Razer Confirms Acquisition of Ouya for Software, Accounts, but not Hardware

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We’ve known for some time that Ouya was in financial trouble and looking for a buyer. Last month, an investment banker let slip that Razer had acquired Ouya, but today we finally have confirmation of the purchase from Razer, along with some details about the transaction and the future of Ouya’s software, hardware, and user accounts. Read more ›

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Fire TV 51.1.6.1 & Fire TV Stick 54.1.2.1 software updates bring only bug fixes

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It has been just over a week since the Fire TV version 51.1.6.1_user_516010220 and Fire TV Stick version 54.1.2.1_user_121065320 software updates started rolling out to devices. Amazon’s official listing for these updates says they contain “minor bug fixes and performance improvements.” I’ve had a chance to dig through the source code and can confirm that there are no new features or visual changes brought on by these two updates. There’s no way to know what exactly was fixed or improved, but it appears the app which handles Amazon Instant Video playback has received a lot of attention with this update. The unreleased shopping feature has also been worked on quite a bit, which is expected since Amazon is probably close to announcing the new feature.

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New Fire TV and Fire TV Stick app brings text, audio, and video RSS Feeds to your TV

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The creator of the popular Remote Mouse app that turns your smartphone into a virtual mouse for the Fire TV, has just released a new RSS reader app called Feeds for Fire TV. The new app, which is compatible with both the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, lets you view audio, video, and text RSS feeds on your TV. You can enter your own audio or video feeds, like from your favorite podcasts, and stream the content right from your Fire TV device. You can even enter regular website feeds and read your news using your Fire TV. Here are some AFTVnews feeds to try out:

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New Apps for the Week of July 19th thru the 25th

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Here is your weekly list of new apps and games for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. During the last seven days there were 22 new apps and games released. The award winning game, This War of Mine, was released for the Fire TV this past week and is currently on sale. Another notable new game is Shadowgun, which has been a top game on tablets and smartphones, and is now finally available on the Fire TV. In the entertainment category, this past week brought the release of an official Encore app to compliment its recently released sister app, Starz. Rounding up the notable new apps is MobileForge, an app that displays reference test patterns for display calibration using a colorimeter. Read more ›

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Flixster no longer compatible with Amazon Fire TV

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It appears that, about a week ago, Flixster dropped support for the Amazon Fire TV. The app is still compatible with the Fire TV Stick, but can oddly no longer be installed on the Fire TV. This is significant because the Flixster app alows you to watch UltraViolet content on a Fire TV. UltraViolet is the cloud-based library for movies and television shows, run by an alliance of film studios and retailers. The service is in direct competition with Amazon’s Instant Video library. Hopefully the loss of Fire TV support for Flixster is just a temporary hiccup, like we’ve seen in the past, and not a diliberate move by Amazon to block UltraViolet access on their flagship media streamer. For the time being, if you need to, you can download the latest Flixster APK file from here and sideload it onto your Fire TV. If you already have Flixster installed on your Fire TV, it should continue to work, but you will be unable to re-install it if it gets deleted. Read more ›

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App Deal: GTA Chinatown Wars down from $4.99 to $0.99

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has just gone on sale for $0.99. That’s the lowest price this game has ever been. This game was originally released for the Nintendo DS and still remains the best reviewed game on that platform with 9+ out of 10 ratings from all top publications. This is the newest GTA game available for the Fire TV and is a blast to play. The game requires a game controller to play and is only compatible with the Fire TV.

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App Deal: Age of Zombies down from $0.99 to $0.10

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Age of Zombies, the first Fire TV game from Halfbrick Studios (makers of immensely popular games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) is on sale for just $0.10. This game is a great classic shoot-em-up action game with twin stick controls. 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: Valiant Hearts – The Great War down from $4.99 to $0.99

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the critically acclaimed puzzle-adventure game, has just gone on sale for $0.99. It has received great critic reviews across the board. Be warned that buying the game only unlocks the first of four chapter. The game is compatible with the Fire TV and requires a game controller to play.

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This War of Mine released for the Amazon Fire TV — On sale for $9.99

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The award winning survivor game This War of Mine has just been released for the Amazon Fire TV. The game takes a unique approach to your average war games. Instead of playing as an elite soldier, you control a group of civilians trying to get by in a war stricken world. You survive by scavenging, fighting, and making decisions based not only on whether you’ll win or lose, but also on the moral consequences of your actions. For example, if you’re group is attacked for their supplies, killing your attackers may not be the best move, even though you can easily overpower them. Depending on the mental state of the people living in your shelter, it could cause your group’s moral to enter a downward spiral that leads to your inability to survive.

This War of Mine was first released for PC last year where it has received 95% positive ratings from over 10,000 reviews. It has won several awards including ones from South by Southwest, Independent Games Festival, and Time magazine. The game is currently on sale for $9.99 to celebrate its launch, which is half the PC price. It’s compatible with only the Fire TV and requires a game controller to play.

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The Cord Cutting Show Episode 15 — Sideclick Interview, Fire TV Update, Ad-Free Hulu, Kodi 15 and more!

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This week’s episode of The Cord Cutting Show is sponsored by App Shortcuts. App Shortcuts is an iOS, Android, and Windows phone app that lets you launch apps and control your Fire TV right from your phone or tablet.

In this episode, Luke from CordCuttersNews, Ryan from TheStreamingAdvisor, and I interview the creator of Sideclick, then we discuss rumors of an ad-free Hulu, Sling TV’s new TV ads, the two latest Fire TV updates, the NFL’s new subscription service, Kodi 15.0, and more.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, via the RSS feed, via YouTube, or simply download the MP3 directly.

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