Back to school? Save with these 5 Free Apps

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Opera Max, a free data-savings app for your phone that extends your data plan.

Many college students are headed back to school this week or are already well into the swing of dragging themselves to 8 a.m. lectures and paying ungodly amounts for textbooks.

Even with scholarships and financial aid, college can be extremely expensive, so college students like to pinch pennies and stretch their dollars anywhere they can.

Instead of skimping on meal plans, turn to these 5 free mobile apps to help you save, stay on track, and manage any budget.

1. TUN
You may not always know where to look for special discounts. TUN, or “The University Network”, points students in the direction of the best deals and special discounts.

Available for iOS and Android, TUN pinpoints local dining, retail, fitness and other student deals on Google Maps. The app rewards its users with points for each discount they take advantage of, which are redeemable for free perks like haircuts, meals and fitness classes.

2. Titto
Titto is an app for independent textbook buying and selling, connecting you with textbooks, without having to go to the campus store or an online wholesaler. Available on iOS; each book costs only $19.99 per month, a bargain compared to otherwise expensive books, like the latest edition of one math textbook that sold for $152.16. The app saves billing and mailing information for future use. The best part? No due dates or late fees.

3. Opera Max
If you’re on a data budget, Opera Max can help you get up to 50% more out of your monthly data plan. For example, if you pay $40 a month for a 1GB data plan and use Opera Max, you can use up to 1.5 GB per month for the same cost. The app features a unique timeline and at-a-glance view of data used and saved, helping you understand exactly what apps you’re using and saving data on and when. The app is available, for free, in the Google Play Store.

4. Unsplurge
Learning how to budget in college is an important life skill students will take on with them into the real world.  Unsplurge is one way you can limit spending and maximize saving.

Available on iOS, the app lets users set savings goals, whether it’s a few dollars or thousands. Interactive charts show how far along to a goal you are and how many days in a row you’ve been on a saving streak. The unique newsfeed layout shows users their friends goals and progress.

5. Mint
Another great app to help you stay on top of your budget is Mint. The app, available on nearly every platform, allows you to see your bank account, as well as track and monitor your spending. Based on how much you spend in different categories, the app will also give you suggestions on where and how to save money.

Downloading files? Take better control of downloads with Opera Mini for Android

We have been busy this summer working on a new feature for Opera Mini for Android. Now, your large downloads can be set to download only when you are on a WiFi!

In the spirit of Opera Mini, this feature avoids eating up your mobile data and can help save you money. Now, Opera Mini detects if you are downloading a file that is larger than 15MB, then asks if you want to download it now or wait until you are on WiFi. Tap Wait and continue browsing. Later, when you get to your favorite coffee spot and connect to WiFi, Opera Mini will resume the download and notify you when it’s all done. It’s that simple!
download-wifi-only-opera-mini-androidWe’ve also implemented support for HTML5 video, giving you access to more video sites.

Some of you will be our first testers for the Discover feature that is already available on Opera for Windows and Mac, Opera for Android and Opera Mini for iOS. The Discover feature brings you the top news, entertainment and sports from around the globe, right in your browser. It lets you lean back and read regional content from your country in your language.

If you’re one of the lucky few, when you open Opera Mini, you will see the Discover feature. Currently, we’re testing it out in these areas: India, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam, Turkey, US, South Africa, Ukraine, Mexico, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

Other improvements in the updated Opera Mini for Android include:
- An enhanced installation screen
- An option to opt-out of Google Analytics
- Various stability and performance issues fixes

You can get Opera Mini for Android in the Google Play store.

100 million Android users browse the internet with Opera

We’re sending our thanks to the 100 million Android phone users who go online with Opera browsers.

The number of Opera users on Android phones is now twice as many as last year – yay! At this rate, we could fill Maracanã football stadium every day for three years.
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Android phone users can choose either
Opera browser for Android or Opera Mini. With Opera Mini, webpages are shrunk down to as little as 10% of their original size. This means users can save up to 90% on data. In just one month, our servers processed over 77 billion pages on Android, saving users 6,733 terabytes of data. That’s enough data to stream YouTube 24/7 for 3,366 years – that’s a lot of cat videos!

And, for more savings, if you’re on an Android phone and you haven’t tried Opera Max yet, you should go get it now. A free beta version is available in Google Play for several regions. If the beta’s not yet available in your area, you can give the test build a try. Opera Max cuts down data usage — video, text and image – across virtually every Android app on your phone.

Do you have an Asha phone? Here’s some good news!

Using a basic Microsoft phone or Asha phone, or thinking of getting one? We’re happy to announce that Opera Mini is now the default browser for Microsoft basic phones and Asha phones.

What does this mean for you?
Now, you can save money while using your phone to browse the internet. With Opera Mini’s data-compression technology, you can save up to 90% on data usage.
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If you already have a basic Microsoft phone or Asha phone, you will get a notification within the next few months to help you upgrade your phone browser to Opera Mini.

Or, get it now here.

Enjoy browsing with Opera Mini!

Give your browser a personal touch with themes

Everyone is different, and their browser should reflect this. If you want to use an image you have on your computer as a theme, you can use the theme manager to create your own.

