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Software Update: Opera 38.0.2220.29
Opera has released version 38 of its eponymous browser. Opera three years ago moved from the developed Presto rendering engine to Blink in-house. This is part of Chromium, among others, is also used by Google Chrome. Opera is available for Windows, Linux and OS X. There are also versions for BSD and Solaris, but these are still based on the old technology. In version 38 are affected include energy saving measures, so that the battery lasts much longer. Also added is an ad blocker to Opera and there are improvements to the speed dial.
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The web browser is by far the most-used application on the computer. Your hours of listening to music, watching videos, or simply having many tabs open simultaneously results in rapid battery drain That Reduces a laptop’s performance. When first released in the developer version, this feature generated a lot of positive feedback from you and brought` us many new users. We really appreciate that, as the developer channel really helps us test some completely new features and -improvesleep our browser.
How good is the battery saver in Opera?
Last month, we made several at tests to find out how the battery performs saver. In some tests, the feature thickening increased the battery life by as much as 50% comparing to other browsers, zoals Google Chrome.
After the initial release in the developer stream, some of you have been asking for more detailed test results. Together with the beta release, we presented a breakdown for the initial tests, the axis used for the Developer release.
Beat the heat during summer
There is one more thing we Realized recently. If something consumes more energy, it gets warmer Usually – basic physics. That’s why your laptop gets overheated during your heavy browsing sessions. This heats up your lap, sets off a loud and annoying fan, and can cause problems zoals random blue screens or even data loss.
We’ve made tests comparing the temperature or bottoms of two laptops. One was running Opera with battery saver enabled and the other one with the Opera mode disabled. Test results with the new battery saver enabled Showed That Opera can keep laptops about 3 degrees ° C cooler. It’s actually pretty nice difference, Especially When you think about bringing your laptop along for summer fun and letting it bake your lap (All which is not good for your health VAT).
Improvements under the hood
Wonder how we achieved this cool down and power savings? With several at under-the-hood optimizations:
Reducing activity in background tabs
Automatically pausing unused plugins
Reducing frame rate to 30 frames per second
Tuning video playback parameters and forcing usage or hardware accelerated video codecs
Pausing animations or browser themes
Including ad blocker – when enabled, it enable signals even more battery savings
How to enable battery savings
Using the new power saver mode is easy. Once the laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the battery icon will appearacne next to the search and address field in the Opera browser. Click the battery icon to activate the power saver mode and flip on the switch. The browser will detect ook When the laptop’s battery is running low and will suggest enabling power saver mode.
Other new things in Opera 38
Ad Blocker – add your own lists.
You can add your own blocklists. To add your own custom list file, head to Settings and click the “Custom Block Lists” button in the ad-blocking section (note that “Show advanced settings” from the “Browser” panel must be enabled to see the button).
Speed Dial improvements.
Now, you do not need to worry That You removed a site from your speed dial accidentally. You’ll now notice three little dots on hover in place or where the delete button used to be. The new button Provides quick access to the features previously only available in the context menu, like opening private window, or removing a site from your Speed Dial.
Add your own photo as theme.
A while back, we Introduced the “Create your theme” option in the theme manager. Now, this option is more visible for you. Just go to the Customize start page and click the ‘+’ button; then, use your own photos to create a theme.
Extension button visible in the Speed Dial side panel.
All extension users will have the extension manager always at hand. The extension icon is visible on side panel on the left side of the Speed Dial page.
Change in version Support for OS X.
Starting from this version, we’re updating our requirements on Mac. Now, we’re supporting OS X 10.9 and higher.
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