The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39 device you can plug into your TV to stream music, videos, photos, and other content from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and more. Not only has the Fire TV Stick I picked up last year largely replaced my Chromecast… I find myself not even using my HTPC (Home Theater PC) very often anymore.
This week Amazon announced it will soon roll out a software update for the Fire TV Stick that adds support for WiFi networks that require web authentication, among other things.
But it turns out there are a number of other changes that Amazon didn’t mention. The folks at AFTVnews found many of them.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Here’s just about everything that’s new in the latest Amazon Fire TV Stick firmware
Among other things, there’s no a restart option in the settings, a shortcut menu with the time and options for screen mirroring, sleep, and settings, a concealed user interface for entering PIN numbers privately, and support for browsing and searching Prime Music Playlists. [AFTVnews]
- Ubuntu 15.04 final beta released
The next version of Ubuntu Linux is due out on April 23rd. You can take the latest pre-release version for a test drive now… or install it as your primary operating system if you like living on (or near) the edge. [Ubuntu]
- HTC T1H Android tablet on the way?
HTC may be preparing to launch an 8.9 inch tablet with an Allwinner H8 processor, a 2048 x 1536 pixel display, Android 5.0, and HTC BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers. Or maybe this is just a rumor. [MyDrivers]
- Photos of an unannounced Hisense tablet with slim bezels leaked
Details are scarce, and it’s possible this could be a fake. But it’s one sleek looking tablet… or fake tablet. [GizmoChina]
- Google Nexus 6 now available in 6 new countries
Want a really big phone and live in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, or Portugal? It’s you’re lucky day. [Android Authority]
- Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign ends today after raising over $20 million
The company already makes a popular smartwatch and some folks figure they had plenty of money to make a new one… so why use Kickstarter to launch the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel color watches? Because it gets people like me to keep writing headlines about the record-setting amount of money the team raised, apparently. But seriously, if you want to save a few bucks on a Pebble Time, you’ve only got a few hours left to back the campaign to reserve one at a discounted price. [Kickstarter]
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