Opera Hits A High Note With Crypto Browser


Internet browser Opera for Android lets users by cryptocurrency directly online in just a few seconds.

The Scandinavian web company revealed an electronic wallet was on the way for the popular browser last year.

Now, the roll-out has started for cryptocurrency investors and traders in Sweden, Norway and Denmark – with the rest of the world following soon, says the company.

The browser is linked with Bitcoin exchange Safello to let users buy, store and sell Ethereum.

“We think that the next important phase for crypto will come from usage and that for it to reach wider adoption, it has to be easy to buy and easy to use,” said Charles Hamel, product lead for crypto at Opera.

“We believe that the browser will be the entry point for these use cases. Thanks to our partnership with Safello, we are taking one more step towards this vision.”

The crypto-enabled browser is available from Google Play

Shoppers want Amazon cryptocurrency

Online shoppers are deserting bricks-and-mortar malls to buy just about everything they need from Amazon, according to a new survey.

And the services customers most want include a facility for buying cryptocurrency through the virtual store.

Investing.com polled about 1,000 Amazon shoppers asking what they feel is missing from Amazon own-brands. The biggest response (36.7%) was for prescription drugs, followed by 29.5% for medical marijuana, 16% for virtual doctor visits and 12.7% were keen on an Amazon cryptocurrency.

A separate Edge by Ascential report doesn’t expect any quick response from Amazon to shopper requests.

“Amazon’s total number of private products is certainly growing, but it’s doing so at a careful, steady pace and the retailer isn’t shy about discontinuing products and changing its approach,” the report said.

Mining Bitcoin costs more than the digital currency is worth

Bitcoin now costs more to mine than the cryptocurrency is worth, says US banking giant JP Morgan Chase.

The bank costs Bitcoin as $4,060 to produce, but the market value is sitting around $3,350.

Bitcoin is mined by computers processing mathematical calculations that are solved on average once every 10 minutes.

The banks says buying and running the computers is expensive as the puzzles become harder to solve.

The Bitcoin peer-to-peer network is estimated to consume as much electricity each year as the country of Ireland.