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1. Opera Touch wins iF Design Award 2019 in Gold., 15 [−]

Munich Opera Touch won the top distinction in this years iF DESIGN AWARD, the i F gold award. From 6,375 submissions, only few were awarded the gold by the independent expert iF jury.

The winning Opera Touch, won a gold award in the discipline Communication, in the mobile app category. The jury released the following statement regarding its decision to issue Opera Touch the gold:

Opera Touch is a truly innovative mobile browser designed for convenient use on large smartphones. It features an innovative UI that can be operated with the thumb. In most web browsers, users must reach to the top of the screen to access the most important control elements. This gesture is one of the main reasons users accidentally drop their smartphones.

Opera Touch prevents this by introducing the Fast Action Button with all browser control elements positioned at the bottom of the screen. Opera is the only browser that keeps adjusting to users’ changing needs and that dares to challenge browser giants such as Chrome or Safari.

The browser also includes such useful features as a cookie dialog blocker, which allows users to block annoying cookie dialogs, a light and dark theme and many more functionalities which facilitate everyday browsing.

While working on Opera Touch, we wanted to create a beautiful, fast and lightweight browser centered around the ease of use on smartphones with large displays. We now have two of the worlds leading design awards to prove it. We first won the the Red Dot in November 2018 and now the iF Design Gold award. Needless to say we are thrilled and would like to encourage everyone to try our browser, said Maciej Kocemba, Product Manager for Opera Touch.

Each year, the worlds oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, bestows the iF DESIGN AWARD on the best submissions.

More information about the design of Opera Touch can be found in the Design Excellence section of the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. For the Opera Touch entry go to http://ifworlddesignguide.com/entry/258463-opera-touch

About Opera

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven digital content discovery solutions to more than 320 million people worldwide. The company remains one of the most innovative browser creators in the world. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.

About the iF DESIGN AWARD

For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture, as well as Professional Concepts. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.

For more information, please contact:

Julia Szyndzielorz

Senior PR Manager at Opera



2. New partnership with Opera Browser protects identity and privacy while browsing on the HTC EXODUS 1., 26 .[−]

HTCS EXODUS 1 Expands Privacy and Security for Worldwide UsersHTCS EXODUS 1 Expands Privacy &
Security for Worldwide Users

  • The EXODUS 1 challenges big data business models of large tech companies
  • New partnership with Opera Browser protects identity and privacy while browsing on the HTC EXODUS 1
  • Following validation from the crypto community, the HTC EXODUS 1
    is now available in Fiat currency

MWC, Barcelona – Starting today, EXODUS 1 users can update their device over-the-air to interact with a host of new partners and take advantage of the new decentralized web.

The HTC EXODUS 1 is the first smartphone built for this new internet.

There is an increasing movement towards protecting our privacy and data security, driven by skepticism of how large tech companies are using our data and uncertainty as to how secure it actually is.

Phil Chen, Decentralized Chief Officer at HTC says
EXODUS is about the future of data and getting the right architecture for the Internet, one that includes security, privacy and transfer of ownership of data back to the person generating it

The decentralized web will allow users to protect and secure their own data by providing more transparent peer to peer services, removing the middlemen that used to benefit from holding your information. We are now able to own our own profile and associated digital assets across platforms and even get incentivized to share selected information. This decentralized movement will revolutionize how we manage peoples data and also allow the creation of new business models that do not rely on the storage and exploitation of users information.

To support the Web 3.0 movement, the EXODUS team is releasing the Zion Key Management API to selected partners with a focus on protecting user data.

Opera, the worlds first crypto-ready browser, is the first organisation to take advantage of the API. This means that Opera users can enjoy the added security to their crypto assets on the EXODUS 1 and interact, transact with and login to services directly using their private keys held securely on their device.

