Heavily redesigned Opera exits beta for Windows and OS X

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If you’re an Opera desktop user who’s been waiting for the heavily revamped version but doesn’t like to play the beta game, then today’s your lucky day: the Norwegian firm has released the full, finalized version of its browser for Windows and OS X.

The big change here is Opera’s adoption of the WebKit rendering engine and Chromium framework, in lieu of its previous homegrown efforts. This is a compatibility play – WebKit is what powers Safari(s aapl) and Chrome(s goog), so web developers naturally write for it. We’ve already had the Android version of the new Opera, and now it’s on desktop too.

As we explained when the desktop beta (sorry, “Next version”) came out in May, users will find a heavily revamped Speed Dial feature that allows the organization of bookmarks into folders, a Google Currents-like Discover feature, and a read-later facility called Stash.

You can download the…

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A Real Windows 8 Office: Coming Eventually

Windows 8.1 codename “blue”.

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Officially, the big news from Microsoft’s BUILD conference in San Francisco is the release of a preview version of Windows 8. But I’m at least as interested in another nugget from the show: Microsoft is (briefly) showing off a version of PowerPoint which uses the new Windows 8 interface and saying it plans to have new-style Word, Excel and PowerPoint versions ready some time in 2014.

As ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley reports:

Delivering the Gemini Office applications months after Windows 8.1 is released seems to me more like something the old Microsoft rather than the new, more nimble Microsoft, would do. If Microsoft officials are not simply underpromising and actually planning to “overdeliver” by getting these apps into the Windows Store in 2013, the Office team won’t have these new apps ready in time for holiday 2013 — which may or may not matter in the grand, selling scheme.

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How to Be Nice to Tourists: A New Manual for Snooty Parisians

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Updated June 24, 12:24 p.m. EST

Are the French finally feeling the pinch of their struggling economy and embracing the concept that “it pays to be nice”? Tourism offices in Paris–a city notorious for being unwelcoming to foreigners–are hoping to avoid losing visitors to friendlier destinations by distributing a handbook on being more courteous, reports Reuters

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Titled, “Do you speak Touriste?”, the small pamphlet provides specialized advice for retailers, hotels, restaurants, and taxi drivers on how to be more welcoming to Paris’ visitors–half of whom are coming from outside of France. Friendly responses to common scenarios are demonstrated in eight languages, including Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

The guide also offers suggestions to help locals better understand how visitors from various countries prefer to be addressed. “The British like to be called by their first names,” the guide explains, while Italians should be shaken by…

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The best slides from the closing arguments in the Apple ebooks case

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Apple(s aapl) and the Justice Department made closing arguments in the ebook pricing case Thursday. Apple argued that a ruling against it would lead to a “chilling” effect on commerce and content markets in the U.S., while the DOJ said this is a straightforward antitrust suit and compared Apple and publishers to Saudi Arabian oil cartels.

While we wait for Judge Denise Cote’s verdict — which could take weeks or months — here’s a peek at some of the funniest and/or most interesting slides from the closing arguments.

Apple wins on graphics and iOS imagery

Apple made a calendar to show the dates and times of its calls with publishers. Apple argues that the breaks between the calls show that it wasn’t acting as a behind-the-scenes “ringmaster.”

calendar dates

Apple took apart some of the slides from the DOJ’s opening argument, in which the DOJ mentioned a “spiderweb” of calls between Apple…

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