Amazon Prime Videos Come To Android Phones

Amazon_Android_Prime_Video_PlayerFinally, Amazon has made available an Amazon Prime Instant Video Player for Android phones.

However, there is a bit of a catch. Rather than making the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player available in the Google Play Store, it is available only via Amazon Android Apps, which are now part of the regular Amazon Store app that you probably already have installed. Update — it is also available ONLY for Android phones and NOT Android tablets.

To download the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player, it is necessary to go into the Android security settings and temporarily enable installation of apps from “Both Trusted and Unknown Sources” – a.ka. non-Google Play Store sources.

Inside the regular Amazon Store app, go to the Movie and TV section and find a Prime Instant Video and click on play. Simply follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player app.

After you have downloaded the app, go back into the Android settings and remove the checkmark from the “Both Trusted and Unknown Sources” in order to lock the phone back down to apps installed from the Google Play Store only.

Once installed the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player for Android seems to work flawlessly. It was able to pick up my user name and password directly from the existing Amazon app.

Until now Android has been lacking an Amazon Prime Video playback app, even though it has been available for iOS for quite some time.

The last streaming video reason to keep an iOS device around has just been removed. Netflix and Hulu Plus have had Android players for a long time. Now with the addition of Amazon Prime Videos the big three video streamers are now all available via Android phones. The next step is to make the videos playable on regular Android tablets.

GNC #985 10 Year Anniversary Show

I take you on a trip down memory lane, and really dig deep into why this Family of Listeners (Ohana) is so important to me. I give you a deeper background on why I am the way I am, and the Genesis of this show and how the roots and my commitment to you runs deep. Thank you for being with me on this incredible journey. If you have been away for a while from the podcast you will want to tune in. Big thank you to my sponsors and the Ohana for making this 10 Year Anniversary show possible.

For the podcasters out their I encourage you to tag along on this episode.

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TriCaster Mini – Go Make Your Own Show!

NewTek LogoNewTek has something that will make it so much easier for people to get out into the world and record video. It is the TriCaster Mini. It enables people to create and publish awesome video content in just minutes and to stream it live!

The TriCaster Mini can replace the expensive professional equipment that some people have been lugging around in order to film a video. Its an all-in-one studio style production system that can be used no matter what your skill level happens to be. Those new to production will be able to use it and those more experienced will love the professional results it can produce.

You will need to add an “off the shelf” video camera (or several, if you prefer). Connect your video camera, a mouse, and a keyboard to the TriCaster Mini and you are ready to go. You can also plug in a microphone or a small audio mixer if you want to use multiple mics in your production.

TriCaster Mini Units

The system can capture live video, overlay graphics, charts, titles, and animations, and even include video that is on another computer. You can use it to have guest speakers call in from their webcams and stream it all live. It will even let you record your work so that it can be posted and watched on-demand later on.

The TriCaster Mini opens up a whole new world for people who are new to video production and live streaming. It also makes things less difficult for professionals who no longer have to bring a ton of equipment along with them to their next video shoot. Further information can be found on the NewTek website.

Are you excited about the TriCaster Mini? NewTek seems to have anticipated that reaction. Scattered across their website are several bright orange buttons that say “I want mine now”. Click one and it will help you find where to purchase one. Here at Geek News Central, we are very excited about the TriCaster Mini and will be trying to get a demo unit.

Logstalgia Shows Server Traffic As Pong

Server traffic is a crucial element of the Internet but it’s pretty dull and hard to make interesting…unless you have Logstalgia (aka ApachePong) by Andrew Caudwell. It’s a “website traffic visualization that replays or streams web-server access logs as a pong-like battle between the web server and an never ending torrent of requests. Requests appear as colored balls (the same color as the host) which travel across the screen to arrive at the requested location. Successful requests are hit by the paddle while unsuccessful ones (eg 404 – File Not Found) are missed and pass through.

Here’s what boring web requests can look like….

Todd, you should get this setup for GNC. It would be awesome!

Robot Underpants: 10.08.14 (172) “Hairgate”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you all the things you need to know from the past week, including: Star Wars news, Ghostbusters 3 news, Flying Wearable Cameras, Shatner news, and more!

* Star Wars News
* Ghostbusers 3 is Back on (again)
* iPads Weigh More with Apps
* Nixie
* Shatner Denies Star Trek
* HairGate
* Twin Peaks Returns 

Sending It Up

Any seasoned watcher of Indiegogo and Kickstarter will know that there’s a fairly standard formula for product pitches, from the vocal inflections to the disembodied hands. This gives a great opportunity for lampooning those start-ups that take themselves entirely too seriously. Here’s Introducing Carrot, a new venture dedicating to bringing the orange root vegetable to the technorati. Not sure why they didn’t go with Carrt….

If that’s not enough, Ikea’s BookBook, is both a fabulous parody while promoting a real product. Total genius, though it has been around for a little while.

Finally, Mike Frey‘s My Life Vs…GoPro is a great antidote to GoPro’s videos, jumpcutting between their adrenaline-fuelled action and mundane reality.

All too true.

GNC #984 The Real Threat

I celebrate 10 years in podcasting the next show, join me live as we go down memory lane, Thursday October 9th at 8pm Hawaiian Standard Time GMT -10. This is your chance to share your story about how you started listening to this show and what where some memorable moments. I talk abou the real threat and the growing corporate espionage battle to keep business systems secure. I also talk in detail about what the current FBI director is saying about the chinese hackers and general cyberthreats.

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InoReader gets big update with “Bundles”

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In the time since Google decided to kill off its Reader app, RSS fans have been searching for alternatives. While many landed on Feedly, it is far from the only alternative. Users can choose from options such as The Old Reader, Feedspot and several others. Those who chose InoReader will be getting a new update today, bringing what seems to be a nice new feature.

Bundles aims to bring sharing and easy discovery to users. Sharing has always been possible, but this improves things. “With bundles you can show your favorite sources for everyone to discover. You can share the most helpful blogs on the Internet or the best sources for photography/cooking/design/insert-hobby-here”, the company announces.

Creating a bundle is also fairly easy. Simply head to the Preferences menu and click the new Bundles option the give it a name and customize it with a picture of your choice. Now you can add the feeds you wish to include.

It’s a nice and very simple system. InoReader makes almost continuous updates to its platform. In fact, you can expect updates about once a week, or at least that is how it has been so far.

Redbox Instant Shutting Down

redboxI have had a Redbbox Instant account for a couple of months, and was actually on the verge of canceling it. The only reason I decided not to, was that I had been getting 4 free video rentals per month and the kids had been using the service off an on. This morning I received the following notice.

Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. We’re reaching out to let you know that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
You will receive a separate email from us on Friday, October 10 with details regarding refunds you are owed. For additional information, please click here.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Thanks again for being a Redbox Instant by Verizon customer. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
Sincerely,
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team

Rovio announces layoffs, calls it a ‘simplified organiztion’

angry birds

Rovio, a game studio based in Finland, is known best for its Angry Birds titles. The games have been a runaway success and run on multiple platforms. However the news coming out of the company isn’t all good. The latest news has nothing do with the games, but instead focuses on some bad things.

Rovio plans to streamline the company, which in effect means a dowsizing. The studio will be laying off as many as 130 employees, which it claims is about 16 percent of its workforce.

In a new statement from CEO Mike Hed, it reads that “We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products”.

This is never an easy decision to make, and is even worse for those affected by it. Hopefully, while it’s a shame for the folks involved, it will help the company do better.