Opera GX introduces Video Pickup to sync video timestamps, and GX Profiles for muting tabs, deleting data on exit

Ashwin
Apr 1, 2022
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Opera has added two features, called GX Profiles and Video Pickup, to its gaming-centric browser, Opera GX. The company has been making impressive strides to improve the video experience with Automatic Video Pop-Out that was rolled out recently.

Opera GX introduces Video Pickup to sync video timestamps

Video Pickup in Opera GX

Video Pickup, as the name suggests, offers a way to send videos that you were watching on a computer to your smartphone. The important part here is that it also preserves the timestamp, so you can resume it where you left the video.

How to use Video Pickup in Opera GX

You don't need to have Synchronization enabled in the browser to use this feature. All you need is to have Opera GX installed on your computer and your smartphone. Open a video from a streaming service, e.g. YouTube or Twitch, and play the media. When you mouse over the player, the browser will display a new icon alongside the video pop-out button, click on the 2nd button and Opera GX will display a QR code. Switch to Opera GX on your phone, and tap on the new tab button, select the viewfinder icon to scan the QR code on your computer's screen. The mobile app will automatically load the video from the exact scene that you were watching.

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Opera GX Video Pickup button

Since Video Pickup requires users to scan a QR code, it is a one-way option, i.e., you can't send the links using this method from your phone to the PC. The company says that it created the feature with portability in mind, to allow users to watch videos when they are away from their computers. One might argue that you could email or send the links to yourself via an IM app to do the same, I do that. But it's always nice to have multiple choices.

Opera GX Profiles

GX Profiles are modes that you can enable for various purposes. There are 5 set-ups that you can choose from: Standard, Rogue, Streaming, Potato and Custom. The Standard mode is the default profile in Opera GX. The Rogue profile clears all your browsing data when you close the browser. The Potato profile is a bare-bones mode for basic usage, and is best suited for low-end computers. Streaming mode mutes all tabs, which YouTube/Twitch content creators may find helpful, to prevent copyrighted music from being played in their streams. Though Opera terms it as a feature for streamers, I think this could be very useful for other users too, as it can provide a distraction free experience, if you want to concentrate on studying or work.

Opera GX Profiles

The 5th set-up, Custom, lets you mix and match the settings as you see fit. E.g. You may choose to toggle bare bones, clear all browsing data on exit, mute all tabs, and disable all audio in the browser, and use these settings as your custom profile. GX Profiles are only available in Opera GX for Windows. It is not clear why this feature has not been added to the macOS version.

How to set up GX Profiles in Opera GX

1. Open Opera's Settings, and click on Manage GX Profiles.

2. Hit the Create Profiles button.

3. Give the Profile a name, pick a color for its icon, and click the Configurations drop-down menu.

4. Pick a preset or create a Custom one.

5. Click the Add Profile button to save your settings.

The current version of the browser is LVL3 (core: 84.0.4316.52). Download Opera GX for Windows and macOS from the official site, and the mobile apps for Android and iOS from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store respectively.

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  1. Archon Valec said on April 1, 2022 at 12:39 pm
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    And yet they STILL don’t have any PWA support :/

  2. dial said on April 1, 2022 at 1:40 pm
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    *but why?*

  3. SamSam said on April 1, 2022 at 2:21 pm
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    They add all this stuff and they still don’t let you set your own custom default search engine, that’s the reason I could never use it as my main browser… imagine being stuck on using DuckDuckNot or having to type a keyword every time you want to search whatever you want in your preferred search engine.

    1. Anonymous said on April 3, 2022 at 1:25 am
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      I like searching using Duck, just need to put !keyword in front of or behind the search to switch engines. Very fast compared to manually changing search engine everytime I want to search.

  4. owl said on April 2, 2022 at 3:01 am
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    First, my personal view,
    I have renounced the puppet brand Opera, whose management and intellectual property are all controlled by a Chinese company (??360: Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd.), and I will not be involved again.

