Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comes to the Amazon Fire TV

The critically acclaimed game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has made its way to the Amazon Fire TV. This game was first released on the original Xbox and has won numerous awards. It was ported to iOS and Android where it has become a fan favorite once again, garnering a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on both platforms from thousands of reviews. Now, 2 months after making its Android debut, the game has been released for the Fire TV. Extra care has been placed to ensure the game detects the Fire TVs game controller and “adjusts the on-screen prompts to be intuitive for controller input instead of touch.” Rest assured that this is not a slimmed down mobile version of the game. It is the full original game, so expect it to be a slow download and require 2GB to 3GB of storage space.

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Samba TV brings Popular Science, TMZ, iFood, and more to the Amazon Fire TV

Samba TV, the smart TV publishing company started by early employees of BitTorrent, has just released 5 new video apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Most notably is Hotlist, a video hub app which offers “all the best internet videos” from over 80 different sources like CNET, Lifetime, College Humor, Break, Engadget, and Fora just to name a few. Individual apps for Popular Science,, and TMZ have also been released. Lastly, there’s Video Detective which streams movie, TV, and video game trailers, in addition to music videos.

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App Deal: Prince of Persia – The Shadow and the Flame down from $2.99 to $0.69 w/coins

Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame, an action platforming game, has gone on sale for $0.69 when factoring in the Amazon coin reward. The regularly $2.99 game has dropped to $0.99 with a 30 coin reward. Apart from the one day this game was offered for free, this is the cheapest price this game has ever been. The game features 14 3D levels and epic console caliber gameplay. The game is only compatible with the Fire TV and requires a game controller to play.

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App Deal: Rayman Fiesta Run game down from $2.99 to $0.99


Rayman Fiesta Run, a highly rated platforming game, has just gone on sale for $0.99. This isn’t the cheapest this game has been, but is still a great price for one of the more popular games for the Fire TV. The game has a 4.5 star rating with over 200 reviews. It includes over 75 levels to play and is compatible with both the Game controller and the remote.

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App Deal: Monster Puzzle down from $0.99 to FREE

Monster Puzzle, a simple children’s puzzle game, has just gone Free! This game was just released last week and is being offered free for the first time. The game is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and works with either a remote or game controller.

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Roomie Universal Remote app adds Fire TV & Fire TV Stick Support

Roomie Remote is an iOS only universal remote app that uses your network to control your home theater and home automation devices. The app sports an impressive list of supported devices. The latest update to the app has added the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to that list. Roomie will auto-discover Fire TV devices and control them over your network. The app even supports keyboard input via its own on-screen keyboard.

The number of alternate ways to control your Fire TV continues to grow. Roomie is now one of several apps capable of controlling the Fire TV via a smartphone or tablet. Last month we saw high end home automation systems gain Fire TV support via a set of pricey drivers. And if you prefer a good old fashioned physical remote, there’s always Logitech’s Harmony line of universal smart remotes.

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Get $1 in Amazon MP3 Credit with Select Apps

Amazon has started up a new promotion which will net you $1 in Amazon MP3 credit for purchasing select apps. There is no definitive list of apps that qualify, but it doesn’t have to be a paid app. I “purchased” Pandora for free and received the credit. I’ve also heard todays Free App of the Day, Escape From Work, will also earn you the free credit. You will receive an email about the free credit after purchasing a qualifying app. The promotion is valid for the entire year.

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Alternate Generic Amazon Fire TV Power Adapter

After reviewing the $24.99 stand alone Fire TV, I received several comments asking if there was a cheaper alternative to the official $19.99 Fire TV power adapter sold by Amazon. After doing some research, I ordered a few power adapters to test. The one I would recommend getting is this $7 power adapter from eBay. Be sure to select “6V 2.5A” from the Output Voltage dropdown menu, “Positive Pin Center” as the Pin Polarity, and “5.5mm x 2.5mm” as the Plug Size. It powered up the Fire TV and worked perfectly through all of my testing. It’s worth mentioning that the official Fire TV power adapter is rated at 6.25 volts, while the above power adapter is rated at 6 volts. I’m not an expert and can’t say if the lower voltage could damage your Fire TV, but my testing showed no difference between this generic power adapter and the official one. Amazon does not recommend using a power adapter other than the official one they manufacture.

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App Deal: Animated Photo Gallery down from $0.99 to FREE

Animated Photo Gallery, a photo slideshow app, has just gone Free! This is the first time this app has ever been free. It allows you to display photos from either a Facebook account or Instagram account. Photos are displayed in retro polaroid frames as they hang from string. You can select one of 6 background images and the speed of the show. The app is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Second Seasons of Four Original Kids Series


Amazon is continuing the push for original content. Hot off lasts week’s news of Amazon renewing Mozart in the Jungle for a second season and greenlighting five new shows, today Amazon announced they’ll be renewing four of their kids shows for a second season. The shows being renewed are Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and recent Annie Award winner Tumble Leaf. This move is a continuation of Amazon’s goal to make Prime membership its focus.


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