Your Wi-Fi password guards your wireless network against snoopers and drive-by hackers. It needs to be complex and difficult to guess yet still simple enough to remember and use. Maybe your current Wi-Fi password doesn’t cut it, but you’re not quite sure how or where to change it.
After you reset the password, you have to log back into your network from every wireless device in your home. That lineup includes not just your PCs and mobile devices but also your smart TV, Blu-ray player, streaming media players, and any other smart devices. Whew, that’s a fair amount of work.
But if the move improves and enhances your Wi-Fi security, the results should be worth the effort.
Microsoft is cracking down on hate speech by threatening to pull its cloud services from Gab, a controversial social networking service that’s been hosting anti-Semitic comments from a former US Senate candidate. On Thursday, Gab said that Microsoft had given it 48 hours to delete the anti-Semitic comments or else it would pull its Azure services from the social networking platform, leaving it offline potentially for weeks or months.
Microsoft told PCMag that the company had received complaints about the offensive posts, which advocated for the “ritual death by torture” and “complete eradication” of all Jews. “After an initial review, we have concluded that this content incites violence, is not protected by the First Amendment, and violates Microsoft Azure’s acceptable use policy,” the company said in an email. The anti-Semitic comments on Gab stemmed from two posts made by Patrick Little, who is openly anti-Semitic and ran for a US Senate seat in California earlier this year.
Gab has since taken down both posts, noting that one of them violated its own user guidelines on content.
“The other is offensive and edgy and something we obviously don’t agree with, but there is much worse on Twitter/Facebook/Reddit about white people that is allowed to stay,” wrote Andrew Torba, Gab’s founder.
Nevertheless, Gab has refrained from deleting Little’s account, which has posted other anti-Semitic comments. The platform markets itself as a free speech social network designed to counter the control of Silicon Valley’s “smug elites.” However, journalists have described Gab as an “alt-right” version of Twitter that hosts content from racists, conspiracy theorists and internet trolls.
Both Apple and Google have blocked Gab from their app stores over circulating pornography and hate speech. In response to Thursday’s incident, Gab has been telling the public that it’s been unfairly targeted. The service points to rival Twitter for hosting what it claims to be “anti-white” hate speech from users.
“This is the primary reason for Gab’s next investment round: becoming the anti-Silicon Valley and building out our own infrastructure immediately,” Gab tweeted. Microsoft’s action comes as several Silicon Valley companies decided to partly ban far-right web show host Alex Jones from their platforms. This has prompted conservative critics to accuse the tech industry of censorship in what’s been an ongoing culture war over free speech and trying to stop hate and misinformation from spreading on the internet.
So far, Microsoft hasn’t commented on whether it’ll demand Gab take further action to delete hate speech from Little’s account.
In April, Gab reported having 465,000 users.
Roku announced today that its free, ad-supported streaming service, The Roku Channel, is now available on the web for viewing on PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Prior to today, users only had access to the channel if they had a Roku TV or streaming device.
After creating a Roku account on TheRokuChannel.com, you can start streaming the movies, TV shows, and short videos that the service offers. The Roku Channel features free movies from studios including Paramount, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros.
It’s a lot of older catalog content: think The Matrix, 50 First Dates, Nacho Libre, and Wayne’s World 2. There’s also now live news from ABC News, Newsy, PeopleTV, and Cheddar, among other partners. It’s pretty barebones in terms of features and design, but it’s an easy way of finding something very random to watch — and The Roku Channel certainly helps Roku increase its number of user accounts and grow its ad business.
Roku is also adding a new “Featured Free” section to the top of its main menu, which aggregates shows and movies you can stream for free directly from its partners.
It’s similar to Apple’s TV app in that it puts a spotlight on the content itself rather than whatever network it’s coming from.
Roku is giving Featured Free some prime positioning; you’ll find it at the very top of the home screen when it rolls out in the US “over the coming weeks.”