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Opera Software has released Aura technology powered Opera 21 for Windows and Mac OS X users. If you are wondering what Aura actually is? Here’s a simple explanation of Aura technology. Aura lets the desktop edition of the popular Opera web browser to use hardware-acceleration for the web browser including the user interface. Only the Windows edition of Opera uses the Aura technology while Opera for Mac uses Apple Core Animation technology to meet the same effects. Download Opera browser for Windows and Mac.

With more and more zero-day vulnerabilities are uncovered which is affecting Oracle’s Java plugin, users are now often asking how to disable Java or remove Java from their Windows computers or Mac platform.

First, let us clear the confusion which arises among most users about Java and JavaScript, keep in mind that both are different. Java is a programming language and computing platform that powers programs including utilities, games, and business applications, which was first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995, now developed and maintained by Oracle. While, JavaScript is an open source scripting language used to create dynamic websites and enhance user interfaces.

Looking at the increasing number of zero-day flaws that are getting uncovered, its advised that you do not to install Java at all, if you never felt the need of it. If you need Java for some important work, then you should only enable it when you need it. For the rest of the time you should keep Java plugin disabled in your browsers and you should also disable Java on Windows or OS X operating system.

Opera Software has released Opera 11.01 final version, which is an update of Opera 11. The latest updates fixes many security issues and improves overall stability of Opera, one of the popular web browser. This final version of Opera has come up after many snapshot releases and two RC (release candidates) updates. Opera 11.01 is a highly recommended update for every Opera 11 user.

The full change logs for Windows, Mac and Linux and FreeBSD are linked from the blog post announcing about the new version release.

The day at last came, when one of the world’s fastest browser, Opera gets the much wanted feature, support for extensions. Even though Opera is one of the most customizable browser, yet its lack of support for extensions till Opera 10 was like the missing puzzle piece for Opera users. Now, Opera with the release of Opera 11 alpha has added this missing piece. Opera browser is unique in many ways and has its own fan base. Many of the modern features, like tabs, speed dial, integrated web search, data synchronize, etc that are now defacto for almost all browsers today were first seen in Opera.

Opera has Widgets feature that is still unique feature. Now, Opera extensions allows you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser. These extensions are created using familiar open standards: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, along with supported APIs. Opera has also launched Opera Extensions website: https://addons.labs.opera.com/addons/extensions/. Opera 11 alpha is available directly from Opera software for all supported operating systems and only available in English. Only the windows version is directly available for download on Opera Next, the Mac OS X and Linux versions can be downloaded from Opera’s Snapshot server.

Xmarks is a bookmark sync browser add-on that lets you synchronize all your bookmarks, passwords and other data over several computers, across almost all popular browsers. I am a Xmarks user myself and use it to sync my bookmarks across all the browsers that I use. Sadly, this awesome bookmark sync service will be shutting down service on January 10, 2011.

According to the blog post update on the official Xmarks blog, from today Xmarks will start sending notifications to its users (I still haven’t received one) that the service will be shut down in 90 days. The reasons for the shutdown are explained in detail in the blog post. It can be understood that the main reasons behind shutting down Xmarks are funds running out and Xmarks being unable to find a viable business model or a buyer.

Opera Developers has released Opera 10.62, which is a recommended upgrade offering security and stability enhancements. It is highly recommends for all Opera web browser users to upgrade to the latest version to take advantage of the security and stability improvements.

Opera 10.62 is based on the brand new version of Presto, Opera’s rendering engine. It now uses Presto 2.6.30 that includes support for several new HTML5 features, such as GeoLocation, Web Workers and Offline applications.

Opera web browser fans should rejoice as Opera has released Opera 10.60, “faster than the fastest browser” recently. Opera 10.60 is based on the new version of Presto 2.6.30 rendering engine. It now includes support for several new HTML5 features, such as GeoLocation, Web Workers and Offline applications. It has also notably improved Javascript and DOM performance. The latest version also have thousands of bugs fixed since 10.54. Opera 10.60 is the first web browser that supports for the high quality video format WebM.

Opera 10.51 is released today and is a highly recommended update by the Opera team. This release addresses a couple of security issues, as well as various stability improvements and other bug fixes. According to the official change log, the two security vulnerabilities found in Opera 10.50 have been patched. Opera 10.51 fixes “an issue where the HTTP Content-Length header could be used to execute arbitrary code; an issue where XSLT could be used to retrieve random contents of unrelated documents”.

This update also improves the stability of the browser. A lot of Bugs are fixed in this update which spans across multiple components of the Opera web browser. This includes the user interface, mail, news and chat components, display and scripting, networking features. Numerous improvements have been done to the JavaScript engine “Carakan” which improves performance. However even after this long list of Bug fixes, Opera Software considers Opera 10.51 as an important security release only.

Opera team has released the final version of its much awaited web browser Opera 10.5010.50. Opera 10.50 brings a lot of new features to the table, most noticeable the speed improvements which leaves Firefox behind in the dust, at least for now. Opera 10.50 is only offered for the Windows operating system with the likelihood that versions for other operating systems follow suite later this month.

1253214767_OperaThe Opera developers have released an update version 10.01 of Opera web browser. This update of Opera is a security and stability upgrade with no other apparent changes. As this release is a security update it is highly recommended for all Opera 10 users to update Opera to protect themselves, the browser and the computer system from malicious attacks.

The security and stability update is available for all supported operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac). Interested users can view the change logs for a complete release information. Opera 10.01 does not include Opera Unite which is still slated for a release in the final version of Opera 10.10.