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The new opera

OPERA HAS RELEASED the latest version of its web browser, which includes something it calls Unite.

Opera Unite is the firm’s technology for turning the browser into a file sharing communications portal and web server. In announcing the release, Opera explained that amongst its features is the ability to share 10GB of video direct from your home computer.

When it first announced Unite the firm said that it would stop Internet users from having to share their photos, videos and other media on third-party hosting sites. Now that Unite is available the firm is saying that it will let users share their documents in a ‘semi private’ manner.

"We promised Opera Unite would reinvent the web," said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera’s CEO. "What we are really doing is reinventing how we as consumers interact with the web. By giving our devices the ability to serve content, we become equal citizens on the web. In an age where we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that belongs to us."

As well as sharing photos Unite users will also be able to stream their music connections to other machines, including game consoles and mobile phones. In addition there’s the Turbo feature that speeds up content delivery by up to eight times, something that might be useful when you are creeping through someone else’s photos.

The company is asking developers who want to create applications for Opera and Unite to enter a competition. Prizes on offer for the best apps will include gift certificates.

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