Charles Hamel, Head of Crypto at Opera browsers says We are at the dawn of a new generation of the Web, one where new decentralized services will challenge the status quo. HTC and Opera have both made the bold decision to be the first to step up and enable this transformation. We are very proud to partner with EXODUS and together define a new standard for usability and security of crypto.

The EXODUS Opera collaboration is setting an industry standard on how user friendly blockchain experiences can be secured, thereby allowing more people to safely explore the benefit of blockchain technology and decentralized apps and services.

A prominent example of using Opera with the Zion wallet includes being able to make direct micropayments to content websites, which has the potential to reshape the face of journalism and create a new, content centred revenue stream away from the hands of controlling tech giants and click chasing advertising models.

New purchase options for EXODUS 1

Since the launch of Early Access sales, the EXODUS 1 has received the support and validation of the crypto community and leaders within it, including Vitalik Buterin and Glen Weyl. Following that, the EXODUS 1 is now expanding its reach to non-crypto natives who want to explore the new internet and the security and possibilities it brings. Starting today, the EXODUS 1 is available to purchase in Fiat currency at a price of USD $699 in the United States and in local prices globally. This is in addition to its original purchase options of BTC, ETH and LTC. In addition, through a new partnership with Binance, you can also purchase your EXODUS 1 using BNB.

Following these updates, EXODUS 1 users can also enjoy the added support for ERC-721 tokens with Decentraland and Etheremon.

Additional DApp providers joining EXODUS 1

HTC EXODUS is further expanding its DApp offerings for Exodus 1 through new integrations with:

  • Blockfolio: The Worlds most popular cryptocurrency portfolio tracker.
  • Numbers: AI solution for devices that tracks things like walking, sleeping and driving behavior in order to separate this data – with user consent – and package it for third parties in order to inform personalized service offerings.
  • Nodle: A connectivity provider for the Internet of Things, which will be utilizing the Zion Vault SDK in the coming months.

-ENDS-

About HTC EXODUS & Zion wallet:

HTCs Project EXODUS is a smartphone solution that will power the decentralized web.
For more than 20 years, HTC has created foundational technology for worldwide mobile and virtual reality technology. Through EXODUS, HTC is investing in the development and implementation of blockchain technology that will usher in a new area of secure data storage and transactions and take blockchain technology mobile for the first time.

Zion, your private vault on the blockchain, allows you to conduct crypto transactions, view and manage your crypto collectibles, and manage your crypto life while maintaining ownership of your keys. With your Zion wallet, store, send, and request bitcoin, ether, litecoin, selected ERC-20 tokens, and ERC-721 collectibles.

https://www.htcexodus.com/

@HTCEXODUS

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About OPERA:

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven digital content discovery solutions to more than 320 million people worldwide. The company remains one of the most innovative browser creators in the world. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.

https://www.opera.com/




3. Opera Touch introduces the cookie dialog blocker and fixes the broken Web on iOS., 22 .[−]
Opera Touch Cookie Blocker

Opera Touch now allows people to block annoying cookie dialogs on websites. The cookie dialog blocker, a feature previously released in Operas Android browser, allows iPhone and iPad users to have a neater browsing experience.

Oslo – The cookie dialog blocker is a feature that no one knows they want until they try it. It allows users to choose, whether they want to see annoying cookie dialogs or not. Opera, for the first time brings this opportunity of experiencing a cleaner, neater web and focusing on content instead of clicking through cookie dialogs to iOS users.

The recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was aimed at providing people with an improved control of their online privacy. However, as an unforeseen consequence, websites implemented an increasing amount of often complex and confusing prompts, which make their visitors agree to their privacy practices and policies.

Opera developed a tool to give users a choice, whether they want to see those cookie dialogs or not. The feature was first released in the Opera browser for Android. After an overwhelmingly positive reception from users and press alike, it now comes to Opera Touch, both to iOS and Android.

Opera Touch is a fast, lightweight browser, which has won the Red Dot Communication Design Award for its unique user interface design. It also seamlessly pairs with the desktop browser through the My Flow feature.

