Opera is a web browser and internet suite developed by the Opera
Software company. Opera handles common Internet-related tasks such as
displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing
contacts, IRC online chatting, downloading files via BitTorrent, and
reading web feeds. Opera is offered free of charge for personal
computers and mobile phones, but for other devices it must be paid for.
Features of Opera include tabbed browsing, page zooming, mouse
gestures, and an integrated download manager. Its security features
include built-in phishing and malware protection, strong encryption
when browsing secure web sites, and the ability to easily delete
private data such as cookies and browsing history by simply clicking a
button. Opera runs on a variety of personal computer operating systems,
including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.
Though evaluations of Opera have been largely positive, Opera has
captured only a fraction of the worldwide personal computer browser
market. Opera has a stronger market share on mobile devices such as
mobile phones, smartphones, and personal digital assistants. Editions
of Opera are available for devices using the Symbian and Windows Mobile
operating systems, as well as Java ME-enabled devices. Approximately
40 million mobile phones have shipped with Opera pre-installed. Opera
is the only commercial web browser available for the Nintendo DS and
Wii gaming systems. Some television set-top boxes use Opera as well,
and Adobe licensed Opera technology for use in the Adobe Creative
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Ming Chinese general Cao Qin staged a failed coup against the Tianshun
Le Griffon, a brigantine by René-Robert de LaSalle, became the first
sailing ship to navigate the Great Lakes.
The Badge of Military Merit , the original Purple Heart, was
established as a military decoration in the Continental Army.
World War II: U.S. Marines initiated the first American offensive of
the Guadalcanal campaign with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the
An expedition led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl on his raft, the
Kon-Tiki, completed a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.
Car bombs simultaneously exploded at the United States embassies in the
East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi,
Kenya, killing over 200 people and injuring over 4,500 others.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To pester; to annoy persistently.
2. (British, informal) To pass gas; to fart
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The question isn't whether you have a good master or a bad master. It's
to be your own master. That is the dignity of humanity.
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