Stories for Aug. 14, 2014
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moto 360

Details aren’t yet available on the reason, but Motorola will hold a press event in Chicago on September 4. If I had to guess, the Moto 360 running Android Wear is a sure bet to debut as the company previously said the smartwatch would arrive this summer. It’s also been just more than a year since Motorola introduced its Moto X flagship phone, which is now due for a refresh. Recent leaks indicated the X+1 will use a speedy Snapdragon 805 chip; the same silicon inside competing flagships from Samsung and HTC.

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Stories for Aug. 13, 2014
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Amazon has taken an undisclosed stake in Acquia, a startup that provides commercial services around the open-source Drupal content management system. Acquia relies on Amazon Web Services to help the startup handle the 333 terabytes of bandwidth it serves up each month, Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert wrote in a blog post; the startup runs on over 8,000 AWS instances. In late May, Acquia took in $50 million in a series F funding round, which brought total investment in the Burlington, Mass.-based company to $118.6 million.

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A new service called Live App Testing is available for programmers making apps that run on Amazon’s FireOS devices. Live App Testing allows beta versions of such apps that developers can distribute to users who own a Kindle Fire, Fire Phone or Fire TV says Android Central. Amazon announced the Live App Testing initiative through its developer blog on Wednesday noting that end users can be invited to install and beta test applications, helping developers ensure they run properly on Amazon hardware. In that regard, Amazon’s Live App Testing is similar to programs currently available or planned for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.

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