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New Delhi: A Good news for all the opera users in India, The Company upgraded its mini browser on January 26, adding various languages and new features to it. The major of the changes is the support feature to 13 new languages and a new QR code reader. The download manager is also improvised.

The Opera Mini browser now supports 90 languages globally. Supporting Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu along with English, in India.

Sunil Kamath, vice president (South Asia & Southeast Asia) at Opera Software said, “In India, more than 70% of the population does not use English as their primary language. Opera web browsers have always supported reading content in multiple languages. We believe the addition of 13 Indian languages to Opera Mini’s UI will further help lower barriers for people to come online for the first time”.

Earlier the UI language was set according to the language of the Android OS. Now with the new version of opera mini, users can choose from the list of 90 installed languages. Commonly used languages of a person’s country will be shown on the top of the language list in the settings menu. Users will also be given the option to select a language initially they update the version of the browser.

Claiming opera to be more efficient and lightweight as compared to the full browsers, it is used by over 100 million Android users in emerging markets like India.

“We are continuing our efforts to bring the internet to as many people as possible, not only by making it possible to access the internet on low-bandwidth networks with our compression technology but also by making sure that our browser is easy for anyone to use and understand,” said Christian Uribe, product manager for Opera Mini.

The new browser is incorporated with a QR-code reader and generator and an improved download manager.

“We’ve also included a QR code generator (in Mini browser), so if you want to share a link with a friend nearby, you can create a QR code to any page yourself,” said Uribe. “(For download manager) we’ve made loads of improvements and tweaks lately to improve the stability and speed of downloads,”it added.(Inputs from agencies)(image-opera)

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34 global tech firms sign key accord against cyber attacks

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Top 34 global technology and securities firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have signed a “Cyber security Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cyber criminals and nation-states.

The watershed agreement will prevent them help governments launch cyber attacks against innocent citizens and enterprises. It will also protect against tampering or exploitation of their products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution.

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“The devastating attacks from the past year demonstrate that cyber security is not just about what any single company can do but also about what we can all do together,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement on Tuesday.

The “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” is a public commitment among 34 global companies to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.

“This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path towards more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world,” added Smith who has been arguing for a “digital Geneva Convention” for years.

Also Read: McAfee unveils refreshed cyber security solutions portfolio

The companies made commitments in four areas — stronger defence, no offence, capacity building and collective action.

“The companies will do more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, helping them improve their capacity for protecting themselves,” said cybertechaccord.org.

This may include joint work on new security practices and new features the companies can deploy in their individual products and services.

The Tech Accord remains open to consideration of new private sector signatories, large or small and regardless of sector, who are trusted, have high cyber security standards and will adhere unreservedly to the Accord’s principles.

“The real world consequences of cyber threats have been repeatedly proven. As an industry, we must band together to fight cyber criminals and stop future attacks from causing even more damage,” said Kevin Simzer, Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro.

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The victims of cyber attacks are businesses and organisations of all sizes, with economic losses expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.

The cyber attacks in the past have caused small businesses to shutter their doors, hospitals to delay surgeries and governments to halt services, among other disruptions and safety risks.

“The Tech Accord will help to protect the integrity of the one trillion connected devices we expect to see deployed within the next 20 years,” said Carolyn Herzog, General Counsel, Arm.

Also Read: Parental Control Apps May Not Help in Shielding Teenagers From Cyber Threats

On Monday, Cyber security representatives from the US and Britain warned of Russian state-sponsored cyber-attacks that are targeting network infrastructure devices such as routers and firewalls, to compromise government and private sectors globally.

According to a US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), the Technical Alert provided information on the worldwide cyber exploitation by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors.  IANS