Opera Touch puts content first

We wanted our users to be able to focus on the content they are interested in, not on tapping through numerous prompts before they can even access a website. Now they have the option to switch cookie dialogs off, said Maciej Kocemba, Product Manager Opera Touch.

By introducing this feature to Opera Touch for iOS, Opera becomes the first browser to give this opportunity of enjoying an annoyance-free web to iPhone and iPad users.

Tested on over 15000 websites, and more to come

The cookie dialog blocker in Opera will attempt to block dialog attempts using a combination of CSS rules and JavaScript heuristics. The feature has been tested on over 15000 most popular websites, and support for more websites are expected to be added as the feature is in continuous development.

The cookie dialog blocker can be switched on in browser settings. To configure the feature, go to Settings, tap on cookie dialog blocker and find the switch to toggle it on.

Since its launch in April 2018, Opera Touch has been in steady development. It has been upgraded with a private mode, dark theme, 11 search engines to choose from including Qwant and DuckDuckGo and 21 other new features. You can read more about these upgrades on our blog.

About Opera

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven digital content discovery solutions to more than 320 million people worldwide. The company remains one of the most innovative browser creators in the world. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.


4. Opera for Android hits version 50., 19 .[−]

The feature-packed Norwegian browser features a publisher-friendly ad blocker

Oslo, Norway, 19 February, 2019 – Today, Opera announced the latest update of its acclaimed mobile browser, Opera for Android 50. The latest version of the mobile browser features a new version of its fast ad blocker, which now allows users to toggle it on or off per website. The latest Opera browser has a new picture-in-picture feature and an enhanced fast scroll handle.

Ad blockers in demand

According to a study from eMarketer, one-fifth of the U.S. population used an ad blocker in 2018. The eMarketer study also showed that people find ads to be too aggressive and annoying.

Another reason for choosing an ad blocker is for faster browsing, but today ad blockers also enable users to increase their online privacy by blocking tracking scripts and, in the case of Opera, protect against cryptojacking attacks and provide users with the ability to even block annoying cookie dialogs.

Opera for Android is a mobile browser powerhouse, said Peter Wallman, SVP, Opera Browser for Android. This browser gives you more control of the websites you visit than any other browser.

Site-specific preference strikes a balance between users and publishers

In 2016, Opera became the first major browser to introduce a native ad blocker. The opt-in feature provides users the ability to block bad ads and scripts without the need to install any third party extensions or add-ons. With Opera 50, users of the popular browser can now disable the native ad blocker per website with just two taps.

We want website publishers to be able to ask users to turn off their ad blocker for their websites, said Wallman. This enhancement to our ad blocker will allow users to benefit from having an ad blocker always on while disabling it on specific websites.

The site-specific ad block option can be enabled from the search bar of the browser. Users can tap on the green lock located at the left side of the website address which will display a window with site settings in which users can choose to exclude a website from ad blocking.

Cryptojacking and cookie blocking

Over the last year, Opera introduced multiple features to its ad blocker. These features included cryptocurrency mining protection and a cookie dialog blocker.

The cryptocurrency mining protection activates by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera For Android and keeps users safe from cryptojacking on their Android mobile devices. The cookie dialog blocker was introduced at the end of last year to free users from annoying cookie and privacy dialogs shown on websites, giving users the option to eliminate the vast majority of them.

Picture in picture

Additionally, Opera for Android also introduced picture-in-picture (PIP) support for videos which gives users an uninterrupted video experience while browsing. With this addition, users can keep watching videos on their favorite websites while using other apps.

The feature is enabled by default in the browser and can be accessed when a user expands a video to full screen. After doing this, users will need to tap on the home button of their device. This will minimize the Opera browser but keep the video playing in a smaller window which can be moved around the screen of the device, allowing users to continue managing other apps simultaneously.

To go back to full screen video, users need to double tap the window or tap on the enlarge icon located on the top right of the window. The feature works on all websites that support PIP videos.

