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[Update: Now in public beta] Opera announces private beta of browser with cryptocurrency wallet and Dapps support

In what seems to be a theme today, Opera has revealed it's launching a private beta for a crypto-integrated version of its browser. This new beta adds a built-in wallet for cryptocurrencies as well as support for Ethereum-based decentralized applications (Dapps, for those in the know).

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Browser maker Opera plans to go public in the US

Opera has been making browsers and other apps for years, and now it's taking the next step. Opera has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the US, hoping to raise around $115 million. However, that number could change as we get closer to the IPO.

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Toolbox for Play Store v2.3 improves Google's awful new screenshot gallery

The desktop Play Store site was updated in March, and perhaps the most annoying aspect of the new design was the screenshot gallery. Even though the full-screen lightbox is nice, the embedded gallery requires constantly clicking the left/right arrows to scroll. We updated our Toolbox browser extension to support the new Play Store site last month, and a new update vastly improves the screenshot gallery.

Version 2.3 of our browser extension is now rolling out, and it has a new optional feature called 'Better screenshot gallery'. When enabled, Toolbox replaces the left/right buttons on the screenshot box with a scrollbar.

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Opera for Android v46 adds themes, night mode, and more

The Opera browser has gone through many changes over the years, including the switch to a Chromium base. Opera adds a lot of things on top of Chromium including an ad-blocker and a not great news feed. Hey, you can't win them all. Opera's latest additions will probably make a lot of users happy, though. You can finally change the browser theme and toggle a night mode. There's also better control of private browsing mode.

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Opera VPN for Android is shutting down today

Today's the end of the line for the Opera VPN app and its viking mascot Olaf. Former Opera VPN users can snag a couple of deals on SurfEasy VPN products, though: Opera Gold users get a free year of SurfEasy Ultra, which normally costs $11.99 a month, and anyone using Opera VPN can get SurfEasy Total for 99 cents a month instead of its usual $4.99. Like Opera VPN, SurfEasy Total and Ultra both block ad tracking and neither puts a cap on data.

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Opera Touch is a brand new mobile browser built around convenience

Opera, a solid browsing option for those who don't want to use Chrome or Firefox, just announced the all-new Touch browser. Built from the ground up, Touch focuses on providing the best mobile browsing experience by giving users ease-of-use features, protection, and speed. It launches today, along with a new rework of the desktop companion browser.

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Our browser extension, 'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' now works with the new Play Store site

We released our browser extension, 'Toolbox for Google Play Store,' near the end of 2016. It was designed to make the Play Store website much better, with direct links to APKMirror/AP/AppBrain for each app and the ability to sign up for beta programs with one click. The first major update was released in October of last year, adding Firefox for Android support and improved APKMirror integration.

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Opera Browser Beta adds night mode in latest update [APK Download]

Opera is one of the most popular alternatives to Google's own Chrome browser and with good reason. It blocks ads, saves data, and has an excellent reader mode. There's also Opera Mini for an even faster, lighter experience. Another reason for Opera's popularity is active development. Already this year, in a reaction to an increasing fear among users, a crypto-mining blocker was added to both versions.

The main mobile browser has a separate Play Store listing for its beta version, and a new update has just been released for it. There are two additions to note: a night mode and a private mode indicator.

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Opera Mini and Mobile now block cryptocurrency-mining scripts

Over the past few months, websites have begun to capitalize on the increasing value of cryptocurrency in not-so-great ways. Numerous websites have started to include scripts that use your device's processing power to mine cryptocurrencies. While the scripts usually aren't as noticeable on desktop computers, they can slow smartphones down to a crawl and drain the battery.

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[Update: It's back] Opera VPN has disappeared from the Play Store without explanation

Opera VPN first debuted in August 2016, claiming to offer a completely free solution that would block ads and make your browsing more secure. However, Opera has undergone quite a few changes since then, including a sale to a Chinese company (that hadn't been finalized when Opera VPN debuted), renaming its Android TV browser, and more. It's now disappeared from the Play Store, and we're not sure why.

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