By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Friday, September 9, 2011 1:51:14 PM
Who's got the skills and knowledge to survive a zombie breakout? We asked what are the first five websites you would use Opera Mini to save so that you can bring them up instantly in the event of a zombie takeover? And we got some serious hard beating answers. No doubt about that.
We thought long and hard who had the tactic to survive and get out of the island. Here are our picks. Congrats to the winners below. We hope you will enjoy the game!
Furie had a strategy figured out how to prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse before we launched this contest. He just had to put it together in five sites. How can he not deserve a copy of Dead Island and put his money where his mouth is? Congratulations Furie. Enjoy the game!
Pneumatig provided us with a rock solid plan. Firstly, learn how to hotwire a car. Secondly, get to a drug store. Thirdly, get more drugs. Fourth, get up to speed on wilderness signaling techniques and finally learn how to charm and rescue babes in distress. Brilliant.
Louie keeps it short, but tight. And funny. His five sites, along with his description of them, makes it a winning entry. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Friday, September 9, 2011 1:18:27 PM
Usability is a hot topic these days – the word alone gets over 48 million hits on Google. But what does it really mean? We decided to go to Opera's resident usability guru Yenny Otero to get the lowdown on human-computer interaction. Our conversation ranged well into other media, however, including the future of TV!
Anna: Hola Yenny! Could you tell us your official title at Opera and what is it that you do?
Yenny: Hi there. My title is Senior Interaction Designer, which means that my job involves trying to understand how non-technical people use the Internet, and how to make a better browser for them.
Yenny being non-technical at her desk.
Anna: What does usability mean to you as an interaction designer?
Yenny: It's a popular term among technical people at the moment as the new “solution to everything.” But usability is only one part of the whole picture. Before making something easy to use you should be sure that your product is useful and desirable in the first place.
The Man Remote. The Ultimate Usability Tool to control your man.
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Friday, September 9, 2011 9:51:16 AM
Engadget covered the press release we published yesterday about the Opera TV Store and Emulator on this year's IBC conference.
The Opera TV Store features a dashboard that strictly adheres to HTML5 and other web standards so that apps can work across any platform. We will release the Opera TV Emulator on September 15th. This will make life easier for developers who (for one reason or another) can't afford a whole testbed of TVs.
Engadget writes: "[...] Opera still has a way to go, but pleasing everyone all the time is surely a smart strategy for any underdog."
A screenshot of the Opera TV Emulator in use.
Expect coverage next week from Amsterdam. We will show the Opera TV Store and the TV Emulator in action.
By Aleksander AasAleksander. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 11:13:36 AM
Onliner.by is one of the largest digital lifestyle magazines in Belarus. With over 40% of Belarusians using Opera we welcomed the opportunity to show them around Opera HQ. The result is an amazing two part story that features more pictures and stories than I think we ever shared on Choose Opera.
Why where they here? Well Opera has an amazing 45% market share in Belarus. Largely because of our amazing Russian speaking community, they sure do love browsers in Belarus! If you want and read Russian, check out our Russian community on My Opera!
In part one we have our very own EspenAO. As well as pictures from all over the office.
The following part two features even more pictures from the offices and an interview with Opera CEO Lars Boilesen among others. IT also talks a little bit about the future of Opera for your TV.
Got any questions from the pictures? Let us know!
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Tuesday, September 6, 2011 9:15:15 AM
Picture this: You're on your dream vacation, spending time on a lovely tropical island with friends. Naturally you are also using Opera Mini - this island being in the middle of nowhere, the connection speeds are super slow - so you can still post the kinds of status updates and photos that will make your friends back home jealous, and of course check the weather and find the best nighttime parties on the beach.
But then, a few days into your chilled out holiday, some strange things start happening. First thing on Saturday morning, your normally reliable scuba instructor never shows. Then, that night, the normally packed bar at the bottom of the hill only has six people in it, yet on the walk back to your room there are people all over the place who seem to be either drunk or passed out. There are no cars on the road either. Finally, the next morning you are awoken by a burst of gunfire, which is followed by an eerie silence. As you crawl out to the balcony, you see a few plumes of smoke in the distance. As you look down, you are confronted by the burning wreckage of crashed cars and people running, running after other people.
Now you've seen enough to be sure that zombies have crashed your vacation. For many this would be a nightmare - but not for you. You've been waiting for this day since you were old enough to swing an axe.
First things first. If there's chaos and fires it's only a matter of time before the power goes out and that means no Internet. Your grab your mobile phone and open Opera Mini to use its Save Page feature for when things go from bad to worse.
What we want to know is: What are the first five websites you would use Opera Mini to save so that you can bring them up instantly in the event of a zombie takeover? Post your answer as a comment or write a blog post and share the link. A jury of Opera Zombies will evaluate the entries and announce the winners this coming Friday (September 9th) at 12:00 UTC/GMT.
Think health. Think protection. Think survival. Think fast! The three Opera Mini users with the best collection of saved sites will win the most appropriate souvenir: A copy of Dead Island!
Sign up to become a My Opera member, or log in to post a comment. Winners can only choose one (1) copy of the game for one (1) platform. Dead Island is rated Mature (17+), so make sure you are 18 years or older before you enter the contest.