Enhanced fast page scroller handle

Finally, the browser also added a scroll handle that acts as Operas quick jump tool. This facilitates quick navigation for users in websites with long formats, making it easier and faster than ever to reach the information they are searching for on a website.

In December 2018, the Opera for Android browser became the worlds first Web 3-ready browser with its built-in Crypto Wallet. This allows users to browse and make transactions on the blockchain-based Web of tomorrow.

Available for download

Opera is available for download in Google Play.

About Opera
Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven content delivery solutions to 320 million people worldwide. On December 13, it introduced the first blockchain-ready browser. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.



5. Opera lets users easily buy crypto directly from the browser., 06 .[−]

Thanks to a partnership with cryptocurrency brokerage firm Safello, users in Sweden, Norway and Denmark will be able to easily top up their Ethereum-wallet

Oslo – Today, Opera announced that the first Web 3-ready browser, Opera for Android, will now let people easily buy cryptocurrencies on their mobile phones. The Opera browser for Android now features an integration with Safellos brokerage for a safe and easy crypto wallet top up.

The integrated solution is available in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

This announcement is a further step in Operas strategy to eliminate hurdles associated with the use of crypto. In December of 2018, the Norwegian company introduced the first blockchain-enabled browser, Opera for Android, with a built-in crypto wallet and Dapp explorer.

As an extension of this strategy Opera has partnered with Safello to facilitate crypto wallet top-ups with the ability to purchase Ethereum from within the browser.

Charles Hamel, Product Lead for Crypto at Opera explained how the partnership supported Operas long term vision. He said: We think that the next important phase for crypto will come from usage and that for it to reach wider adoption, it has to be easy to buy and easy to use. We believe that the browser will be the entry point for these use cases. Thanks to our partnership with Safello, we are taking one more step towards this vision.

From zero to crypto in less than a minute

Safellos solution verifies users identities securely and seamlessly with BankID and NemID. Users also enjoy the convenience of payments with credit and debit cards and transfers over trusted payment networks, such as Swish in Sweden.

For a limited time, users in Sweden will receive a discounted fee of 2.5% from Safello. Users in Norway and Denmark will receive a fee of 5%.

Safello reduces the process of buying cryptocurrency from hours, or even days, to less than a minute.

Safello offers one of Europes most trusted online brokerage services. Registered with the Financial Supervisory Authority in Sweden, the brokerage secures all transactions on its platform to the highest regulatory requirements. Frank Schuil, CEO of Safello, praised the partnership for its potential in accelerating the adoption of cryptocurrencies. He said With Safello brokerage on the Opera mobile browser for Android, both new and experienced users can now easily transact cryptocurrencies in the most secure and fastest way possible. The functionality to purchase crypto is right at their fingertips.

To test the new, easy crypto wallet top up in Opera for Android available in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, download the Opera browser beta from Google Play store. View video to learn more.

Visit www.opera.com/crypto for even more information.

About Opera

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven content delivery solutions to 320 million people worldwide. On December 13, it introduced the first blockchain-ready browser. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol.

Opera Media Contact:

Julia Szyndzielorz, Senior PR Manager, Opera julia.szyndzielorz@opera.com

About Safello

Safello is an online cryptocurrency brokerage. Regulated as a financial institution, Safello offers a secure way to buy and sell crypto, in seamless transactions at industry-leading speeds. Partners integrate Safellos brokerage solution to their web and mobile applications. Founded in 2013 in Sweden, Safello is driving crypto adoption for users in Europe and beyond, with a safe, efficient and user-friendly platform.

Connect with Safello

Safello Media Contact:

Alp G?rsoy, Novedo Marketing alp@novedomarketing.com


6. Opera launches first Web 3-ready browser for Android., 13 . 2018[−]

New blockchain browser with crypto wallet is ready for download

Opera announced the launch of the first Web 3-ready browser at Hard Fork Decentralized London today. The Opera browser for Android devices now features crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support. With the newest version of Opera, people who use the traditional web now also gain easy access to Web 3, the exciting internet of tomorrow. This means that the more than two billion people who use Android can now get a Web 3 experience through the Opera browser.

