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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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#1
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.
#2
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.
#3
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.

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#4
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.

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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.
#5
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.
#6
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.
#7
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.
banned#8
They get their money from you using Google and Yahoo services
#9
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..
#10
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 :)
#11
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.
#12
Seduced by turbo, now I'll have 4 of them.
#13
danieldi32
Seduced by turbo, now I'll have 4 of them.


Definitely worth comparing them! :thumbsup:
banned#14
thanks for the tip
#15
maricris_b
thanks for the tip


thankyou, can I have your cake and eat it please? :-D
#16
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.
#17
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
#18
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 :(
#19
How do i get speed-dial on firefox? if it's an addin, where can i get it? thanks.
#20
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...
#21
Voted cold since pretty much ALL browsers are free (certainly all the leading ones) so its hardly a deal is it??
#22
I have used Opera for a long time now, great browser,
#23
Until Opera gives me the equivalent of Adblock Plus in Firefox, I ain't interested. If I just cared about speed I would use Chrome, but Firefox just does far too many useful other things via free add-ons.
#24
Ive got this on my Nokia 5800 - couldn't believe the speed of it!
#25
afc1903
Voted cold since pretty much ALL browsers are free (certainly all the leading ones) so its hardly a deal is it??


The major improvement is Turbo mode, speeding up web browsing. Though there are other new features, and some may like the choice - I know many people who don't even know that there are options other than internet explorer.

As others have said, many of Operas features have been copied in other browsers, and some browsers need you to have to add / download bits to get some of them. Opera's a complete package, and can be set to block adware etc, as it's very customisable.
#26
Any one know if this works on the iPhone?
#27
I did my research and I must say, this is what I was looking for in terms of out of the box. Look at all these useful features!

1. Opera Turbo-Great for those WIFI spots. A very interesting technology. Compressing websites through Opera servers. Less image quality, But I would rather get my page loaded quickly than wait around wondering if there is something wrong with my connection. If you want to view the flash, simply click on it. Wonderful feature!

2. Speed Dial-Here, you have all your favorite websites at the click of a mouse or keyboard with full customization. I can even select my own background image. Now how sweet is that?!

3. Opera Synchronize- I just tried this. Simply download opera to your other laptop, desktop, or mobile. You need to sign up, and then it will save all your bookmarks, history, speed-dial and load them on your other devises. Very very useful.

4. Mail Client-Bit Torrent Client-The mail client works almost flawlessly! It looks and feels smooth. I like it a lot. There is a bit-torrent client in here as well. Does any other browser have this?

5. Mouse Gestures- I have never seen this before, but it has now made my surfing %5 faster.

The list goes on and on with features. I think in my own opinion, this has to be on everybody's PC or devise. I was Internet Explorer and I think it gave me virus and spyware. It was just horrible and slow. Opera is crazy fast and to my knowledge is very secure. For a company to have been around this long and not have known about them. My head must have been up my own ass or they have a marketing problem cause this is a diamond in the rough. Thanks for the recommendation mate! I am now an Opera browser user. I noticed there are other browser like Firefox, Safari. I'll try them too.
#28
NeckSpazm
5. Mouse Gestures- I have never seen this before, but it has now made my surfing %5 faster.

Another feature copied by others!
#29
sarbjeet_
Any one know if this works on the iPhone?


No, Apple will not approve an Opera ap, I guess because it competes with their own browser. It's a pity, as there's huge demand for it.

Glad alot of people like this though, I find it wonderful. Also, a great click to screen size button, fits everything neatly onto screen size.

Want to Increase Text/Image size, still keeping to screen width?
Easy way to increase text/image sizes, just click + and it adds 10% with each click. (To reverse it, just click -) I use this if I'm sitting quite a way from the screen and have trouble reading - OK my eyesight isn't the best, but this could be a boon for others who struggle to read some sites.
#30
The really super amazing feature on Opera 10 is yet to be fully released - few days more, I've been trialling it.

