All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Opera’

Renee Fleming an Opera Star, But Hitting Broadway for the First Time

Renee Fleming is already a well-known name among opera enthusiasts. But her name is joining Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Maria Callas as household words nowadays. Renee Fleming sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII, showing previous pop diva attempters how it’s done. She also “sang” in the recent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fleming is a soprano, and will …

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Mobile Shoppers Most Active On Sundays [Report]

A new report out from Opera looks at mobile shopping habits, and has determined that Sunday is the best day of the week when it comes to sales from mobile shoppers. “Unlike desktop traffic to e-commerce sites, which tends to peak on Mondays and remains stronger during weekdays than on weekends, mobile shopping traffic is highly concentrated on Sundays,” Opera …

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Andrea Bocelli Talks Opera and Fatherhood

Andrea Bocelli can’t get away from singing opera, even when he’s in the role of ‘Dad.’ The 56-year-old says even when he’s singing his two-year-old daughter Virginia a lullaby, she prefers opera. “My daughter … likes every kind of music, but in particular there is a song that she loves very much, ‘Funiculi Funicula,’” Bocelli said of the Neapolitan song, …

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Shareaholic Browser Report: Safari Is On The Rise

Shareaholic has released its latest Browser Share Report, which indicates that Safari is creeping up in market share. The data comes from 250 million web users visiting over 200,000 publishers in Shareaholic’s network. Here’s how it shook out over the past eight months: “As someone responsible for a website, you should make it a point to know which the most …

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Andrea Bocelli Weds Longtime Girlfriend

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli married longtime companion Veronica Berti Friday, in the coastal town of Livorno, Italy. Bocelli, 55, had been dating Berti, 30, for 12 years, and the couple has a two-year-old daughter together named Virginia. The newlyweds married on their daughter’s second birthday. Singer-songwriter Bocelli was born on September, 22 1958 with with poor eyesight, and eventually went …

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Renee Fleming Nails National Anthem

We wouldn’t have known it before kickoff, but Renee Fleming’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner may have been the highlight of the night. The Seattle Seahawks handily defeated the Denver Broncos in yesterday’s Super Bowl 43 – 8. But at least audiences got the pleasure of hearing a LIVE version of the national anthem accompanied by a grandiose 32-voice …

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Harriet Tubman: The Underground Railroad Meets Opera

The story of Harriet Tubman has recently hit the performance arena in New York. “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom,” is an opera written by a third-generation Nigerian-American who practically grew up on the stories of Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Presented by screenwriter Nkeiru Okoye of American Opera Projects, the opera is a product of three years …

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Maria Callas Gets A Google Doodle (Watch Her Perform Here)

Google is celebrating famed opera singer Maria Callas with its homepage doodle today, which would have been her 90th birthday. She died from a heart attack at the young age of 53 in 1977. Callas, born in New York, is widely considered one of the most influential opera singers of the 20th century. She was a soprano, and often praised …

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The New Opera Is Out Of Beta And Available On Windows, Mac

Earlier this year, Opera said that it would be ditching its own rendering engine in favor of Google’s Blink. The new browser launched in beta in May, but now a final version is available for all who want to try out a new, faster Opera. Opera Software announced today that the new chromium-powered Opera is available to download today for …

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The Chromium-Powered Opera Is Finally Here

Opera made a big stink a few months ago when it was announced it was ditching its own Presto Web rendering engine in favor of Webkit. After Google announced it was ditching Webkit in favor of its own forked version called Blink, Opera followed suit saying it would be using Blink as well. Now the Blink-powered Opera is finally here. …

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Risë Stevens Dies; Opera Singer Was 99

Opera singer Risë Stevens died this week at the age of 99. Stevens was best known for her title role in the opera Carmen during the 1950s. According to her New York Times obituary, Stevens died at her home in Manhattan on March 20. Stevens was born in New York City in 1913. She later attended the Julliard School for …

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Google Updates WhatBrowser.org; 43 Languages, Mobile Support

Google says that no matter which browser you choose, you should at least be informed on whether or not it’s updated and what the other options are. Three years ago, they created a site that answers those questions and more. Although WhatBrowser.org is a Google creation, they don’t simply recommend that everyone switches to the newest version of Chrome. For …

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Opera And Google To Remain BFFs Until 2014

Most major browsers currently available on the market use Google as their default search provider. Mozilla continues to utilize the search engine in Firefox after announcing an agreement in December that will extend their partnership for at least three more years. Opera has just entered into a similar deal. Opera Software has entered into a new agreement with Google. The …

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Take A Journey Through Four Years Of The Browser Wars

Oh how things have changed since 2008, when most of the world was browsing the web via Internet Explorer. It’s no secret that IE has been leaking market share over the past few years, but now we have a pretty visualization that shows exactly how the globe became a little less reliant on Microsoft’s revolutionary web browser. Ok, “a little …

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Opera 12 Exits Beta With New Features

