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Rooting the FireTV first generation

Now we got a working method for rooting the FireTV with FireOS 5.0.5 and although I do not recommend it, for sake of informing you, I am exposing it in here: Fire OS 5.0.5 is the latest tailored Android OS -at the time of this writing- for both the Stick and box first version of FireTV and includes an exploitable bug which a Chinese rooting tool called KingRoot seems to manage quite well. You’ll need to download or sideload and run the KingRoot APK into your fireTV. This KingRoot tool seems to reportedly be the best “stand alone” rooting tool for almost any Android device. Rooting your FireTV...
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FireTV Stick heat problems

It may come as an unpleasant surprise to learn that the FireTV Stick suffers from heat problems. What is even worse: this is not a new problem for these kind of android devices: The Chinese companies producing Android USB  and HDMI Sticks got to discover, tackle and solve the heating problem in their early production stage, we are talking about years 2011-2012 here. Hence, it is quite unbelievable that almost two years after the Android HDMI sticks market has been rolling forward, Amazon jumps into this market niche introducing an -essentially flawed- plastic case design. So, last night We had a pizza and TV meeting at a friend’s...
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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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