UK firm designs ‘world’s most affordable solar lamp’

Image copyright Inventid A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world’s most affordable solar lamp. Manchester-based firm Inventid designed the SM100 solar light, which retails for $5 (£3.85) in African countries. It was developed in collaboration with China’s Yingli and charity Solar Aid. […]

Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidelines Facebook uses to decide what users see are ‘confusing’ say staff How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the criteria used to judge if posts were too violent, sexual, racist, hateful or […]

BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system

Image caption The bank’s voice-based ID system was fooled by Dan and his twin Security software designed to prevent bank fraud has been fooled by a BBC reporter and his twin. BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons set up an HSBC account and signed up to the bank’s voice ID authentication service. HSBC says the system […]

Electoral Commission wants powers to tackle election meddling from abroad

Image copyright Getty Images A probe into the political use of private data has been opened by the information commissioner. Elizabeth Denham announced the review amid concerns over allegations involving an analytics firm linked to a Brexit campaign. It follows calls for an investigation into claims that Leave.EU had not declared the role of Cambridge […]

App maker’s code stolen in malware attack

Image copyright Getty Images The Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. Panic founder Steven Frank admitted in a blog post that it happened after he downloaded an infected copy of the video encoding tool Handbrake. He said there was no sign that any customer […]

India’s Zomato says data from 17 million users stolen

Image copyright Zomato Image caption Zomato is active in 10,000 cities across 24 countries around the world Global restaurant guide Zomato says hackers have stolen data on about 17 million users. The Indian firm, which uses a digital platform to provide information, said the breach includes swathes of personal information, including email addresses and hashed […]

‘Bots’ spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The FCC is currently proposing to go back on rules that safeguard net neutrality Bots appear to be spamming a US regulator’s website over a proposed reversal of net neutrality rules, researchers have said. According to three separate analyses, a flood of automated comments to the Federal Communications Commission […]

Election candidates warned about phishing attempts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Advice has been sent to general election candidates – including former MPs Candidates in the general election have been asked to look through their emails for signs that they have been targeted by a phishing attack. The list of potential targets includes recent MPs. The National Cyber Security Centre […]

Two Britons arrested in Thailand over football streaming

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The men have been accused of running an online service that sold access to unlicensed football broadcasts Two British men have been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly selling online access to illegally streamed football broadcasts. The Premier League said it supported local authorities in investigations that led to arrests […]

Twitter user numbers overtaken by China’s Sina Weibo

Image copyright Getty Images There are now more people using Sina Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging platform, than there are using Twitter. According to the Chinese company’s first quarter results, it has 340 million active monthly users, 30% up on the previous year. About 154 million people use the site daily, 91% of whom access it […]