Amazon Prime Instant Video app available for Android tablets

In today's open source roundup: Amazon Prime Instant video app for Android tablets. Plus: Microsoft streamlines Windows to compete with Linux. And Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 might have an Ultra HD screen

Amazon Prime Instant Video for Android tablets

Amazon's Prime service has proven to be quite popular with its customers. One of the biggest selling points is Prime Instant Video, which lets customers view movies and TV shows. Now Android users can get the Amazon Prime Instant video app on their tablets.

Ida Torres reports for Android Community:

While some Android users made do with "pirated" apps and incorrectly sized controls and views for lack of the official Android tablet support, of course it really wasn't good enough if you thought about it. Now that it's here, you would need two things to set it up and watch Amazon Prime videos on your device. First, you have to get the Amazon Appstore installed on your tablet, if you haven't gotten it yet. No need to get the Amazon app itself, unless you really want to.

The second thing of course is you need to be an Amazon Prime user in order to access all those videos in their database (but also depending on the territorial restrictions). You need to go to a web browser outside the app, go to the Amazon website, log in to your Prime account, then search for videos you want to watch. Then it will redirect to the app and play it from there where you can now properly control pause, play, forward, rewind, etc. Don't ask us why it's still a long drawn-out process. Maybe they're still working on it.

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In addition to the Prime Instant Video app, Amazon also offers a wide range of other apps for Android in its app store.

Microsoft streamlines Windows to compete with Linux

Microsoft has not been known for quickly changing with the times. But that may be about to change as the company has decided to offer a streamlined version of Windows that is designed to compete with Linux in the cloud.

Cade Metz reports for Wired:

Today, the company revealed that it’s also developing a super-slim version of Windows that will run what it describes as a new kind of container—one that provides an added level of security. The OS is called Windows Server Nano.

According to Microsoft spokesman Mike Schutz, the company is building a way of wrapping containers in its Hyper-V “virtualization” technology, so that they’re completely isolated from each other.

But the real news seems to be that Microsoft will offer a stripped-down operating system along the lines of CoreOS, a Linux operating system that’s particularly suited to running containers across a large number of computers. This kind of operating system represents the future of online services, which necessarily run on hundreds or even thousands of machines—or what industry marketers like to call the cloud.

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Wired readers shared their thoughts about this new move by Microsoft:

Christopher Gregory Wortman: "What Microsoft is doing is, damage control. so they can say they tried. Same reason Windows Phone is such a failure and is getting Android compatibility. They are trying to change without actually changing. They want to hold onto their archaic business model, when this is the very thing keeping them from expanding. They need to stick to the consumer market. They can't compete in an open modular world with a closed licensed strategy. People are waking up, and got a real taste for control with Android. The server market also looks at it and goes "Why?"

Adam Smith : "I'd love to see a slimmed-down open-source version of Windows. Microsoft has been hiding in the shadows behind its "closed-sourced" OS for too long. They are just going to have to adapt and change--or die the death of a thousand missed opportunities."

David M : "They are already dead, they just don't have the brains to figure it out."

RolandeDeschaine : "Also interesting to note that Microsoft just recently announced (or a I should say it was mentioned in an interview with a MS exec in charge of the OS side of the house) that they are seriously looking at an "open sourced" version of Windows. I think they recognize that the OS is not going to remain their bread and butter for long so we have this comment in an interview and Windows 10 as a free upgrade to any and all comers."

RedPills : "It's about time for microsoft to build it's business centric OS from the ground up with inherent security architecture. I'm hopeful for a well executed product that has taken lessons from open source."

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