Released!!! An amazing update of Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac

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Good News on May 15th, 2015! Pavtube upgraded its best-selling ByteCopy for Mac to version, which features strong and perfect support for Blu-ray/DVD to H.265/HEVC MP4 encoding on Mac.

New features of ByteCopy for Mac v4.8.5.1:

1. Supported to encode H.265/HEVC codec
2. Optimize coding parameters
3. Fix some bugs

This updated Pavtube BtyeCopy for Mac is an easy-to-use Mac tool to remove Blu-ray/DVD protection and convert 2D/3D Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD, ISO files to H.265/HEVC MP4 on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, etc. for enjoying with Windows 10, H.265 players like DivX Player, PotPlayer, PowerDVD 14 Ultra, etc, and for storage on Mac. And it also provides hundreds of preset output formats for you to convert BD/DVD movies to compatible format for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft Surface, WDTV, etc. on Mac with ease. Most importantly, it has the special ability to backup movies from Blu-ray and DVDs to lossless mkv and MKV/MP4/MOV/Prores video with multiple audio tracks on Mac.

Wondering how to do the conversion?

Start Using Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac

Pricing and Availability

For all the new Mac (especially Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10) users, ByteCopy for Mac now is offering with $42 with a lifetime free upgrade.

Download sites:

Pavtube Official Website | CNET Download Site

Other three upgraded Mac products are listed below:

Pavtube DVDAid for Mac
Pavtube BDMagic for Mac
Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

All Mac users are welcome to get these upgraded hottest and comprehensive mac products. Get more money-saving boundles at Come on!

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Pavtube DVDAid v4.8.6.0 50% OFF/Giveaway for 2015 Mother’s Day!

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With the coming of Mother’s Day 2015, have you had any good idea of your gifts for your dear Mummy? Great news for all multimedia software users for the upcoming Mother’s Day: Pavtube launches a big Mother’s Day Promotion for all multimedia software users to celebrate Mother’s Day until May 14th.

To commemorate Mother’s Day, everybody who like our Facebook is welcome to get Pavtube DVDAid v4.8.6.0 50% OFF, which is a powerful all-in-one utility integrated by DVD Ripper, DVD Copy, DVD Editor, etc. Or you can also get Pavtube DVDAid as free gift if you Facebook Community activities. See other Mother’s Day specials below:

2015 Pavtube Mother’s Day Promotion

Promotion period: until May 14,2015

The promotion content:

1. Official Website 20% – 40% discount

a. List of 20% off Discount for all-in-one tools from May 10th to May 12th

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

All in one solution to convert Blu-ray, DVD, MP4, MOV, MKV, MXF, TiVo, JPEG, BMP, et to any video and audio format. The decoding and encoding of H.265/HEVC codec, create 3D movies from 2D or 3D resources is also supported by the program.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

A distinctive Mac video conversion tool to comprehensively handle all common SD and HD video, copy 2D/3D Blu-ray and standard DVD with original structure, convert all Blu-ray DVD collection to any video and audio format for all portable device.

b. List of 40% off discount video conversion tools on May 10th

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (for Windows)

Have full access to SD videos,digital camcorder recordings, DVR videos on devices such as Apple/Android/Windows series, media players, game consoles and video editing programs.

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (for Windows)

Turn Sony/Canon/JVC/Panasonic HD footage and 1080p/720p MKV, MOV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, 3GP, FLV videos to any video format.

Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (for Windows)

Convert Sony/Canon/JVC/Panasonic recorded MTS/M2TS/M2T/TS/MOD/TOD footage to play on media players or edit with Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, etc.

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac (for Windows)

Converting MXF video files generated by Canon/Sony/Panasonic camcorders to various video formats such as H.264/MPEG-4, MKV, MP4, AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, SWF, F4V, etc.

Pavtube iMixMXF (for Windows)

Transcoding MXF video files to Multi-track Apple Prores MOV for Final Cut Pro or Multi-track MP4/MKV format for other video editing program and media playback devices.

