Author: Espen Thoresen

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. 

Opera becomes the new default browser on Nokia X

Today, Microsoft added a new member to its family of Nokia X smartphones – the Nokia X2. At the same time, we’re super excited to announce that Opera will become the new default browser to the Nokia X platform. What a great family this is turning out to be.

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From now on, all Nokia X users will enjoy one of the world’s most popular web browsers and save a ton of data while surfing away on their mobile phones – all thanks to the Opera Turbo compression service embedded in the Opera browser.

Download Opera browser for Android for free!

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If you’re not completely familiar with Opera for Android, I have made a short list of the top 3 features to get you started:

1) Opera Turbo is a cost and time-saving feature that compresses data before it reaches the user’s mobile device. By switching on compression with Opera Turbo, webpages are compressed by Opera servers, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data transferred. For users on a pay-as-you-go data plan, or roaming while traveling, the savings can be significant.

2) The Discover feature is a novel way of finding content that users find interesting. Gathered from hundreds of websites all over the world, the content offered by Discover feature is always fresh and the cream of the crop. The feature is customizable, with easy-to-set preferences – the list can be sorted by country and topic – so users can enjoy thousands of articles, all at a thumb’s reach.

3) Speed Dial, an Opera Software innovation, has been perfected for the smartphone world. By letting the user save, move and organize Speed Dial entries into folders, Opera for Android lets users keep better track of sites they find interesting – and get to them faster.

Have a look at this video and you see what a treat we have in store for you!

See the interview with Lars Boilesen from Bloomberg TV

Last week, Lars Boilesen – our CEO – went on Bloomberg. He talked about what Opera are doing these days, how we see the future of mobile phones and the importance of internet access in the world.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the interview right here.

How we are connecting people to the web
Our technology is based on connecting people to the internet. We believe that everyone should be able to access information online. What we see, is that many can’t afford to access the web, or don’t have the technology to participate. In the U.S., about 60% run out of data on their mobile subscriptions every month. And many are worried about the cost of going online because of expensive data plans.

Powerful compression
We have made powerful compression technology that will help people to connect and stay online. We make browsers that are standards compliant, and we work with a lot of companies to make internet access more affordable.

This is our current line-up of products that you can install and use to support our cause:
Opera browser: A browser for Windows and Mac, also available for Android
Opera Mini: A fast and powerful mobile browser, works on nearly any device
Opera Max beta: Our latest and greatest data-savings app for Android
Opera Coast: A browser that looks great and uses all the touch features of iPhone or iPad

 

Rubik’s Cube turns 40 – this is how we solve it

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Challenges are fun, – especially intellectual ones. And, Rubik’s Cube is a big challenge enjoyed by many people around the world. It’s been 40 years since Erno Rubik created the first prototype of the Rubik’s Cube. Little did he know that it would become the one of the highest selling toys in the world.

Terje, one of our server guys, has been playing with the cube since 1981. He says he’s out of practice, and therefore he can only solve it in 60 seconds. But, he managed to solve it in only 40 seconds! Wow. Check out how he does it:

Can you do it better than Terje?