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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According to the head of the US military, a force of around 15,000 Syrian rebels is needed to fight Isis

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube told to 'automatically' hand over Isis terrorists' data

UK law enforcement want greater access to data including IP addresses, emails, usernames and names of individuals posting illegal content

Is this the end of the Apple iPad? Sales are set to fall again say analysts

The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were unveiled last week with only minor improvements, but experts say the focus for Apple is now on businesses

Japan approves construction of maglev bullet train that will travel 178 miles in 40 minutes

Maglev trains built by JR Central (above) have so far only run on test tracks

Twitter opens up embeddable audio with new partnership with iTunes and SoundCloud

Twitter Audio Cards make it easier to listen to singles, podcasts and all the rest when browsing on iOS and Android devices

Apple's iPad Air 2 comes with a reprogrammable SIM card that could change the industry

The new Apple SIM makes it easier to switch between carriers - and could one day let Apple's fastidious designers get rid of that annoying SIM card slot

Water on Mercury photographed by Nasa for the first time in 'permanently shadowed' craters

Images confirm that the planet closest to the Sun has 'recent' water deposits

Anonymous Whisper app responds to Guardian allegations of tracking: 'A pack of vicious lies'

The report claims that the app - which bill itself as 'the safest place on the internet' - tracks the loaction of its users and reports data to the US government

iMac 5K Retina and Mac Mini: Apple's new desktop has 7 times more pixels than a HD TV

Prices for the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display start at £1999

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 specs and features: Apple's new tablets are thinner - but is that all?

Apple's new iPads get Touch ID and the iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet yet

Steam's biggest ever 'free weekend' offers 10 games at no cost including XCOM and Trine

Gamers will also be able to purchase titles they enjoyed at a discount

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why