We are empowering Android smartphone users with an innovative browser that gives them the opportunity to experience Web 3 in a seamless way, said Krystian Kolondra, EVP Browsers at Opera. I would like to invite all tech enthusiast who may have heard of blockchain but havent yet experienced it to simply give our new browser and Web 3 a try. We have made it extremely easy. Our hope is that this step will accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in our users daily lives.

Web 3 is the internet of the future

Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the web we all use today in important and meaningful ways.

Opera believes that the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow (Web 3). With a built-in crypto wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users online identity in a way that gives them more control.

Bringing cryptocurrencies and Web 3 to the mainstream

Web 3 still faces many challenges before reaching wider adoption. These barriers range from users understanding of new terminology, to difficulties in acquiring cryptocurrency and to complicated installation procedures.

People, however, are more likely to adopt new solutions if they are user-friendly and seamless. With this release, Opera is providing exactly such a tool with the hope that integrating Web 3 alongside the current web will make the technology more mainstream.

Until now using cryptocurrencies online and accessing Web 3 required special apps or extensions, making it difficult for people to even try it out. Our new browser removes that friction, said Charles Hamel, Product Manager of Opera Crypto.

Opera for Android now supports Ethereum, a popular and quickly growing protocol that allows people to make transactions and developers to create decentralized apps (Dapps), which provide practical use for this technology.

Users can now use Opera to access these emerging Dapps. Weve decided to support Ethereum, as it has the largest community of developers building Dapps and has gathered a lot of momentum behind it. Opera with Crypto Wallet supports the Ethereum Web3 API, making interacting with these Dapps seamless to the user. We believe all browsers will eventually integrate some kind of wallet, which will enable new business models to emerge on the web, added Hamel.

Opera for Android will access the Ethereum blockchain through Infura, an infrastructure platform that provides secure, reliable, and scalable access to Ethereum.

“It’s a significant step for one of the world’s leading browsers to add an ethereum-based crypto wallet and Dapp explorer, and speaks to Operas innovative roots and commitment to embracing next generation technology. We see this as an important moment in improving dapp accessibility, opening Web3 to mainstream audiences, and encouraging developers to build on Ethereum”, said Joseph Lubin, Ethereum co-founder and founder of ConsenSys, a venture studio that invests in projects building the Ethereum ecosystem, such as Infura.

How to get started

To try out the new web of tomorrow, users first have to download Opera from the Play Store (on Android devices). In order to start making actual Web 3 transactions, they also need to purchase some Ethereum cryptocurrency and store it in their Opera Crypto Wallet.

Once the cryptocurrency is stored, users can access a selection of Web 3 apps in the Dapp (decentralized application) store, accessible from within the browsers built-in Crypto Wallet.

More development in progress

In November 2018, Opera announced a partnership with the leading strategic blockchain advisory and financial services firm, Ledger Capital, to work on the potential of the blockchain ecosystem.

As a further step, the company plans to also make its PC browser (Windows, Mac, Linux) Web 3 ready in 2019. The browser can already be tested in its developer version.


7. Time to fix a broken web with Opera browser for Android., 06 . 2018[−]

Starting today, the new version of Opera browser for Android allows people to block annoying cookie dialogs on webpages.

The recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was intended to provide users with vastly improved control of their online privacy. However, an unforeseen consequence has been a sharp increase in often complex and confusing attempts from websites to make their visitors agree to their privacy practices and policies. Opera is now the first major browser allowing people to choose whether they want to see those dialogs or not.