Join Pavtube Facebook to enjoy 50% off discount and Giveaway

Still not satisfied with the promotions listed above, just visit Pavtube Facebook Official Community and join the 3 activities below for big discounts on more products.

a. Activities 1 on May 10th

Leave the most touching words you want to say to your mother on our official campaign pages and click “Like Us”, we will send you a 50% discount coupon code for our Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (for Windows).

b. Activities 2 from May 7th to May 14th

Click to like Pavtube Facebook Official Home Page, you will gain a 50% off discount for the following products:

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate & Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac(for Windows)

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac(for Windows)

Pavtube DVDAid for Mac

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac(for Windows)

c. Activities 3 from May 7th to May 14th

In addition, users forward our post page and write a review for any of our products, email the screen-shots of your review to or We will pick out the first twenty reviews we receive and send the review writers one of your desired software from our product list for free.

Wish all mothers in the world have a happy, healthy and wonderful holiday!

To get more detailed information about the 2015 Mother’s Day Big Promotion, you can check the promotion link below:

Pavtube Upgrade! Support H.265/HEVC Encode & Decode, XAVC and Latest Blu-ray Disc!

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Marry Christmas 2014! On December 25, Pavtube Studio has announced this new update version. All Win versions have been updated to 4.8.2, which add XAVC, H.265/HEVC decode and encode, latest Blu-ray discs ripping features and work more powerful. What new features have they got?

  1. Support MXF in XAVC video codec
  2. Add H.264 baseline/main/high output profiles
  3. Support H.265/HEVC decode
  4. Support H.265/HEVC encode
  5. Support latest Blu-ray movies, like The Expendables 3, Le Chef, Sin City A Dame to Kill For, Sands of Iwo Jima, When The Game Stands Tall, Love in Venice, Mystery Road, Pink Floyd Endless rive,etc. are all supported.

Pavtube Upgrade

Updated software

XAVC support:

For the first outstanding feature, many powerful camcorders can shoot under this XAVC mode, like Sony, Panasonic, JVC and Canon all have many series HD Camcorder which can such job.

Most XAVC codec will shot in MXF format, this may be good for importing quality ,but may be a big problem for their users. Although Sony has offered their XAVC plug-in to help customer to solve this problem, but many users still replay that they can’t do anything about their videos. How to tackle that? New Pavtube relevant Video converter software can handle this highest level video standard. XAVC can support 4K (4.96×2160 and 3840×2160), which just cater the trend of 4K.

Add H.265/HEVC Decode and Encode:

All Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate products have added the H.265/HEVC decode/encode. You may very family about H.264/MPEG-4, but may not know about this H.265/HEVC. Actually, those two codec are said to double the date compression at the same level of video quality. This H.265 can be said as the Intro Time of 4K Generation. This H.265/HEVC is considered not only play a remarkable role on improving the image quality but also can support 4K resolution to UHDTV, the highest level can up to 8192×4320 (8k).

Like the hottest Samsung NX1 has already explore this brand new market. The 205-point phase-detection AF, 4K film resolution, H.265 compression coding, 15fps high-speed continuous shooting, etc., Samsung NX1 seems has already won the game.

But with this fast update of the H.265 camera, the related peripheral support software seems not get enjoy strength. Many media player and NELs still stick on the H.264, so how to get your H.265/HEVC video into compatible while quality maintained? The brand new Pavtube relevant Video software will be the best solution to deal with the H.265/HEVC. No quality drop, fast conversion, smooth playback, all you need is in this new Pavtube.

The Mac version is in full update, do please look forward to those brand new Pavtube relevant iMedia Converter for Mac!

Merry Christmas^^

About Pavtube Studio

Founded in 2007, Pavtube creates expert multimedia software applications that help consumers access, transfer and share their digital content across different devices that range from PC, Mac, NLE softwares, tablets, smartphones, to HD media players, game consoles, and home theatre systems.

On the basis of computer OS, Pavtube products are divided into two categories – Windows solutions and Mac solutions, spanning across BD/DVD saving, video transcoding, camera/camcorder footage, and DVR recordings (e.g. TiVo) conversion.

With creativity, expert knowledge as well as cutting-edge technology, Pavtube helps consumers throughout the world enjoy more in a digitally connected audio-visual world.

