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Opera just added a Bitcoin-mining blocker to its browser

special feature Tech Budgets 2018: A CXO's Guide Our research shows where organizations are spending their IT budgets in 2018 and what their top priorities are. We also offer practical advice on how to put your IT dollars to good use. Read More Norwegian browser maker Opera has launched the beta version of Opera 50, the first popular browser to integrate a built-in cryptocurrency-mining blocker. The feature offers a new defense against the rise of cryptojacking or browser-based cryptocurrency miners that use a site visitor's CPU without gaining the owner's consent. Crooks are increasingly hiding JavaScript miners on compromised websites and some have taken to deploying sneaky pop-under windows to continue using a CPU even after the victim has left the site, while groups using fake tech support scams have started integrating JavaScript miners into their bogus security-warning browser lockscreens. "Your CPU suddenly working at 100 percent capacity, the fan is going ..

Opera launches news app in Africa

Opera Software has announced the launch of Opera News, a newAI-poweredapp which enables people to access their favourite news articles and hottest trending videos. The release of the new app follows Opera’s recent announcement that its AI-powered news service inside Opera Mini grew to more than 100-million active users in less than a year, showing an incredible interest in news globally. Opera News is a news app with a powerful recommendation engine designed to keep you on top of all the things you love to read and watch. Opera News delivers a variety of trending news and entertaining videos and gets smarter with each use. In addition to delivering great content, Opera News can also save up to 80% of your mobile data use thanks to Opera’s unique data-saving capabilities. Last year, the company outlined plans to invest $100-million in the African market. It has now outlined its “Africa First” strategy. This strategy means that Opera will develop and launch its mobile products first for..

The highs and lows in classical music in Chicago in 2017

This was no ordinary year for music in Chicago, or just about anywhere else, for that matter. Reports by national media outlets of alleged sexual misconduct rocked the highest echelons of classical music, an industry unaccustomed to receiving this kind of attention. It took no more than a few news cycles for classical music producers like the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras to sever ties with James Levine and Charles Dutoit, respected senior conductors with long-standing relationships with those institutions. Decades of artistic achievement came crashing down in an instant. Through the shocking headlines, through everything else, great music and great music-making somehow managed to survive. They always do. Here in Chicago there were things to regret, of course, but classical music lovers had much else to be grateful for, good things that perhaps could happen only here. To commemorate the highs and lows, we present our 41st annual Rheingold A..

Review: The Met Opera's 'Tosca' Overcomes Months of Chaos

Advertisement The stakes could not have been higher. The chaos could not have been wilder. It’s fair to say that no production in the Metropolitan Opera’s history has been more vexed than the new staging of Puccini’s “Tosca” that opened on New Year’s Eve. First, months ago, its star tenor pulled out. Then its star soprano. Then her husband, who was slated to conduct. His replacement, James Levine, a fixture at the company for four decades, was suspended from the Met last month over accusations of sexual misconduct. And a few weeks ago, for good measure, the opera’s villain canceled too. It speaks to the Met’s resourcefulness that it was able to field such an impressive premiere cast — the rising stars Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo and the stalwart Zeljko Lucic — on such relatively short notice. But even with some exciting singing, this “Tosca” could point the company in the wrong direction. Cavaradossi (Vittorio Grigolo, far right) facing the firing squad in the final act of “Tos..

Irish National Opera launches tonight

Irish National Opera (INO) opens its debut 2018 season tonight at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, with performances from leading Irish singers including Orla Boylan, Claudia Boyle and Sharon Carty, accompanied by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. They will present seven operas this year, five of which are new productions. Artistic Director Fergus Sheil is focusing on a mix of classical operas and contemporary works. The season will tour across 13 venues in Ireland and London’s Barbican Centre, and Sheil hopes to build new audiences in Ireland and beyond. The company is born out of a renewed commitment to opera from the Irish Arts Council, who has dramatically increased their funding of this area of music. The opening production is Thomas Adès’s chamber opera Powder Her Face, in collaboration with Northern Ireland Opera. Following this will be the INO’s first major production – Patrick Mason’s new staging of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Summer will see performances at the Galway ..

