Easter fun at Opera

To welcome the coming Easter Sunday, here are some eggs from our global headquarters.
We ate some of them, by the way.
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And, then there’s that one egg that cracked from our Ultimate Egg Drop Challenge:
Happy Easter, everyone!

Protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug

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A major vulnerability called the Heartbleed bug has been discovered in OpenSSL software that’s used on many of the web’s most popular sites. OpenSSL is the system built to encrypt passwords and other sensitive information on websites. The Heartbleed bug can reveal the contents of a server’s memory, where the most sensitive of data is stored.  This bug has affected many popular websites, including Twitter, Yahoo!, Gmail and Facebook. The bug was identified by a security firm called Codenomicon, which published its details online.

“Your popular social site, your company’s site, commerce site, hobby site, site you install software from or even sites run by your government might be using vulnerable OpenSSL,” reads the webpage devoted to explaining the bug.

If you change your password before a site puts up a patch, then you need to change it again afterwards. Mashable put up a list of popular websites that are affected by this, and the ones who have patched it up. You can also use this tool to check if a website is affected. Besides checking to make sure websites are secure, you should also keep an eye out for statements from your most visited websites. Some security experts also recommend that you should wait a few days before visiting websites that hold sensitive information, such as logging into your banking accounts.

Two of the most used password in the world are “123456″ and “password”. If you do this, then you are just asking to get hacked. Here are a few tips on creating new, better passwords:

  • Avoid using the same password for multiple websites.

  • Make your passwords at least 8 characters, using a mix of numbers and letters.

  • Avoid complete words.

  • Change your password often, ideally several times a year.

There’s a little trick you can use, too. Pick a short sentence that’s easy for you to remember – for example something that describes you. Then, pick the first letter from every word in that phrase to create your unique passwords. For example, if the sentence is: “I became the Rock Paper Scissors world champion in 2005″. The password would then be “IbtRPSwci2″.

A good way to manage your passwords is with the LastPass extension. This tool gives you the ability to record all your passwords in a single, strongly encrypted location. After you’ve set it all up, you only need to remember a single password. You can download LastPass here.

Help Opera Coast get a Webby

We just cast our vote!

Opera Coast is nominated for Best User Experience in the Mobile and Apps category for the “Oscars of the Internet” the Annual Webby Awards.

Join us in helping Opera Coast get a Webby by casting your vote.

And, here’s a shout-out to those who’ve let their internet voice be heard:

Have you voted for Opera Coast, too? Give us a poke and we’ll add your tweet in this feed.

The Making of Supervention: Episode 1 and 2

Last week we shared the trailer of the documentary Supervention. Today, we’ll be sharing the first two episodes for season 2 of The Making of Supervention. In these episodes you’ll be following Field Productions while they travel around the world shooting the documentary.

Let them know what you think of the series. You can follow Field Production on Twitter, Vimeo and Facebook.

More episodes will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Enjoy!

Episode 1:  All Good Things

Episode 2: Walls to the Balls

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Introducing Cats by Opera

From the makers of Coast by Opera, comes a first-of-its-kind browser carefully crafted for domestic felines. Introducing Cats by Opera, the browser that is tail-or made for your cats.

Huib Kleinhout, Head of the Coast team at Opera, had this to say about Opera’s latest innovative project:

“So much of the stuff on the internet is based around cats, but there is no browser for cats to experience this. We realized we had to fix this. We make browsers for a living, and cuddle with our cats in the evening. They have tiny paws, so accuracy can be a real problem for them. We haven’t just scaled an interface and thrown some features into the browser, but we’ve really tried to think how the perfect browser for cats would look. I think we’ve got it right, and, today, the result is in the Cat Store.”

Cats by Opera brings more innovation through the internet cat-flap door:

* TongueTouch® interface: Optimized to respond to the slightest of screen licks, for easy scrolling.
* PawPredict® feature: Intelligent interpretation of internet adresses and searches as entered by our feline friends, translating adresses such as “34lkr34tottttt4<<<….uuuu” into “www.catnip4u.com” when walking across the iPad keyboard.
* Catified Speed Dial: Cats by Opera features easy-to click Speed Dial entries, an Opera Software innovation, with quick access to selected cat content or for easy shortcuts to your cats’ own favorite sites.

We’re implementing a strict cat-only avatar policy in our forums.
We’re also looking into expanding Cats by Opera on desktop devices. This is how it might look like:

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Cats by Opera is not yet available in the App Store, but ask if your local Cat Store has one.

Staying connected in all conditions

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When we heard that Field Productions was making a documentary about freeskiing and snowboarding, we had to get in touch. What makes this documentary resonate with us at Opera is that it emphasizes one of the key features of our browser: we help you stay connected in all conditions. Our Off-Road mode in the Opera for Android browser compresses webpages, giving you faster and cheaper internet browsing – the ideal choice if you are on a slow connection or out travelling.

Field Productions, known for its outdoor films, shows just how daring it can be, with its ninth production Supervention, a documentary that follows some of the world’s most talented daredevils along their adventures from steep mountains to urban cities.

