Opera 50 released

Opera, the alternative web browser from Norway, adds several new features in version 50, which was released earlier in January.

Perhaps the most interesting new feature detects and blocks covert cryptocurrency mining, a new threat that sneakily uses your computer’s resources to make money for the perpetrators.

Other changes in this release include:

  • Chromecast support
  • VR Player enhancements, including Oculus Rift support
  • new: save web pages as PDF files
  • improvements to the tab context menu
  • currency and unit converter improvements
  • better crash protection
  • enhancements to the built-in VPN service

You can peruse the Opera 50 change log for additional details. Keep in mind that the log shows all changes to Opera 50 from its origin as a developer release in September 2017, through its beta stages, to its official release in early 2018.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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