Opera: More and More Females are Participating in the Mobile Web

Opera-State-of-the-Mobile-Web Yesterday, Opera Software published the July edition of their monthly State of the Mobile Web report. This month’s report takes a closer look at gender equality (or inequality) and mobile web usage in Southeast Asia.

In just two years, the percentage of female mobile web users has increased by an impressive 575%. South Africa has the highest percentage of female mobile web users (43.5%), followed by United States (35.6%), Russia (32.4%) and the United Kingdom (31.5%). Sadly, India finds itself right at the bottom of the list with just 4% female users. Nigeria (5.4%), China (11.6%) and Vietnam (17.9%) are other countries with very few female users.

Opera also asked its users if they had friends they have never met away from the keyboard. An overwhelming majority answered yes. The highest proportion of affirmative answers came from users in Nigeria (87.3%) and Indonesia (83.7%). Respondents in United Kingdom (64.6%) and United States (65.6%) provided the fewest “yes” responses.

In July, Opera Mini was used by 62.3 million users, a 4.8% increase from June 2010. Opera Mini, which had been growing explosively until early 2010, is still the most popular mobile web browser in the world. However, it’s growth has virtually stagnated over the past few months.

SkyFire Browser iPhone App Store Submission Next Week

After Opera, the folks behind SkyFire have decided to release their browser for the iPhone. SkyFire is a very popular browser on many platforms due to its support for Flash, multiple tabs etcetera. According to MobileCrunch,Apple iPhone 4 the company behind SkyFire is soon going to submit their application for approval to the Apple’s AppStore. According to their sources, they plan to submit the browser for approval as soon as early next week.

As of now, it is unknown what all features SkyFire browser for the iPhone will feature. The company is expected to announce its AppStore submission after the weekend ends. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will approve the SkyFire browser or not. Apple’s AppStore policies clearly state that any application which competes with its own product won’t be allowed on the AppStore. However, Apple had to approve the Opera Mini browser due to the heavy media pressure and because of the limelight the whole thing got.

Hide Who To Follow Suggestions On Twitter

recently launched a new feature called "Who to Follow" where they display a list of suggestions of people you should be following on Twitter based on certain algorithms. Though this feature could be handy once in a while, it is always in your face whenever you visit the twitter web interface.

Twitter Who To Follow Suggestions List

Now the problem here is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to disable the suggestions list, and you will have to either use a browser extension or script to disable the "Who to follow" suggestions box on the Twitter web interface.

users have a choice with two different which will allow you to disable/hide or move the "Who To Follow" suggestions box. The Hide Twitter suggestions extension completely removes the suggestions box, whereas the Hide Twitter suggestions PLUS extension will move the box to the bottom of the sidebar so that it is not in your face every time.

If you are a , or Internet Explorer you can use a user style to hide the "Who to Follow" suggestions box in Twitter. To do that, open this link in the browser you are using and choose the options provided to you. If you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer you might need to install additional software or add-ons for your respective browser in order to use the User Style.

That’s it, till Twitter provides a way to disable the "Who To Follow" suggestions, you could use this trick to hide it from your web interface.

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for S60 Phones Released

Opera-10.1-Beta-Symbian-S60 Opera Software has been busy refreshing its mobile offering over the past few days. After sprucing up Opera Mini for budget phones as well as Android handsets, Opera Software has now released an improved version of Opera Mobile for Symbian S60 handsets.

Opera Mobile 10.1 Beta for S60 features the new Presto rendering engine, Vega graphics library and Carakan JavaScript engine. This brings Opera Mobile’s rendering capabilities on par with the desktop edition. Also new to this release is Geolocation, which allows location aware web-applications to directly pinpoint you on a map.

“Opera Mobile 10.1 beta is a new upgrade, including the latest rendering technologies to boost browsing performance on Symbian Series 60 phones,” said Dag Olav Norem, Vice President, Mobile Products at Opera Software. “Millions of people already use Opera Mobile on their Nokia Series 60 phones and we hope many of them will help us test this new beta.”

Opera Mobile is a full-featured mobile browser, which offers desktop-like browsing experience on mobile phones. Some of its salient features are speed dial, Opera Link (synchronization), password manager, Opera Turbo, tabbed browsing, kinetic scrolling and auto-rotation.

