James Vincent

James Vincent is Science and Technology Reporter for The Independent online, and his work appears in print too. In the past he has written freelance for Wired, the New Statesman and the Financial Times.

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'Texting gun' could help law enforcement spot drivers using their phones behind the wheel

The US device is "close to production" and can distinguish between phones that are calling, texting or using their mobile internet connection

A frieze which forms part of the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Parthenon in Athens, on display at the British Museum

Minecraft recreation planned for British Museum

A museum employee announced the project on Reddit and asked for volunteers from the Minecraft community

John Cale & Liam Young at the Barbican: drones meet drones to sound out the hum of civilization

Velvet Underground founding member John Cale and 'speculative architect' Liam Young took over the Barbican for two nights of havoc. <b>James Vincent</b> met them both to talk about turning drones into art

Google will offer encryption by default on next release of Android to match Apple's

Encryption will safe-guard data stored on the mobile device - but anything located in the cloud will still be fair game for law enforcement

Looking past the search results: Google 2.0 will 'build airports and cities' says report

Co-founder Larry Page is reportedly exploring long-term projects for the company' - including biometric identification and precise location tracking

Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store in Hong Kong

iPhone 6 on sale everywhere but China, with predicted 5 million units to be smuggled back in

Factories in China have been producing 540,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units daily - but state restrictions mean none are being sold on the mainland

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drop test: New Apple smartphones shatter like the rest of them

Apple may have gone for 'ion-strengthened' glass on both the new iPhones, but just makes them scratch resistant - not drop-proof

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: New Apple smartphones go on sale around the world

Early reports suggest that the 5.5-inch display of the bigger iPhone 6 Plus has hit the spot for consumers - dragging fans away from Android

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'

iOS 8 update will make it impossible for police to scrape data off your iPhone - Apple

New protocol puts control in users hands as CEO Tim Cook slams rivals, saying: 'When an service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.'

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