Remember to set up your Fire TV Cube by July 1st to get your free $10 Amazon Video credit

I imagine that most people who’ve purchased the Amazon Fire TV Cube are eager to set up their new gadget immediately after it arrives, but if you’ve put yours aside for when you have more time, you’ll probably want to get to it out of the box before July 1st. That’s because everyone who activates a Fire TV Cube before 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1st will automatically receive a $10 Amazon Video credit to spend on rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows. Just log into a new Fire TV Cube with your Amazon account by the deadline and you’ll receive an email informing you of the credit. You can read the terms and conditions of the offer here, but the most important thing to know, other than the activation deadline, is that the $10 credit expires on August 31st, 2018.

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VLC media player returns to Amazon Fire TV devices

VLC, the popular open-source media player, is once again available on Amazon Fire TV devices. The app was removed by its developers last month from the Fire TV appstore due to a disagreement with Amazon about the new version of the app. It appears as though the issue has been resolved because the new 3.0 version was approved by Amazon since then and has returned to the Fire TV appstore within the last few weeks. The previous version of VLC for Fire TV devices had a lot of issues that mostly stemmed from that version being a beta so, hopefully, this new version is more stable. VLC is a good media player option for those looking to play content, either from external storage or over the network, but don’t want all the bells and whistles of something like Kodi.

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Toshiba’s 2nd-Gen Fire TV Edition televisions have been released

It’s a bit eclipsed by yesterday’s arrival of the Amazon Fire TV Cube, but the new 2nd generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba have been released today. Thanks to Amazon’s partnership with Best Buy, you should be able to find these TVs on display in Best Buy stores across the US if you want to check them out in person. They come in a 43-inch size for $329.99, a 50-inch size for $399.99, and a 55-inch size for $479.99. These TVs run Amazon’s Fire OS operating system by default, giving you the full Fire TV experience built-in. The advantage of these TVs over a stand-alone Fire TV device is having over-the-air channels available alongside streaming content, right in the Fire TV interface.

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Amazon is offering $35 off a Fire TV Cube plus $3 credit when you trade in a Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV

Amazon has just started running a new “Trade up to Fire TV” promotion that will give you $35 off a new Fire TV Cube or $25 off a new Fire TV 3 (Pendant) when you trade in a Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. In addition to the discount, you’ll get $2.99 in Amazon credit, which brings the final out-of-pocket price of the Fire TV Cube down to $82. That’s even better than the Prime-only introductory pre-order price of $89.99. The final out-of-pocket price for the Fire TV 3 would be $42, which is less than any sale price that we have seen. Read more ›

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Appstore mixup makes MrMC temporarily not available on the Amazon Fire TV Cube

As MrMC users start to set up their shiny new Amazon Fire TV Cube, they’re going to hit a roadblock. That’s because MrMC is currently not available to install on the Fire TV Cube. MrMC’s developers tell me that an Amazon Appstore mixup is keeping their app from being available on the new device. Read more ›

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Everything you can do with the Amazon Fire TV Cube’s Micro USB port — Ethernet, App Storage, External Drives, Peripherals, FLIRC, OTG, and more

Something that greatly differentiates the Amazon Fire TV Cube from the Fire TV 3 is the Cube’s Micro USB port and the official support for expandability that comes with it. I’m sure most Fire TV Cube reviews will quickly dismiss the port as simply where you connect the included Ethernet adapter, but, if you’re reading this, you probably already know better. Come with me on a magical voyage as I explain in excruciating detail how wonderful the Fire TV Cube’s micro USB port is and how it shows that Amazon is listening to our feedback. Read more ›

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The different Micro USB OTG Adapters and Accessories that work well with the Amazon Fire TV Cube

The micros USB port on the back of the Amazon Fire TV Cube will most commonly be used to connect the Amazon Ethernet Adapter that comes included in the box with every Fire TV Cube, but with the right adapters or accessories, it can be used for so much more, as is described in this article. Here are some great micro USB OTG adapters and accessories to expand the functionality and capabilities of the Fire TV Cube. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube Benchmarks — Faster than the Fire TV 3 but with a catch

Now that the Amazon Fire TV Cube has been released, a lot of people will be deciding between it and the less expensive Fire TV 3 pendant. While they look very different on the outside, thanks to the Fire TV Cube’s hands-free Alexa capabilities, they’re very similar on the inside. They both have the same video playback capabilities, which include 4K @ 60FPS and HDR support. That’s because they both have the exact same 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, the same Mali-450 MP3 GPU, and the same 2GB of RAM. With identical chips, you’d expect them to perform the same on benchmarks, but it turns out the Fire TV Cube is faster than the Fire TV 3. However, there’s an important catch that throws things off. Read more ›

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How to install sideloaded apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV Cube, Box, or Stick

Since many will be looking for a fresh guide on installing 3rd-party apps like Kodi on Amazon Fire TV devices, now that the new Fire TV Cube has been released, here is a new 2018 all-in-one guide for sideloading apps on any Fire TV device, including the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV boxes 1 and 2, 4K Fire TV pendant, Firestick, and both Element or Toshiba Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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Yes, you can sideload 3rd-party apps on the Amazon Fire TV Cube

Whenever a new Fire TV model is released, there’s always someone looking for explicit confirmation that Amazon hasn’t done anything to thwart sideloading third-party apps like Kodi. Here is that confirmations. Yes, you can sideload apps onto the Amazon Fire TV Cube the exact same way as you can on all other Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The same developer options are available to enable apps from unknown sources and to enable ADB debugging. Sideloaded apps appear on the home screen and in the usual app lists on the Fire TV Cube, just as they do on other Fire TV devices. You can also launch sideloaded apps hands-free by saying “Alexa, scroll down” while on the home screen and calling out the sideloaded app by number, as seen in the screenshot above. For detailed instructions on how to sideload apps, see this guide.

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