How to remotely control ClockworkMod on the Amazon Fire TV using ADB

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery adds some great features to the Amazon Fire TV. However, sometimes it’s inconvenient or not possible to connect a keyboard to the Fire TV to control ClockworkMod. For example, you may need to plug a USB drive into the Fire TV’s only USB port and you don’t have a compatible hub. Or maybe you simply don’t have a spare USB keyboard laying around. Whatever the reason, this guide will show you how to control ClockworkMod remotely over a network from any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Read more ›

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New Apps for the Week of September 21st thru the 27th

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Every Sunday we bring you the list of new apps and games released in the previous week for the Amazon Fire TV. Last week there were 10 new apps and games released.

Top New App of the Week

Beach Buggy Racing
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Vector Unit, makers of the extremely popular game Riptide GP2, have just released this brand new kart-racing game. It’s only 3 days old yet already proving to be a huge hit with over 1 million downloads and thousands of positive ratings across all 3 major appstores. You can use either the Fire TV voice remote or game controller to play. The game is packed full of features including 12 race tracks, car customization, and 4 player split screen multiplayer, making it this week’s top new app.

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ClockworkMod Custom Recovery update 6.0.5.1.1 released

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A new version, 6.0.5.1.1, of ClockworkMod Custom Recovery for the Amazon Fire TV has been released by rbox. This new version adds a few features of ClockworkMod that were previously incompatible with the Fire TV. The most useful feature is support for USB drives. Now you can install custom ROMs off a USB drive instead of having to transfer the ROM to the Fire TV via ADB. More importantly, USB drive support means you can backup your entire Fire TV without having to worry about the limited internal storage holding you back. Look for a backup guide coming very soon.

This update also makes ClockworkMod more TV friendly by increasing the font size and by adding empty space along the edges of the display to ensure TVs with overscan don’t cut off the onscreen text. Lastly, this update fixes sideloading files over the network to ClockworkMod.

Download the latest version of ClockworkMod Recovery from AFTVnews.com/software and check out my new guide on how to update ClockworkMod for full update instructions.

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How to update ClockworkMod Custom Recovery on the Amazon Fire TV

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Now that an update to ClockworkMod Custom Recovery for the Fire TV has been released, I thought it’d be a good idea to write a guide for installing it. The update process is nearly identical to the installation procedure. The main difference is that it does not matter what software version your Fire TV is running, as long as you’re rooted and already have ClockworkMod installed. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV passes Chromecast to be the Best Selling Streaming Media Player

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For the first time since I’ve been tracking it (and possible the first time since its release in April), the Fire TV has passed the Chromecast to be the best selling streaming media player on Amazon. No doubt this victory is due to the current $84 sale price of the Fire TV along with yesterdays 1-day only student price of $64. It’s great to see that these sales are actually moving Fire TVs off the warehouse shelves. It bodes very well for the future of the Fire TV and its app ecosystem.

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My Apologies for the Downtime

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This morning I decided to move AFTVnews.com to a more powerful server. Regrettably, I put my faith in my web host’s “one-click” automated migration service. It was supposed to copy the site to the new server and then point the domain to the new server. The copy procedure failed, but even worse, the domain still got pointed to the new (broken) server, resulting in the site going offline. It took a while to get the original server back up, and another 4 hours for the DNS settings to re-propagate across the internet.

I’m sorry about any inconvenience this may have caused. I’ll try to be more cautious in the future.

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$10 Free Appstore Credit & $20 off Fire TV for Amazon Students

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Amazon is running a Student Day Promotion for one day only. Your Amazon account must be a Student Account in order to receive the discounts and freebies.

To receive $10 free appstore credit, simply load any app page, click “Redeem a gift card or promotion code” at the bottom of the green box on the right of the page, and enter code 4LOW8ZT3

To receive $20 off a Fire TV, simply add the Fire TV to your cart, and enter the promotional code FIRETV20 at checkout.

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How to Revert an Amazon Fire TV back to Stock Recovery and Stock Software

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Now that the Amazon Fire TV has a ClockworkMod Recovery and can receive Custom ROMS, you may want to know how to revert back to the stock recovery and stock software. This guide will walk you through the steps to do just that. Read more ›

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App Deal: Riptide GP2 has dropped from $2.99 to FREE

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Riptide GP2, on eo fthe best selling and highest rated games for the Fire TV, has just gone free. The game normally sells for $2.99. This is the first time this game has ever been free. Amazon is having another one of their bundled app giveaways which includes 27 paid apps, 3 of which are Fire TV compatible.

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App Deal: Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II has dropped from $4.99 to FREE

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Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II, the newest game in the Sonic series, has just gone free. The game normally sells for $4.99. This is the first time this game has ever been free. Amazon is having another one of their bundled app giveaways which includes 27 paid apps, 3 of which are Fire TV compatible.

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