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How to get the World Cup Schedule in Google Calendar

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The World Cup is fast approaching and there are a ton of football (I guess soccer if you’re in North America) games that will be played very shortly. We’ll show you how you can get a schedule of all the matches right into your Google Calendar so that you don’t have any excuse for missing any of the action.

Linking the World Cup scheduled with your Google Calendar is actually done very easily. First you’ll need to visit the web version of the service, so head over to Google Calendar and log into your Google account, if you haven’t already done so.

On the left hand side of your calendar, you’ll see a list of Other Calendars which when you click on, will have a drop down menu.
From that menu, select the Add by Url option and then copy and paste the following link

Once this is completed, you’ll start seeing the World Cup schedule pop up onto the web version of your Google Calendar.

To get it on your mobile device, you’ll have to first head on your mobile device and fire up the Google Calendar app. From there, go into your Settings and click on the account in which you linked the World Cup schedule. From there, you’ll see that list of calendars and that the World Cup schedule is unticked for synchronization. Make sure to tick this box and then when you head back to your calendar, you’ll see the schedule on your mobile device.

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Download iOS 8 / OS X 10.10 Banner Inspired Wallpapers

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The annual Worldwide Developers Conference of Apple is only a matter of hours away and the anticipation within the mobile industry couldn’t be higher. Enthusiasts, Journalists, consumers and professional industry analysts are waiting with baited breath to see waht the next twelve months hold for Apple, and to see how Tim Cook and his team have decided to shape the future of iOS and OS X. Glory is hours further and why not taste the iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 wallpapers inspired from WWDC banners for your iPhone, iPad and Macs.

Deviant designer – ccard3dev have uploaded his best collection to, which includes iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (rumored to be officially called Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite) wallpapers, inspired by the respective banners that currently enhanced downtown San Fransisco.

In addition to this innovative collection, there are a number of other developers offering minimal, iOS 8 inspired wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

Download is free of charge, presented by a Twitter user @SaleemUsama – busy designing a number of iOS 8 wallpapers variants, probably the best being his minimal “number 8” offerings. Available right now!

Yet another worthy way downloading the AR7 wallpaper app that’s also available directly from App Store. The wallpaper selection within the app has been updated to offer top, beautifully simple and elegant iOS 8 option for those who are eager to alliegn their devices in anticipation of the announcement. Twitter user and designer @AR72014 is well known for his design work around the community and even has his own free app offering wallpapers.

You can now download the app directly from the App Store for a free-of-charge offer. Grab the iOS 8 WWDC banner wallpaper from here, and OS X 10.10 from here.


Pavtube Release a New Site:

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Pavtube Studio unveils its new official website – recently and transfer all disc ripping tools to with new product names.

Pavtube Studio announces its new official website – release, and at the same time, moves its best sellers with brand new names. At the meantime, major upgrade and debugs are made in Pavtube disc ripping tools: BDMagic (originally Blu-ray Ripper), DVDAid (originally DVD Ripper), ByteCopy and Video Converter Ultimate. With the newly upgraded software, users could easily restore, edit, create and eventually watch BD/DVD copies on almost all multimedia devices without limits.

This new website,, is a corresponding yet separate site from, which aims to focus on handling BD/DVD relevant issues. On this site, you would experience a fresh enjoyment while surfing and looking for stuff.

The standout modification of major upgrade this time helps those Blu-ray/DVD fans to be able to import, edit or play Blu-ray/DVD movies on any multimedia players and also so much more with their Blu-ray/DVD collections.

“I get several customers’ complaint for the restore process of Blu-ray Star trek series with Pavtube ByteCopy recently, which is a general issue in other Pavtube software as well.” said Sally Lee, one of Pavtube’s customer support professionals.

Sally continued, “Then our developers decided to fix this issue which was caused by wrongly title selection and release this new upgrade with two major bugs including title selection correction and bus key modification resolved altogether.”