    Warning:
    The Chromium browser has been updated to 100.0.4896.60 to address a zero-day attack vulnerability as well as 29 other serious vulnerabilities discovered by third-party security researchers.
    https://www.ghacks.net/2022/03/31/brave-1-37-new-sidebar-custom-new-tab-backgrounds-and-privacy-improvements/#comment-4518518
    Opera GX is “Chromium 84.0.4316.52” and is very risky, not even patched for zero-day attack vulnerabilities.

    The end user is not only affected, but also becomes a secondary source of infection (a stepping stone) and may become a perpetrator against others.
    These “holey” defective products should never be used!

    1. Iron Heart said on April 2, 2022 at 11:48 am
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      Opera is literally spyware, their privacy policy is absolutely atrocious.

      Here is my personal ranking by order of preference…

      PC:

      1. Brave
      2. Ungoogled Chromium
      3. Vivaldi

      Android smartphone:

      1. Bromite
      2. Kiwi
      3. Brave
      4. Vivaldi

      Vanadium is also very good if you happen to use GrapheneOS.

      Never use (in no particular order):

      Chrome, Edge, Opera

      1. owl said on April 2, 2022 at 12:42 pm
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        > Never use (in no particular order):
        Chrome, Edge, Opera

        I share it.

        The “Snowden Confession” that shocked the world mentioned that “Under the guise of national security, the U.S. government has requested backdoors to major application vendors, and Google, Microsoft, and Apple are cooperating with the “NSA” request.
        Microsoft and Apple, who were named, admitted fault and publicly stated that they would not commit any wrongdoing. Google, however, remained silent.

        The puppet brand “Opera”, whose management and intellectual property are all in the hands of a Chinese company (Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd.), (If is it intentionally not plugging bugs because it is subject to the will of the Chinese government) is still not trustworthy.

    2. Ganon said on April 2, 2022 at 7:58 pm
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      @owl
      Show the proof that that vulnerability even exists, besides articles saying ‘Google patched’ and ‘google said’…. did anyone really got affected by it? did you get affected by it to know if it was real or not? It seems those vulnerabilities at this point are a way to make people upgrade to newer versions that obviously are worst and worst in performance and privacy, because let’s be real, all software have vulnerabilities and nobody is getting affected by it, that’s why phishing is still the easiest way to ‘hack’ someone’s information.
      But even if the vulnerability was as critical as google says , do you really think someone is going to exploit that vulnerability to harm you? an unknown someone random from the internet who doesn’t have much to offer to the world?

      Everyone is spying you anyway, once you are connected to the internet they spy you even more, if you are offline you are still spied but not as much.

      So, your ‘it’s a Chinese browser’ it is already a really bad excuse and more a dumb paranoia created by western media that says “we are the good guys, the others are the bad guys, it’s the other guys!”.

      I mean, you literally are believing Google and Microsoft about how that vulnerability was so terrible, and it is like believing the government and anything BS they ever say about everything. Google and Microsoft and Mozilla and Apple are the ‘kings’ of the internet so they will manipulate and say anything for their benefit.

      But, for example, watch someone like Aaron Jones and how even he says that if you are in USA, it would be much wiser to give info to a Chinese or Russian or whatever non-US company because in theory they will not be able to do much with it, like USA can.

      I mean, when you say something in social media and some minutes later you get police at your door, it shows that government doesn’t even need vulnerabilities or ‘backdoors’ to spy on us and control us, it doesn’t only happen in China since I have read stories from Australia, USA and recently Canada when someone said something negative about life and two hours later the person got police at the door and took her to a psychiatric.
      When you are born, and at that moment you are given a number like a supermarket barcode and you will be known by the government with that number all your life, the least of the worries should be “it’s Chinese browser and Chinese tend to steal intellectual property from others”.