  1. Select View > Show Themes.
  2. Click Create your theme on the sidebar.
  3. Type a name, select an image, and choose the image’s alignment and font treatment for how you’d like your theme to display.
  4. Click Create.

Bam! Your image is now your browser’s theme. Use a picture that takes you down memory lane or one that just makes you laugh.

We used an image of a couple people BASE jumping off the side of a mountain in Kjerag, Norway. If you haven’t seen the epic video that we made during the photoshoot, check it out here.

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Use one of our favorite themes
Don’t care to add your own image? We have plenty of images that you can use instead. From our default themes, we’ve chosen an awesome picture of a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

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To change background themes, all you need to do is click View→Show themes. Then click Get more themes and pick and choose from a list of images we love. This updates the background theme to your choice on everything from your speed dial, to your preferences page.

Can’t get enough? Check out the Opera add-ons catalog for more sweet themes.

Download Opera for Windows and Mac.

Opera Max lands in Turkey for Android users

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We continue to roll out Opera Max to new countries. This time, Turkish Android users no longer have to worry about exceeding their data plans before the end of the month. Opera Max, the new, free data-savings app for Android that shrinks videos and photos on almost any app on your phone, is now available in Turkey.

Download Opera Max for free and start saving data!
Opera Max not yet available in your country? Try the test version of Opera Max now!

Read more about the latest release of Opera Max.

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Thanks to Opera Max’s unique compression technology, Turkish users can now extend the life of their data plans by up to 50%. The app adds even more value for users with pre-paid data plans, paying per megabyte of use, or roaming internationally, as they will be able to watch more video, browse more sites and simply make the most of their limited plans, all for free.

Through Opera Max’s timeline of app usage and savings, users can get more control over the data they consume, keep track of their savings and even block particular apps from using mobile data, restricting them to Wi-Fi only.

This is how Opera Max works
Once a user installs Opera Max, the app starts rerouting all data traffic on the mobile device to the Opera data-savings cloud, using a virtual private network (VPN). All non-encrypted data requests (excluding websites and apps with HTTPS connections) are sent through Opera’s servers, which compress video, images and websites to use less data.

Opera Max is available as a free download on Google Play for smartphones running Android 4.0 or above.Download it today and start saving data!

Opera Mini for iOS: Text wrap and zoom options

Opera Mini for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad moves to version 8.0.2 today.

In this new version, we’ve placed the text wrap and zoom options back into the app. Here’s how you can activate them on your iPhone and iPod Touch:
1. Set Data Savings mode to Opera Mini.
2. Tap Advanced Settings.
3. For zoom: drag the Zoom slider to your preferred settings.
4. For text wrap: Toggle on Text Wrap.

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data-savings-menu-done-button-opera-miniYou’ll also notice we’ve added a Done button in the data savings menu. Before, you had to tap < Menu from the Data Savings settings to go back to the main menu and then tap Close to go back to the page you were visiting. Now, it’s quicker. You just tap Done to close the data savings settings, and you’re back to the page you’re browsing.

This version’s changelog includes the following updates:
- Improved various UI elements
- Tweaked pop-up blocker
- Reduced memory usage
- Limited page reloading
- Fixed minor stability and performance issues

If you haven’t downloaded Opera Mini for your iPhone and iPad yet, you should, today. Browsing with Opera Mini is not only enjoyable, it can also help you save some cash. Try the different data savings options to see what works best for you:
1. Opera Mini mode is the classic mode, which helps you get up to 90% savings. Great to use when you’re on the go and when connections are slow.
2. Opera Turbo mode provides a full web experience, while still saving your data by up to 50%.

Opera Mini is available free from the App Store.

Behind the scenes of Opera Mini’s new “On the wall” video

We’ve tested Opera Mini in the most extreme situations – so you don’t have to. Our newest video “On the wall” shows that you can take Opera Mini anywhere and go online, even when your internet connection is bad. Featured in the video is Christian Koch, a Norwegian rock-climber, who is in a tent suspended off the side of a mountain wall in Kjerag, Norway, making sure Opera Mini still works.
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Arnfinn Hushovd, our Creative Director, and Espen Øverdahl, our  Brand Director, give us a look into how the idea came about and how it was executed.

People normally don’t associate extreme sports with IT companies. How did you get the idea, and why did you decide to push through with it?
AntiMedia, a small production company that we have worked with previously on our “Discover our best browser for Android” product video, came to us with the idea. They knew a rock climber with an epic beard and an itch to do something cool. To them, Opera was the browser that gets you online in all sorts of conditions. If it can work in a remote place such as the Norwegian fjords, it should be able to work almost anywhere.
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What was the most difficult part of shooting the “On the wall” video?
The most difficult part was getting the dramatic effects without staging anything. When you see that tent on the side of the mountain, it’s really there – no CGI or other manipulation was used. Luckily, we had the help of a Norwegian climbing legend, Robert Caspersen, whose team made it look easy – even though it was anything but.
In this image, that tiny red speck is the tent. The helicopter is hovering to get the perfect shot.
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How do you decide what goes into Opera videos?
We want videos that are hopefully both entertaining and educational. Our aim is to feature our products, while keeping Opera’s distinct, playful personality in the frame.

Watch the full behind-the-scenes video:

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!