Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition software update adds Recast DVR support and new Privacy Settings

Older Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions released before 2017 are starting to receive a new software update. The update carries version number and a build value of 623529620. This update appears to be adding support for the upcoming Fire TV Recast DVR through a new Live TV menu that now appears in the Fire TV’s Settings area. Also added by this update is a new Privacy Settings menu that consolidates several privacy options that already existed prior to this update, as well as adding a new option for turning off device usage data collection. Read more ›

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New inexpensive Fire TV Cube wall mount gives you several positioning options

The company that created several interesting Amazon Echo Dot mounting solutions has released their first Fire TV product and it’s a wall mount for the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The new Fire TV Cube Wall Mount by Dot Genie is a minimalistic mount that still manages to give you 3 different options for positioning the Fire TV Cube. Placed on its front face, the device’s cables route out of the top. This is ideal for mounting the cube below a wall mounted TV, so that the cables are hidden behind the TV. It also allows for easy access to the to the Alexa buttons while keeping the LED light bar visible. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube gains hands-free voice navigation in Netflix and other 3rd-party apps

The Amazon Fire TV Cube has plenty of hands-free voice capabilities that allow users to navigate around the main interface without needing to use the remote. Most mainstream 3rd-party apps have added support for Alexa which allows users to search for content and control media playback using only their voice, but when it comes to navigating within apps, you had no choice but to use the remote. That is, until now. Amazon has added support for hands-free voice navigation for several 3rd-party apps so that much more can be achieved with the Fire TV Cube without needing to use the remote. Read more ›

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Sony PlayStation Vue channels are now integrated into the Fire TV Home Screen and Channel Guide

At the start of the year, Amazon brought the “On Now” home screen row and grid channel guide from Fire TV Edition televisions to all Fire TV models. This allowed Amazon Channel subscribers to discover live airing content on their home screen and to view what would be airing next in a traditional grid program guide. Amazon has now announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service to incorporate all of the service’s live channels into the same “On Now” row and channel guide. Read more ›

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Alexa will now whisper back thanks to its new Whisper Mode

Amazon is rolling out a new feature called Whisper mode to Alexa devices that allows the voice assistant to whisper back responses when you whisper to it. Once the feature is available on your device, the first time Alexa hears a whispered request, it will respond by saying “Wow, I think you just whispered to me” and briefly explain the new feature. From then on, if Alexa detects a whisper, the response will be given at a lower whispered volume. If you don’t like being whispered to, you can simply say “Alexa, turn off Whisper Mode” and you’ll no longer receive whispered responses. If you’re having trouble getting Alexa to whisper, try saying “Alexa, turn on Whisper Mode” to see if the feature is available yet on your device. Here’s a video on Twitter of the feature in action.

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Jackbox Party Pack 5 arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 has just been released to Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions. As the name suggestions, it’s the 5th installment in Jackbox’s collection of party games. It’s pricey at $29.99 but includes 5 different games that are sure to give you and your friends or family a few fun game nights. The games all use smartphones as their controllers, so there’s no need to invest in extra remotes or gamepads. The included games are You Don’t Know Jack (1-8 players), a trivia game, Split the Room (3-8 players), a what-if game where you create strange and divisive hypothetical situations, Mad Verse City (3-8 players), a lyric writing game, Patently Stupid (3-8 players), a drawing game where you create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems, and the deadliest game show, Zeeple Dome (1-6 players).

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Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide updated and early Black Friday 2018 price predictions

It’s very likely that there will not be any new Amazon devices announced between now and the end of the year, so I’ve gone through and updated my Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide with all the new Fire TV, Echo, Fire Tablet, and Kindle hardware that has recently been announced. Since the holidays are right around the corner and the main purpose of the buyer’s guide is to help you judge how good a particular Amazon device sale is, I’ve spent extra care updating my “Okay/Good/Great” sale price guidelines to give you an idea of what deals to expect in the coming months. If you’re wondering specifically about Black Friday 2018 prices, here’s a detailed breakdown of my early predictions. Read more ›

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Amazon announces all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has announced the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, which combines features of the more expensive Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis, in a lighter and slimmer package. The Kindle Paperwhite is probably the best Kindle for most people because it balances premium features with affordability. The new model is even better because it’s now waterproof and supports Audible audiobooks. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Oct 7-13

This week there were 33 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Tropical Kong Penalty is a free simple soccer penalty kick game that will probably keep your kid entertained long enough to get yourself a refreshing beverage. Atmosphere dubs itself as ambient TV. It streams Chive TV, which is a collection of viral videos, Deep Sky TV, which displays the Earth from space, and more. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Second season of Amazon original series ‘Patriot’ to premiere on November 9

It has been a long wait, but the second season of Amazon’s original series Patriot will be released on November 9th on Prime Video. The first season debuted way back in February of last year and has received good reviews with an IMDB rating of 8.2 stars and a Rotten Tomatoes audience fresh rating of 93%. Patriot might seem like a generic CIA officer drama, but it’s so much more, thanks to a peculiar sense of humor that’s quite unique. Check out the new Season 2 trailer that was just released to get a glimpse of what the series has to offer.

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