The Good, The Bad And The Sad: A Year In Classical Music

What an odd and complicated year this was -- even in the world of classical music. Wonderful musical events were almost overshadowed by painful news items. The arts have been under attack. Heroes were toppled by scandal with few replacements lining up. I don’t have much insight. I wish I could be cheerier. But I’m grateful more than ever for the enlivening ability of great art — great music-making — to bring hope and joy. Saddest Story: The Fall Of James Levine This year couldn’t have ended on a more painful note, with the precipitous fall from grace of America’s greatest living classical musician. James Levine has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenage boys some 30 years ago and in the current rush to judgment has been found guilty by the press and in public opinion. The New York Times’ chief classical critic, who believes the allegations (which Levine has denied), wondered if he should throw out all his beloved Levine recordings. His answer was no, but he was going to move th..

The Dallas Opera appoints longtime board member Kern Wildenthal as its interim general director...

Board chairman Holly Mayer praised Thursday's appointment of Wildenthal, saying in the opera's press release: "I have always had the highest regard for Kern Wildenthal's ability to apply his wide-ranging experience and leadership skills to the Dallas Opera." Late Thursday, Wildenthal and Mayer both provided additional statements by email. "Kern is so well-known, well-liked and respected throughout the community," Mayer wrote, "that we believe his appointment will be applauded by opera lovers. He will undoubtedly approach his responsibilities with the same drive, intelligence, and careful planning that have served him – and The Dallas Opera – for decades. Kern is a natural leader and a successful fundraiser; a perfect fit for the task at hand!" Wildenthal wrote: "The Dallas Opera is a vitally important and highly respected part of our community. In the past when there has been a leadership transition in the company, board members have stepped in to help provide on-going..

Year-end shock: Dallas Opera chief quits

BackDecember 16, 2017 by norman lebrecht Keith Cerny has resigned as general director and CEO of Dallas Opera with immediate effect. He will start next month in the same post at Calgary Opera, which is much smaller. No reason has been given. Cerny has put in seven and a half years at Dallas, raising its profile significantly with a program for training women conductors. He appointed both the present music director Emmanuel Villaume and the principal guest conductor Nicole Paiement, Next ArticlePrevious ArticleSHARE THIS: Comments (3)Let's block ads! (Why?)

Doyens of Indian classical music to strike a chord in Bangladesh music fest (Preview)

A good number of Indian classical music stalwarts will enthrall the discerning audience during the four-day sixth edition of the Bengal Classical Music Festival that gets underway here on Tuesday. Dubbed as the "biggest classical music festival in the world", the gala at the Abahani Grounds in Dhanmondi will see the likes of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Jasraj (all vocalists), Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena) and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) perform. Originally slated for November, the meet - dedicated to eminent educationist, researched and scholar Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman - was called off on October 22 by organisers Bengal Foundation due to non-confirmation of the first venue, Army Stadium. The following month, the organisers informed that they had received the Abahani Field in Dhanmondi as an alternate venue, and were working towards holding the festival at the end of December. This year's festival will open with a never-before seen..

6 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend

6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This WeekendImageEsa-Pekka Salonen will lead the New York Philharmonic in his own “Foreign Bodies,” with a new live video installation by Tal Rosner on Friday.CreditHiroyuki Ito for The New York TimesBy David Allen June 7, 2018Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead. CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church (June 8, 7:30 p.m.). This little jewel of a festival, now in its ninth iteration, combines good music with food, walking tours, art and family events, occurring through June 16. Bach is its focus this year, and this opening concert includes a “Brandenburg” Concerto, transcriptions of Bach by Reger and Tochio, a reflection on Bach by Gubaidulina and music by the festival’s composer in residence, Aaron Jay Kernis. Ken-David Masur, who directs the festival with his wife, Melinda Lee Masur, conducts. OLIVIA DE PRATO at Miller T..

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