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New Opera Web Browser - speeds up Internet Connections, Saves on Data Charges - FREE

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The Opera Web browser Version 10 has just been released. Part of its new functionality is called 'Turbo', which speeds up web browsing. Whilst this makes browsing faster, it also means that less data is downloaded, which can reduce costs for those on limited monthly download internet services. This is a browser for desktop/laptop computers, including Microsoft and Linux, as well as Apple. There is a separate browser for most mobile phones, called Opera Mini, which has similar benefits (it's now the world's most used browser from mobile phones).

*Turbo needs to be activated, set as auto, on or off, as you wish, it doesn't magically speed browsing speed and cut data charges if you don't set it to. There's a small speedometer in the bottom left of your screen, click it to set it up*

Both pc and mobile versions are free products, have full security standards compliance, and have market leading features that other browsers are following or don't have yet.

The download is less than 10Mb, much smaller than the rest, fast without Turbo mode and worth a try to give it a shot. The Turbo mode will be particularly blazing fast for dial up internet users, and slow broadband connections. You can turn Turbo on and off with a click of a button, or set it to Auto, to activate itself when it detects a slower network - or just use it when you wish to save data costs, including use of connection from a laptop via a mobile phone connection. This is invaluable as additional data charges can be extortionate on some packages.

So - an option for home pc use - Opera 10, or for browsing from a mobile - Opera Mini

You can download / find info on Opera Mini (mobile phones) here - http://www.opera.com/mini

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    Valad
    Valad4 years, 10 months ago #1Show comment tools Reply
    excuse me?

    How is less data downloaded? You're still downloading the whole site, just at different speeds. If it actually does download less data, all it's doing is skipping parts of the site (such as videos and images).

    I actually like Opera and use it on my desktops, just the advertising is confusing.
    equalityforall
    Valad
    excuse me?

    How is less data downloaded? You're still downloading the whole site, just at different speeds. If it actually does download less data, all it's doing is skipping parts of the site (such as videos and images).

    I actually like Opera and use it on my desktops, just the advertising is confusing.


    you're excused, happy to help. If you read the detail on their site - I don't work for them, nor have any affiliation etc with them.

    It compresses sites, so that there is less data downloaded on your connection. Opera 10 was launched this past week, so you may not have used this version. Full details are on their site. Images and videos are the most compressed, and you can always download a full quality image individually - by right clicking on it - or just disable Turbo mode, so that all of the page, or further browsing is standard quality. It's a great browser, I love it too, so even if it's not used for Turbo it has great benefits.
    Valad
    Valad4 years, 10 months ago #3Show comment tools Reply
    Oh wow, they put it through their own servers first to compress it! It makes sense now as to how they reduce the size of the images and such without downloading them first.

    This would be incredibly useful on mobile devices, especially with how expensive mobile internet is (per gb). I wonder how much it's costing Opera to run this.

    Heat added
    equalityforall
    Valad
    Oh wow, they put it through their own servers first to compress it! It makes sense now as to how they reduce the size of the images and such without downloading them first.

    This would be incredibly useful on mobile devices, especially with how expensive mobile internet is (per gb). I wonder how much it's costing Opera to run this.

    Heat added


    Thanks very much, yes you're right, they get the pages, minimise the data through compression, and then it comes to your ISP and your computer or mobile phone. Thus less data is received over your personal internet connection.

    If someone browses on their mobile or home computer or laptops, you can also synchronise all of your bookmarks, which I find incredibly useful. I billed this more as a home pc service, as some people still suffer from slower connections, or have limited data each month (me to both of these). But the mobile service - Opera mini, is invaluable for mobile phone internet browsing - it's now the most used mobile phone browser in the world! For travelling laptop users this is also a great boon, whichever method they choose to connect to the internet. For more on the synchronisation feature, see here - http://www.opera.com/link/start

    Perhaps I should have been an advocate for their products - I get nothing for this posting, any downloads and have no connection with them whatsoever, apart from being very satisfied with their service.

    And the Opera Turbo mode service for home pcs is an option, which can be set as on or off, or automatic, as you wish. I really recommend their Synchronisation service, where you get all bookmarks - favourites, on your web browser, shared and accessible from either a mobile or home/laptop pc. I have all 3 of mine sharing this facility, and it's a great facility. All free too!

    Hope I haven't over-complicated this, I am mentally disabled and am not a computer expert, but love saving money, and helping others.
    equalityforall
    Lastly, Opera has what's called Speed Dial - each new page is loaded with your most wanted web sites, as a small photo. You just click on the 1 that you want to open it. You choose which pages are shown, as well as how many per page, eg. 5 x 4 = 20 erb sites to select with a click of your mouse.