Opera Unite - here you have a screen that you/others can share leave notes, images, music/video, to do lists, and host your own web site on your own pc. This is stunningly awesome!! There are more 'applications' that are being added, I know there are many who will feel this is just the business. Anyone can trial this, but the version is only in trial, meaning that it can have flaws, may not be as easy to use as the product when it's released. Will still be free though ;)

Message me if this may be of interest, or google it etc - I would recommend to start with Opera 10 first, to get to try and fall in love with a fully released product first. It's probably just a week or so from full public launch.
banned#31
cant see any advantage of switching from firefox to be honest

just installed this and tested 5 tab loads on busy pages (bbc, gmail etc).

firefox - 12 seconds

opera - 18 seconds

firefox memory - 60mb

opera memory - 57mb

The killer for me was that OPera does not support roboform - the best and most secure password / form filler on the market

mind you, its a zillion times better than IE!
#32
csiman
cant see any advantage of switching from firefox to be honest

....
The killer for me was that OPera does not support roboform - the best and most secure password / form filler on the market

mind you, its a zillion times better than IE!


It does have Turbo mode, which reduces data downloaded to pcs, or increases speed on slow connections. You need to select turbo mode, to activate it, as well a switch it off, or set it to auto, where it will alert you if it detects a slow connection.

Otherwise, for those on limited internet packages it cuts the amount of data that is sent via your connection. For those who are paying for each bit of data, such as when over their allowance, or if using a mobile phone, this is invaluable and a money saver. Many 'unlimited' data packages are in fact limited, and get expensive once someone is over their limit.

Importantly for you, Opera has its own inbult password and form filler, already in the browser. This would be a benefit if you didn't use roboform etc - I haven't, I just use the Opera one, with name, address, email address etc, all automatically filled in when I need to complete forms.

Final benefit - different users on the same pc can have Opera set with unique profiles for each, and it is hugely customisable.
#33
Here's an amazing thing - someone decided to try to open as many pages in Opera simutaneously, and got over 600. http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=294322

Tabbed browsing was a feature introduced to browsers by Opera, some years ago, but it still beats the other browsers. This is useful if you like to have many things on the go at the same time. You can also save web browsing sessions too, ready to open up where you left off.
banned#34
equalityforall;6454684
It does have Turbo mode, which reduces data downloaded to pcs, or increases speed on slow connections. You need to select turbo mode, to activate it, as well a switch it off, or set it to auto, where it will alert you if it detects a slow connection.

Otherwise, for those on limited internet packages it cuts the amount of data that is sent via your connection. For those who are paying for each bit of data, such as when over their allowance, or if using a mobile phone, this is invaluable and a money saver. Many 'unlimited' data packages are in fact limited, and get expensive once someone is over their limit.

Importantly for you, Opera has its own inbult password and form filler, already in the browser. This would be a benefit if you didn't use roboform etc - I haven't, I just use the Opera one, with name, address, email address etc, all automatically filled in when I need to complete forms.

Final benefit - different users on the same pc can have Opera set with unique profiles for each, and it is hugely customisable.

thanks but I dont have a slow connection (10mbps)

I wouldnt trust a browsers password and form filler with my bank details etc. Roboform uses top level security (AES 256) with adjustable master password time resets.
#35
csiman
thanks but I dont have a slow connection (10mbps)

I wouldnt trust a browsers password and form filler with my bank details etc. Roboform uses top level security (AES 256) with adjustable master password time resets.


I don't know Opera's security with passwords/usernames, but their overall security is top notch, but I don't trust it with bank passwords, guess it could be iffy if my pc was infected with something. Good info on the roboform, which I have heard about before, but knew nothing about. Thanks.
banned#36
equalityforall;6483885
I don't know Opera's security with passwords/usernames, but their overall security is top notch, but I don't trust it with bank passwords, guess it could be iffy if my pc was infected with something. Good info on the roboform, which I have heard about before, but knew nothing about. Thanks.

roboform has just been updated to allow auto sync with their online server so you can access your usernames / passwords / safenotes / identities etc on any pc with your master password.
#37
csiman
roboform has just been updated to allow auto sync with their online server so you can access your usernames / passwords / safenotes / identities etc on any pc with your master password.


Great news, Opera can have a master password for all of your info., which is what I think you're also referring to there. To hack into Opera, where passwords are stored, the only option is to reset the account, which means that all personal data gets deleted, so presents no risk from that perspective.

If you have roboform security, and ease of use, even better :-D

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