      You all seem to live in a fantasy land where Chrome, Edge, Opera are the bad ones and someone the others using Privacy as a marketing scheme and as a business to get nice easy $$ are the good guys.
      If you cared about your information you would unplug from the internet, not stay on the internet but complain how some companies might gather more or less data from you.

      Ungoogle chromium, Brave, and less vivaldi (which doesn’t do anything to stop sending data to Google servers), and bromite and kiwi and the others which are based on Google’s technology will not do anything for you either…. not even talking about how you are literally using a phone which is the best data harvesting technology from Government to get your data and know everything about you.

      I would rather use Opera than the browser mentioned, again, what will Chinese do with your information? they are not the ones who can arrest you, control you and do anything unless you are in China.

      1. Iron Heart said on April 3, 2022 at 8:33 am
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        @Ganon

        I’ve noticed that everyone who claims that there is no privacy on the Internet uses some hyperbolic example like “If the government wants to get you, they’ll get you anyway.”
        And my answer to this is the following: If the government is your adversary, you have other things to worry about than tracking protection, VPN etc. Then you would likely need stuff like Qubes OS or Tor. This ain’t a normal setup, because the government is not the adversary for most of us, we don’t need anonymity from the government in most cases here.

        When we speak about online privacy around here, we usually think of private entities as our adversaries, mainly ad and tracking networks, both big and small ones. That is, the conventional online tracking. And to fight that, browsers can be better or worse equipped.

        > You all seem to live in a fantasy land where Chrome, Edge, Opera are the bad ones and someone the others using Privacy as a marketing scheme and as a business to get nice easy $$ are the good guys.

        Chrome / Edge / Opera objectively collect more data than the browsers I mentioned above. You can find this out via the respective privacy policies, or via an analysis of the connections various browsers establish: https://brave.com/popular-browsers-first-run/

        They also don’t feature isolation of local data or fingerprinting protections, key elements of making tracking you harder. Chrome and Edge in particular also mean to cripple ad- and tracking blockers with Manifest V3 in the future while e.g. Brave or Bromite include native adblockers unaffected by such crippling efforts.

        > If you cared about your information you would unplug from the internet, not stay on the internet but complain how some companies might gather more or less data from you.

        What we talk about here is a reduction of data collection about us. Not total anonymity, if you need that, you are fundamentally looking at the wrong setups. And limiting data collection is a worthy undertaking in its own right if you ask me, because unwarranted data collection tends to be unethical.

        > vivaldi (which doesn’t do anything to stop sending data to Google servers)

        You are wrong, Vivaldi is pretty much degoogled for all unnecessary conncetions: https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-browser-on-android-private/

        They retain some connections for basic functionality like Push connections (for notifications) or Google SafeBrowsing (against malware), but you can disable those in the settings as well.

        > based on Google’s technology will not do anything for you either….

        False. Yes, they are all based on Chromium. No, that does not mean they are all the same. Brave implements stuff like fingerprinting protections, native adblocker, and isolation of local data that are not present in e.g. Chrome, Edge, Opera. Same for Bromite. Kiwi allows extensions on mobile unlike Chrome, Edge, Opera… Some extensions are effective in improving privacy like uBlock Origin, LocalCDN, ClearURLs, Cookie AutoDelete etc.

        > not even talking about how you are literally using a phone which is the best data harvesting technology from Government to get your data and know everything about you.

        I don’t know what you are talking about. First things first, what OS you run on your phone and what apps you use are fundamentally your choices. For Android phones, there are Custom ROMs like GrapheneOS, CalyxOS, or even /e/ OS which fundamentally respect your privacy as they are stripping out all connections to Google.

        It is true that you can’t use a phone as a phone without connecting to a cell tower, and they can locate you via triangulation most likely, but even then, they still need to know that it’s you. How are they going to do this if you bought your smartphone in a store, paid with cash, and hopefully use a SIM card from a provider that is not doing identity verification (not possible in all countries, though, fair enough)? They are just seeing that some phone used by someone established a connection in a certain area.