    This is a great time saver for me, and hotukdeals is one of my Speed Dials.

    Lastly, for bad spellers or fast typers, there is an automatic spell checker, checking everything you type - this is one of scores of great features that it has.
    philb100
    I use this as My main browser , for me at least with my computer (which admittedly is getting a bit old) it's miles faster than Internet explorer or even Firefox.
    Predikuesi
    I'm not usually quickly impressed, but this version of Opera is fast!!!!! I'm going to give it a go to see if it really lives up to the blurb.
    lumoruk
    They get their money from you using Google and Yahoo services
    tazxxx
    equalityforall;6336845
    Lastly, Opera has what's called Speed Dial - each new page is loaded with your most wanted web sites, as a small photo. You just click on the 1 that you want to open it. You choose which pages are shown, as well as how many per page, eg. 5 x 4 = 20 erb sites to select with a click of your mouse.

    This is a great time saver for me, and hotukdeals is one of my Speed Dials.

    Lastly, for bad spellers or fast typers, there is an automatic spell checker, checking everything you type - this is one of scores of great features that it has.


    Yeah these are great, but remember both these can also be added to firefox via addons.
    edit: firefox actually has a built in spell checker, apparently..
    Firemountain
    im usually really wary about new browsers and things like it ..im not the most techy but from reading the posts so far im very intrigued and shall check it out thanx for the info guys :)
    equalityforall
    Firemountain
    im usually really wary about new browsers and things like it ..im not the most techy but from reading the posts so far im very intrigued and shall check it out thanx for the info guys :)


    Opera has been around for many years as a web browser, I've used it for about 7 or so, what's new is Version 10, released a week or so ago . The Turbo feature is new, other features, like Speed Dial etc have been around for a couple of versions, and it was the first browser with these kinds of benefits. A key difference between some others is that you don't need to install something else to get the features, it's already there, so it's user friendly. As Firemountain says, he's not so techie, so having something in 'a can' rather than having to add bits of this and that, is ideal for us such people. Why have add-ons when you can have it all ;)

    Here's some info I pulled from their site about how it came about -

    'What began as a project to develop a small and fast browser for computers with meager resources has turned into a popular alternative to the "big two" browser vendors with its own "cult following."

    Two engineers at Telenor (the Norwegian phone company) developed the Opera browser in 1994 for the company's intranet. By the end of 1995 Opera Software was created after Telenor had allowed the pair to continue development of the browser on their own.

    You can read here about its history, and when it introduced leading features etc - http://www.eskimo.com/~bloo/indexdot/history/opera.htm and wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Opera_web_browser There's alot of info there that's probably more interesting for people wanting lots of detail, but may be useful.

    Final thing I love about it, to search on something, such as google, you just type g in front of what you want to search for, in the address bar, and it goes to google and searches. Or any search page that you'd like, you can customise it.
    danieldi32
    Seduced by turbo, now I'll have 4 of them.
    equalityforall
    danieldi32
    Seduced by turbo, now I'll have 4 of them.


    Definitely worth comparing them! :thumbsup:
    maricris_b
    thanks for the tip
    equalityforall
    maricris_b
    thanks for the tip


    thankyou, can I have your cake and eat it please? :-D
    bottletopburly
    i have been using opera for ages, used firefox previous to that and find it much better, give it a try personally like the right click and enter personal details option handy for those sites that wont allow autofill to work.
    Inquisitor
    Im using opera currently and have been for a couple of years, Very quick, very good. However... on some websites it doesnt like the java or flash sometimes, maybe even layout of websites are simplified compared to IE and maybe firefox. Which is fine for speed/functionality.. but sometimes it misses out functions on some websites and it gets annoying. Tho they have made something to help with the v9 build. It is that right click "use IE" button, which is nice..

    Oh, let me just state, I really really dont like IE, Vista keeps reminding me to d/l and install it..! Gah! never again.


    Lol Just downloaded it, woo, looks posh. Got auto spell check too..! nice.. lol
    meinnit
    Firefox nicked a lot of the design idea from Opera including tabbed browsing! Apple have also nicked a few things from Opera.

    I find that Opera is less bloated than Firefox however it doesn't seem to like my proxy server at work so I can't use it :(
    Civilised Maniac
    How do i get speed-dial on firefox? if it's an addin, where can i get it? thanks.
    n1ps
    Not 100% sure how this is a hotukdeal...

    Maybe we should link everytime there's a new version of IE/Chrome/Safari?

    Wouldn't want to be anti-competitive...

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