New Apps for the Week of March 22nd thru the 28th

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Here is the list of new apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that were released last week.┬áThere were 71 new apps released. Of the 52 games released, most are not worth your time, but as always, I’ve tried to sort the list with the better games on top. A couple noteworthy apps are VLC and LocalCast. Read more ›

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Price Mistake: Get the game Infinity Jump Hard for FREE while you can

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Developer Frostbite Games has just released a series of reaction games for the Fire TV. Each game has a $1.01 paid version and a Free version which offers fewer levels. For one of those games, Infinity Jump Hard, the “paid” version is also listed as Free. This is likely a price mistake that will be corrected soon, so if you’re interested, head on over to Amazon and get the paid version of this game for free.

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How to test the integrity of files sent to the Amazon Fire TV

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Installing a corrupt ROM or other critical file seems to be the most common way people are “bricking” (i.e., rendering unusable) their Amazon Fire TVs. Files can be corrupted when downloaded or when being transferred/pushed to the Fire TV with no indication that something has gone wrong. That’s why it’s important to test a file’s integrity on the Fire TV itself before using it to replace critical parts of the Fire TV operating system. It’s not enough to test files on your computer after downloading them. My past and future guides will now all include steps, which reference this post, to test file integrity. Read more ›

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How to install and setup BusyBox on the Amazon Fire TV

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BusyBox is a collection of many common UNIX utilities. I use one of those utilities, md5sum, in several of my guides to test the integrity of critical files before applying them to the Fire TV. Many Fire TV mods require the presence of BusyBox to function correctly, which is why I suggest installing BusyBox on any rooted Fire TV. BusyBox can only be installed on rooted devices. This guide will walk you through the steps of installing and setting up BusyBox, which needs to be redone anytime you install a ROM on your Fire TV. Read more ›

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App Deal: MirrorMoon Ep down from $9.99 to $4.49

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MirrorMoon EP, an exploration puzzle game, has just gone one sale for $4.49. This is the first time this game has ever gone one sale since its release nearly a year ago. This is a beautifully abstract game about mystery and exploration. The game features both a single player campaign as well as a uniwue multiplayer experience. The game is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, but does require a game controller to play.

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App Deal: ZDK – Zombie Death Kill down from $2.26 to $0.99

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ZDK – Zombie Death Kill, a shooter action game, has just gone on sale for $0.99. This is the first time this game has dropped below its regular price of $2.26. The game features 70 levels of blood splattering zombie shooting. It’s compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and works with either the game controller or remote.

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.5.0

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The Fire TV has just received arguably its largest update since its release nearly one year ago. This update, version 51.1.5.0_user_515020820, includes numerous features that have long been requested by users. Amazon has shown, with this update, that they’ve been listening to Fire TV owners and really taking into consideration your suggestions. Here is the massive overview of all the new features and changes included in the latest Fire TV software update. Read more ›

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App Deal: Get these  6  8 paid Fire TV apps for FREE

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When it rains, it pours. Overnight, these  6  8 paid apps all dropped from $0.99 to Free. The apps include 4 simple games from a single developer which have never been free before. Also available for free is a weather app and a dice simulator which have both been free numerous times in the past. All but one app are compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and they all work with either a game controller or remote.

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Pre-Rooted 51.1.5.0 Fire TV Custom ROM Released

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In record time, rbox has released his pre-rooted version of the latest Amazon Fire TV update. I captured and gave him the update URL a few hours ago and he has already created a pre-rooted version. As always, you can download it from my ROM page and install it in the usual manner. In order to install this pre-rooted ROM, your Fire TV must: already be rooted, have rbox’s boot menu, and be currently running pre-rooted software version 51.1.4.0, 51.1.4.1, 51.1.4.2, or 51.1.4.3. If your Fire TV is running software version 51.1.3.0 or older, whether it’s pre-rooted or stock, you should follow my starters guide to get you updated correctly to this pre-rooted 51.1.5.0 ROM. If you appreciate rbox’s work or mine, and want to show your appreciation, you can donate to rbox or myself.

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Overview of Fire TV Stick Software Update 54.1.1.0

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick has just received its first major update since its launch last year. This update prepares the Fire TV Stick for its international debut and adds several new features. The new update carries version number 54.1.1.0_user_110035420 and is slowly making its way out to all devices. Here is a complete overview of everything that has changed with the Fire TV Stick’s latest software update. Read more ›

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