Fire TV Edition Soundbar by TCL is on sale at a new all time low price — Just $112

The TCL Alto 8+ Fire TV Edition Soundbar is on sale for $122.90 $112.02. This is the new lowest price that this soundbar has ever been. With a list price of $199.99, you’re saving 39% 44% with this deal. Built into the soundbar are the exact same capabilities as a Fire TV Stick 4K, so you’re essentially paying around $75 for the soundbar components at this price point. From what I’ve been told, this TCL soundbar is better than the Nebula Fire TV Edition soundbar, although, I personally haven’t used either one. Both come with the newest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition remotes, if that’s important to you. While this is labeled as a 2.1 channel soundbar, the subwoofer (i.e., the “.1”) is built-in, as opposed to being a standalone speaker, so I wouldn’t expect this soundbar to blow you away with its performance. At $199.99 it’s overpriced, but at this sale price, it’s pretty attractive if you want to go one step above the speakers built into your TV, especially if you’re already in the market for a Fire TV Stick 4K.

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How to update your sideloaded Peacock TV app on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — New September 2020 APK

Peacock TV is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, but a new v1.1.3 updated version (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) has just been released. If you’re new to sideloading, you might not be aware that updating an already sideloaded app is as straight forward as installing the new version right over the existing one. If you followed my guide to sideload Peacock TV or are using my Downloader app, simply use the URL bit.ly/firepck (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) in the Downloader app to sideload the latest version of Peacock TV. You don’t need to uninstall the existing version or do anything special if the older version is already installed on the device. Just sideload the new version as you would any new app. After launching the app and signing in, if you get only audio when playing content or the video is frozen, force quitting the app or restarting your Fire TV should solve the issue. To force quit the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and select the app. To restart your device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart. If you need more detailed instructions for sideloading, see this guide and use the URL mentioned above.

Update

8/17/20 Version 1.1.10 has been released. You can install it using Downloader and the URL bit.ly/firepea (Alternate Mirror: bit.ly/firepe).

9/9/20 Version 1.2.14 has been released. You can install it using Downloader and the URL bit.ly/ftvpea (Alternate Mirror: bit.ly/ftvpeaa).

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How to watch Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ movie on an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick

Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Mulan is being made available today through Disney+ but, unfortunately, you won’t be able to simply load up the app and pay for the movie with just a few remote clicks, presumably, due to a disagreement between Amazon and Disney regarding revenue share. Thankfully, the movie isn’t being blocked outright and you can watch on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition device as long as you pay for it elsewhere first. To start, you first need a Disney+ subscription which costs $6.99/month and does not currently offer any free trials. Once you’re a subscriber, log in here through a phone or computer and pay the $29.99 for Premiere Access to Mulan. Then you’ll be able to load up the Disney+ app on your Fire TV device and watch it all you want. Note that you are not paying $29.99 to own the movie, like you would if purchasing a digital movie through Amazon Video, Vudu, or iTunes. You are just paying to have access to it before it becomes available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4th. This means that even if you pay $29.99 for Mulan, you’ll lose access to it if you end your Disney+ subscription.

Update

Amazon and Disney+ have reached an agreement and Premiere Access to Mulan is now available to purchase directly within the Disney+ app on Fire TV devices.

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Blink announces all-new Indoor and Outdoor Cameras with up to 4 years of battery life

Blink, which has now been an Amazon company for nearly 3 years, has just announced their all-new Blink Indoor and Blink Outdoor security cameras. These new cameras continue to provide Blink’s unique capability of lasting up to 2 years on just 2 included AA lithium batteries, thanks to their proprietary chip technology. For the first time, Blink has also announced a Battery Expansion Pack which adds 2 additional batteries for up to 4 years of power. Read more ›

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Amazon’s Alexa can now pay for gas at Mobil and Exxon stations in the US

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has gained a new feature that allows it to pay for gas at the pump using voice commands. The new capability, which is already live, works at over 11,500 Mobil and Exxon gas stations in the US. By simply saying “Alexa, pay for gas” and then confirming the station location and pump number, the pump will activate and be ready to use. Read more ›

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How to update your sideloaded HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — Updated September 2020 w/ Latest APK

Since HBO Max is not yet available in the Amazon Appstore, it must be sideloaded. Instructions for how to sideload the app can be found here, but you might be wondering how to update the app once you’ve already installed it. The process for updating is identical to sideloading. Simply open the Downloader app, enter the URL to the newer APK, download it, and install it. The new version will automatically update/replace the old version. You do not need to uninstall the existing version first. A new version 50.2.0.37 of HBO Max was just released and you can get it by entering bit.ly/firehbo (see update below) into the Downloader app. If you need more detailed instructions, follow this guide.

Update

7/26/20 A new HBO Max v50.3.0.362 is now available. Get it by entering bit.ly/firehb into the Downloader app.

9/1/20 A new HBO Max v50.4.0.206 is now available. Get it by entering bit.ly/ftvhbo (Mirror: bit.ly/ftvhboo) into the Downloader app.

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How to watch select Netflix content for Free on Amazon Fire TV & Firestick

Netflix has started offering a small selection of content for free. The good news is that you don’t need to create an account or log in to start watching. The bad news is that they’re not making it easy to watch the free content on your TV. If you install and launch the Netflix app on a Fire TV, you’re just greeted with the usual login/sign up screen and no way to get to the free content. Here is how to watch the free Netflix content on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Amazon announces Amazon Halo, a new Fitness Band and Health Service

Amazon has announced Amazon Halo, a new fitness band that is coupled with a subscription health service. The band, and accompanying optional service will help you track and improve your body fat, sleep, exercise, and even the tone of your voice using built-in microphones. Amazon Halo is available by early access invitation for $64.99 and comes with 6 months of service. That price will increase to $99.99 once it becomes available without an invite and the subscription service, which is required for the device’s more advanced features, will cost $3.99/month after the free 6 months end. Read more ›

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Amazon to discontinue access to Amazon Drive for Synology NAS Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup


If you, like me, are using a Synology NAS that is configured to backup or sync data to an Amazon Drive account, I’ve got some bad news. Amazon has decided to discontinue access to Amazon Drive by Synology Cloud Sync and Synology Hyper Backup apps running on Synology network attatched storage devices starting on November 1st, 2020. Read more ›

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How to Fix Missing or Broken Icons for Sideloaded Apps on Amazon Fire TV

There appears to be a bug on select Amazon Fire TV devices that prevents the icon of some sideloaded apps to display correctly on the Home screen and Apps screen. Instead of the app icon appearing, a gray icon with a slash through it appears. The bug seems to only affect apps that store their APK icon in a specific way, which is why some sideloaded apps are not affected. Until Amazon fixes the bug, there is a way to make broken icons appear and it involves modifying the APK itself. Here’s how to get around the issue and make icons appear. Read more ›

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