Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:21:39 AM
The old Opera Web Mail is now up an running again, fully hosted by Opera Software:operamail.com
Read more in the official FastMail.FM blog
Note that this is not the new webmail service I mentioned in the previous blog post, so your My Opera login will not work.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:18:50 PM
Until now, Opera Web Mail
has been hosted by various external companies. The most recent hosting provider was IBM, after they acquired Outblaze, which hosted Opera Web Mail at the time.
The problem with external providers is that they don't necessarily have your service as the #1 priority, and there are limitations to what you can do with the service if you don't have full access to it.
Well, there is finally some good news for OWM members!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:56:40 PM
Mobile application store GetJar announced on Twitter a few hours ago that Opera Mini has been banned from the store
Due to violations of our T&C's Opera Mini has been banned from GetJar.
This is apparently due to the recently announced Opera Mobile Store
, which is available from Speed Dial in Opera Mini.TechCrunch
posted an upcoming blog post by Patrick Mork, Head of Marketing at GetJar, which says that they don't have a problem with Opera's link to a competing app store in principle, but in practice, "consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar".
It should be noted that the official statements from both Opera and GetJar indicate that the two companies do want to come to an agreement, so that GetJar fans can still download their favorite browser from the site in the future.
Friday, March 4, 2011 8:51:35 PM
and others are reporting that the US DoJ
has launched an antitrust investigation of industry cartel and patent troll
The investigation apparently seeks to uncover whether the MPEG-LA is attempting to cripple competition, specifically VP8/WebM, by using vague patent threats
to create "legal uncertainty over whether users might violate patents by employing that technology", as the WSJ puts it.
If this is true, it seems that the MPEG-LA will either have to put up or shut up, while at the same time risking an antitrust case against itself for its attempt at crippling competition, and free and open video on the web.
Monday, February 28, 2011 6:30:14 PM
A few years ago, we showed off
hardware acceleration support in Opera. Now the time has finally come for you to try not only that, but also our brand new WebGL
implementation. Head over to the Core Concerns blog to download the Opera Labs build and post your feedback
Since it seems that people are having some problems getting it working, I thought I would mention a few things you should keep in mind.
Monday, February 21, 2011 6:00:00 PM
It's time for the financial results
for the 4th quarter of 2010 (Q4 2010). This was another record quarter for Opera Software, with the highest revenue ever. We're also making more money, and the "new" business model focusing more on operators and the "consumer business" seems to be working nicely.
Friday, February 18, 2011 6:10:00 PM
I just added a new poll: What should we focus on when developing Opera?
You can find it in the right sidebar of my blog.
Note: Requests and bug reports do not belong here. Post them in the right place.
Friday, February 18, 2011 4:30:00 PM
We released the first snapshot of Barracuda
(AKA Opera 11.10) yesterday. As you can see, the focus has been mostly on bug fixes so far, although most people seem to be eager to try some new features.
Friday, February 11, 2011 6:47:40 PM
I am cautiously optimistic that the military leadership will meet its obligations towards the people.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:00:00 AM
Exactly 10 years ago today, at 10 in the morning on February 1, 2001, I walked into the Opera office for my first day as an Opera employee. I was young, full of energy, and ready to take on the world! At least the world of browsers. Or Opera, at the very least.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:11:54 PM
It seems that Mozilla will refuse
to fix their browser so that it gets a 100/100 score on the Acid3 test. Instead, they have decided to explain not only why they won't, but also claim that it's actually a good thing.
Fine. That's their call. But calling it "mythbusting" while spreading myths of their own? That's not very nice, now is it?
Friday, January 21, 2011 3:10:59 PM
John Gruber seems to be really upset about WebM. Really, really, really upset.
In fact, in his last post, he seems to be trying to ridicule the FSF
for supporting WebM, and allegedly misunderstanding the difference between standards and freedom.
Thursday, January 20, 2011 3:52:17 PM
Earlier this month, it seems that VP8 was submitted as an informational
document to the IETF
:VP8 Data Format and Decoding Guide
By J. Bankoski, P. Wilkins, Y. Xu of Google, Inc.
Naturally, Google's irrevocable, royalty-free license
If you are not familiar with the difference between VP8 and WebM, VP8 is the actual video compression format, while WebM is a multimedia container format based on Matroska, which consists of VP8 for video, Vorbis for audio.
It's important to note that this doesn't necessarily make VP8 a standard (at least yet), since informational IETF documents
can basically be "anything".
Monday, January 17, 2011 1:00:00 PM
The discussion on Google's decision to remove H.264 from Chrome is still raging, and an argument that is brought up a lot is market adoption.
Now, the primary video to serve video on the web today is Flash. It doesn't really matter which codec it's using because it's played through Flash anyway. But what about native HTML5 video support? Which format will have the widest support in the market?
Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:29:34 PM
In a lengthy article at Ars Technica, Peter Bright argues that removing support for a closed standard from Chrome is a step backward for openness
I disagree strongly with this assertion, and will try to somewhat briefly explain why, and what's wrong with the arguments put forth in the article.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:04:55 PM
In news that's almost too good to be true (still waiting for a retraction, but hoping that it won't come), Google just announced
that they will remove support for the patent-encumbered H.264 codec from Chrome:
Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
There are already comments in their blog criticizing the decision, but these people do not seem to realize what great news this is for the open web. After all, the web needs to based on open standards, not patent-encumbered technologies. H.264 was threatening to hold back parts of the web like Internet Explorer did before it.
With Google's powerful and well-oiled advertising machinery backing it and ensuring its growth, Chrome will now contribute to a true open web. Along with Opera and Firefox, we may soon find that the majority of the browser market supports open formats like WebM and Theora, while H.264 supporting browsers will make up a smaller and smaller part of the market.
Great move, Google. Mad props
, as they say.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 2:39:41 PM
The first official news of 2011 from Opera is Opera for Tablets
. At present, not much is known about it, but Digi.no managed to dig up some details
the rest of the press seems to have missed.
Friday, December 10, 2010 1:49:23 PM
Opera Software is getting very friendly with mobile operators, and I think it's a good approach by these companies to use compression to be able to handle the increased traffic on their networks. Several of the world's biggest operators are now using Opera's compression technology as a cheap and efficient way to expand their capabilities.
What I don't like is the way some operators seem to be using misleading arguments, trying to force other companies to pay their bills for them.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 1:58:33 PM
In the first quarter of 2010, we announced that Opera had more than 100 million active users (not downloads or installs, but actual users).
In June/July, we announced more than 120 million active users.
In August, the count was at more than 130 million active users.
During the Up North Web conference in October, we announced more than 140 million Opera users.
And today, we announced that there are more than 150 million Opera users.
150 million users is a major milestone for Opera, but considering the current growth, it won't be long until we reach 200 million users. Any bets on when that will happen?
Note that this is not just for one single platform, but includes the desktop version, Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, and Opera for devices.
Monday, November 15, 2010 1:23:08 PM
The financial results for the third quarter of 2010
were announced today.
Even though the currency situation is still affecting our revenue, we managed to deliver solid revenue and profits, making this our best quarter ever.
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