Amazon is bringing back encryption for Fire OS devices

Amazon may have removed on-device encryption from its Fire tablets and TV boxes with the recent released of Fire OS 5 because “customers weren’t using it,” but the move caused a bit of an outcry this week and it seems like Amazon was listening. The company now says it’ll bring back support for full disk encryption […]

Amazon Fire OS 5 removes support for encryption from Fire tablets (Updated)

Apple may be fighting the FBI in court to resist demands that the company decrypt data on a customer’s smartphone. But Amazon seems to have taken a step in the opposite direction. The recent Fire OS 5 update for Fire tablets and Fire TV media streamers adds new functionality (such as Bluetooth speaker and keyboard […]

Lilbits 314: A good day for NVIDIA Shield, bad one for Linux Mint

About a month after announcing plans to bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow and other improvements to its Shield TV game console, NVIDIA is now rolling out the update which brings support for treating SD cards as internal storage, Vulkan graphics, and much more. So it’s a good day for NVIDIA Shield users. But it’s a bad […]

First-gen Amazon Fire TV devices getting Fire OS 5 with Alexa support

Amazon is bringing the same software that runs on its second-gen Fire TV products to its older models. The Fire OS 5 update is now starting to roll out for the original Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Among other things, that means folks with first-gen hardware can use the Alexa digital assistant. But as […]

Amazon Fire TV sideloaded apps now visible in the main menu

Amazon is gradually rolling out an update to its Fire TV products that brings a few new features and updates Fire OS to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Among other things, Fire OS 5 adds support for Alexa voice commands if you’re using a voice remote, brings Amazon Prime Stations to the music section, and lets you […]

Amazon launches Fire OS 5 dev preview (Android 5.0 for Fire HD tablets)

Amazon is preparing to launch a new version the operating system that powers its Fire HD tablets. Amazon Fire OS will be based on Google Android 5.0 Lollipop… but users probably won’t see much difference when the software launches. That’s because Fire OS is Amazon’s custom version of Android with Amazon’s own user interface, app […]