Editorial

Fire TV evolved !

The Fire TV truly evolved with the software update 51.1.5.0 released on the last days of March 2015. I would say that this firmware update finally makes my Fire TV a nice product. Many will argue that the added functionality should have been included a year ago, when releasing the Fire TV into the market, and I cannot disagree with that. But “it is what it is”, and today, a year later, we get to enjoy two  unlocked major features;  without the need to root or modify our Fire TV units in any way: Fire TV now accepts USB Mass Storage...
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Editorial

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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Editorial

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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Editorial

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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Media Center

Launch XBMC from FireTV’s Main Screen

So you have successfully side-loaded XBMC into your FireTV. Then you realize that every time you want to launch XBMC you should navigate into SETTINGS, then select Applications, Manage all applications, find XMBC and finally run it from there. What a nonsensical trip! It happens that side-loaded apps, specifically those that Amazon does not like you to install, will not be visible from your FireTV main screen. Not even under the RECENT row. Nada. Zip. How can I leave an XBMC “Shortcut” on my FireTV main screen ? Thankfully enough it is possible to leave a shortcut on your FireTV...
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