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About Julia
Julia Szyndzielorz is a journalist based in Warszawa, Polska. A graduate of the University of Oxford, she has worked as the Poland-correspondent of the German daily die Welt and now contributes stories to the Guardian, BILD.de, Zeit Online, Newsweek Polska and OZY.com.
Julia is a frequent guest of the TV stations Polsat News, TVN24 and TVN24BiS and comments on current affairs for BBC television and radio.
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With Opera One’s Multithreaded Compositor, your browser UI comes to life like never before

04 Apr 2024  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera has introduced a Multithreaded Compositor in its latest browser version, Opera One, to enhance the user interface (UI) experience. This new feature separates the compositor thread from the UI thread, allowing for smoother animations and better performance. The compositor thread handles painting animations to the screen, while layer-based animations run exclusively on the compositor thread, resulting in crisper visuals. Opera One aims to provide users with a seamless browsing experience with its revamped UI.

Opera unveils integrated browser AI: Aria

01 May 2023  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera introduces Aria, a new AI integrated into its browser, enhancing user creativity and productivity by leveraging OpenAI's GPT technology. Aria, built on Opera's Composer infrastructure, offers advanced capabilities like live web results and customer support. This marks a significant step in Opera's strategy to integrate generative AI services, following the earlier introduction of ChatGPT and Opera One. Aria is available for testing in over 180 countries, with users needing to create an Opera account for access.

Opera unveils Opera One, an entirely redesigned browser

01 Apr 2023  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera has introduced Opera One, a redesigned browser set to replace its flagship browser for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. The new browser features a Modular Design and a Multithreaded Compositor, enhancing user experience with liquid navigation and innovative features like Tab Islands. Opera One also integrates generative AI features, including AI Prompts and sidebar access to ChatGPT and ChatSonic, with plans to introduce its own AI engine in the future.

Opera enters the generative AI space with new features in browsers and content apps

10 Feb 2023  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera is integrating AI-generated content services into its PC and mobile browsers, expanding its AI program for browser, news, and gaming products. The company is at the forefront of browser innovation, providing users with built-in access to AI tools and platforms like Google Bard. Opera plans to add AI services to the browser sidebar and introduce features like a 'Shorten' button for summarizing webpages. The integration aims to enhance creativity on the web and help users manage the increasing volume of content.

Opera Crypto Browser Integrates BNB Chain and Unlocks Access to Its Ecosystem of dApps

01 May 2022  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera Crypto Browser now supports BNB Chain on both desktop and mobile, enabling users to buy, send, and receive BNB tokens and access a variety of dApps. This integration follows the browser's recent launch on iOS and aims to enhance Web3 adoption. BNB Chain, known for its high user activity and eco-friendly consensus mechanism, is now accessible through Opera's browser, which also supports Ethereum and Polygon. The browser features a 'Crypto Corner' for live updates and easy access to Web3 apps, aiming to simplify the user experience for both new and experienced Web3 users.

Get your new Opera Crypto Browser for iOS

01 Apr 2022  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera has launched the Opera Crypto Browser for iOS, designed to simplify the Web3 user experience. The browser features a built-in non-custodial crypto wallet supporting Ethereum, Polygon, and Celo blockchains, with more integrations planned. It offers access to decentralized apps, games, and metaverse platforms, and includes a news and data aggregator called Crypto Corner. Opera's EVP Mobile, Jorgen Arnesen, emphasizes the need for ease of use in Web3 for mainstream adoption. The browser also prioritizes security with ad and tracker blockers, cryptojacking protection, and other features.

Opera Takes a Giant Leap Into Web3, Integrates Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, and Others

30 Mar 2022  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera has integrated support for several major blockchain ecosystems, including Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO, and Bitcoin, into its web3 browser. This integration aims to provide users with seamless access to decentralized apps and services while promoting environmentally-conscious blockchain usage. The move is part of Opera's strategy to remain chain agnostic and onboard millions of users to Web3. The integration also highlights the benefits of lower gas fees and faster transactions through Ethereum Layer-2 solutions like Polygon and StarkEx.

Opera announces collaboration with OpenAI to realize AIGC Ambitions

27 Feb 2022  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera, a leading browser developer, has announced a collaboration with OpenAI to integrate artificial intelligence and generative computing technologies into its products. This partnership will provide Opera with access to OpenAI's AI models and support, aiming to enhance the user experience of Opera's PC and mobile browsers. Opera plans to introduce AI-generated content services and features such as a 'Shorten' button for summarizing webpages. The company has a history of using deep-learning AI in its news and football apps and is now focusing on reshaping its browser to leverage AI's potential.

