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Trump’s anti-privacy move boosts Opera’s VPN

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Interest in using a VPN is on the increase as the United States Congress voted and approved to repeal restrictions which stop ISPs from selling personal browsing data and information.

Since then, the number of new U.S. users of Opera, the only browser with a free, built-in VPN, has doubled in just a few days.

The concerns are also visible on Google Trends, indicating that the number of VPN searches went up by 138%, following the vote.

For the Opera browser, the growth in downloads has seen an identical boost. The average number of daily, new Opera users in the U.S. has more than doubled since Congress decided to repeal certain internet privacy protections.

What is Opera’s built-in VPN?

Opera is the first major browser to offer a free, no-log, and easy-to-use VPN service. When turned on, it creates a secure connection to one of Opera’s many server locations around the world, allowing you to safely send and receive data across public or shared networks

Since it’s embedded inside the Opera browser, it is very easy for users to activate it by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings (or “Preferences” on Mac).
  • Choose “Privacy & Security” and then toggle the free VPN on.
  • An icon labeled “VPN” will appear in the browser to the left of the address field, from which you can activate the VPN and choose your preferred location.

People can also choose to have the Opera browser automatically select the optimal server location based on certain factors, such as network speed, latency, location, and server capacity. When in automatic location mode, browsing through the VPN is always done at the maximum available speed.

Why use VPN to protect online privacy?

The VPN service encrypts users’ data to avoid the interception of data traffic over a public network infrastructure. It also lets people choose where to appear on the web, protecting their online privacy and security.

“We integrated a free, no-log VPN directly into the browser to bring everyone, not just savvy users, a simple tool for protecting their privacy,” says Krystian Kolondra, EVP of Desktop, Opera. “Since then, millions of new users have accessed the web with more control over their data. The usage statistics for the past few days show that users are becoming even more conscious about their potential privacy issues when online.”

Privacy guaranteed by no-log service

The built-in VPN feature in Opera is a no-log service, which means information on our users is not stored outside of the basic information needed to set up your account and make sure the VPN is working correctly. The VPN service is provided by our supplier, SurfEasy Inc., which is a Canadian company operating under Canadian privacy laws. For more information, read the SurfEasy Terms of Service. Being a Norwegian company operating under Norwegian and EU/EEA privacy laws, Opera does not have access to your VPN data. Opera’s privacy policy is located here.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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