Making sure everyone’s online: Opera at Codemotion conference, Rome

Opera’s Bruce Lawson was a speaker at the recent Codemotion conference held in Rome. He talked about “How to destroy the web” – showing how bad developer practices can break the web – and sat on the Browser performance panel.

Codemotion is one of the biggest tech conferences in Europe, gathering developers and programmers from around the world in Rome, Milan, Tel Aviv and Madrid.

In a 5-minute interview, Bruce discusses how Opera helps to get everyone online, wherever they are in the world.

For some people in Bangladesh, the web can be a school when you’ve got a 5-mile walk to school. For some people in Africa, the web can be used to access health information when you can’t afford a doctor. The web really brings differences to people’s lives, and it’s important that we remember that and give those people the web.

Watch the full interview here:

Avatars, vote up function and more in Opera forums

If you want to join discussions or even start a discussion about Opera products, head on over to forums.opera.com.

We know that sometimes going to a forum can seem like going into the wilderness; you’re surrounded by questions and answers in different languages. Don’t worry. Opera forums are easy to use.

Here’s why:

We’ve categorized the discussion threads by our products so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
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But that’s not all. We’ve also made it possible for you to choose your own language. There are two language options:
1. Choose which language to use in the discussion thread.
2. Choose which language forums.opera.com will show.
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We’ve also added a voting feature. You can now vote comments up or down. Use the thumbs-up or thumbs-down buttons on the right:
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And, you can sort comments based on the votes.
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Now for all you prima donnas out there, it’s easier to choose a new avatar, either by using your own or choosing one of the 15 predefined avatars.
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Enjoy the new Opera forums experience!

Day 7: supercook.com

Today, we’re wrapping up our “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans” series today. And, the last featured site is sure to help you at home.

Ever been stuck in your kitchen wondering what your next meal will be? Before you order takeout or go out for more groceries, visit supercook.com to see if you can make a decent meal based on ingredients you already have at home.
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It doesn’t matter if you only have a few ingredients on hand. Click the ingredients you have, and supercook.com will give you several cooking suggestions. You can also use the site to experiment with dishes you’ve never tried. It’s the perfect companion for any kitchen. 

If you have missed any of the other posts in our “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans” series, you can catch up now:
Day 1 – medium.com
Day 2 – 7min.io
Day 3 – alastairhumphreys.com
Day 4 – codeclubworld.org
Day 5 – theuselessweb.com
Day 6 – Internet.org
Day 7 – supercook.com

Again, we want to send a huge “thank you” to our 7M fans on Facebook! We hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the 7 sites we’ve shared. :)

Day 6: Internet.org

We’ve reached day 6 of “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”.

First, here’s a quick review of the previous five sites we’ve shared:
Day 1 – medium.com has a time signature, so you know how many minutes it will take you to read one blog post.
Day 2 – 7min.io is the site that can help you get in shape.
Day 3 – alastairhumphreys.com inspires readers to start embarking on their own “microadventures”.
Day 4 – codeclubworld.org is a volunteer-led project to open programming clubs for 9 to 11 year olds across the globe.
Day 5 – theuselessweb.com is the one of the best sites to visit if you want to have some fun on the internet.

Our featured site for day 6 is Internet.org.
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Internet.org is a global partnership of technology leaders (including Opera Software), nonprofit organizations, local communities and other experts, who have accepted the challenge of making the internet available to every person on earth. The partners who comprise Internet.org believe in the power of the connected world, a goal which aligns perfectly with Opera’s corporate vision of shaping an open, connected web.

Getting the next 5 billion online will require ongoing innovation as part of a massive global effort, and Opera’s products and product features reflect this. For example:
1. Opera Mini and its compression technology shrinks down data so users browsing on their phones can save on their phone bills.
2. Opera Max (in beta) compresses data across all Android phone apps, including video.
3. Our Opera Turbo feature and Off-Road mode are compression options that provide users with a better browsing experience, even in bad internet conditions. 

Visit Internet.org to learn more about this global initiative.

Join us again tomorrow for the last in the series of “7 sites in 7 days. Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”! :)

New features make Opera Max more seamless

Here at Opera, we’ve been listening  to your feedback about our latest beta Opera Max for Android. Opera Max is an easy-to-use data-savings app that can double your data plan for free. Grab your copy in the Google Play store and start saving data.

The beta is live in 46 countries. Join others who are maximizing their mobile data plan in our Opera Max Google Plus community. In the community, you can let us know what you like and what we can improve on.