Opera now lets you ditch boring web links and use emojis instead

01 Feb 2022  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera has partnered with Yat to integrate emoji-based web addresses into its browsers, allowing users to navigate the web using strings of emojis instead of traditional URLs. This innovation aims to bring a new level of creativity and ease to internet navigation. The integration is available on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and the Opera Crypto Browser Project. Notable users of Yat include musical artists like Lil Wayne and Steve Aoki. The partnership also includes a scavenger hunt contest with NFT prizes to celebrate the launch.

Opera to integrate Handshake for blockchain-based, decentralized domain naming

31 Dec 2021  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera announces a partnership with the dWeb Foundation to integrate Handshake, a decentralized blockchain domain name system, into its web3-ready browser. This integration aims to provide users with secure, open, and accountable access to decentralized domains, marking a significant step towards mainstream adoption of web3. The partnership underscores Opera's commitment to innovation and enhancing user experience in the crypto and web3 space.

Opera dominates the Red Dot Award 2021 by winning three Red Dots for Opera GX and Hype

01 Nov 2021  |  blogs.opera.com
Opera GX Mobile and Hype messenger in Opera Mini have won three Red Dots at the Red Dot Award: Brand & Communication design 2021, recognizing their innovative design and user experience. Opera GX Mobile, designed for gamers, won in the Apps and Interface and User Experience design categories, while Hype, a chat service in Opera Mini, won in the Social Networking category. The Red Dot Award is a prestigious global design competition, highlighting Opera's commitment to leading the industry with forward-thinking products.


Changes made in 1999 are being reversed as the government closes 'unequal' junior high schools.

08 Sep 2017  |  euronews
Poland is undergoing a significant educational reform initiated by the ruling Law and Justice party, which is reversing the previous three-tiered system to an 8+4 system, eliminating junior high schools. The reform, led by Education Minister Anna Zalewska, has faced criticism for its rapid implementation and potential job losses for teachers. Despite Poland's improvement in international education rankings, the government argues that junior high schools have increased disparities. The reform includes curriculum changes emphasizing Polish language and history, raising concerns about nationalist motives. Teachers and parents are adjusting to the changes, with some expressing skepticism and others seeing potential benefits. The government has announced a 5% annual pay raise for teachers starting in April 2018 to address salary concerns.


Dispute over ‘patriotism’ delays opening of Gdańsk’s new war museum

28 Jan 2017  |  www.theguardian.com
Professor Paweł Machcewicz, the founding director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, Poland, is facing challenges from the Polish government's Ministry of Culture, which is attempting to take control of the museum. The museum, which cost £80m and was initiated by Donald Tusk, is accused by the ministry of not being patriotic enough. The museum's narrative focuses on the impact of World War II on civilians and includes artifacts like a concentration camp uniform and items from Hiroshima. Despite a court initially ruling in favor of Machcewicz, the Supreme Administrative Court has allowed the ministry to proceed with its plans. This has led to a potential delay in the museum's opening, which is a disappointment to many, including WWII veterans who emphasize the importance of remembering the horrors of war.

Holy carp: how fish farming saved a Polish nunnery

24 Dec 2016  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the financial struggles of St Adalbert Abbey, a medieval nunnery in Staniątki, Poland, and how the Benedictine nuns have turned to breeding carp to support themselves. With only 13 nuns remaining, the abbey was previously maintained by the pensions of older nuns and Sunday mass offerings. Sister Stefania, the abbess, initiated the carp breeding project after clearing two forgotten ponds, which has become a success with customers who appreciate the taste and the opportunity to support the nuns. The article paints a picture of the nuns' life, balancing prayer and work, and invites visitors to experience the abbey's hospitality and participate in its New Year's Eve celebration.

Biedroń: Poland has its first openly gay mayor

30 Nov 2014  |  www.welt.de
Robert Biedroń, a prominent figure in Poland's LGBTQ movement, has been elected as the country's first openly gay mayor in the city of Słupsk. Despite a modest campaign budget, Biedroń's message of change and his personal engagement with the community resonated with voters, signaling a shift in attitudes towards homosexuality in the conservative country. His victory is seen as a significant step towards marginalizing homophobia in Poland. Biedroń's past includes founding the 'Kampagne gegen Homophobie' and serving as a member of the Polish parliament, where he faced multiple assaults due to his sexual orientation. His mayoral campaign focused on environmental initiatives and fiscal responsibility, earning respect even from those who previously held homophobic views.

Radosław Sikorski: 'We can no longer look away'

20 Jul 2014  |  www.welt.de
Radosław Sikorski, a prominent European politician, discusses the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines flight, and the need for a stronger European defense. He criticizes Russia's neo-imperialist tendencies and Europe's insufficient response to the crisis in Ukraine. Sikorski also addresses the wiretapping scandal that affected his candidacy for EU Foreign Affairs Representative and the changing landscape of privacy for politicians. He emphasizes the importance of NATO's role in European security and expresses hope for a united response to the increasing security threats facing Europe.

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