Opera's Team Up Competition: The First 10 Speed Dial Extensions
Article by George Norman
On 24 May 2011
The first winners of Opera’s ongoing Team Up competition have been announced. As you may remember, when Opera Software announced the Team Up competition, it said that the first 10 Speed Dial extensions to get submitted and approved in the Opera Add-ons catalog will be rewarded with Opera laptop sleeves and stickers.

Speed Dial extensions are one of the cool new features of Opera 11.50 codename Swordfish. Thanks to Speed Dial extensions, developers can come up with live previews of web pages and other decorations for Speed Dial. Users can installs extensions as Speed Dials.

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Getting back to the topic at hand, the first 10 extensions to be approved to the Opera Add-ons Catalog and win laptop sleeves and stickers as part of the Team Up competition are:
VeloSamara.ru Opera Extension
Timeline – shows recent tweets in a Speed Dial tile.
Friendly Clock – Analog – shows a clock with a time-related greeting.
Forum Updates Speed Dial – displays new posts, private messages and other events on the forums you follow.
OnAir FM Speed Dial Extension – shows what song is playing on Radio_FM.
Calendar – a monthly calendar.
Browser News – technology and browser-related news.
Quote of the Day – a different motivational quote is displayed every day.
BBC News Speeddial Ticker – a BBC News ticker for Speed Dial.
StarDate – the current star date (should be fun for Star Treck fans).

To test any of the Speed Dial extensions presented above, you must be on Opera 11.50 Swordfish, which is currently in Alpha. You can grab Opera 11.50 straihgt from Opera here.

If you’re not familiar with the Team UP competition, let me break it down for you. Announced earlier this month, the competition goes something like this: the user proposes an idea for a Speed Dial extension; a developer will get in touch with and team up with the user who came up with the idea, then they wil collaborate to turn that idea into a reality. All ideas must be posted online in the comments section at my.opera.com. Developers who have an idea of their own don’t need to team up with a user. They can simply get started on turning their idea for a cool Speed Dial extension in to a reality.

The Team Up competition will come to a close on the 24th of June at 09:00 CET. There’s a Grand Prize of $1250 that will be awarded at the end of the competition. The Grand Prize will be split $1000 for the developer and $250 USD for the user who came up with the idea. If the team is comprised of multiple devs and users, the prize will be split among them.



Tags: Opera Software, Opera 11.50, Swordfish, Competition
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