Monthly Archives: July 2014

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.
The Opera team and Antimedia team
Christian Koch, our Creative Director Arnfinn Hushovd, and Brand Director Espen Øverdahl, 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.
In a hanging tent in Kjerag, Norway

Christian, how did you feel while you were inside that hanging tent?
It was quite surreal, but many years of climbing has made me used to heights. Sitting in the tent and drinking coffee actually felt quite natural. But, getting the perfect shot was not done in a second. Hour after hour was spent waiting in the tent, and being in the middle of a 1000-meter wall is definitely a lonely place. I was inside the tent when Tom Erik and Kjersti base jumped for Off the wall with Opera and seeing that was spectacular. Everything was well organized. Working with the Opera team and AntiMedia was a great experience. I already knew the AntiMedia crew, but getting to know Espen and Arnfinn from Opera was great.
Testing Opera Mini in extreme conditions

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.
Tiny red speck on the wall

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

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.

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 will show.

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:

And, you can sort comments based on the votes.

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.

Enjoy the new Opera forums experience!

eraDay 7:

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 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 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 –
Day 2 –
Day 3 –
Day 4 –
Day 5 –
Day 6 –
Day 7 –

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:

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 – has a time signature, so you know how many minutes it will take you to read one blog post.
Day 2 – is the site that can help you get in shape.
Day 3 – inspires readers to start embarking on their own “microadventures”.
Day 4 – is a volunteer-led project to open programming clubs for 9 to 11 year olds across the globe.
Day 5 – 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
day6-7sites-7days-7m-fans-opera-fb copy 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 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 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”! :)

Day 5:

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, 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:

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,
Day 3 – Blog, which shows you can have an adventure without traveling far from home

Today, let’s talk about
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 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:

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 and today we’re sharing a lovely concept from blogger Alastair Humphreys. Humphreys, through other activities and through his website, 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:

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. 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.
day2-7sites-7days-7m-fans-opera-fb copy 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 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”. :)

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
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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”.