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Sydney Opera House Turns GOLD for Diwali

The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House turned gold to mark the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, Diwali on Tuesday night. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted a...

The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home

Suppose you’re looking for a single person, somewhere in the world. (We’ll call him Waldo.) You know who he is, nearly everything about him, but you don’t know where he’s hiding. How do you find him?

The scale is just too great for anything but a computerized scan. The first chance is facial recognition — scan his face against cameras at airports or photos on social media — although you’ll be counting on Waldo walking past a friendly camera and giving it a good view. But his voice could be even better: How long could Waldo go without making a phone call on public lines? And even if he’s careful about phone calls, the world is full of microphones — how long before he gets picked up in the background while his friend talks to her Echo?

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Microsoft now lets enterprise users recover corrupted or deleted files from the past 30 days

Microsoft’s newest OneDrive for Business feature lets users restore files from any point in time over the past 30 days. Files Restore, as Microsoft calls it, lets users review changes made to files over those 30 days, including who made changes and at what time. They can then revert the file back to any prior state. The feature starts rolling out today to OneDrive for Business users, and will also work for recovering user-deleted files as long as they remain in the Recycle Bin.

You can get an idea of what File Restore looks like here, timeline and all:

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It seems relatively intuitive with the file names laid out, the exact time and date they were modified, and a list of who accessed them. Microsoft…

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Android can now tell you how fast Wi-Fi networks are before you join them

Some of the cool, more subtle features of Android 8.1 are still rolling out weeks after the first significant update to Oreo was released. For instance, today Google announced that Oreo will now display the speed of nearby open Wi-Fi networks to help you decide whether they’re even worth the effort of connecting to. The Wi-Fi settings menu will now display one of four speed labels: Very Fast, Fast, OK, or Slow.

The difference between Very Fast and Fast, according to Google, is that you can stream “very high-quality videos” on the former and “most videos” on the latter. Most coffee shop dwellers should be fine with the OK level, as that’s enough for web browsing, social media, and Spotify streaming.

Public Wi-Fi can be spotty. For the…

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The less we know about Counterpart’s alternate universes, the better

In most alternate-universe fiction, the world is different from ours, and the audience knows why. AU stories are thought experiments, where a writer changes one piece of the world, then follows through the logical changes that result. What if the Nazis won World War II? What if the Confederacy won the Civil War? More frivolously, what if the crew of the Starship Enterprise were all bad guys? The fun of AU stories comes from the reasonable working-through of the scenario — the feeling that if one domino tips over, the rest will fall with an inevitable grace, remaking the world in a radical new form.

Initially, the new STARZ series Counterpart looks like a typical AU narrative. But as the series unfolds, it quietly undermines the basic…

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Craiglist competitor Letgo adds housing sales to its secondhand marketplace

Letgo, an upstart competitor to sites like Craigslist, is probably best known for a few cute commercials that have made the rounds over the past few years. While it may not have quite the same level of cultural relevance as Craigslist, the secondhand marketplace app is getting a big addition today with the option to let users sell or rent houses and apartments on the app, according to TechCrunch. (That’s a big jump from used bed frames and scooters.)

As noted by TechCrunch, Letgo is one of the most popular shopping apps, third only to Amazon and Wish in the iOS App Store’s Top Free Shopping list. The app faces plenty of competition from larger secondhand stores like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist as well as other apps like OfferUp…

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