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2015: Android Tablet Remote Erase and How to get Amazon Instant Video to play on Android

Recently had a close call with a tablet being lost (misplaced!) and learned that it is pretty important to have enabled the feature allowing you to remotely contact the tablet to either LOCK (with a msg on how to contact you) or ERASE it via https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?u=0.

The corollary is that if you FIND a lost tablet, with no identification info either taped to it or in the contacts app, then if it is unlocked, do the owner a favor and connect to a local wifi network so that the magic of the REMOTE LOCK feature can work, allowing the owner to contact you via the LOCK MESSAGE. (this isn’t as much of a problem with a lost phone due to wireless broadband. But in either case, charge it up if needed of course. Very cool.

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OK, since I didn’t find a good guide to this in 2015, here’s the quick steps for Amazon Video circa 2015. I assume at some point Amazon will realize they are losing business by making this complicated. People don’t buy Kindle Fire tablets to avoid this issue do they? Is that what they are hoping? I’m not sure they could be since they DO allow it on iPads and iPhones. Maybe it is akin to the early days of Netflix when it was not available widely on Android. Who knows.

(BTW, my advice on a great tablet to buy in Jan 2015 is the slightly old Samsung Tab 3 8.0 for around $150 or Tab 4 8.0 for a little more. Plenty fast. Perfect size (ipad mini size). 7-inch tablets are too small in my opinion (my eyes!).

1. Install normal latest dolphin browser via google play store. (dolphin will allow you to use flash… some other browsers might not)
2a. Make sure flash is turned ON or ON DEMAND in dolphin menu… settings… advanced
2b. Make sure user agent is set to “desktop” in dolphin settings.
3. Install flash 11 in dolphin.
4. In dolphin login to amazon.com and go to amazon website settings… under Digital Content… Amazon Instant Video Settings… set the default to FLASH instead of SILVERLIGHT (since silverlight is not installable on android)
5. Reload a page for a video. It should work now.

If flash isn’t installed yet, I think a popup will happen asking to install flash. It might also first ask you to modify a setting in android security settings to allow you to install things that don’t come from the google play store. It will let you do it for “just this one installation”. reload the amazon page and it will work.

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Just say IPad Mini? (2012 Holiday / XMas Tablet Shopping Guide)

When the IPad Mini was released, the first review I read was negative, but it seems like many prefer the Mini to the fullsize. I think it really depends on your needs. I already have a 10″ Android tablet that gets used around the house primarily for Youtube and Netflix and games. No need for another tablet here. But if I commuted daily on the train, I could see it being useful to have an LTE IPad Mini or Nexus 7.

Preference: Apple IPad Mini
(Pros – LTE available, Price, weight, size=>easier to fit in purses, jacket pockets, etc)

Businessweek

ZDNET

The Wirecutter

NY Times

Preference: Apple IPad “3” (and current “4” w/ faster A6X Graphics)
(Pros — LTE and Retina Screen)

Dave Winer/Scripting News/Gizmodo,
article 2

Background on the Apple IPad Mini

Marco.org

Vs Androd / Nexus 7 / Amazon Fire HD (Pros – price!)

Apple displays are better color wise but the Android 7″ displays hae higher resolution

Bottom line

Overall? IPad Mini or Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD). I think this really comes down to whether you know there are Apple/iOS only apps or games you want/need. If not, you might be happier with Android because of price and screen resolution.

Price? Android 7″ tablet (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HD)

Games? Apps? IPad Mini

Eyesight/reading? IPad 4 or 7″ Android tablets (all are “Retina”)

Second iPad: IPad Mini

School/Work: Apple Macbook Air / Thinkpad T430 or Dell Laptop!

Wait for Retina IPad Mini? This will take quite a while. Don’t wait.

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“There are no apps in this category that are compatible with your device.”

You are checking out the “Amazon Appstore for Android” and you see this message. (For example, when I click on “Newspapers” or “Sports” on my Android tablet I see it at the moment). I suspect that many of the categories have “Kindle Fire” only apps at this point. I assume this will change someday.

Learning what a tablet might be useful for. Entertainment mostly at the moment for most people it seems. Web-browsing. This might be proven naive soon enough. Even most of the flash-based games the kiddo likes on the netbook won’t work here since they require a mouse and arrow keys. Flash itself works fine in android… but these games were designed for different input and will need retooling.

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More interesting Steve Jobs quotes

I will collect them here as I find them.

“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list. … That didn’t look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. That’s what a computer is to me: The computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life. Have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact. And that is: everything around that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” (at 3:30 in the PBS program)

See also:

– In the PBS program aired 11/3/2011 (Steve Jobs: One Last Thing), David Sheff states that Jobs described a book-sized device just like the iPad 30 years ago (at around 24 minutes into the 55min program) “…he really envisioned the iPad almost 30 years ago”

Steve Jobs predicts the Future in 1990

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Erik’s Shopping 2011: iPad 2 vs Xoom & why no Android Flipboard?

Here is the best 2011 specs breakdown I’ve seen of the iPad/iPad2 vs the other popular tablets out there:

LINK

I still haven’t chosen. But I will buy at Amazon when I do. Probably a Xoom, but maybe an iPad 2. Definitely Wi-Fi. Why isn’t there a Flipboard app for the Android Tablets? Is it that hard to code? There’s that Facebook app that does something similar I guess. I forget the name. Shows you how impressed I was I guess.

  1. Apple iPad 2
  2. Motorola Xoom

    Uh… no…

  3. HP Touchpad (coming mid 2011)
  4. BlackBerry PlayBook
  5. HP Slate
  6. ASUS Eee Slate
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab

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