Below is a trailer of the documentary.  We’ll also be sharing some behind-the-scenes videos in the coming weeks. We suggest you choose full-screen mode and turn up your speakers before you watch it. It’s pretty cool.

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Five apps to use with Opera Max

Avoiding certain apps because of their heavy data usage? Our data-savings app Opera Max finally solves that problem. Here are a few of our favorite (data-sucking) apps that work great with Opera Max.

Vine perfectly demonstrates the power of Opera Max. The user base of this video-sharing app has exploded over the last year. The problem is that these videos will often consume your data plan and, ultimately, cost you a lot of money. With Opera Max, however, you can keep on trucking through those six-second video clips.

The Flipboard app lets you organize the info you want to look at, then flip through it like you would a magazine. It’s a beautiful app that works hand-in-hand with Opera Max.

From the founders of YouTube, Mixbit is a video-app that lets you create, edit and share videos from your phone. Opera Max is the only data-savings app that also compresses video, so go ahead and give Mixbit a try.

To stay up to date, try News Republic. This app aggregates the biggest news stories. (Thanks for the suggestion, Léon McGregor!). For tech news, Appy Geek with its clever user-interface is a good choice.

Opera Max auto-detects expensive data, which means that the app stays out of the way if the data is free. You can set Opera Max to detect when you are roaming or out of your network and prevent apps from using any expensive data.

What apps have given you great results with Opera Max? Let us know in the comments below!

The YouTube buzz on Opera Max

We’ve seen some great articles about Opera Max, including a bunch of neat videos on YouTube. Here’s some of the videos that we find interesting:

Top 10 apps for Android? YouTuber Facundo Holzmeister includes Opera Max in his list.


Tech blog,
TechPP met up with Sergey Lossev, head of Opera Max.

Tech channel GadgetsToUse gives us a detailed overview on how Opera Max works:

Seen any good videos about Opera Max? Send us a link, and we’ll be sure to check it out!

See the Opera browser on Nokia X

In case you haven’t heard, Opera will be shipping on Nokia’s new X phones. Future Nokia X owners can also choose to set the preinstalled Opera browser as their default browser.

Some tech-journalists from Gadgets to Use were in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2014. They wanted to see how the Opera browser looks on Nokia’s Android-based smartphones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. In this video, you’ll see our features such as Off-Road mode, the Discover feature and Speed Dial:

Do you want to try this for yourself? Then, we have good news for you: the Opera for Android browser is available for download right now from Google Play.

25 facts. Celebrating the web’s 25th birthday.

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Twenty-five years ago, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee made a proposal for what we know now as the Word Wide Web.

Håkon Wium Lie, our Chief Technology Officer, worked with Berners-Lee in the early 90s. He is also widely known as “Father of CSS.” He recalls the first time he realized how big the World Wide Web could get.

“When I first saw HTML code on my screen, I thought ‘Wow’. The fact that you could build global hypertext systems with an amazingly simple code was an eye-opener for me. We were going around some universities to demo it – the internet started out as a sort of sandbox or playing field for researchers. Now, I look around and I feel proud of all that the web has become. People are using CSS and HTML in ways we never imagined. The web is a positive force. It’s human communication. Everything we put on the web is a master copy of humankind’s knowledge.”

To celebrate the 25th year of the Web, here are 25 facts we think you’ll find interesting:

1989: Tim Berners-Lee and the team at CERN invented the World Wide Web.

1990: The Archie Search Engine was created at McGill University. It is considered to be the first internet search engine.

1991: The first ever website went live.

1992: The phrase surfing the internet was coined by Jean Armour Polly.

1993: The Mosaic web browser, often described as the first graphical web browser, was launched.

1994: Yahoo! was launched. It first came out as a web directory.

1995: Opera was born! We turned 18 years old last year.

1996: Nokia released its first phone with internet access, the Nokia 9000 Communicator.

1997: BabelFish, the first automatic-translation application, was launched.

1998: The Google search engine was born.

1999: Napster was launched, changing the way we find and consume music online.

2000:  By 2000, over 20 million websites were up and running.

2001: The first Wikipedia article was published.

2002: Social-networking site Friendster was launched. Today, Friendster now runs as a social-gaming site.

2003: Skype, a voice and video-calling service, was released.

2004: Facebook went online.

2005: The first ever video on YouTube was uploaded. It has a guy and a zoo in it.

2006: Twttr was launched. It’s now called Twitter today and is one of the most used social media services.

2007: Apple released the iPhone, changing the way people use mobile browsers.

2008: Dropbox was launched at TechCrunch50.

2009: WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile messaging app, was launched.

2010: Instagram was launched. Now, we could finally take pictures of our food.

2011: Google+ was released. It was first launched as an invite-only service.

2012: More than 115,000 websites participated in the largest online protest in history. It was a protest against internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA.

2013: Internet.org, a project by Facebook in partnership with Opera and other technology companies, was announced. Its aim is to connect the next 5 billion people online.

2014: The year has just begun! What do you think is the most important event so far?