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Opera’s battery saving feature available to all desktop users

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Opera has at finally released the finialised version of its battery saver highlight for desktop users, after keeping it in beta for a month.

The browser’s battery saver feature increases battery life by time by up to 50 percent, it claims.

The browser will detect when the laptop’s battery is running low and will suggest enabling power saver mode.

Opera also claims that when the battery saving feature is enabled, the laptop/PC remains 3 degree cooler, than when the feature remains disabled in the browser.

The new Opera battery saver is only relevant when the laptop power cable is unplugged. A battery icon shows up next to the search and address field.

When the battery icon is clicked a pop-up dialog box with a switch to activate the power saver mode shows up and the user can then switch on/ off the battery saving feature whenever they need.

It reduces activity in background tabs, automatically pauses unused plug-ins, reduces frame rate to 30 frames per second, pauses animation of browser themes, and switches on adblocker as well.

Apart from the new battery saver, Opera version 38 also has a newly placed extension icon, speed dial tweaks, the ability to add lists to the ad blocker, and the ability to add own photos as themes for the browser.

The Opera browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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