Opera’s biggest purchase yet?
Skyfire Labs, a company that raised $23 million just over a year ago, has been acquired by Opera Software in a deal said to be worth up to $155 million in both cash and stock. This includes an upfront payment of $50 million and performance based payments over the next 3 years.
While it’s been a while since we heard about Skyfire’s web browser, it looks like this wasn’t the only driving force behind the acquisition.
Now here is a question for those with much sharper eyes: are these Opera Software employees? If so, they do seem quite happy.
Earlier last year, Microsoft has helped the developers behind Contre Jour, a visually stunning game for all the platforms, to port it to the web.
Now, the software giant has announced the availability of a new version, which includes a total of 20 new levels and two new worlds. While neither Petit nor Microsoft shared any visitor numbers, it was revealed that there were close to 1 million visitors from the Brazil alone.
If you haven’t played Contre Jour already, grab your headphones and check it out.
Should have done that years ago.
After revealing Opera Ice, a WebKit based mobile web browser for Android and iOS, Opera Software today announced its plans migrate “most” of its upcoming browsers for smartphones and PC’s.
Back in December, we have reported about the very first Windows Phone 8 update, which (among other improvements) was supposed to bring a new Internet Explorer feature, allowing users not to download images, saving bandwidth and improving loading times.
Now, it looks like Microsoft has decided to make this feature a yet another Verizon exclusive, with even unlocked Australian / European phones missing the promised checkbox.
With experimental H.264/AAC/MP3 support.
Now here is a nice update for you. It looks like just recently, Mozilla was debating whether or not to continue supporting the H.264 codec. Now, the open source organization has pushed a new batch of Firefox nightly builds that will make at least some of its users happy. Why? Well, it has enabled a support for playing H.264/AAC in MP4 and MP3 audio files in HTML5 video and audio tags by default on Windows machines.
If alpha builds is your thing then you will be happy to know that Google has recently pushed Chrome 26 to its dev channel.
Although we expected just some minor changes and few bug fixes here and there, Google Chrome 26 actually includes quite a few improvements, in fact, it’s probably one of the biggest changelogs we have seen from the search giant.