HydroMiner Company To List Shares On London’s AIM

The company states it can solve bitcoin’s surging electricity consumption without boosting pollution
12 January   388

HydroMiner GmbH, a crypto currency mining company using green energy drawn from hydro power stations in the Alpine region of Europe, may list shares on London’s AIM stock exchange or similar markets for small and growing companies during 2018, according to Chief Financial Officer Davies Guttmann.

Davies Guttmann added that the company is actively courting regulation in Austria and the U.K. to give investors confidence in the fast-growing cryptocurrency market.


HydroMiner, which raised $2.8 million in an initial coin offering, is also in talks to form joint ventures in Austria, Canada and eastern Europe. It is stated that an agreement with a power utility or financial investor could be announced within months.

In the long-term, Guttmann said HydroMiner aspires to be an infrastructure company inside the cryptocurrency industry by providing hardware, software and skills. Until then, it’s trying to build a clean reputation inside a bitcoin market still seen by some as a scam.

Recently, we have reported that Bitmain Technologies, Chinese bitcoin mining giant, is going to open a branch in Switzerland.

Opera Launches Mining Protection in Mobile Browsers

Opera's protection against cryptocurrency mining scripts is already available, and the browser can be downloaded from the Google Play or the App Store
22 January   209

Opera web browser announced on January 22 that it launches protection against cryptocurrency mining scripts to its mobile browsers. Opera has already introduced the feature to its desktop products called NoCoin.

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enabled in “Settings”, and it will automatically detect and stop the mining scripts written into the coding of a webpage.

Opera mining protection

According to the company, more than a billion people worldwide is estimated to be affecting hidden cryptocurrency mining scripts, causing their devices to run warm, become slower and eat up their batteries.

When you browse the web, there are no visual clues that your device is exposed to mining. A single webpage you visit can take up to 4.5 hours of your battery time, if you keep the tab open. This often turns out to be just the battery time you needed to use a ride-hailing app or check the map to get home.


Jan Standal

VP Product Marketing, Opera

After several tests of the Opera browsers for smartphones performed on Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC One, developers at Opera determined that scripts mining for cryptocurrencies can increase the smartphones’ CPU usage up to 100%. This can cause increased battery draining and make the phone overheat.

According to the company, Opera's new feature is already available, and the browser can be downloaded from the Google Play or the App Store.