The latest Opera Developer version highlights upcoming changes to the web browser's new tab page.
Probably the biggest change is the introduction of news directly on the startpage below the speed dial listing.
While some users of the browser may find the listing there useful, others have probably little use for it considering that only general news are displayed there by default.
It is interesting to note though that the company has added an experimental flag to Opera that enables you to select news topics you are interested in, and also pick a different language or region for the news on top of that.
First, lets take a look at Opera 36's modified new tab page. As you can see, news are displayed beneath the speed dial tiles on the page.
You can scroll down to list more news and clicking on a tile will open the news source in a new tab in the web browser.
Disable News on Opera's New Tab Page
To disable news completely on Opera's startpage (new tab page), do the following:
Change news topics and language
If you like the news displayed there but want more control over what is being displayed on the new tab page, do the following instead:
Once you have done so, you may personalize the news experience on Opera's new tab page by clicking on the cogwheel icon on the page again.
There you find new options to customize top stories, and to pick another country & language for the news.
Check or uncheck news categories such as sports, travel, technology or business so that only news you have an interest in are displayed on the browser's new tab page.
The feature will land in Opera Stable eventually, and is only available on desktop versions of the web browser and not Opera mobile.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.