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Unlock your FireTV potential without rooting it

There has been much interest and discussion about FireTV and our “rooting needs“, particularly after latest Amazon´s firmware update (version 51.1.4.1_user_514013920) which introduced a new “feature”  called an eFuse, just to counteract any root tampering from the user side. When your new FireTV firmware detects “suspicious conditions” (i.e. rooted earlier firmware, or an unlocked bootloader),  it will burn the eFuse, which in turn will place your FireTV in a -rather obscure- recovery mode. Once an eFuse is burned, you cannot repair it as it is actually a physical process in the circuit: It actually gets burned out! This is a clever design which will signal it’s fused condition, leaving...
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Remote control your FireTV through USB

Last night I found myself with the dire need of controlling my FireTV through USB. How did this happen ? Easy enough, I like to fiddle with my FireTV. One particular achievement I am usually thankful for has been being able to add bluetooth headphones support into my FireTV. But as you can read in that earlier tutorial, first I had to install  (by sideloading, just as it is done with XBMC apk) a settings.apk into my FireTV. This settings.apk comprised of the full settings menu found on fully fledged android devices. Once installed, the Settings apk would allow me to access the...
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Unlock your FireTV Stick

Since Amazon launched the FireTV stick, many of us have been wondering about installing XBMC -or as it changed name- KODI on it. Now, as the first shipped FireTV sticks are reaching their lucky purchasers, we start getting interesting comments through the different social channels. In short, XBMC can be installed by following the same steps from it’s earlier brother, the first FireTV box and -good news keep coming- XBMC / Kodi  basic performance is being reported as completely acceptable. Hardware differences between FireTV and FireTV Stick FireTV Stick includes 16gb of FLASH Memory (double size than original FireTV); 1 Gb...
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Reset your Amazon FireTV

The following tutorial will teach you different reset methods for your Amazon FireTV. Underneath the nice minimalist black box of your FireTV there is a rather complex computer, running the Android operative system, as you already know. When your FireTV interacts with the different apps and games you may have installed, there is always the chance for some bug to emerge as a resource hog, memory leak, and /or  a plethora of  misbehaving software blues. In  consecuence, you may notice that your FireTV is slowing down, having hiccups, playing funny, or directly freezing on you. Just as it actually happens with...
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FireTV Bluetooth Headphones

You surely got a nice set of Bluetooth headphones around. But then, your FireTV also got Bluetooth connectivity so you may wonder “What about using my bluetooth headphones ?” Well at least I know I did wonder about it. Fueled mainly by the need of watching somewhat noisy movies, while the kids are sleeping, my interest includes certain urgency. So I promptly started digging into this topic, with the hope of finding a solution… which I did find, kinda!. Let me tell you about it: At the time of this writing, the official online documentation for FireTV states that the Bluetooth interface includes...
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