Opera-Max-monthly-savingsIn the meantime, we are continuing to refine Opera Max based on your feedback. Here’s what’s in the new update:

  • A new share option in the main menu lets you brag about how smart you are with data savings to all your friends. Send them your saving stats via text or attach a screenshot with a tap.
  • We made a Disconnect button in main menu so you can easily turn off the VPN in-tray notification. Toggling this button closes the app and associated VPN connection.
  • Now, the app includes an Do not show again option to the Turn savings on startup screen. Checking the box lets you opt out of reminders when you reboot your phone.
  • The app’s welcome screen includes a prediction of how much data you can save based on the apps that are running on your phone.
  • Opera Max now supports more languages.  The app is translated to: Polish, Norwegian, Spanish, German, and French.
  • We are adding even more useful stats and details to the timeline. Opera Max displays background data stats between the timeline card entries.
  • We streamlined our bug report process and added a short survey should you choose to uninstall the beta. Your feedback means a lot to us! It guides our decisions on how to improve future releases.
  • Additionally, several key stability and performance bug fixes are included in this release.

We hope you enjoy this update. We look forward to maximizing your data.

Day 5: theuselessweb.com

It’s day 5 of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”, and, today, we think you deserve a bit of fun.

Ever wonder if there are sites out there that don’t seem to have a particular purpose? Visit theuselessweb.com, and it will take you to random sites guaranteed to confuse you, make you laugh or simply give you the break you need for the day. Not exactly useless, right?
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We have two more days of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”, so stay tuned and check out tomorrow’s featured site.

Day 4: codeclubworld.org

We’ve now covered three days of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”:
Day 1 – Blogging platform Medium with its special twist of time signature per post
Day 2 – The site that helps you get your daily dose of exercise, 7min.io
Day 3 – Blog alastairhumphreys.com, which shows you can have an adventure without traveling far from home

Today, let’s talk about codeclubworld.org.
Code Club World is a group of free, volunteer-led and afterschool coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11 years old. There are now 2,580 Code Clubs worldwide!
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Visit codeclubworld.org to see how easy it is to check if there’s already a Code Club running in your country. If you’re interested in translating online teaching materials or opening a Code Club in your area, you can find a registration form on the site. It’s inspiring and something you really ought to check out. :)

See you tomorrow for day 5 of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”! We promise it’s something you won’t want to miss.

Day 3: alastairhumphreys.com

On Monday, we started “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”.

We recently hit the 7 million mark on Facebook and we would like to thank our fans for that. Our technology is based on connecting people to the internet  and we want to share some hidden web gems with our fans and readers.

We started with Medium, moved to 7min.io and today we’re sharing a lovely concept from blogger Alastair Humphreys. Humphreys, through other activities and through his website alastairhumphreys.com, motivates everyone to embark on what he calls “microadventures”.

It’s not about how far you travel or how wild your adventures, it’s about taking that step to find interesting nooks right where you live. There may be some corners in your town or city that you haven’t discovered yet. Why not start today?
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Come back for day 4 of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”. See you tomorrow!

Day 2: 7min.io

We move to site number 2 for “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”.

After yesterday’s blogging platform Medium, here’s something that can help you get a workout. Don’t worry, it will only take 7 minutes of your time.

7min.io is very helpful especially if you find yourself stuck in front of your computer the whole day. You ought to take a break from your computer. Well, almost.
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7min.io is one of those hidden gems on the internet. You’ll see what we mean once you’ve tried it. In fact, why not make 7min.io a daily habit? Have fun exercising!

Come back tomorrow for day 3 of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”. :)

A heart-y cheer for Opera 23 for Windows and Mac

As the temperatures in Norway and Poland start to soar to double digits, we’re pleased to release the finalized version of Opera 23 for Windows and Mac.

The most visible change in Opera 23 is the heart icon in the combined search and address bar. Previously, Opera’s heart icon meant “add to Stash”. But, when we talked to users, they told us they were confused about the icons in address bar and didn’t know how to turn on the bookmarks bar.

Now, click the heart and you can decide whether to add the page to Stash, the bookmarks bar or Speed Dial. If you add something to the bookmarks bar for the first time, the bar will be enabled automatically.
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Remember that you can right-click on the bookmarks bar to create a folder.
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We know that using the heart icon adds an extra click. We’re continuing to refine the heart menu and will add more bookmarking and bookmark management functionality in future releases.

From our discussions, we know that many of you have your browser open all day for email, writing documents, watching movies and playing games. Therefore, it’s vital Opera doesn’t crash just before you kill that alien, dry your eyes at the lovely movie finale (sob) or send that brilliant idea to your boss. So, under the hood, we’ve improved the browser’s stability to prevent crashes if a plug-in freezes or crashes.

Thank you for using our fast, beautiful browser. If you’re anxious to see what’s coming next, by all means download Opera Next or Opera Developer. Opera Next includes all the newest feature that will make it into the stable stream, but may be a bit buggy. With Opera Developer, you get to see and test out all of our experiments as we create them. These builds live side by side with your main browser and won’t overwrite your stable install. Linux users can check out our early Developer version of Opera for Linux.

Full changelog is available here.