With the upgraded BDMagic, DVDAid, ByteCopy and Video Converter Ultimate, Blu-ray and DVD fans are able to freely create BD/DVD backups on computer hard drive or directly save source movies to MP4, MKV, M4V, MOV, AVI and more video types for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Samsung, HTC, Surface, and other iOS, Android and Windows devices.

About Pavtube Studio

Founded in 2007, Pavtube creates expert multimedia software applications that help consumers access, transfer and share their digital content across different devices that range from PC, Mac, tablets, smartphones, to HD media players, game consoles, and home theatre systems.

On the basis of computer OS, Pavtube products are divided into two categories – Windows solutions and Mac solutions, spanning across BD/DVD backing up, BD/DVD video trans-coding, and BD/DVD conversion.

With creativity, expert knowledge as well as cutting-edge technology, Pavtube helps consumers throughout the world enjoy more in a digitally connected audio-visual world. See for more.

Android TV Box Media Player – Dual Core ROOTED Smart

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Android TV Box Media Player – Dual Core ROOTED Smart Internet 1080p HD WiFi Streaming Player Running Android 4.2.2 FULLY LOADED with XBMC for FREE Live Football, Sports, Movies, Kids Content

  • Android 4.2.2 for your TV – enjoy all your favourite Android Apps on the big screen.
  • XBMC Full HD 1080p Media player, stream and play Movies, TV Shows & Sports etc. from the internet, supports subtitles.
  • Powerful DualCore 1.5GHZ A9-MIII Neon Cortex CPU & Quad Core Mali400 Graphics Processor.
  • Supports Airplay, Miracast, Wifi, DLNA, files directly from USB drive, SATA drive or SDHC cards, or stream from the internet.
    Worry free 1 year extensive device warranty with lifetime support & free updates.


Experience Android and XBMC on your HDTV with this Droidplayer Android digital media receiver. Enjoy all your favourite Android Apps on the big screen. The pre-loaded XBMC media player and entertainment hub enables you to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. XBMC runs smoothly with 1080p hardware decoding from local media as well as your favorite XBMC streaming add-ons with subscription free on demand Movies, TV Shows, UK Networks, Sports and International Channels with 1000’s more streaming add-on channels to choose from.


– Amlogic A9 Dual Core Neon HD CPU
– Mali400 Quad Core High Performance 3D GPU
– 1GB RAM (DDR3)
– 8GB Total Internal Storage
– USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
– SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
– 802.11b/g/n internal Wifi
– HDMI v1.4 video output
– 10/100 Ethernet Port
– Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output (Surround Sound)
– Composite Audio/Video Out
– 4x USB 2.0 Ports
– Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean installed
– Supports Wireless USB Keyboard/Mouse
– 4.22 Android Jelly bean installed
– Google Play Store installed

Droidplayer Support:

This device is manufacturerd by Sunwire and features a 1 year extensive device warranty with lifetime support and software updates including our newly developed XBMC installer Android app for extra assurance. Support is available online from Droidplayer UK.

What is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?

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Google has recently released its budget TV streaming service, the Chromecast, in the UK. A lot of people are now asking the question what is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?” Here’s where we try and help you decide for yourself in this Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

Buying a new smart TV is expensive business, and to be quite honest, it’s probably not a great idea, as once you have spent hundreds/thousands of pounds on a new TV then you are locked in to its onboard hardware for the TV’s lifetime – which may well be out of date in a year. A great option to experience the best of an internet connected TV without the expense of buying one is to opt for an external streaming TV service. Two of the best of these are Apple TV and Chromecast, here’s where we put the two up against each other in what we call an Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

On the face of it both the Apple TV and Chromecast do largely the same thing, and this is stream video and audio content straight to your TV. However, there are significant differences on how the two streamers go about doing this. Keep reading and we’ll cover all of this for you.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: price and steaming services

Perhaps the biggest difference here is the price of the two steamers. As you would expect, Apple is the more expensive of the two, coming in at £99. Chromecast is less than a third of the price at £30.

Things get a little more confusing when you look into what you can and can’t do on both streamers. The best and most concise way we can put it is: on paper you can access more apps and media files with Chromecast than you can on Apple TV, but the things that Apple TV does let you do, it does so flawlessly. Form our experience with the Chromecast, we have found there to be issues with media playback from time to time.

