1. theunhivedmind

    Facebook caters to mainstream only so the only reason for them to want Opera is for control of the data on it’s users. They will probably break the browser in little time and turn into a crappy Chrome version.


  2. theunhivedmind

    Opera Jumps Most Ever After Report Facebook May Bid: Oslo Mover

    By Amy Thomson – May 29, 2012 10:40 AM GMT+0100

    Opera Software ASA (OPERA), the Norwegian marker of Internet browsers, surged the most on record in Oslo after technology website Pocket-Lint reported that Facebook Inc. (FB) may try to acquire the company.

    Opera gained as much as 26 percent, the biggest jump since it first sold shares in 2004. The Oslo-based company rose 18 percent to 40.5 kroner at 11:37 a.m., giving it a market value of 4.85 billion kroner ($807 million).

    Opera is the last major independent browser left, with the others owned by companies such as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple Inc. (AAPL), said Aleksander Nilsen, an analyst at Abg Sundal Collier in Oslo. The company has a strong balance sheet, and could be an attractive target for other companies, such as Mountain View, California-based Google, he said.

    “A deal would make strategic sense for Facebook,” said Nilsen, who doesn’t own shares of either company. “If they want to get their own browser, they have two alternatives: one is to build their own browser, which will take some time, and two is to buy a company that has a current browser. Opera is the only independent player here.”

    The Pocket-Lint report cited an unidentified source.

    Pal Unanue-Zahl, an Opera spokesman, declined to comment on speculation. Bethan Thomas, a spokeswoman for Facebook, said the company doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation.
    Increasing Revenue

    Opera’s revenue may increase 38 percent this year to 1.24 billion kroner, according to the average estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg survey. Adjusted earnings per share may rise 50 percent to 1.83 krone, according to the survey.

    Chief Executive Officer Lars Boilesen has expanded Opera to 150 million users a month by targeting faster-growing markets such as Russia and Indonesia where it is one of the cheapest way to access the Internet, he said in an interview in February. The company plans to release improvements to its computer, smartphone and TV products this year, he said.

    An acquisition of a company such as Opera could help Facebook create its own phone or help it improve its services on mobile phones, computers and televisions, said Tony Cripps, a principal analyst at Ovum in London.

    “To become a real power player in the consumer technology market, you need to have a strong presence in the devices themselves,” Cripps said in an interview. “The Web browser might be the best route in that it gives you the ability to do a lot of what you can do with an operating system: you can run apps and app stores through the Web browser.”

    Facebook raised $16 billion in its initial public offering this month. The company is trying to adapt as more users access its site via mobile phones. That put pressure on executives to articulate their mobile strategy as they marketed the stock to potential investors ahead of the IPO. Facebook has said it will add mobile advertising along with new ads to reach users when they log off of the company’s website.

    • theunhivedmind

      If none of these people are talking about the subject then it means it is on the cards. As soon as this is announced then its time for all us once loyal Opera users to bolt and drop it and the greedy Opera Company once and for all. Not that they will be bothered as they roll around in their fantasy land worthless IOUs from the Federal Reserve. Wake up Opera the currency today are worthless debt instruments to be used in a state of bankruptcy where money can no longer exist. You have no legal title to any of that monopoly money you believe is worth selling your sole out for. You only have a right-to-use equitable title to the toilet paper. Wake the hell up and stop being a moronic sell-out to a fascist arm of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Pathetic!

      -= The Unhived Mind

  3. theunhivedmind

    Facebook removes Google Chrome from supported browsers

    Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Abhilash Rejanair , in Case Study .

    Facebook maintains a list of supported browsers (which isn’t that popular) which officially states all the browsers that Facebook runs perfectly on. Google Chrome, which has so far been on that list, is now removed for it, without any reasons given out by Facebook.

    The list mentions Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. If you visit the page in Chrome, Facebook greets you with the message – “You are using a web browser that we don’t support”.

    If there must be any reason behind this, it must be because of Facebook planning to acquire Opera and that Google(Chrome) , one of the rivals of Opera, would also become a rival of Facebook. So, it would only seem sensible for Facebook to remove Google’s browser – Chrome, from the list of supported browsers.

    Whatever Facebook is doing, looks like it just started a fresh war with Google. Watch out, Google! Thanks @SmashingMag

  4. theunhivedmind

    I have downloaded the beta of Opera 15 browser and I am glad to say I am very pleased with it. Finally we see something resembling the old Opera in speed. I did a benchmark on Opera 15 with Peacekeeper on my machine. Opera 15 scored 4192 and was given 5/7 for html capabilities. This is the highest scoring browser I have tested on my machine and I have tested many. The best being Palemoon at 2300+, Chromium at 3700+ and Iceweasel on Crunchbang Linux kicking out 2700+. So as you can see Opera 15 destroys the competition quite easily. Opera 12 was dire in comparison not even reaching anywhere near 2000 and having 3/7 for html capabilities. I have now moved back to using Opera and will continue unless I find something better.

