As you may have already noticed, this was a headline week for Opera Mini and Opera Mobile. We already announced the release of Opera Mobile 12 and Opera Mini Next... but did you know we released Opera Mini 7 for iOS too? If you're an iPod, iPad or iPhone user, you'll enjoy a slew of new features in this release, from the "9 to infinity" Speed Dial, right-to-left text support for languages like Arabic, and better traffic compression for even faster page loading. If you haven't updated your device yet, head on over to the App Store and grab yourself a free upgrade.
Meanwhile, mobile was also the focus of Opera's activities at the aptly named Mobile World Congress (MWC). And beer was not the only thing we were giving away to convention-goers. Some lucky folks got a delicious Kvikk Lunsj chocolate bar (that's Norwegian for "Kit Kat") as a reward for their data savings.
There was a flurry of other news from MWC this week, and not only of the ratcheted-up gadgetry variety. A Google executive casually mentioned in a speech that was otherwise about the future of the internet that the company once considered issuing its own digital currency. However entertaining it is to think about (not to mention coming up with a better name than "GoogleBucks"), it seems unlikely, however, that one single cashless currency for the whole planet is coming anytime soon. Given our complex relationship with money, my digital tokens say we'll all be riding up to the moon in space elevators long before we start paying for such dubious excursions with bancors.
Speaking of the future of the internet, continental Europe continues to take a contrarian position on privacy and data retention with measures such as "the right to be forgotten" - even in the face of criticism by the ministers of other governments. No matter how it's implemented, however, the technical process of erasing digital data is bound to be messy and cumbersome. Wouldn't it be easier if we could just take a pill and forget all those embarrassing photos we were tagged in, or comments we wish we had never posted? Having said that, human memory is an even trickier business than internet timelines... Wouldn't the real breakthrough invention be a CTRL+Z function for offline life?
Have a great weekend, everyone, whatever you do (or undo)!