You can download the latest beta directly to your mobile phone from m.opera.com/next/.

Opera Mini 5.1 Released For Android

The beta version of Opera Mini on Android platform finally got updated to the final version, Opera Mini 5.1. The update is now available on the Android market. To download it, search for Opera Mini on Android market or just update, if you have already installed it.opera Mini

Opera is most popular mobile browser in the world. Opera mini user count is over 61 million worldwide. The key feature of Opera Mini is the fast rendering of web pages. In addition of being fast, Opera mini compresses the web pages to 90 percent. Hence, cutting down cost of internet usage.

The Opera Mini scored a staggering 1 million download on iPhone within 24 hours of release. The final version has improved a lot when compared with the previous beta. Undoubtedly, Opera Mini is a must have browser for all mobile platforms.

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Opera Mini 5.1 Released: Optimized For 3000 Phones

Opera Mini 5 was a significant update to the world’s most popular mobile browser, which made it a whole lot more awesome. Unfortunately for some users, Opera Mini 5 didn’t work on the absolute low-end handsets that Opera Mini 4 handled with aplomb.

Opera Mini 5.1, the first significant update to Opera Mini 5, is optimized to run on phones with low memory. The updated build features a refined skin with improved tab handling and introduces overall performance improvements.

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While this update is not critical for smartphone users, it is a highly recommended update for everyone using Opera Mini on low-end handsets (especially those who have been encountering out of memory issues).

The goal with Opera Mini is to make the Web available to anyone, anywhere, regardless of where they come from or the handset they have,said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. More than 61 million people on over 3000 devices have chosen to surf the Web with Opera Mini for fast and easy Internet access at a considerably lower cost.

You can find out more about Opera Mini 5 from our previous articles. Opera Mini can be downloaded from m.opera.com and opera.com/mobile/download/. Desktop wallpapers celebrating the new release are also available from the Opera Design Blog.

Opera 10.60 Released: Boosts Speed, Standards Support and Security

Opera Software, the little Norwegian browser maker that pioneered many of the modern web browser features, has just released Opera 10.60. As suggested by the version number, the new build is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Opera 10.60 builds upon the 10.5x releases and polishes many of the significant changes introduced in the previous releases.

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Visual Enhancements

Opera 10.60 refines the existing skin by making subtle but noticeable all-around adjustments. The hideous O-menu button has been replaced by a more civilized looking button. Hover thumbnail tab previews have been cleaned up and internal tabs (like Feeds, Mail, Notes and Downloads) have been graced with pretty looking icons. Also, Speed Dials now makes better utilization of the width afforded by wide-screen monitors.

Standard Support Enhancements

HTML5 has become quite the buzzword these days. Of course, thanks to the misleading usage by vendors like Apple, most people have come to associate HTML5 with any new web technology that is cool. That being said, Opera 10.60 truely delivers better HTML5 and other standards support. With this stable release, it becomes the first browser to support WebM videos. Also supported in this release are standards like Geolocation, Appcache and Web Workers. You can find more information on these new technologies here.

Performance Enhancements

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Also included in Opera 10.60 is the customary speed improvement. I didn’t do any benchmarks with the final build, but Opera claims that the new build fares 50% better than it’s predecessor in some benchmarks. Earlier, Opera 10.60 alpha had managed to edge out Chrome’s dev channel releases.

Security Enhancements

Opera has added AVG anti fraud, malware and phishing feeds to beef up it’s phishing and malware protection feature. According to Opera, “Live feeds supply fresh information on the latest web threats to the users and keep them in the know about potential malware, harm or scams”. In certain regions, Opera will also be using data supplied by Yandex for fraud protection.

Other Enhancements

Live Search Suggestions are coming to Opera. For now, it works only with few search engines like Wikipedia. Hopefully, more search engines will be supported in the near future. Opera has also added Bing as an search option. Google remains the default search engine, but Bing will be used as the Speed Dial search engine.

This is also the first time UNIX users would get to try the significant enhancements introduced in Opera 10.50, since Opera was not offered in final version for the 10.5x series.

Opera 10.60 for Windows/Mac/UNIX can be downloaded from opera.com/browser/download. You can view real-time downloads of the browser in an interactive map available at opera.com/livemap.