The future of browsing without annoying cookie dialogs

Starting today, people can upgrade their web experience by downloading the latest Opera browser for their Android smartphones and tablets. The new version of the Opera browser features a built-in cookie dialog blocker which, when enabled by the user, removes the cookie alert dialogs that may appear when browsing a website. The daily browsing of people using the feature will become cleaner and neater, allowing them to focus on the content they are interested in.

At Opera, we have a long tradition of being the first ones to provide new tools that improve people’s web experience, says Peter Wallman, SVP browser engineering at Opera. We now invite people to try cookie dialog blocker and start to get rid off all those annoying dialogs.

The cookie dialog blocker can be switched on in browser settings. To configure the feature, go to Settings, tap on Ad blocking and l find the switch to toggle it on.

When enabled by the user, the cookie alert blocker will hide dialogs but will not block websites from setting any cookies. To control cookie behavior, the Opera browser has a dedicated setting that allows users to choose between three choices: blocking all, none or only third-party cookies.

Tested on 15,000 websites, and more to come

The cookie dialog blocker in Opera will attempt to block dialog attempts using a combination of CSS rules and JavaScript heuristics. The feature has been tested on 15,000 websites, and support for more websites are expected to be added as the feature is in continuous development. Opera users can also help us prioritize which websites to fix first by reporting irritating cookie dialogs using the built-in tool in the beta version of the Opera browser.

Quicker browsing with home screen shortcuts

The new release of Opera for Android also features home screen shortcuts. Users with an Android 7.1 version or later can now perform a long tap on the O logo on the home screen of their phones and navigate through the new home screen shortcuts. These shortcuts allow them to start a new search, scan a QR code or open a new private tab. In addition, users are also able to long tap on the + new tab button, and open a shortcut to a website on their devices home screen.

Finally, Opera is also including a new text size setting which can be accessed from the browsers main settings menu and allows you to adjust the text size on websites according to your preferences. When a website is not optimized for mobile browsing, Operas text size adjustment and text wrap features can improve the reading experience.

Opera browser for Android provides you with more control of your browsing experience

At Opera, we believe people should have more control over their browsing experience. That is why we include sophisticated features such as:

– Cookie management. This includes an option to block all third party cookies.

– Deleting private data. Erase browsing history, cookies, passwords and autofill forms.

– Private browsing. Navigating on this mode will not save any browsing history.

– Block pop-up windows. Enable this to block unwanted pop-up windows.

– Data savings. Provides faster browsing on slow network connections and saves up to 60% of your data.

– Native ad blocker. Browse faster with less annoying ads.

– Force enable zoom. Some websites will deny users to zoom the sites content. Enabled by default, this feature overrides such behavior and allows you to zoom as you like on any website.

– Text Wrap. A unique feature that overrides text on a website and aligns it to your phone screen.

– Control permissions per website. Get full control on the elements of your device which some websites can access, such as location, camera or microphone.

– Identify as mobile or desktop browser. Run into a mobile version of a website without all the desktop features? Toggle this on and get the version you prefer.


8. Opera Announces $30 Million Strategic Investment in StarMaker., 05 . 2018[−]

StarMaker is a fast-growing music-oriented social media platform

Opera Limited (Nasdaq: OPRA), one of the worlds leading browser providers and an influential player in the field of integrated AI-driven digital content discovery and recommendation platforms, today announced that it has completed a strategic investment in StarMaker Inc., a fast-growing technology-driven social media company focused on music and entertainment.

StarMaker enables users to record and share their own music videos, collaborate with other musicians, connect with other users and follow their idols on the social platform. The company has a strong and engaged user base in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and the Middle East.

We are excited to invest in StarMaker, as they are one of the leading music-oriented social media platforms in emerging markets, says Frode Jacobsen, CFO of Opera. StarMaker complements our existing content platform Opera News, and we look forward to take part in the companys journey of both continued product innovation and user growth.

Operas strategic investment in StarMaker will lay the foundation for opportunities for the two companies to leverage each others strong brands and unique products to accelerate growth and to capture shared opportunities.

