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Opera for Android goes off-roading

On Tuesday, Opera for Android finally graduated from beta and into the final release zone, becoming available on the Google Play store.

After a recent announcement about overhauling their browser and migrating to Webkit from their homemade Presto engine, Opera has been hard at work at redefining the browsing experience from the ground up. Since the release of beta and the move to Webkit, Opera's team has directed their focus toward what they believe to be more valuable feature innovations for Opera while keeping up with rival browsers.

But a redesigned interface is just the beginning. Opera for Android … Read more

Opera overhaul: WebKit-based Android browser due Q2

BARCELONA, Spain--Opera Software has dropped the new engine into its browser and now has begun revving it up.

At the Mobile World Congress show here, the company began showing for the first time its new WebKit-based version of Opera for Android. That browser is the first product from a completely overhauled product line and technology strategy for the company based in Oslo, Norway.

Opera is changing the browser engine at the core of its software, dumping its own Presto for the open-source WebKit used in Chrome and Safari. It's a radical change in many ways: many engineers are changing … Read more

JavaScript expert: WebKit, get your bug-ridden house in order

It was a good day for the WebKit browser engine yesterday when Opera Software adopted it in place of its in-house Presto. But yesterday's developments also became an opportunity for a high-profile JavaScript programmer to lodge criticisms about WebKit.

"Each release of Chrome or Safari generates excitement about new bleeding-edge features; nobody seems to worry about the stuff that's already (still!) broken," complained Dave Methvin, president of the jQuery foundation and a member of the core programming team that builds the widely used Web programming tool, in a blog post.

"jQuery Core has more lines … Read more

Web world bemoans loss of Opera independence

It might have been a smart strategic move for Opera Software to move to the WebKit browser engine and scrap its own Presto, but some think it's a step backward for the development of the Web overall.

"A switch to Webkit might benefit Opera. It's just not going to benefit the open Web," Mozilla's Robert O'Callahan said today in comments on his blog about Opera's Presto change-o. "This will strengthen the WebKit mobile monoculture and make it even harder for us to promote Web standards over 'coding to Webkit.'"

Browser engines … Read more

Opera embraces WebKit in browser brain transplant

Opera Software, an independent voice in the browser market since the 1990s, will dramatically change its strategy this year by adopting the WebKit browser engine used by Safari and Chrome.

The Norwegian company announced the move today and said it will show off the first fruits of the work with a WebKit-based version of its Android browser at the Mobile World Congress show in less than two weeks. But the company will move to WebKit for its desktop browser, too.

A browser engine processes the Web page instructions written in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS then renders the results on screens. … Read more

Opera to sing WebKit's tune on mobile -- report

The Opera Browser will be rebuilding its mobile browsers using WebKit and a new interface that nearly entirely ditches the traditional browser buttons called Opera Ice, according to a leaked video acquired by Pocket-Lint.com.

Ice is not Opera's first dalliance with WebKit, as its current iOS offerings are also built with the WebKit engine. However, the current iOS Opera runs its server-side compression with Opera's Presto engine. It's not clear that that will continue with Ice, which apparently will debut at Mobile World Congress in February.

The video shows off Opera Ice, a browser that looks … Read more

MetroPCS debuts Kyocera Presto, LG Beacon

MetroPCS has recently released the Kyocera Presto and the LG Beacon, both of which are relatively basic phones for the prepaid carrier.

The Kyocera Presto is a candy bar handset with bare-bones features that include a camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and text and multimedia messaging. The LG Beacon, on the other hand, is somewhat based on the LG Cosmos Touch. It has a 2.8-inch touch screen, a sliding keyboard, a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and more.

The Kyocera Presto retails $29, while the LG Beacon will set you back $69 after the usual rebates. … Read more

Nesting skillet transforms for storage

Storage in the kitchen is no small matter. Kitchen appliances may come in all shapes and sizes, but most of them have odd angles and weird protuberances. Rarely does something come along that fits nicely in the cupboard, allowing for easy storage and quick accessibility. The option of leaving it out on the countertop may at first seem appealing, but after so many coffeemakers, food processors, and clamshell specialty appliances, the reality is sometimes storage considerations have to take front and center.

Nesting away while not in use, the Presto 06857 Electric Foldaway Skillet is a convenient space-saver that stores … Read more

Liddle Griddle looks to cook up big results

A griddle is an important addition to the kitchen. The flat real estate offered by the countertop appliance is like a blank canvas. (A canvas that just screams to be covered in pancakes.) Sometimes, however, it's OK to bypass the mural and just settle for a snapshot. As handy as it is to have the large wide-open area a griddle normally provides, all that negative space can at times be just a waste.

For those who don't have a lot of counter space to spare, yet still desire the convenience and versatility of a griddle, the Presto Liddle GriddleRead more

Free your microwave popcorn

Popcorn is some pretty amazing food. It can be spicy or sweet, buttery or cheesy, or even covered in caramel or chocolate. It's fair to say that no matter the preference, there is a flavor of popcorn that can satisfy anyone. Mirroring this spectrum of flavor possibilities are the amount of ways to prepare popcorn. From odd-shaped contrivances that expand on the stovetop to look like a bloated silver UFO to prepackaged bags of kernels that expand in the microwave, popcorn can be cooked a variety of ways. However, if there is one issue with these convenient methods it … Read more