Local media

What do we mean by this? Well, in terms of locally stored media, Apple TV only lets you play Apple approved media file formats through channels through iOS devices or a computer iTunes installed.

Chromecast does let you do the same thing, but it is a little more confusing. If you have bought a movie, TV show or piece of music from the Google Play store, then you can stream it from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. This is a bit of a cheat though, as Chromecast is actually playing the file from Google Play’s media servers and not your Android device.

If you want to play actually media stored on your Android device, then you are going to have to buy a £2.98 Plex for Android app, and then set up a Plex Media Server account, and only then can you “fling” media from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. Far from straightforward.

The flipper is that you can play more video/audio file types with Chromecast than you can with Apple TV. So the question you need to ask yourself is what file format is most of your media, and where did you get it from? Once you’ve answered that you should be in a better position to know whether to go for Chromecast or Apple TV.

Third party content

Neither of these streamers cover themselves in glory when it comes to the compatible streaming apps on offer. From a UK point of view, the Chromecast probably edges it in terms of usefulness as it gives you access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer, whereas the only mainstream popular on demand video player Apple TV has access to is Netflix.

There are too many options (of questionable use to the average UK user) to list here. So the best advice we can give to work out which one is best for you is to go to the official What’s On/Now Casting pages for both streamers and take a look for yourself. Here is the links for Apple TV What’s On and Chromecast’s Now Casting.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: controls

Controlling Apple TV is pretty easy as it comes with a remote, you can also operate it via an iOS device that is connected to the same network as Apple TV, from here you can simply mirror app/video/music content from your iPhone/iPad/iPod straight to your TV by pressing on the mirror icon.

Failing that you can also control Apple TV via iTunes on a Mac or PC providing it is connected to the same network. You can then use the provided physical remote control to navigate around your local media library and/or access the steaming apps such as Netflix.

Chromecast is a little different, there is no single physical remote that comes with it in the box. It relies on you controlling it from your Android/computer/iOS device that is connected to the same network. You then need to download the Chromecast app for the initial set up, from there you need to use a supported app – i.e. BBC iPlayer – to your device and press the Chromecast button in the app.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: design

Both the Apple TV and Chrome cast streamers connect to your TV via a HDMI port. The main difference is that the Chomecast is a dongle device that is key sized and slots straight into your TV where it stays – there is also a mini HDMI lead you can use if your TV is pushed up tightly to the wall. Apple TV is more of a mini set top box that will need a surface nearby to sit on.

Apple TV requires as 6-watt universal power supply (from the wall plug socket), whereas Chromecast has to be powered from a USB lead (designed to work with the USB ports on your TV).

Amazon Fire TV Review

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With the introduction of Fire TV, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer, has officially entered the streaming set-top box battle that may ultimately decide the future of how we get content into our TVs. The device is competitive on both price and performance with Roku 3, Apple TV and Google Chromecast and seems squarely aimed at challenging those established players. The good news is that the product, like Amazon itself, is friendly, powerful, and innovative and tackles some of the critical consumer pain points associated with the current streaming boxes. The less good news is that it doesn’t entirely live up to some of the promises Amazon is making.

Amazon has explicitly stated that it wanted to address three problem areas about the consumer streaming experience: poor performance, closed ecosystems and cumbersome search. In terms of performance they have a clear winner on their hands. Fire TV is consistently snappy and responsive, thanks to some beefy (for a set top box) silicon inside.

A miniature monolith

In terms of its ecosystem, while Fire TV is a fairly open platform, its interface consistently tilts toward Amazon’s offerings. It can’t access content from iTunes or Google Play (no surprise), but does support a wide array of third party services and will presumably be adding more as time goes on. However, third-party services are relegated to second-class status within Fire TV’s user interface. They sit in the system’s “Apps” tab, while the system’s prominent Movies, TV, Watchlist and My Library tabs all feed directly to Amazon’s offerings. The system’s first party offerings are always in plain view and accessible directly from the home screen. Third-party offerings tend to take some clicking and scrolling to get to.