        > But, for example, watch someone like Aaron Jones and how even he says that if you are in USA, it would be much wiser to give info to a Chinese or Russian or whatever non-US company because in theory they will not be able to do much with it, like USA can.

        Perhaps but no data collection on the browser at all (e.g. Ungoogled Chromium) is still better than that.

        > I have read stories from Australia, USA and recently Canada when someone said something negative about life and two hours later the person got police at the door and took her to a psychiatric.

        Hm, if you give a platform your name / address / E-Mail / real phone number, and then proceed to write something very controversial with that account, with a non-anonymized IP address no less, of course they know it’s you and wouldn’t need a backdoor or anything. But the question is, why do something like this with an account where you have already identified yourself when you set it up? This is a major opsec mistake, and anyone who does that has nobody but themselves to blame. Note that I am against government tyranny regardless, my point is how one goes about it.

      2. owl said on April 4, 2022 at 5:09 am
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        @Ganon,

        Thanks for your reply.
        Since it is addressed to me, I have perused (our family practices a digital detox lifestyle and limits our relationship with the internet) the full text of your tedious but very lengthy comment.
        https://www.ghacks.net/2022/03/31/adduplex-windows-11s-usage-share-rise-slowed-down-to-a-crawl-in-march-2022/#comment-4518530

        Since @Iron Heart has given a rational and reasonable explanation to the BS from you, I won’t say much from me.

        To @Ganon’s BS, I would add: “It is not easy to prove injustice. What we end-users should focus on is the backing of justice”.
        Opera uses Chromium as its platform, but the reality is that it is a “Closed program” and everything is in the dark.
        This is also true of Google and Microsoft’s product lines, which are “Closed programs”.
        It is the value of the wise end-user to avoid these “dark programs” rather than to get to the bottom of them!

        Well, in any case, since people have a normal habit of “clinging to their values and rejecting differing opinions and values”, people like you may close their eyes, cover their ears, and keep their mouths shut (or spread BS) on matters that are confrontational.

        If you are not a stakeholder, perhaps by replacing this topic with the fact that it was “Google” (even for someone like you), you can perhaps consider it thoughtful…

    3. Alejandro said on April 4, 2022 at 4:39 am
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      opera 84 is not chromium 84, it’s actually 98. As the chinese puppetry allegations, I don’t think you can demonstrate it more than I can demonstrate how true is the statement made by the Norwegian staff/devs on how they got creative control and so on

      1. Iron Heart said on April 4, 2022 at 10:34 am
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        @Alejandro

        Read their official privacy policy. They collect everything they can about you and about your pet as well.

        All that while not being any better of a browser than Brave or Bromite for example.

        Opera is spyware garbage.

      2. owl said on April 4, 2022 at 11:27 am
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        @Alejandro,
        > opera 84 is not chromium 84, it’s actually 98.

        The topic of this article is “Opera GX”.
        You see, Opera GX released a new version on March 31, 2020.
        To my surprise, the platform is the “ancient chromium 84.0.4316.52”.
        I am truly stunned as to why they would use such an “end-of-life” thing as a platform.

        With “chromium 98”, 28 vulnerabilities were discovered by third-party researchers, and Chrome, Brave, and Edge have already released “100” with security patches for them.
        https://www.ghacks.net/2022/03/31/brave-1-37-new-sidebar-custom-new-tab-backgrounds-and-privacy-improvements/#comment-4518518

        Don’t make shorthand comments, and Be keep up with check the facts.

      3. owl said on April 4, 2022 at 11:31 am
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        Correction of date:
        The topic of this article is “Opera GX”.
        You see, Opera GX released a new version on March 31, 2022.

