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Amazon Fire TVs won't ask for your WiFi password during setup

Setting up a new device can sometimes be time consuming, as you need to unwrap it, plug it in, and go through the installation process before you can finally use it. To smoothen these steps, Amazon has created its "Frustration-Free Setup" program with "Wi-Fi simple setup", so you won't have to spend time authenticating when launching a new Alexa-enabled device for the first time.

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Amazon's deals for Valentine's include the cheap $20 Echo Input, $70 2nd gen Echo, and $100 Spot

Just a few days after Google's "Dump your valentine" discount, Amazon has come up with its own deals, in time for February 14. These offers are more relevant, though, and are worth considering if you're short of gift ideas. Most of the giant's connected home devices are on sale, including Echo speakers and smart displays, Fire TVs, cameras, and even Kindles.

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In time for the Super Bowl, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is $10 off, Cube $40 off

If you're looking for a smarter way to stream the big game on your TV, you can save a few bucks on a new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K or Fire TV Cube, which have dropped to $39.99 and $79.99, respectively.

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Amazon's Fire TV products are 21-38% off right now, including the 4K Stick (30% off) and Recast DVR (22% off)

If you've been looking to upgrade your TV setup, today is a good day to do it. All of Amazon's Fire TV products are currently on sale, including the new 4K streaming stick, the Fire TV Cube, and the 'Recast' DVR box.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and 2017 Fire TV Stick rooted using HDMI exploit

Amazon released the Fire TV Cube earlier this year, as a 4K-capable streaming device with far-field microphones (for responding to Alexa responses) and an IR transmitter (for turning devices on/off). Exploitee.rs has now released a root method for the Fire TV Cube and the 2017 Fire TV Stick, which relies on sending commands through the HDMI port and bypassing code verification.

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Amazon Fire TV gets new Alexa interface with latest update (v5.2.6.6)

With the release of the Fire TV Cube in June, Amazon also debuted a more minimalistic interface for Alexa. The new UI has been exclusive to the Cube up to now, but the version 5.2.6.6 update for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices brings them in line with their square-sided sibling.

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[Deal Alert] Today only, 20%+ off a bunch of Alexa-enabled devices and bundles (including a Philips bulb)

To celebrate having been voted number 1 in Harris Poll's annual corporate reputation survey for its third year straight, Amazon is discounting several Alexa-enabled devices and bundles by 20% or more off their original price. The number of items that are on discount is pretty significant, so we've copied them all below.

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Amazon adds Single-Sign-On feature to Fire TV devices in latest update

Signing into apps on your phone is annoying enough, but doing it on a TV is far worse. Amazon is rolling out a new feature in the latest Fire TV update called Single-Sign-On. As the name implies, once you've signed into a participating TV provider's app, you're automatically signed into all of them.

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Android TV streaming boxes: An uneasy start and apparent death

Android TV is very much alive, as was made abundantly clear by the plethora of new Android TV powered televisions with Google Assistant capability shown off at CES 2018. Streaming boxes powered by Android TV, however, are conspicuously missing—the last Android TV set-top box to be released in the United States was the Xiaomi Mi Box in October 2016.

Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV products both received hardware refreshes last September, while Roku products received hardware refreshes in October. In comparison, the three year old Nexus Player—arguably the flagship of Android TV—last received a software update in November, and will not be upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Firefox comes to the Amazon Fire TV for browsing, and YouTube obviously

When one door closes, another opens. For Amazon, this couldn't be anymore true. With Google pulling its YouTube app from the Fire TV and Echo Show, Amazon users were left with few options to watch their favorite channels and discover new videos. Now that's changing with the release of Firefox on Fire TV.

The browser is available for 2nd gen and newer Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks, and although it's aimed at US customers, it's accessible to everyone. It's not the full-fledged Firefox experience, though, so don't expect a home page, bookmark sync, extensions, or any of those fancy features you use on the desktop.

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