Search has been addressed with a slick voice recognition feature that uses a microphone on the remote to allow consumers to speak their searches instead of hunting and pecking across an on-screen letter grid. With access to cloud processing to handle the heavy lifting of voice recognition, the system does an excellent job of understanding what you’re trying to tell it. However, voice searches only scan for Amazon and Vevo content, an unfortunate decision that significantly undercuts the utility of this breakthrough feature. Amazon has announced that it will be adding support for searching the catalogs of Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime. However, even with these additions, the device’s tantalizing voice search function remains deeply underpowered.

Amazon has included some compelling extras, including the ability to view photos users have stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, and playback for Music purchased through its MP3 store (coming post-launch). Amazon has also put special focus on games with this system and thanks to a more powerful processor and Amazon’s optional dedicated game controller ($40) Kindle Fire’s gaming options surpass the Angry Birds-level options offered on similar devices. Most games are ports of existing Android titles that already run on the Kindle HDX, but the games not only look and play well on the system, its library of more than 100 titles at launch is quite extensive.

Hardward and design

The box itself is about the size of a small external hard drive, or two CD jewel cases stacked on top of one another. Think of a tiny, squared-off version of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey lying flat. Its exterior is sleek and minimalist, with the only contrast coming from glossy black lettering on a matte black background. At 0.7 inches thick, all of its visual cues seem to be telling you, “Don’t see me.” Its rear side is devoted to the essential ports: power, HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet and USB.

Five ports, no waiting

Under the hood, Fire TV is quite powerful compared to its competitors, sporting a quad-core processor, a discrete GPU and 2GB of RAM. Amazon claims it has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku 3, and says it can process 57 billion floating point operations per second. You can wire it into your router via Ethernet, but if that’s inconvenient, Fire TV also packs two dual-band Wi-Fi antennas. All of this adds up to notably snappy menu performance. Movie titles fly by in the interface, transitioning between services is fast and the system handles itself impressively when tasked with rendering games.

The Fire TV’s minimalist matte black remote is similar in functionality to Roku’s, with seven glossy black buttons and a directional selector. It uses Bluetooth to communicate, eliminating line-of sight issues and allowing you to stash the box inside a cabinet or behind a TV. There are buttons for back, home, menu, rewind play/pause and fast forward. Topping the remote on its own is the microphone button that may one day be Fire TV’s secret weapon (but not now, for more on this see the Interface and Search section).


As with Roku 3 and Apple TV, Fire TV’s setup is eerily simple, and consists of connecting two or three wires (power, HDMI and an optional ethernet cable). If you don’t have it wired to your router, the system will walk you through forging a WiFi connection. As with the Kindle Fire, when you order a Fire TV, Amazon pre-links it to your Amazon account, so after a quick (unskippable) tutorial video you’re immediately able to browse Amazon Instant and Amazon Prime videos along with any photos in your cloud drive. Third party apps must be downloaded and set up separately with their own credentials. In terms of simplicity, the setup process is a win, but its lack of customization options leaves you at the mercy of the one-size-fits-all menu hierarchy Amazon has created (more on this later).

Movies and TV

Naturally, the system provides full-spectrum access to Amazon’s cloud video services, and Amazon Instant and Amazon Prime Video are both well (if not over) represented. At launch, Fire TV offered 40 third-party channels, a far cry from the hundreds available on Roku and Chromecast, but more deals are likely in the works. Amazon did make sure they had the most significant services coming out of the gate, with the notable exceptions of HBO and Aereo. Predictably, iTunes and Google Play are not available on the system, nor are they likely to be.

Amazon is touting Fire TV’s innards as a competitive advantage in terms of movie performance, but while menus move quickly, our tests didn’t uncover much difference in terms of speed to open third party apps or start playing videos as compared with Roku 3 or AppleTV.

