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Five Fire TV updates to make it the streamer to beat

Five Fire TV updates to make it the streamer to beat

Amazon's Fire TV launched last week to grand fanfare and plenty of promise, but as we discovered in our review the streaming box isn't quite perfect yet. Taking on Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku with faster performance, easier search, and more compelling gaming makes a lot of sense, but some aspects of the Fire TV experience still need work. Head on past the cut to find the five tweaks that could make Fire TV the set-top box to beat.

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HBO puts Silicon Valley episode 1 on YouTube

HBO puts Silicon Valley episode 1 on YouTube

HBO has uploaded the full first episode of new series Silicon Valley to YouTube, after it made its broadcast debut on the network on Sunday evening. The show, which will consist of eight episodes, follows a group of fictional startup founders living together at the home of a VC, and the challenges faced when a product idea suddenly becomes popular.

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Sci-fi series Humans coming from Channel 4 and Xbox

Sci-fi series Humans coming from Channel 4 and Xbox

Xbox Entertainment Studios and UK network Channel 4 have announced that they are teaming up to bring a new sci-fi TV series to viewers around the world. The TV series is called "Humans" and eight hour long episodes have been ordered. This series will air on Channel 4 in the UK and sci-fi fans in North America will be able to see the show on the Xbox.

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Amazon Fire TV Review

Amazon Fire TV Review

Does the world need another streaming box? Amazon Fire TV argues “yes” and says speed, voice search that actually works, and proper gaming set it apart from the Apple TV, Roku 3, and Google Chromecast. As we’ve seen with the Kindle Fire HDX tablet range, Amazon can certainly build some impressive hardware when it puts its mind to it, but is the Fire TV quite ready for primetime? Read on for our full review.

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Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Google is readying a renewed attempt on the living room with Android TV, leaked internal documents suggest, ditching the ill-fated Google TV and trying to put content rather than individual services at the fore. The new platform, app support for which Google is supposedly courting developers for now, takes a more simplistic approach than the confusing Google TV, with a straightforward thumbnail interface and a background engine for recommended content.

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Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Fire TV teardown reveals potent guts and secret RFID

Amazon's Fire TV surprised some with quite how much power the retailer had packed inside its set-top streamer, but it turns out a quadcore processor isn't the only unusual component inside. A swift teardown - that rite of passage most high-profile tech goes through after launching - exposes not only a vast heatsink but some unexpected RFID tags too.

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Frequency brings social-curated video to Amazon Fire TV

Frequency brings social-curated video to Amazon Fire TV

Frequency has announced support for the Fire TV, Amazon's new streaming dongle, bringing socially-curated movies and TV to the set-top box. Already supported on iPhone and iPad, as well as certain Samsung smart TVs and other platforms, Frequency pulls in content from AP, National Geographic Wild, and thousands of other online sources into individualized "channels".

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Amazon yanks 24 from Netflix for Prime Instant Video

Amazon yanks 24 from Netflix for Prime Instant Video

Amazon has clinched an exclusive deal for 24, inking an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television that will not only see all back-seasons of the Kiefer Sutherland series only streaming through Prime Instant Video, but the new season make its online debut there later this year. The news means that Netflix subscribers who may have been working their way through 24 will be disappointed to discover it's no longer available in the catalog.

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Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.

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