to keep me connected even when I am on the road. After a good deal of testing and trying, I’ve zeroed in on a few must have applications for any avid mobile user (with an internet connection of course).

Ever since I activate GPRS on my Nokia N73, I’ve kept myself busy hunting for various applications to install and run on my mobile.

The purpose has always been to keep me connected even when I am on the road.

After a good deal of testing and trying, I’ve zeroed in on a few must have applications for any avid mobile user (with an internet connection of course).

Opera Mini

Opera Mini

Opera Mini is the highly popular Opera Browser ported to the mobile platform. Opera has always been my number one browser of choice and Opera Mini was the first application I installed on my N73.

Opera Mini comes with tonnes of features that make mobile browsing a breeze.

One feature that I really love is the inbuilt shortcuts. You can use the * key of your keypad to access your bookmarks and the # key to navigate around the browser.

Opera Mini Hompeage | Download Opera Mini | Opera Mini Simulator

fring

Fring

fring was the second application to find its way onto my phone.

fring is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM friends using your handset’s internet connection rather than costly cellular airtime minutes.

fring Homepage | Download fring

eBuddy

fring is feature rich, which also means that it eats up the battery at a little faster rate. That is where eBuddy steps in as a chat client.

eBuddy

eBuddy is a mobile messenger that allows you to chat with Google Talk, MSN messenger, AIM and Yahoo! friends.

It is just a basic chat client which doesn’t have loads of features as fring does above. However, it gets the job done, especially when you have your battery running low.

eBuddy Mobile Homepage | Download eBuddy

Newsgator Go!

I’ve been using FeedDemon and NewsGator for well over 18 months now.

So, it was well expected that I download and use the NewsGator Go! for Mobiles. NewsGator Go! uses the same NewsGator account that is used for FeedDemon. This allows me to read all my feeds while I am traveling and ensure the same gets updated in FeedDemon as well.

NewsGator Go! for Mobiles | Download NewsGator Go!

Mail by Google Mobile Client

I use Google Apps for my personal email and Gmail is one of my personal emails that I frequently use.

If you want to check your email on your mobile, you can either use a mobile browser like Opera Mini above or install the Google Apps Mobile Client

For Gmail access only you can install the Gmail Mobile client. Both interfaces are similar however, the first is for your Google Apps domain and the second is for you gmail account.

Google Apps Mobile Client | Gmail Mobile Client

Yahoo! Go

Yahoo! Go

For accessing Yahoo! email as well as for several other Yahoo! services like Weather and Flickr, the Yahoo! Go client is your best bet.

Download Yahoo! Go | Yahoo! Go Test Drive

**Note**
All of these applications consume a good amount of bandwidth. Make sure you have an unlimited data transfer plan with your mobile provider.

Opera 9.2 – Now with SpeedDial

Think of Opera to find innovative methods to make our browsing smoother. The newest release of Opera now includes SpeedDial. SpeedDial looks very much like your regular phone dial and functions similar to your mobile phones’ speed dial feature.

Opera
Think of Opera to find innovative methods to make our browsing smoother.

The newest release of Opera now includes SpeedDial.

SpeedDial looks very much like your regular phone dial and functions similar to your mobile phones’ speed dial feature.

Opera SpeedDial

You can add your favorite sites to the speed dial and whenever you open a new tab you can access the sites with one click. Alternatively, you can also use Control + 1 through Control + 9 to access the sites.

Besides the new feature, the release changelog also mentions several security fixes and the addition of Developer Tools.

Did I specify that Opera is my favorite browser? I’m just waiting for the 9.2 release for U3 portable to put it on my pen drive.

Tip Thursday: about:blank saves bandwidth

about:blank as many of you will just open a blank page. By default Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera are set to open up a webpage on connecting to the internet. Most of the time you won’t be interested in opening that default page.

Techtites Daily: Tip Thursday

about:blank as many of you will just open a blank page. By default Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera are set to open up a webpage on connecting to the internet.

Most of the time you won’t be interested in opening that default page. The result is unncessary wastage of bandwidth. This gets severe if you are on a limited download plan with your ISP.

By using about:blank as you start page of your browser you’re ensuring that when your browser is opened you do not load any page.

Options screen in Internet Explorer 7

The above screen shows you the Options window of Internet Explorer, which you can access via Tools > Options.

Both Firefox and Opera make it easier for you to both maintain a home page as well as open the blank page when opening the browser. You can enter the homepage, but select to open a Blank Page whenever the browser is opened.

This is the setting I follow for bother the browsers 🙂

Opera 9.1 Released; Wii version on Dec. 22

The best browser IMO has officially released 9.1 version. The file has already been sitting on their FTP servers for the past few days.

Opera

The best browser IMO has officially released 9.1 version. The file has already been sitting on their FTP servers for the past few days.

The main update since version 9.0 is the implementation of Fraud Protection, including technology from GeoTrust, the leading digital certificate provider, and PhishTank, a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet.

Wii Release Comic Strip (c) Opera Software

Opera also announced that the Wii version of the browser will be available on December 22.

Opera 9.10 Setup [~4.9MB]
Download page
– Detailed Changelog for those interested.