Get these 6 Paid Fire TV Apps for FREE

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Amazon is having another one of their free app blowouts. These 6 Fire TV apps (uk|de) have gone Free. Apart from Plex, the other apps offered have never been free before today. These apps are part of a bigger promotion giving away over $115 in Paid Apps (uk|de), of which these 6 are Fire TV compatible: Plex, Zombie Gunship, Unpossible, Sonic 4 Ep1, Alpha Wave, and Knock-Knock. The promotion is scheduled to end Saturday.

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App Deal: Dream Flight game down from $0.99 to FREE

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Dream Flight, a calming sidescrolling game, has just gone Free. The game is regularly priced at $0.99 and is compatible with either the voice remote or game controller. This is the first time this game has ever been offered for free, so grab it quick and relax as you fly through pixel artwork and dodge obstacles.

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Pre-Rooted 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 Custom ROM Released

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I’ve provided rbox with the latest update package and, in record time, he has released his pre-rooted version. You can download it from the custom ROM page at AFTVnews.com/roms. Be warned that he notes having trouble playing Netflix videos with this update. If you have similar issues and can’t live without Netflix, you can always simply downgrade back to the previous version until the issue is sorted out. Be sure to let us know in the comments your experience with this update and the new Netflix app. For a list of changes brought by this update, see my overview post. As always, you can follow my guide to install this custom ROM using ClockworkMod Custom Recovery.

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Overview of Software Update 51.1.4.0_user_514006420

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With the release of the Amazon Fire TV in the UK we saw the release of a new software version. This new update, version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, is now starting to makes its way to Fire TVs outside the UK. Read on for an overview of the changes this update brings. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick Pre-Orders at Best Buy and Staples Now Live

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Both Best Buy and Staples have begun taking pre-orders for the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Both retailers waited for Amazon’s $19 Prime Member promotion to end before accepting pre-orders. Best Buy is selling the device for $39.99 while Staples is charging $39.00, the same as Amazon. Seeing how orders placed today at Amazon won’t be shipping until next year, your best bet at getting one this year would be purchasing one at one of these two retailers. No word from either retailer on when they expect to ship orders.

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Netflix Releases New Fire TV App

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet media streaming service, has just released a brand new app for the Fire TV. The app is not an update to their existing Fire TV app, but rather a separate new app.

The new app brings Netflix’s Fire TV presence up to pace with the Android and iOS apps which received similar updates earlier this year. Front and center is the new shadowless Netflix logo they adopted a few months ago, along with a cleaner blacker look with fewer red accents.

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It seems that this new Netflix app requires the latest Fire TV update, version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, to work. The update is rolling out now, so everyone should be getting it soon.

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How to use a USB Drive as the Fire TV’s Internal Storage

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The Amazon Fire TV’s 8GB internal storage fills up quickly, especially if you’re installing a lot of games or have a large XBMC library. I’ve written about a partial solution in the past which moves some files from the Fire TV’s internal storage to a connected USB drive. This guide will walk you through a much better solution, created by XDA-Developers member jmandawg, that uses a USB drive as a complete replacement for the Fire TV’s internal storage. Read more ›

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Staples to start accepting Fire TV Stick Pre-Orders Tomorrow

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New Fire TV Stick pre-orders from Amazon are now expected to ship after January 1st, 2015. If you were hoping to get your hands on the new device this year but haven’t placed your order yet, Staples may be your best option. The retail chain store has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders for the Fire TV Stick tomorrow, October 29th. It’s almost a certainty that you won’t be seeing Staples match Amazon’s unbeatable $19 price, but if you’d rather spend the extra $20 and not have to wait until next year, then head to staples.com first thing tomorrow morning.

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Add “Prime Only” to Voice Searches to Filter Results

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Lost among the slew of information on the Fire TV Stick product page is a handy tip to help refine voice searches on the Fire TV. If you append “Prime Only” to any search, the Fire TV will display only Prime eligible content. In the image above you can see the difference between saying “Tom Cruise prime only” and saying just “Tom Cruise” in a voice search.

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Popularity of Amazon Fire TV Stick pushes shipments to Mid December

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Early indications are that the Amazon Fire TV Stick announced this morning is being very well received. New orders placed at the time this post is being written are scheduled to ship in mid December. Readers are telling me that orders placed just 2 hours after the device was announced weren’t even quick enough to receive a release day shipment. That means the initial stock of Fire TV Sticks sold out within two hours. Readers who ordered 3 hours after pre-orders opened were already receiving shipment arrival estimates of early December. Additionally, the previous limit of 2 devices per customer has now been reduced to a limit of just 1 device per customer. Read more ›

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