Hidden Amazon Page Teases Upcoming Fire TV Cube

The retail giant finally confirms the existence of a new Fire TV Cube device.

Amazon just showed a teaser for their soon-to-be released Fire TV Cube. It was found in a splash page link in the company’s email subscription page as reported by AFTVNews.

Last year, rumours of two Fire TV devices were making rounds on the internet. In a leaked photo published by AFTNews, a square-shaped Fire TV dongle and a cube-shaped set top box were featured. The former actually turned out to be real and was released as the 2017 Amazon Fire TV. The latter, we’re assuming, is the Fire TV Cube.

There really is no other detail known about the device besides the cryptic message asking “What is Fire TV Cube?” The simple image shows the text backlit by a blue line. This is an obvious reference to the same blue ring of light on their Echo devices. From this we can infer that the device would most likely be powered by Alexa.

Amazon didn’t share any dates on the availability as well but as it is already somewhat featured in its website, it could be this year. For the price tag, the Fire TV Cube could be in the range of $100, basing on how they price their Echo devices.

We’ll give you more updates as we get them so stay tuned!

 

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick VPN

VPN On Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick or the Firestick is the simple and cost-effective way of turning on any TV with a USB port into an internet-connected streaming device. This gives its user access to movies, TV shows and other content. But most of these content is geo-locked. It can only be accessed from specific countries. That is where VPN comes in.

What is VPN

VPN means Virtual Private Network. It encrypts all your internet traffic and routing it to an intermediary server to a location of your choice. You can “spoof” your location to make it appear to the content provider as if you are located in another country or region. You can now unblock the geo-locked content on the streaming apps.

By using VPN, you can have access on apps like HBO, Amazon Video Player, Netflix, and many more. Users who use Kodi on their Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks can hide the contents and destination of their internet traffic from snooping internet service providers.

Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Stick VPN

These devices run on a fork of the Android operating system. Although many VPN providers make Android apps, Fire TV does not have access to Google Play in order to download them. The first generation of Fire TV Stick does not support VPN apps at all.

But there are different methods Amazon Fire TV owners can use to connect their device to a VPN. With the help of the internet, different methods can be found to do this. All they have to do is do select which method is more convenient for them or which method is applicable to their device.

Once they are able to connect to a VPN, Amazon Fire TV users can now unlock the geo-locked apps. Once these apps are unlocked, thru the VPN, streaming will be more fun. Easy access to streaming apps and other content will be possible. And you can stream to your heart’s content.

Technology is good and can help make life easier. But only if we use it properly and in the right way.

Tech Feud: Google, Amazon Head For Consumers Lose?

The feud between Google and Amazon is now escalating. The two tech giants have decided to implement decisions that put consumers at the losing end.

For one, Google has announced that it will pull out its YouTube from Amazon devices. This means that users will not be able to access YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV. Not only that, Amazon Echo device users will not be able to access the Google’s online video portal because of the escalating feud.

Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon’s smart speaker and video streaming devices © Dreamstime

Furthermore, you might be wondering what pushed Google to do this unexpected move. The escalating feud has triggered Google to block access to YouTube. The reason, according to Google, Amazon has reportedly refused to sell Google Products.

These products include Google’s streaming device Chromecast which is the counterpart of Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Home which is an internet-connected speaker, a rival of Amazon’s Echo.

According to Google, the lack of reciprocity pushed the company to retaliate against Amazon, the biggest online retailer.

Lack of reciprocity

In a Techcrunch report, a Google spokesperson said that there were several attempts to reach the biggest online retail store to give consumers access to all their products and services.

“But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products,” the company’s spokesperson said.

“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV,” Google said, adding that it is expecting to reach an agreement.

Meanwhile, Google has still high hopes that it can actually pressure Amazon to sell several Google products. If no agreement will reach, Google’s YouTube will not be working on Amazon’s Fire TV effective January 1.