Amazon’s native offerings, on the other hand, clearly get a boost from living on their home hardware. First off, all of Amazon’s content is accessible from the main menu of the system’s OS and can start playing without first launching an app. Secondly, Amazon is introducing a feature called ASAP, which is designed to pre-cache video content for you based on your habits and preferences. I saw this in action when I watched the 11th episode of Alpha House (I had previously watched the first 10 episodes, but not on the Fire TV). Impressively, playback began instantaneously when I clicked, with no load time or buffering. Supposedly the system will make more inferences over time as it monitors my actions. It’s a smart, effective system, but as only Amazon’s offerings can use it, it’s one more way the playing field inside Fire TV is tilted to the home team’s advantage.

Music,photos and home movies

Amazon’s official music channel is not yet live, though the company says it will roll out in May 2014. Fire TV currently supports third party music services such as iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn, but these are currently found in the Apps menu, not their own music area. When Amazon’s Music channel goes live, it will allow users to play songs purchased from Amazon’s MP3 store or stored in Cloud Drive.

The photo channel provides a way to access any photos or videos you have stored in Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon provides a free 5GB of storage for all accounts, and more can be purchased via subscription. The system works simply and seamlessly. You can upload photos from your computer, or use Amazon’s iOS or Android apps to automatically put any photos you take up on the cloud. In addition to letting you page through slide shows, Fire TV can be set to use your images as a screensaver when the system is idle.


It’s clear Amazon sees games as a key piece of their strategy with this box. The idea here seems to be to capture casual gamers who aren’t sufficiently invested to buy a $400 to $500 dedicated games console, not a bad bet in a time when mobile gaming is reaching more consumers than ever. Since Fire TV runs the latest version of Amazon’s Fire OS (“Mojito”), which is based on Android, it’s relatively easy for existing Android games to be ported to work on the system and Developers I spoke with from Telltale Games (The Walking Dead) and Mojang (Minecraft) both emphasized how easy it was to move their games onto the platform from their existing games, both of which already run on the Kindle Fire HDX. Amazon has big plans for games, and appears to be actively courting developers and publishers (including EA, Disney, Ubisoft, 2K, Sega and Rockstar) as well as starting up their own in-house design team.

Does this look familiar?

Amazon’s seriousness about gaming is best exemplified by its creation of a dedicated game controller for the system (sold separately, $40). While serviceable, the controller does not show the same polish as the rest of the system. Looking like a cross between an Xbox 360 controller and the Ouyacontroller, the feel of the face buttons and sticks is solid, but its shoulder buttons are a bit stiff and the triggers have a shallow travel that feels unsatisfying. It’s worth noting that many of the games on the system (primarily those with simple tablet-type controls) are playable with only the remote.

Standout titles include Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Terraria, Zen Pinball, You Don’t Know Jack, Badland and the original Sonic The Hedgehog games. Sev Zero, the first in-house game from Amazon Game Studios is an impressive hybrid tower defense/third person shooter that moves surprisingly well for running on a box this small.

The controller also sports all the buttons on the remote (including play/pause, fwd and rew), allowing you to easily manipulate the system’s media options via the controller. While the controller feels substantial in the hand, its look doesn’t quite measure up to the gorgeous industrial design of the box itself or the remote. That said, having a dedicated controller at all is a very welcome option. It runs $40 (about £24, AU$43) and currently ships with a free copy of SevZero – which costs $6.99 (around £4, AU$7.50) when bought a la carte – and 1,000 Amazon Coins, a $10 (likely £10, AU$10) value.

Interface and Search

Amazon has built an amazingly elegant solution to search in this device, thanks to a microphone embedded in the remote and cloud-powered voice recognition. Unfortunately, the way they have implemented this breakthrough feature is deeply anti-consumer. Voice recognition is accurate and solves the aggravating problem of tapping in your searches in via an on-screen letter grid. However, Amazon has destroyed most of the value of searching this way as voice searches scan only Amazon’s native content library.

This search myopia isn’t only limited to the voice feature though. Indeed there is currently no way to search across services on the device. When I search Roku for a film it tells me if it’s on Netflix, Crackle and others as well as if it’s on Amazon. I ran into several scenarios where I searched for content I know is on another service (that I’m already paying for) and was only presented the option of buying or renting it from Amazon. It’s the device’s most serious flaw and Amazon should address if they want their device to be as consumer-friendly as they claim.

