This is it folks, the alpha version of Opera 12 has been just released, bringing performance improvements and other goodies.
According to the official report, Opera 12 includes hardware acceleration support, which currently uses OpenGL backend. However, DirectX support is coming as well.
It is October already and there’s no time to waste. So, let’s dive into the latest browsers market share results and explore those changes.
Just a couple more months and Internet Explorer will break the 50% market share barrier, this time it lost 0.62 point, down from 51.59% to 50.97%.
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The latest weekly build of Opera 12 web browser has few significant changes that are worth mentioning.
First of all, it now includes Ragnarök, Opera’s HTML5 parser engine (you can read more about it here), secondly, improved CSS3 gradient support and lastly, support for CSS3 radial gradients.
There is one more thing that is not yet mentioned. Remember when we said that opera:gpu shows a blank screen page? It now brings the following (when running on Windows 7 with ATI Radeon HD 5670 (DirectX 11) graphics card):
A Russian web site that loads for mobile users only and looks similar to the Opera.com home page now offers a piece of malware, disguised as OperaMini.jar
Upon visit, a user is notified about the new update that should be downloaded, which, when installed, will start sending text messages to premium numbers.
Opera Software has announced that it will be opening a new data center for Americans to better serve almost 130 million Opera Mini users. Why? Apparently serious hardware is needed to accommodate the close to 80 billion web pages, or 11.4 petabytes, served through Opera Mini each month. Users of Opera Turbo will surely benefit as well.
What Opera Software evidently intends to do with this new data center is provide American users with even faster browsing. In addition to that, the new data center, located at the Fortress Colocation Centers, follows Opera Software’s commitment to the environment, for it uses 80% renewable energy. Sounds great for American users!
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[Thanks, Ichan, RamaSubbu SK, Shane Bundy]
A long time ago, Opera has released an experimental browser build that supports everyone’s loved hardware acceleration.
However, ever since then, there was little to no talk regarding estimated release date of the public build.
Give it a go.
Good news for all you benchmark geeks, Futuremark, the world’s leading benchmark maker, has released a new version of its highly popular web browsers testing tool for you to play with.
Peacekeeper 2 implements the latest HTML5 standards and features and was designed to work with web browsers running on any operating system and pretty much on every device (including tablets and smartphones).
If you don’t feel like reading small font size words in various web pages and can’t really be bothered to zoom in all the time, we have a simple solution: set a default page zoom level. Here is how: