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Top 5 Features of Firestick

You can now stream unlimited content from various available services and also play online games

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Connect the device to an HDMI port on your TV, connect it to the WiFi and voila, you got a smart TV in your hands for a very reasonable amount. Pixabay

The eCommerce giant, Amazon, launched the Amazon Firestick a few years ago as part of its Fire TV brand and revolutionised the Smart TV concept and took it to a whole new level. 

Simply put, the Firestick is a combination of a pen drive like device and a remote to operate it. Connect the device to an HDMI port on your TV, connect it to the WiFi and voila, you got a smart TV in your hands for a very reasonable amount. You can now stream unlimited content from various available services and also play online games.

Since its release, it has become widely popular owing to its affordable price and an array of features, in this article we will look into the top 5 of the Firestick tips and tricks.

Top 5 Features of Firestick

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The eCommerce giant, Amazon, launched the Amazon Firestick a few years ago as part of its Fire TV brand and revolutionised the Smart TV concept and took it to a whole new level. Pixabay

Thousands of apps:

Amazon Fire Stick app store has more than 2000 apps that can help you watch any Movie or TV series out there. You can watch your favourite shows in HD from Prime Video, Hotstar, Netflix, Zee5, Sony LIV, Hulu, Youtube or even cast it from your mobile device. There is also a browser and 8GB of available to storage to download and watch contents.

Fire Stick also supports Kodi which allows free movie and TV shows with the help of third-party addons. You can learn how to install Kodi from FireStickTricks website.

Alexa: 

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Alexa is Amazon’s own voice assistant, much like Siri or Google Assistant. The remote is Alexa compatible, which means that you can press the voice button and just tell the remote what you want to watch. Alexa is very advanced and takes dozens of different voice commands. 

You can simply say “Alexa, show me sports” and all different sports channels open up. It does not end there, you can operate hundreds of Alexa compatible apps. You can check the weather, order food from Zomato, all using voice. Get ready to be very lazy.

Value for Money:

You can own the lowest model for as low as 30 dollars. The 4K version costs just 10 dollars more. If you buy a smart TV, that can easily cost you more than 150 dollars and still have lesser features as compared to the Amazon Fire stick. This device is worth every penny.

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Simply put, the Firestick is a combination of a pen drive like device and a remote to operate it. Pixabay

Easy Plug and Play Setup: 

Just plug the stick into an HDMI port, connect the USB cable into a power source and the friendly on-screen instructions will take care of the next. Connect the device to your WiFi, pair your remote, and you are good to go. To make things easier, the device comes pre-registered with your Amazon Prime Video account.

Music and Gaming: 

The firestick is able to play songs, playlists, live radio stations, and podcasts through services like Prime Music, Spotify, Gaana, TuneIn, etc. There are also hundreds of popular games available. Only some of the games can be played with the remote. For more advanced games like the GTA: San Andreas or Asphalt 8, you can order the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and enjoy the experience.      

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Conclusion

This post was all about the top five Firestick tips and tricks. Hope we were able to show you how awesome a device it is to own. Keep visiting us.

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Here’s a Look at What’s Happening in Amazon Region

Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region

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Fire consumes an area near Porto Velho, Brazil, Aug. 23, 2019. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. VOA

Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world’s largest rainforest is often called the “lungs of the earth.” Here’s a look at what’s happening:

What’s burning?

Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has recorded 76,720 wildfires across the country this year, as of Thursday. That’s an 85% rise over last year’s figure. And a little over half of those, 40,341, have been spotted in the Amazon region.

The agency says it doesn’t have figures for the area burned, but deforestation as a whole has accelerated in the Amazon this year. The institute’s preliminary figures show 3,571 square miles (9,250 square kilometers) of forest — an area about the size of Yellowstone National Park — were lost between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1. That already outstrips the full-year figure for 2018 of 2,910 square miles (7,537 square kilometers).

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Virgin jungle stands next to an area that was burned recently near Porto Velho, Brazil, Aug. 23, 2019. VOA

Stricter enforcement of environmental laws between 2004 and 2014 had sharply curbed the rate of deforestation, which peaked in the early 2000s at 9,650 square miles a year (25,000 square kilometers).

Meanwhile, large fires also have been burning in neighboring countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.

What’s causing the fires? 

Paulo Moutinho, co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, said this week that “it is very difficult to have natural fires in the Amazon; it happens, but the majority come from the hand of humans.”

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Moutinho, who has been working in the Amazon forests for nearly 30 years, said fires are mostly set to clear land for farming, ranching or logging, and they can easily get out of control, especially during the July-November dry season. Moutinho says this year hasn’t been especially dry. “We’re lucky. If we had had droughts like in the past four years, this would be even worse.”

Critics of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro say ranching and mining interests eager to expand their holdings have been emboldened by his oft-stated desire to increase development in the region.

How important is the Amazon? 

The world’s largest rainforest, 10 times the size of Texas, is often called the “lungs of the earth,” and 60% of it lies within Brazil.

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at the opening of the Brazilian Steel Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Aug. 21, 2019. VOA

Trees store carbon absorbed from the atmosphere, and the Amazon each year takes in as much as 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The Amazon’s billions of trees also release water vapor that forms a thick mist over the rainforest canopy. It rises into clouds and produces rain, affecting weather patterns across South America and far beyond.

It’s also home to an estimated 20% of Earth’s plant species, many of which are found nowhere else.

“With each hectare burned we could be losing a plant or animal species that we didn’t even know about,” said Andre Guimaraes, director of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

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What is the ‘tipping point’? 

Climate scientist Carlos Nobre of the University of Sao Paulo and Thomas Lovejoy, an environmental scientist at George Mason University, have estimated that the “tipping point for the Amazon system” is 20% to 25% deforestation. Without enough trees to create the rainfall needed by the forest, the longer and more pronounced dry season could turn more than half of the rainforest into a tropical savannah, they wrote last year in the journal Science Advances.

If the rainfall cycle collapses, winter droughts in parts of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina could devastate agriculture, they wrote. The impacts may even be felt as far away as the American Midwest, according to Bill Laurance, a tropical ecologist at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia.

Lovejoy said Friday that close to 20% of the Amazon already has been deforested.

“I worry that the current deforestation will push past the tipping point, leading to massive loss of forest and biodiversity,” he said.

Lovejoy also said the government has proposed infrastructure projects that “would push yet further beyond and accelerate the dieback. It will add to the climate change challenge, massive loss of biodiversity and all that means in foregone human health and economic benefit.”

Bolsonaro’s view 

Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1 after campaigning on promises to loosen protections for indigenous lands and nature reserves, arguing that they were helping choke Brazil’s now-struggling economy by stifling its major agricultural and mining sectors.

He has expressed a desire to protect the environment, “but without creating difficulties for our progress.”

Bolsonaro has also feuded with nongovernmental groups and foreign governments, including Germany and France, which have demanded that Brazil do more to protect the Amazon. Bolsonaro calls it meddling by people who should improve the environment in their own countries. This week he even suggested, without evidence, that a nongovernmental organization or activists could be setting fires to make him look bad.

He has disputed figures released by the space research institute, and the agency’s head recently was forced out after defending the figures. (VOA)