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.

7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans

We’re thrilled to share the news that we hit the 7 million mark on our Facebook page.

To thank our 7 million fans from around the world, we’re sharing 7 sites in 7 days to show the internet is useful and fun… if you know where to look.

Let’s kick it off with www.medium.com.
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There are a lot of blogging platforms out there with different services and features. Depending on how you blog — whether you post more photos or whether you write longer texts, you have several choices where to maintain your blog.

What’s special with Medium is its time signature. It shows you how long it takes to read a specific blog post. The time shows up under each title on any blog post in Medium.

So if you’re browsing posts from other bloggers, you’ll get an idea of how long you’ll spend reading a post. Handy, right?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s site in day 2 of “7 sites in 7 days: Sharing web fun with our 7M fans”.

The Opera Mini travel blog

If you love travelling and reading good travel stories like we do, then the Opera Mini travel blog is for you. It’s a collection of hand-picked travel blogs from around the world. Here are some of the stories:

Live music from locals using metal pans and small cups. This is Gary’s story from his Western Sahara trip.
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These rice terraces were built with bare hands. Jona shares some photos from her Philippine trip.
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What to bring when you’re exploring Morocco. Some tips from the traveling duo Lloyd and Yaya.
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Five states in five days. This is Shrinidhi’s 2040-km road trip.
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Camemberu still feels goosebumps looking at her skydiving photos from her trip in Australia.
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If you have a travel blog and you want to tell your story to more readers, then tell us about it in this submission form. Who knows, you might be our next featured blogger.

Got Java? Opera Mini update for Java phones

Are you using a BlackBerry, Nokia, Samsung, or other basic phone with Java?

Today, we’re rolling an updated Opera Mini browser for Java phones. This update is not automatic. So, current users please head over to m.opera.com to get the latest version.

Some of the new stuff in this update:
- It’s now faster to install Opera Mini on BlackBerry phones.
- If you’re on a BlackBerry phone and you’ve had problems with line breaks after hitting Enter,  we’re happy to report that this issue has now been fixed.
- You can now use Opera Mini on a ZTE P80 phone.

And, here’s a little extra for Nokia users: if you’ve lost track of your phone folders and can’t find where Opera Mini is, this page can help. :)

Opera Mini is the handiest mobile browser when you’re on the go. It helps you get online faster, even when your internet connection is poor, and it saves you mobile data.

If you haven’t tried Opera Mini yet, you can get it here.
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How to cut your roaming bills

Have you heard? As of July 1, if you are travelling to a country in the European Union, then you’ll be paying €0.25 less for browsing or data roaming. Check out this price drop featured in the official announcement of the European Commission:
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The member states of the European Union are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. If you’re about to go on a holiday in one of these areas, then this is great news for you.

But, wait – there’s more. What if we were to tell you that we can help cut even more of your roaming bill?  And if you’re travelling outside the European Union, then this is also for you. Here’s how you can enjoy your trip with fewer worries about those huge data bills:

1. Get Opera Mini. It’s free.
Whether you are using the latest smartphone or an older mass-market model, Opera Mini can be your best travel buddy. Opera Mini compresses the size of the websites you visit – by up to 90% – so you can browse online without the risk of using too much data. If you’re using an iPhone, you can even choose which compression mode is best for you.
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2. Try Opera Max. It’s also free.
If you’re on an Android and have a bunch of apps, then Opera Max is perfect for you. It crunches down the size of videos, photos and text across most of your phone’s apps. It is the only data-compression app that also compresses videos. In addition, Opera Max allows you to manage your apps, allowing you to choose which apps can use mobile data. It’s available as a beta version on Google Play in Belarus, Brazil, Canada, the CIS countries, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, USA and Western Europe, and we’re working to expand availability in other countries. You can also get the Opera Max test build here.operamaxtravel

Tell us your travel story, and we can help you tell it to the world!

cab_1600.jpgWe’re interested in travel, big or small. Whether you are going on a safari through the Serengeti, running with the bulls in Pamplona or just taking the metro to the outskirts of your hometown, we want to hear about it!

We’ve started this travel blog, which features the adventures of some of the best travel bloggers around the world. Everything in this travel blog will also be featured on our Facebook page with over 7 million fans.

For a chance to join in the fun and share your story, fill out this submission form.

Travelling with Opera Mini
We have this great product made for browsing on the go – Opera Mini. And, we just overhauled the the iPhone version, with a fresh look and new features. Check it out.

Opera Mini improves life on the road in two ways: it keeps you connected no matter how bad your connection is, and it reduces data-roaming costs by squeezing webpages and other content down to as little as 10% of their original size.

Use Opera Mini on your next adventure while travelling and write a story or two about your adventure. Who knows, you might be our next featured travel blogger. We hope to hear from you soon. 

A desktop celebrity: Leo Gomes

If you’re one of our Desktop blog regulars, then you’ve probably already virtually talked to Leo Gomes.

Leo  recently hit the 1000-mark in the comments section of this blog. 1000-plus comments is a lot! And, with Leo, it isn’t just a matter of quantity, but also quality –  we’re pleased with the engagement he’s shown by objectively and constructively discussing ideas with developers and users alike.

Say “Hi!” to Leo if you pass by him in the comments section. He’s the one with this avatar:
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If you’re curious, his avatar is a character from a music video by the Japanese band Scandal. It took a while before we spotted it. Can you?

A visit from Bangladesh

We just had a visit straight from Bangladesh!
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This is Silma Subah, the final winner of the iGenius contest organized by telecommunication service provider Grameenphone. A lot of students participated in this country-wide competition. Opera supported iGenius by giving away, among other prizes, phones that helped in the series of mobile internet educational activities.

iSchool winner Silma Subah with Opera Director of Partner Marketing Arjun Bhatt
iGenius winner Silma Subah with Opera Director of Partner Marketing Arjun Bhatt

Silma tells us she is thrilled to visit the Opera global HQ in Oslo, because she uses Opera Mini to get online. “Especially for Wikipedia. It’s a Speed Dial entry in my Opera Mini. It helps me a lot in school,” she adds.

Silma was joined by Grameenphone M-Commerce and Digital Service Specialist Sayma Rahman. Over lunch with some of our folks from the Marketing Department, Sayma mentioned how happy she is that she can finally put a face to the name to some of the Opera employees with whom she’s been working so closely.

Pictured in the front right: Grameenphone representative Sayma Rahman
Pictured in the front right: Grameenphone representative Sayma Rahman

Congratulations, Silma. And, lovely to meet you, Sayma. We hope you enjoyed your visit –  we sure did!