First Release Candidate for Opera 10.60 Is Here

The developers at Opera seem to be really keen to polish up and release Opera 10.60 as soon as possible. In a span of less than two weeks (since the beta), Opera Software has released as many as seven builds. Of course, this is a good thing. I am taking the urgency on Opera’s part to be an indication that they are itching to start working full throttle on Opera 11.

Anyway, the veteran browser developer has just released the first release candidate (RC) for Opera 10.60. If you are already using the beta, then there aren’t any major surprises in store for you. This build is essentially a bug fix release. However, the list of bugs squashed is fairly large. If you are experiencing inconsistent behavior with your current Opera 10.60 build, then the release candidate is a highly recommended update for you.

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If you are still on the Opera 10.5x trunk, then Opera 10.60 has quite a few nice changes for you. Check out our previous coverage to learn about the improved standard support and the miscellaneous visual and performance enhancements introduced in Opera 10.60.

This time around, Opera will be releasing the final build for all platforms simultaneously. This is especially good news for UNIX users, who didn’t receive a stable Opera 10.5x build.

[ Download Opera 10.60 RC 1 for Windows/Mac/UNIX ]

Opera 10.54 Fixes Multiple Security Issues

Opera-10.54 Opera Software has just released Opera 10.54, which is a highly recommended security update. This release fixes multiple security issues, including one which allowed Opera to be used as a vehicle for exploiting a flaw in font handling in Windows operating system. Here is the full changelog:

  • Prevented Opera from being used as a vector for a font issue in the underlying operating system, as reported by Microsoft’s security team; see our advisory.
  • Fixed an extremely severe issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.
  • Fixed a highly severe issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.
  • Fixed a moderately severe issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.
  • Fixed a less severe issue; details will be disclosed at a later date.

As you can see, the Norwegian browser maker has been surprisingly vague while describing the security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in this release. The most probable reason for this is “responsible disclosure”. Opera’s changelog strongly hints that other applications (most probably browsers) are also vulnerable to the same exploits.

Last week, Opera Software released Opera 10.60 Beta 1, which propelled Opera to the front of the pack once again, in terms of rendering speed. The good news is that, if you are using Opera 10.60 Beta 1 or a newer build, you are already protected and you don’t need to downgrade to Opera 10.54.

[ Download Opera 10.54 ]

Opera 10.60 Beta 1 Released – Speed, Geolocation, WebM and More

Earlier today, Opera Software released the first beta build of Opera 10.60. Regular Techie Buzz readers are probably already aware of all the major new features, since Opera 10.60 beta doesn’t do anything we haven’t seen in the snapshot builds. Here is a quick recap:

Speed: Not willing to be left behind by the likes of Chrome and Safari, Opera has amped its JavaScript engine. The end result is that it outperforms Chrome Dev. 6, Safari 5 and Firefox nightlies in almost all the JavaScript benchmark tests.

WebM: WebM is Google’s new open video platform that will hopefully become the de-facto standard on the web. Opera was quick to release an experimental build when WebM was announced and has now merged it with the main trunk.

Geolocation: Opera has been toying with the W3C Geolocation API for a long time. In brief, the Geolocation API can be leveraged by services like Twitter and FourSquare to guess your location without requiring the use of a GPS device. Check out this article to get a deeper understanding of the Geolocation API.

Web Workers: This is a new technology that allows web applications to spawn background processes to improve performance through greater parallelism.

AppCache: AppCache or Application Cache is a new HTML5 technology designed to provide offline access to web applications. You can think of it as a standards based alternative to Google Gears.

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Improved UI: Opera has received numerous visual tweaks, which makes the overall experience more pleasant. Among other things, the ugly O button has been replaced with a more dignified Menu button, tab previews as well as internal tab thumbnails are prettier, speed dials now work better in wide-screen monitors and search previews provide suggestions as you type (available for Wikipedia).

Opera 10.60 beta is so fast, it will blow you away,says Chief Development Officer, Christen Krogh, Opera Software. Beyond the speed boost, the latest version of Opera improves on our robust HTML5 support and provides more options for quick and efficient Web search through your preferred search engines. By combining raw speed with intuitive and easy-to-use features, Opera places you among the fastest Internet users on the planet.

Opera 10.60 Beta 1 is available for Windows, Mac and UNIX and can be downloaded from opera.com/browser/next/.