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Run Opera on the PS3

March 31, 2007 4 comments

playstation-logo.jpgStarting with Opera 9.2 (currently in beta), you will be able to use the Opera browser on the PlayStation 3 (PS3), provided that you first install Linux.

Opera isn’t making this browser specifically for the PS3. The availability of Opera for the PS3 comes as a result of Opera 9.2 also being available on PPC-Linux, which means that if you install Linux on the PS3, you can then install Opera and browse the web.

Opera, of course, powers the Nintendo Wii browser. The Wii browser, which is currently available as a beta trial, is scheduled for its official release sometime in April.

(via Haavard)

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Categories: Opera on Nintendo

Another way to search the web using Opera

March 30, 2007 17 comments

When Opera 9.2 will be released, you’ll have another convenient method of searching the web. If you type more than one word in the URL address bar, it will do an automatic search on Google (or your default search engine) for those words.

Until now, Opera would display an error message when typing words containing spaces in the address bar.

This is something that has been available in Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox for sometime already, and I’ve long waited for Opera to add the same support.

Here’s a quick list of the various methods Opera gives you for web searching:
1. Type your search query into the integrated search field near the URL address bar, and hit the Return (a.k.a Enter) key.

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Integrated search

2. Type your search term (more than one word) directly into the URL address bar (works starting with Opera 9.2).

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Step 1: Enter a search query

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Step 2: Your search query is forwarded to Google

3. In the address bar, enter the letter “g” followed by search query (i.e. “g opera mini” searches Google for the term “opera mini”). Opera provides shortcut keys for other search engines too, such as “y” for Yahoo, “b” for BitTorrent, “n” for Google News, etc. The full list can be found in the menu bar at Tools > Preferences > Search.

You could also create your own shortcut keys for the search engine of your liking, simply right-click on text input field on the search page and select “Create search” from the menu.

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Example 1: Search on Google for ‘opera mini’

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Example 2: Search on Yahoo for ‘opera mini’

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Other Opera search shortcut keyword

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Create your own custom search

4. Select text on a webpage, right-click with mouse and click on “Search”.

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Search directly from a webpage

Categories: Desktop

Reaction to Deepfish, Microsoft's new Mobile Browser, from Om Malik

March 29, 2007 7 comments

Late last night I blogged about the new mobile browser from Microsoft, called Deepfish. I haven’t yet had a chance to give it a test run, since I don’t own a Windows Mobile phone. Have any of you played around with it already?

Here is what the great Om Malik, one of the top tech bloggers, had to say about Deepfish:

“For now Deepfish, Minimo and all comers are chasing Opera which is a mobile heavyweight. Microsoft’s Deepfish has some of the same features that are already available on Opera’s browser for Windows Mobile devices. (Opera is available for other platforms as well.)

The Deepfish announcement should be juxtaposed with Opera’s recent wins at some of the major Windows Mobile handset makers. Opera’s presence in their own backyard must be worrying the Barons of Redmond.”

Categories: Opera Mobile

Opera on Flickr

March 29, 2007 1 comment

flickr.gifTake a look at the official Opera account on Flickr.

The first set of photos, posted by Lawrence, is from Opera at the SXSW (South by Southwest) event from a few weeks ago. On this account we will post all Opera related photos.

If you have a Flickr account and would like to share photos with us, we’d love to have you as a Flickr Contact.

Visit: http://flickr.com/photos/chooseopera/

Categories: Opera Community

How to run Opera from your USB Flash Drive?

March 29, 2007 8 comments

Over on the Gadgetnutz blog, Cecilia talks about how you could get the Opera browser to run on your USB Flash Drive?

The key advantage to running Opera from your USB drive is the capability to use the browser on other computers without the need to actually install it. It comes in handy when you’re traveling or if you computer administrator won’t allow installation of new software.

Since the browser runs from the USB, it stores your bookmarks, the mail in the Opera Mail client, and other customizations — so you have access to it all the time.

The most popular USB application for Opera is by far Opera-USB; in fact it has been officially included in U3’s list of downloadable software.

Categories: Desktop

Microsoft entering the mobile browsing market too

March 29, 2007 11 comments

deepfish.pngEarlier today Microsoft released a public beta of Deepfish, a mobile browser, which, like Opera Mobile and Opera Mini, can display virtually all websites (not just mobile WAP sites).

Microsoft is calling this a “new browsing experience”. I haven’t yet had much time to poke around Deepfish (it’s late at night here), but the big feature that it has over the current version of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini seems to be the Wii-like zoom that enables you to zoom in and out of a particular page section. Early last month Opera announced that the upcoming edition of the Opera 9 browser for Opera Mobile will include Intelligent Zoom capabilities, similar to the Wii Opera browser.

I’m curious to know more about how Deepfish relates to Internet Explorer (IE) and Pocket IE, as well as the rendering engine it uses?

The mobile browser is part of Live Labs and is still considered a research product.

(via Saito)

Categories: Opera Mobile

Opera Mini in the running for the "Best Mobile Solution" CODiE award

March 28, 2007 6 comments

codie.gifOpera Mini has been named as one of the six finalists for the “Best Mobile Solution” category for the 2007 CODiE awards, presented by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).

The winner will be announced at the CODiE Awards Gala, to be held on April 17 in San Francisco.

Categories: Opera Mini