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 2018   857

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.

Nvidia to Unveil Mining GPUs Sales Profit

In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, miners brought to the giant $ 289 million in profit
11 May 2018   194

Nvidia Corporation published data on revenues from the sales of video cards for the production of crypto-currencies for the first time. So, in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, miners brought to the giant $ 289 million in profit. At the same time, the company expects that this figure will become much smaller in the second quarter, Bloomberg reports.

For example, during a group call on revenue, Nvidia CEO Huang Jenxun noted that the demand for video cards for mining was higher than expected, but the company believes that in future the number of GPUs bought by miners will decrease by about two-thirds.

Crypto miners bought a lot of our GPUs in the quarter and it drove prices up. I think that a lot of gamers weren’t able to buy into the new GeForce as a result.
 

Jensen Huang

Chief Executive Officer, Nvidia

The mining GPUs sales profit of Nvidia, was higher than that predicted by analysts. For example, Christopher Rolland of Susquehanna predicted that the corporation will earn about $ 200 million on video cards for the production of cryptocurrency.

Earlier, the head of Nvidia, Huang Jensen, said that, despite the pressure from regulators, cryptocurrencies will be popular for many more years. At the same time, according to a study by analyst firm Jon Peddie Research, the cryptocurrency alaquotes helped AMD reduce the market gap from Nvidia and secured 10% of the company's profit in the first quarter of 2018.