      4. owl said on April 5, 2022 at 2:26 am
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        Incidentally, regarding the cases of cyber-attacks and personal information leaks related to Russia

        An APK for Android was discovered that steals various types of information such as location and SMS under the guise of harmless software and sends it to Russia.
        Newly found Android malware records audio, tracks your location
        https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/newly-found-android-malware-records-audio-tracks-your-location/

        A study has found that a cyber-attack on a communications satellite that caused extensive damage in Ukraine and Europe in February 2022 was caused by AcidRain, a new wiper-type malware.
        AcidRain | A Modem Wiper Rains Down on Europe – SentinelOne
        https://www.sentinelone.com/labs/acidrain-a-modem-wiper-rains-down-on-europe/
        Viasat confirms satellite modems were wiped with AcidRain malware
        https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/viasat-confirms-satellite-modems-were-wiped-with-acidrain-malware/
        SentinelOne researchers commented on AcidRain, “This binary file thoroughly erases files on file systems and various known storage devices.
        According to BleepingComputer, this is the seventh case of wiper-type malware identified in Ukraine since the beginning of 2022.

        In March 2022, Yandex, a large Russian Internet company, announced that personal information had been leaked from its food delivery service.
        Food Delivery Leak Unmasks Russian Security Agents – bellingcat
        https://www.bellingcat.com/news/rest-of-world/2022/04/01/food-delivery-leak-unmasks-russian-security-agents/
        The leaked information includes users’ e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, addresses, order details, and users’ location information at the time of order, and the number of victims is reported to be as many as 58,000.
        The Verge writes, “Seeing that so much analysis is possible from the information leaked from Yandex Eda makes me concerned about the amount of information possessed by large food delivery services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub. In 2019, 4.9 million individuals’ personal information was leaked from DoorDash. This is far more personal information than was leaked from Yandex Eda!”.

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned government agencies from purchasing software developed outside Russia, with some exceptions. Furthermore, after January 1, 2025, the use of foreign software itself will be prohibited.
        Russia bans foreign software purchases for infrastructure • The Register
        https://www.theregister.com/2022/04/01/russia_bans_foreign_software/
        https://regmedia.co.uk/2022/03/31/putin_order.pdf
        This means that Russian government agencies and companies involved in critical infrastructure will be required to eliminate foreign software and services from their own systems within three years.
        The Russian government has already legalized “the can sale of foreign-made movies, music, software, and other intellectual property” without the permission of the copyright owner.

        The case of Putin’s despotic state “Russia” is no exception also the similar despotic state “China” (Eventually, follow the same path).

      5. owl said on April 6, 2022 at 9:57 am
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        In early March 2022, President Putin signed a law prohibiting the dissemination of fake news. The law imposes a criminal penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment on anyone who disseminates “information deemed to be fake news about the Russian Armed Forces”. Foreigners will also be targeted and information from outside Russia will be monitored.

        On April 5, 2022, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s censorship authority, the Federal Supervisory Agency for the Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Media Sector, demanded that Wikipedia remove “unreliable and socially significant information.” The company warned of fines of up to 4 million rubles (approximately 5.9 million yen) if the deletion order is not complied with.
        Roskomnadzor added, “Owners of Internet resources who do not remove illegal information in response to this request will face administrative liability. A fine of up to 4 million rubles will be imposed on legal entities”, mentioned.
        ???????????? – ????????? ?????? ??????? ????????? ? ????????????? ??????????? ???????? ???????????
        https://rkn.gov.ru/news/rsoc/news74248.htm
        Russia threatens Wikipedia with fines over “false information” | Ars Technica
        https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/04/russia-threatens-wikipedia-with-fines-over-false-information/

        On March 30, 2022, Roskomnadzor also warned YouTube’s parent company, Google, that it would find it up to 20% of its annual revenue for “failing to remove allegedly illegal videos from YouTube”.
        Russian regulators are threatening YouTube with fines for role in ‘information war’ – The Washington Post
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/03/29/russia-youtube-fine/
        Russian regulator says it will fine Google over Ukraine war videos – The Verge
        https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/30/23002909/russia-youtube-google-illegal-content-roskomnadzor-ukraine-war-regulator-fine

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