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Amazon Web Services Wins Again In Battle To Build The CIA Cloud

Amazon Web Services has won a major battle against IBM in the pursuit to build a cloud infrastructure for the intelligence community. In a ruling published today, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler wrote that AWS legitimately won a $600 million contract with the CIA that IBM had …

Ranting About Mobile Safari In iOS 7

We don’t need mobile Safari in the same way we did back in 2007. Then, it made sense to have a simulacrum of a full browser. But today, opening …

Apps

Sony HMZ-T3W wearable display is up for pre-order in the US, costs $999

US buyers who want to swap large displays for wearable screens might want to check out Sony's online store, where the HMZ-T3W is now available for pre-order for $999. Hirai and Co. claim this third iteration of the head-mounted display comes with dual OLED monitors that simulate sitting 65 feet …

Raspberry Pi Microcomputer Racks Up 1.75M Global Sales, 1M Of Which Were Made In U.K.

The Raspberry Pi microcomputer, which costs as little as $25/$35 and has helped fledge many a DIY hardware project, has racked up worldwide sales of 1.75 million, its U.K.-based creator, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, said today. The first Pis went on sale in March 2012, with its U.K. makers …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

Megan Fox Saves Herself

Rather than letting her sex appeal burn her out, she is trying to contain it, channel it, make it work for her, not others. To see if that's possible. Music: "Sail to the Sun," by Wavves — New album out Spring 2013!<p><i>Published in the February 2013 issue, on sale any day now</i><p><b>Deep in</b> her house, Megan …

The All New Ashton Kutcher Story!

Completely revised and updated for 2013!<p><i>Published in the March 2013 issue, on sale any day now</i><p><b>It is a plain,</b> sunny morning in Burbank, California, and Ashton Kutcher, ever in a cardigan, wearing one of those winter hats that sit on his head like a potato sack pulled back to the neck, is singing …

Patton Oswalt: The ESQ&A

The actor/comic talks about epic TV, The Return of the Jedi, the blessings of early failure, and a dirty animal joke<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><i>Breakfast, Olives restaurant at the W Hotel, downtown New York City.</i><p><b>PATTON OSWALT</b> [<i>To waiter</i>]: I'll get a black tea. Thank you.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Relax. Take …

Comedy

Autoblog Brings Automotive Obsession to Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / October 8, 2013<p>Autoblog is the online site for people who are obsessed with cars.<p>Staffed with its own editorial and photography …