Opera has invested US$30 million at a US$125 million pre-money valuation by purchasing preferred shares issued by StarMaker, resulting in an ownership stake of 19.35%. As part of the investment, Opera also obtained an option to increase its ownership to 51% in the second half of the year 2020.

Following this investment, Mr. Yahui Zhou, chairman of Operas Board of Directors and its CEO, will continue to hold 65.78% of the outstanding equity interests in StarMaker. Operas Board of Directors obtained a valuation analysis from an independent third-party investment bank prior to the approval of this transaction.

About StarMaker

StarMaker is a fast growing, popular social media platform with a focus on music and entertainment. In 2016, StarMaker came under the control of Mr. Yahui Zhou. Today the company has offices in several countries like the United States, India and Hong Kong, and focuses on emerging markets like India, Indonesia and the Middle-East. The StarMaker app lets you sing karaoke, make your own covers of top songs from a large catalog, as well as create and publish your own original music videos. The StarMaker app makes it easy to edit top quality recordings with a huge range of voice effects and share to make friends through music. The application is a free download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

About Opera

Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven content delivery solutions to over 300 million people worldwide. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol. Follow our news at http://blogs.opera.com/news/.

Safe harbor statement

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements, including statements relating to Opera and StarMakers future financial and operating results, are made under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by terminology such as will, expects, believes, anticipates, intends, estimates and similar statements. Among other things, managements quotations and any business outlook section contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Opera, StarMaker and the industry. Potential risks and uncertainties regarding Opera, for example, include, but are not limited to, those relating to its goals and strategies; its expected development and launch, and market acceptance, of its products and services; its expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of our brand, platforms and services; our expectations regarding growth in our user base and level of engagement; its ability to attract, retain and monetize users; its ability to continue to develop new technologies and/or upgrade our existing technologies and quarterly variations in its operating results caused by factors beyond its control and global macroeconomic conditions and its potential impact in the markets it has businesses. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof, and Opera undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although Opera believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that its expectations will turn out to be correct, and investors are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. Further information regarding risks and uncertainties faced by Opera is included in Operas filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form F-1 filed in connection with its initial public offering.

Investor Relations Contact:
Allise Furlani
investor-relations@opera.com or (+1)-212-331-8433


9. Opera Touch awarded the Red Dot for high design quality., 29 . 2018[−]

The browser is outstanding and award winning: Opera team picked up the Red Dot in Berlin

Opera Touch is outstanding and award winning: As part of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018, Opera Touchs design team has succeeded in winning over the 24-member jury. Over several days, the experts examined, discussed and evaluated more than 8,600 international communication design works. They awarded the coveted Red Dot for the high design quality and creative achievement of Opera Touchs user interface. The awarded works are presented in an online exhibition and in the Red Dot App.

The design concept behind Opera Touch

Opera Touch is an Android and iOS browser designed to facilitate web browsing on smartphones with large displays. In most web browsers, users must reach for the top of the screen to get to the most important control elements. This is the main reason why they accidentally drop their smartphones. The Opera Touch UI prevents this by introducing the Fast Action Button, which is conveniently positioned at the bottom of the screen. Users can swipe it open to access all browser control elements, including already opened tabs. The Fast Action Button also allows users to perform web searches. The browsers Flow feature establishes a seamless connection of Opera Touch with the Opera PC browser and lets users instantly share images, links, videos or notes across their devices.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, had the following to say about the competition and the award: For more than 60 years now, we have been providing designers, agencies and companies with a platform for evaluating good design. Those who participate in the Red Dot Award must be aware that our jury members demand very high standards of the entries. This becomes apparent in the intensive debates and discussions that take place in order for all of the experts to agree on a well-founded decision. All those who progress through the tough adjudication process to garner a Red Dot have every reason to be proud of themselves, as the jury grants our award only to creations of high design quality. This makes me all the more delighted to congratulate the laureates sincerely on their well-deserved success.