Opera 12 went into beta back in April. The newest version of the underdog browser brought along some great new features like improved HTML5 support and better security. Opera 12 is now out of beta and brings along with it all the great stuff from before, plus a few new tricks. Outside of the improvements from the beta, Opera 12 …

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Facebook Boots Chrome, Adds Opera To Supported Browser Page

This is not as much of a big story as it is fuel to a previous rumor. According to a screencap courtesy FavBrowser, Facebook has ditched Chrome on its recommended browser landing page and opted to suggest users download the latest version of Opera instead. You can’t check out that page though, as it no longer exists – you’ll be …

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Facebook May Be Looking to Purchase Opera [RUMOR]

According to a source close with Pocket-lint, Facebook is said to be on the prowl to acquire Opera Software, maker of the Opera web browser. There are a few reasons for why this sounds plausible and one or two for why it doesn’t. The most obvious reason that lends any validity to this rumor is the fact that Facebook’s money …

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Opera 12 Beta Gains A Lot, Loses A Little

Opera is one of those less talked about browsers out there. That’s not to say it’s a bad browser, it just gets ignored somehow when the subject is brought up. It really is one of the best browsers out there in terms of security, but it has been behind in a few key areas – not anymore. Opera announced the …

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Opera Payment Exchange Taking Mobile Payments Around The World

Everybody is getting into the mobile payment business these days. While Google Wallet has been one of the most talked about (and hacked) mobile payment options, Opera now offers their own alternative. Opera Software, developer of the Opera browser, announced today the launch of the Opera Payment Exchange program. Their goal is to provide the world’s best experience in mobile …

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Opera Software Updates Mini And Mobile

Opera has announced updated versions of their web browser software and it is ready for download now. Their smartphone browser is now in its 12th version and it is supposed to be faster and easier than ever. Not only that, a new feature called Smart Page has the ability to integrate Facebook and Twitter, so you can get all of …

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Internet Explorer Market Share Continues to Decrease

While it’s still more popular than the other browsers combined, the fact that Internet Explorer’s market share has fallen under the 50 percent mark is an eye-opening event. This marks the first time IE has ever been reduced to under half. Granted, Microsoft’s browser is under the line by about .42 percentage points, the fact remains, under half of the …

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Are Internet Explorer Users Dumb?

We are all well aware that IE has been the butt of many jokes over the years, justly or unjustly depending on who you ask. A new report from consulting firm AptiQuant may have just provided ammunition for a whole new round of jokes. Apparently, IE users aren’t quite the smartest citizens of the interwebs – at least when compared …

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Facebook In Real Life

Have you ever thought about just how strange your online activity is compared to your actual life? If the two have melded and you are unable to tell the difference anymore, I’m sorry, this won’t make any sense to you. But if you think about what we are comfortable doing on social networks compared to what we feel comfortable doing …

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Browser War to Heat up with New Products from Opera

With big news from Google Chrome and Firefox, the browser war has been anything but quiet lately. Norwegian browser Opera has also positioned its place in the war with several recent announcements. At SXSW, WebProNews caught up with Charles McCathieNevile, Opera’s Chief Standards Officer, to talk about the company’s recent efforts.

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Opera Confirms Mobile Web Use Soaring

Mobile Web use is soaring on a global basis, at least if the newest data from Opera holds with respect to other browsers.  Opera reported today that page views and data consumption – along with sheer user numbers – are all increasing at a rapid pace.

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WordPress Subscriptions, Facebook Ad Impressions & More

There’s been a lot going on in web news over the last few days, and there have been some things worth looking at that I haven’t gotten a chance to cover, but I’d like to point out just in case you missed them. 

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Opera Enters Agreement With Telenor for Co-Branded Browsers

Opera has announced a non-exclusive agreement with the Telenor Group, aimed at stimulating growth of mobile Internet services across Telenor’s business units.

As part of the agreement, Opera and any of Telenor’s business units may develop a co-branded version of Opera Mini that is adapted to the local operator.

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Opera Mini Serves a Billion Page Views in a Day

Opera has announced that its Opera Mini users viewed over a billion pages on July 25. On that day, every second, Opera Mini servers compressed over 11,500 pages before sending that content to phones around the world.

"Opera Mini has experienced tremendous page view growth in recent years," the company says. "In June 2008, Opera Mini servers processed 100 million page views per day for the first time. In June 2010, Opera Mini users viewed more than 910 million pages on average every day, an increase of more than 161% since June 2009."

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Opera Mini 5.1 Comes to Android

Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5.1 is now available for Android devices. The company claims this is the most popular browser for mobile phones, and places an emphasis on its speed.

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Opera: Most Mobile Data Consumption Comes at Night

Opera has released its new State of the Mobile Web report. In the report, Opera finds that 8:00pm through 12:00am are the peak hours for mobile data consumption.

"Regardless of differences in economy, culture or location, those four evening hours account for a disproportionate amount of mobile data consumption," the company says.

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