Zoom app arives on Amazon Omni Series Fire TV Smart TVs for 2-way video calling

Fire TV Omni Series Smart TVs are now compatible with the Zoom app for two-way video conferencing. These TVs are only the second Fire TV models to work with Zoom, after the Fire TV Cube was the first to gain compatibility earlier this year. To use Zoom with either a Fire TV Omni Series Smart TV or a Fire TV Cube, you need to connect a USB camera to the Fire TV. Amazon recommends the Logitech C920 (1080p, ~$65), Logitech C922x (1080p, ~$80), and Logitech C310 (720p, ~$27) webcams, but any cameras that support the USB Video Class (UVC) standard with at least 720p resolution and 30fps will work. Once the camera is connected to the Smart TV’s USB port or the Fire TV Cube’s microUSB port with an adpater, like these from StarTech, UGREEN, and CableCreation, you can launch the Zoom app and login. If your calendar is linked to Alexa and your Zoom meting is on your calendar, you can say “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” to automatically join your next meeting.

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How to fix a Fire TV issue causing tiny icons and a zoomed out home screen

Fire TVs occasionally experience a strange bug where the home screen appears to be zoomed out and all icons, elements, and thumbnails are very small. This issue has popped up on devices from time to time for years but it seems that Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia, specifically, are seeing a surge of this issue occurring. While there is no known way to make it never happen again, the fix to restore how the Fire TV interface should look is very quick and easy. Read more ›

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The most expensive Fire TV Smart TV ever has just been released

If you don’t count the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which cots over $100k and comes with a Fire TV rear-seat entertainment system, the single most expensive Fire TV anything has just been released in the form of the new Toshiba 75-inch M550 Series Fire TV Smart TV. Coming in at a retail price of $1,399.99, this is not only the most expensive TV running the Fire TV operating system ever released, but it’s also the largest and most full-featured, thanks to its use of a full-array local dimming LED backlight, which isn’t available on any other Fire TV Smart TV series. Read more ›

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How to diagnose and fix a slow, unresposive, or sluggish remote on your Fire TV Smart TV

Fire TV Smart TVs, like those made by Toshiba, Insignia, Pioneer, or even Amazon’s own Omni and 4-Series TVs, can end up in a weird limbo situation where the remote control isn’t fully paired but most remote functions still work. The result is a remote that works but feels strangely slow or delayed. A symptom, for example, is pressing and holding a direction button to scroll through a long list, but instead of quickly zipping through the list, the Fire TV steps through each item slowly, one by one. Here is how to figure out if your remote controller is in this limbo mode and how to fix it. Read more ›

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Toshiba’s flagship Fire TV Smart TV, the first with full-array local diming, will also come in 65″ and 75″ sizes — Full Specs Revealed

Toshiba’s new flagship Fire TV Smart TVs, the M550 Series, technically first became available about a month ago through Best Buy but now it’s also available through Amazon and, so, is getting an official reveal. Along with the 55-inch size (model 55M550KU) that has already been available for purchase, we now know that there will also be 65-inch (model 65M550KU) and 75-inch (model 75M550KU) sizes coming soon. We also now know all the various techinical specifications like CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage details. These are the first Toshiba TVs with hands free-voice control built in and the first Fire TV Smart TVs from any manufacturer with full-array local diming. Read more ›

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TaoTronics might be close to releasing a new Fire TV powered Soundbar and Subwoofer

TaoTronics, a Chinese electronics brand, might be working on a new soundbar and subwoofer combo that runs the Fire TV operating system, much like the already available Fire TV soundbars from TCL and Nebula. TaoTronics has had no prior association with a Fire TV product, that I’m aware of, yet a new entry has just been added to the Fire TV Source Code Notice page for an unreleased product labeled as “TaoTronics_SoundbarSubwoofer_FireTVEdition.” Read more ›

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Toshiba reveals its first Fire TV Smart TV with hands-free Alexa voice control

As promised when Amazon announced its own hands-free Fire TV Smart TVs, Toshiba has revealed it’s first flagship TV with hands-free Alexa capabilities that can be controlled by voice, without needing to pick up the remote. The Toshiba M550 Series TVs, as they are called, feature an array of 4 microphones, a physical mute switch, and multi-color LED indicator lights along the bottom center to communicate if the TV is muted or listening as a result of hearing its wake word. The 4K TVs, which will be available in 55, 65, and 75-inch sizes, feature LED backlighting with full-array local dimming and support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR content. Read more ›

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Amazon’s own Fire TV Omni & 4-Series Smart TVs to gain Apple AirPlay 2

The first Amazon-built Fire TV Smart TVs have launched today and Amazon has announced that they will be receiving support for Apple AirPlay 2 casting. The Fire TV Omni Smart TVs, which are the premium models with hands-free Alexa, and the less expensive Fire TV 4-Series Smart TVs will “soon” be able to wirelessly connect to Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers for screen mirroring and for remotely playing content in mobile apps. Read more ›

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Amazon appears to be preparing to launch Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan

While looking for more information about the unreleased “Pico” Fire TV remote that recently received FCC approval, I stumbled on a regulatory filing in Japan for a new Fire TV Smart TV remote with Japanese text on its buttons. Since Amazon does not yet sell Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan, the existence of this remote seems to suggest that Japan will soon be among the next new markets for Amazon’s line of smart TVs. Read more ›

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Amazon and Best Buy announce new Fire TV Smart TVs from Pioneer and Toshiba with 4K and hands-free Alexa

In the shadows of the announcement of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max and the new Amazon-built Fire TV Smart TVs, Best Buy and Amazon have announced their continued relationship around Fire TV Smart TVs in the US with new models from Pioneer and Toshiba. The Pioneer sets will come in 43″ and 50″ screen sizes and feature 4K resolution, as well as HDR 10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range. The new Toshiba series of Fire TV Smart TVs, like Amazon’s own Fire TV Omni Series Smart TVs, will feature far-field microphones for hands-free control through Alexa. Read more ›

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