    -= The Unhived Mind

    • theunhivedmind

      I am running an Intel Core I5 2.6Ghz laptop on an Ethernet eight megabyte broadband. Your score is extremely low my friend and you should not be bothering with K-Meleon it is obviously a terrible browser. I have come across a lot of browsers that have been hyped as lightweight and fast but I only found almost all of them were pathetic. Always choose a few browsers and test them including Waterfox, Cyberfox, Palemoon and so forth. Yes if you put Opera 15 next on your machine I am sure it impress you. Obviously the better your computer the newer the browsers you can use. Let us know what score you get with Opera 15. Opera 15 is a work in development so it will only improve as it is built up and back with Opera’s rich features. Having Opera on my machine seems to make it like a rocket and I never shut up yesterday about Opera 15 after using it. It was so good feeling the silk of Opera again and especially since it was fast as hell like the old days. Opera’s biggest problem was compatible before but now they are using the Chromium based system this will no longer be an issue. If you want Opera 15 next then click the Opera logo in the right sidebar to take you straight there. You will also notice a Crunchbang linux banner there too, you might find this of much importance if you are using an older machine and want a significant boost. You can always try it on a USB as a live bootup without needing to install first. I am pretty good at finding and using quick and less resource needing tools since I was using an old machine for a long time and got used to needing speed specific tools.

      -= The Unhived Mind

        • theunhivedmind

          I have access to a Dell P4 2.8Ghz XP Windows machine which I might get some readings off tomorrow. You obviously saw the superiority of Opera to Firefox in your test with your machine. Downside to Opera 12 is its lacking HTML5 performance and the incompatibilities. I wonder what a 32bit Palemoon would give you or Chrome. I found that Windows XP bogs down so much once Windows updates start going on. Why not give Crunchbang 11 a look and test, you can use Opera, Chrome and Firefox on that if you desire instead of Iceweasel. Apart from security issues you might find Windows 2000 Professional would be better on your machine. Unfortunately common anti-virus etc no longer work with 2000. This is where Crunchbang excels as it is a very lightweight operating system and needs no virus scanners etc wasting resources. No one comes away unhappy with Crunchbang especially if they have an older machine. One downside right now is that Crunchbang does not seem to have any direct links so its torrent I am afraid.

          -= The Unhived Mind

  5. blanck

    i do not know what is wrong.
    but i scored lower with the new opera then:

    Chrome 26.0.1410.64 ; 1846
    opera next 15.0.1147.24 ; 587 (HTML5 Capabilities 4/7)
    K-Meleon 1.7.0 ; 462
    Internet Explorer 8.0 82

    I am not too sure what the problem was. maybe some setting.

    Oh well, maybe depends on HD space and defrag, and al that other garbage.
    at least opera is still in the game. i wonder where the older devs all went too.


    • theunhivedmind

      This is down to your PC and processor etc my friend. The more modern your PC gets the faster these programs will run with some becoming faster than ones you think were once faster. I suggest you stick with Chromium on your PC. Interesting results though!

      -= The Unhived Mind

  6. theunhivedmind

    I tried Opera 15 next 15.0.1147.24 version on an old Dell P4 2.8Ghz with 512meg ram and integrated graphics on Windows XP. I found that I got the following with Peacekeeper benchmark:

    Opera 15 Next = 1344 and 4/7 HTML
    Opera 12.12 = 1035 and 4/7 HTML

    I noticed the video was a lot smoother on Opera 15 as well as the planes in the sky being smooth. The flowers were smooth too.

    On Opera 12.12 the video was a big jerky at the beginning of each video test. The planes in the sky test would flicker ever so often although speedy enough. The flowers seemed a lot slower.

    Where we have a negative difference with Opera 15 is how it uses more resources than Opera 12.12. I noticed Opera 15 on the P4 used on average an extra 100meg of memory in comparison to Opera 12.12. I also felt that the youtube front page loaded quicker on the old Presto engine than the Chrome engine. You could open a typical youtube video and be using around 465meg of memory with Opera 15 where as it was around 360meg with Opera 12.12. I forgot to check the CPU usage.

    I think it is advisable to stay with Opera 12.12 if you have a PC like the Dell 2.8Ghz P4, Opera 15 just uses too much resources. For instance pretty quickly you will start to notice Opera 15 pulling on your resources in a negative way where video streaming will become severely affected.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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