Opera

  • Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software

    Opera, makers of a suite of software for browsing the web on mobile and desktop devices used by some 350 million consumers, has made another acquisition to build out the services it offers to users. It has acquired SurfEasy, makers of a virtual private network (VPN) app that lets users browse the web more securely. This is Opera’s first security-focused acquisition, and it is made in… Read More

  • Opera Brings Back Cross-Platform Bookmark Syncing

    Opera Brings Back Cross-Platform Bookmark Syncing

    A few months ago, Opera (re-)introduced cross-platform bookmark syncing in its beta applications for the desktop and Android. Today, it’s launching this feature into its stable channel for desktop, Android and iOS. When Opera moved to WebKit in 2013, it gained a couple of new features, but it also lost quite a few more. The company always said that it would bring most of these back, though. Read More

  • Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Opera Adds Free Apps To Its Android Data Savings App Opera Max

    Last year mobile browser company Opera launched Opera Max, a data-compressing Android app that let users save money on their mobile data. Now, to drive more usage of the product, Opera is adding another feature to Max: apps you can use for free. App Pass, as the service is called, is aimed first at users in emerging markets, where smartphone adoption is booming, but the average smartphone… Read More

  • Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users

    Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users

    Opera’s former CEO Jon von Tetzchner is launching the first preview of Vivaldi today, a new Chromium-based browser that is squarely aimed at power users. Vivaldi features tools like Quick Commands for using written commands instead of the mouse, an Opera-like Speed Dial for quickly accessing bookmarks, a note-taking feature and the ability to organize tabs into stacks. Read More

  • Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

    Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

    Opera — the Norway-based company that develops data-compressed web browsers, app storefronts, and other cloud-based services for mobile and other platforms — has made another acquisition to build out Mediaworks, its mobile advertising subsidiary. It has bought AdVine, a mobile ad network based in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Opera’s first acquisition in the… Read More

  • Opera Brings Video Compression To Its Mini Browser For iOS

    Opera Brings Video Compression To Its Mini Browser For iOS

    Last February, Opera acquired video optimization service Skyfire, and now it is starting to bring some of the service’s features to its mobile browser, starting with Opera Mini 9 for iOS, which is launching today. The feature is also now available as a sneak peek in the Opera for Android beta channel. Read More

  • Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    Tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Nokia, are counting on the “next billion,” or users in developing countries who are just getting access to the Internet, to fuel their future growth. Despite increasing access to technology, including the rapidly growing penetration of inexpensive mobile devices, there are still several major obstacles to Internet access… Read More

  • Confirmed: Opera Buys Mobile Video Ad Platform AdColony For Up To $350M

    Confirmed: Opera Buys Mobile Video Ad Platform AdColony For Up To $350M

    This just in: Opera has confirmed that it has acquired AdColony — a deal that we had reported was in progress a couple of weeks ago but AdColony had denied (albeit in a very carefully worded fashion) was happening. The deal was made for $75 million in cash, plus potential earnouts of $275 million that bring the deal up to $350 million, according to a statement released to the… Read More

  • Opera Is Buying Mobile Video Ad Network AdColony, Sources Say

    Opera Is Buying Mobile Video Ad Network AdColony, Sources Say

    Opera Software is making another acquisition to build out its mobile advertising business: It has either purchased or is close to purchasing mobile video advertising startup AdColony, according to sources with knowledge of the companies. We’ve contacted both companies asking for comment. Opera spokespeople in the U.S. and Europe have told us that the company will not comment on… Read More

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