Opera Unite- The art of turning a browser into a server.

Opera is the second most powerful cross platform browser out there. Surpassed only by Firefox. Yesterday, Opera 10.10 was released for download and this particular release was shipped with a wonder function called Opera Unite.
What Opera Unite does is simply to “reinvent the Web, 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.”
Imagine the ability to share your digital collections with your friends or the entire world, synchronize your data across your devices and basically seed your entire digital life all from your browser without any server setup whatsoever. That is Opera Unite. With Opera Unite, 
  • you can share  photos directly from your browser through the Opera Unite Photo Sharing Application
  • stream your entire music and video library to another computer, mobile phone or game console through the Media Player application
The best part of all this is that your recipient does not need to even be running the Opera browser. You can still share with them even if they are running the resource hog IE. Because Opera Unite is based on common Web technologies like HTML and JavaScript, Web developers can develop applications easily using techniques they are comfortable with. The Opera Unite server is also located in your Opera browser on your computer as part of Opera Unite. A proxy server is used when no direct connection is established and this proxy server is currently located in Norway. No data is stored on any Opera-owned servers.
Opera is really challenging what we know of a browser and frankly, they have won my admiration. What Opera Unite is doing is simply to give me a server right in the browser without me needing to setup anything whatsoever. A server with which I can share files with whomsoever I choose.
Opera itself has some enviable features like the Opera Turbo which speeds up the loading of web pages on a slow network through a server which fetches and compresses the data before sending it back to you. It is a godsend when you have the misfortune of having to use a crowded Wifi or a very slow connection like dial up. For developers, Opera invites you to submit new Opera Unite applications in a contest where you stand the chance of winning “great prizes.”
All in all, Opera is a browser that is set to go places and has done a lot of work over the years to become the second best. I highly recommend that you get a copy for your desktop and start sharing your digital life your own way. 

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