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best software of the week

The editorial team offers you its weekly selection of new software, applications and updates. On the program for the 2018 edition: Opera 50, Firefox, Darktable, Friendzoné.

1. Opera 50

Opera Software, publisher of the Opera web browser, kicks off the new year by unveiling a new version of its software.

Opera 50 inaugurates several novelties, including a protection system to block cryptocurrency mining without your knowledge. With the incredible increase in the value of Bitcoin, some web players have seen a potential new source of revenue and decided to integrate a javascript script to their site, so that every visit, your computer does crypto mining money for their benefit. This hidden mining script, executed silently, is not inconsequential. The resources of your machine are mysteriously monopolized while you are only consulting a web page. The symptoms are easily recognizable: using the processor to its maximum capacity warms your PC and turn the fan at full speed while the performance of your computer are at half-mast and the battery life melts like snow in the sun .

The other great new feature in Opera 50 is the addition of Google Chromecast support, which lets you stream the content you see in Opera on your TV screen or wireless sound system. This update also adds compatibility with the Oculus Rift, giving owners of the device the ability to enjoy Virtual Reality content from the browser.

For the rest, Opera 50 allows you to easily save any web page by exporting to PDF, and can now reload all open tabs. Developers also took the opportunity to improve the integrated unit converter: crypto-currencies invest the currency converter while new units are now managed: millimeters and inches.

Finally, improvements have been made to the browser-integrated VPN module, the company explaining that it has decided to host the VPN service in its own Data Center while it was previously provided by SurfEasy.

2. Firefox

After the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectrum discovery, two attacks based on major security vulnerabilities present in computer systems processors, many software vendors have updated their applications to close the loophole and reassure users.

The Mozilla Foundation will soon react by pushing since yesterday the update 57.0.4 of its Firefox web browser which fills the security flaws to launch the attacks Meltdown and Specter.

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