Amazon’s self-bias is even more striking in the menu structure it has created. Of the 10 top-level tabs on its home screen (Search, Home, Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Photos, Settings), all but three (Home, Games and Apps) are for Amazon services. Third party apps are relegated to the “Apps” tab. Thus, four of the highest-level menu items are devoted to different aspects of Amazon’s video services, while a single menu item at the bottom of the page houses 40-plus third party apps. Certain high-profile apps (Netflix, Hulu) are profiled on the Home tab under Featured Apps and Games (which sits just below the “Recently Added To Prime” area). To make matters worse, the Apps tab is populated by games as well as apps (the Games tab only has games in it), making that area even more cluttered than it has to be.

In short, Amazon seems to be going out of its way to bury third-party apps on the system. It’s not a dealbreaker, as most consumers will be aware of the services they want on their device and figure out how to find them, but it’s irksome that these services require several extra clicks to access and can’t be customized. Tip: Voice search can be used to navigate to apps you have installed and is often the fastest and easiest way to find a given app.


Amazon is entering the set top box wars at a very interesting time and with a very compelling product, especially for heavy users of Amazon’s digital services. At $100 it’s priced competitively with Roku 3 and Apple TV, and we expect the gaps in its channel lineup to be filled in the coming months. It’s clear now that the retailer was not waiting, it was watching. Almost every aspect of the Fire TV attempts to improve or refine the aspects of the Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast that currently vex consumers. And as a powerhouse retailer, it’s certain Amazon put the reams of customer data to which it is privy to heavy use.We liked

It’s a beefy box with processing capacity to spare. Amazon services are quick and easy to access and its ASAP feature pre-caches Amazon content for you so you can watch instantly. Voice search is the kind of breakthrough you wonder why we didn’t see earlier in these devices. It’s an open system with most of the must-have apps and channels. Photos were a very pleasant surprise and Amazon seems to be attacking gaming with a diligence we have not seen from their competition.We disliked

It’s hard to escape the fact that Fire TV’s interface tilts toward Amazon’s offerings. We would like to see more visibility for third-party apps in the main menu, as well as customization offerings. The inability of its search function to scan across all of its services (as Roku does) makes the feature worthless unless you are only interested in Amazon’s offerings. Customers who aren’t sure where to find a particular piece of content will be forced back to searching the web for information.Verdict

This device is simple to use and works well. If you are significantly bought in to Amazon’s services, it’s hard to go wrong with this box. However, if you are not an Amazon customer or even an Amazon customer who doesn’t have or want Amazon Prime, then you might think twice. The device is clearly tilted toward Amazon customers, and nothing short of a full UI overhaul is going to change that. We’d like to at least see Amazon allow some kind of user customization in the interface. Until then, we’re calling this device great, but not perfect.


iFonebox for windows released for iOS device uses to recover lost data

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iFonebox for Windows is released on April 16,2014,It is a professional and powerful ios data recover software for iPhone/iPad/iPod users to recover deleted/lost data. Moreover, it supports the latest iOS 7.1 too. The upgrade facilitates full data recovery from all iOS Device.

Accidently deleted photos, text messages or other crucial data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod? Broke or damaged your iPhone or iPad and now the data’s gone? Failed updates kill your data?  whatever the problem, iFonebox is here ! this easy-to-use ios data recover tool can help you quickly recover photos & videos, contacts, SMS, call logs, memos and calendars, even Safari bookmarks you thought you’d lost forever! How does it work? Just follow 3 simple steps and, you can preview your lost files, recover lost data with ease.

2 Recovery Modes Provided by iFonebox
Recover directly from iOS Device
Recover from iTunes Backup

Recover up to 11 File Formats
Text content: Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Safari bookmark; Media content: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Message attachments, Voice memos.

Supported iOS Devices
iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad air,iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display, The New iPad, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 5 and iPod touch 4.

Preview What You Lost Before Recovery
This ios data recovery software allows you to preview lost files before recovery, clear, organized and in original quality.
– Preview contacts in detail, including address, job title, etc.
– Read SMS contents including iMessages, photos, videos, etc.
– Export and check your list of lost files in HTML

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