Opera team awarded Red Dot in Berlin

The Opera Touch team received their well-earned certificate in the course of the award ceremony for the Red Dot Award on 26 October 2018. During the Designers Night at the ewerk Berlin, Opera Touch was presented to the international guests attending the event as part of the winners exhibition Design on Stage which showcased the state of the art in worldwide communication design exclusively for one night. Operas prize-winning project will also be presented in the International Yearbook Communication Design 2018/2019, which will be published on 15 November 2018 and distributed in around 40 countries.

About the Red Dot Design Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is one of the worlds largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot distinction has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at www.red-dot.org.

https://www.opera.com/mobile/touch

www.red-dot.org/press


10. Opera introduces Opera Touch for iPhone, a browser even geniuses cant resist., 01 . 2018[−]

The new mobile browser has been designed to match the beauty, speed and ease of use of the new iPhone line

Opera Touch, the award-winning mobile browser launched in April on Android, is coming to iPhone. It combines high-end technology with impactful aesthetics to address the needs of iPhone users.

We are releasing Opera Touch just in time for Apples new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR because we believe that our browser is the perfect one to make these new devices really shine, said Maciej Kocemba, Opera Touch Product Manager. Todays new phones have big, beautiful displays, but conventional browsers are yet to adapt to this development. Our product is aimed at people who want to fully appreciate their iPhones.

Opera Touch vs Safari

Opera is challenging the status quo

According to data from StatCounter, 95 percent of iOS users in the US currently stick to their devices default browser, Safari.

Weve witnessed this situation before with a web browser reaching a dominant market position. This slows its progress. We want to encourage iPhone users to try something new: a carefully designed browser that gives them a better web experience on their beautiful phones, said Kocemba.

Award-winning and great to use

Opera Touch (Android version) won the Red Dot Communication Design Award 2018 for its unique user interface, which solves some of the current finger-gymnastics smartphone users struggle with in their everyday lives.

The new iPhone XS Max has nearly twice the display size of the original iPhone that premiered in 2007.

This shift in size calls for big changes in browser design. With Opera Touch we made it faster and easier to browse the web when on the go. This is especially useful when youre using a smartphone with a large display, said Kocemba.

Opera Touch has the key features you need

Opera Touch is packed with features and design solutions that make using the browser a pleasant and efficient experience:

  • Fast access to search – launch the browser and instantly start searching using text or QR/barcode search features
  • Designed for one-handed, easy web browsing with key browser elements accessible through the Fast Action Button
  • End-to-end encrypted Flow connects multiple devices. You can send images, notes, links and videos between them – seamless connection without logins or passwords
  • Access to tabs from the Opera desktop browser on the mobile browser home screen
  • The browser adapts to you – your top sites will automatically be added to the browser home screen
  • Built-in ad blocker with cryptojacking protection

With Opera Touch, Opera wants to provide people with an exquisite browsing experience fit for the cutting-edge hardware Apple delivers and to give an impulse for change to the mobile browsing world.

Opera Touch challenges Safari

To prove our point, we have prepared a comparison of some key features in Opera Touch and Safari.

Opera Touch vs Safari comparison

Looking at the image you will notice that, the home screen in Opera Touch looks more modern. It not only dynamically adapts to your browsing patterns, displaying your favorite websites but also displays the last tabs from your computer browser.

The Fast Action Button in Opera Touch (pictured in the middle) gives you access to your most recent websites, making it very easy to multitask and switch between them. This is unlike a traditional tab view, which simply lists tabs sorted by the date they were created.

The device on the right shows Flow, Operas stream of things you can save for later and share across your devices. You can add links, notes, images and videos to Flow, which makes it a more versatile solution, fit for modern browsing patterns.

Available for download

Opera Touch for iOS will be available for download from the App Store starting on Oct. 1. The Android version can be downloaded from the Google Play store.



 
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