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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Google's big play in augmented reality is a $542m investment in Magic Leap - a company building “a rocket ship for the mind"

No-one knows exactly what Magic Leap's technology does, but the company says it's "time to bring magic back into the world"

Apple OS X Yosemite collects users' location data and hard drive searches

Apple responds that data is only collected under 'temporary' identities that are discarded every 15 minutes

Fame, such as that enjoyed by Oscar Pistorius, creates the illusion you have no responsibilities

Oscar Pistorius sentence overloads Twitter with wrong jail sentence, misspellings and #NoJustice hashtag trending in UK

Social media users annoyed with the verdict also starting posting under the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence hashtag

Japanese man jailed for two years for creating 3D printed guns

Yoshitomo Imura was first arrested in May after designing a 3D printed six-shot revolver named the Zig Zag and posting videos of the firearm online

iCloud hack: Chinese authorities accused of 'malicious attack' on service during launch of iPhone 6

A "man in the middle" attack was used to compromise iCloud accounts in China, says respected censorship watchdog GreatFire

The Oscar-winning actress has won new admirers with
her response to becoming a ‘sex crime’ victim

Google removes links to websites hosting Jennifer Lawrence stolen nudes

The actor's lawyers filed DMCA notices over the copyrighted images

The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'

“If you want to dislike something, you should probably write a comment"

A flexible lens that's inserted in your eye could cure your vision problems forever

The Kamra Inlay works like a pinhole camera to focus the eye's vision and is inserted in the eye in a procedure that takes just fifteen minutes

Google Penguin 3.0 released: anti-spam algorithim update confirmed

Don't worry - only SEO wranglers and online publishers are interested

Snapchat's first ever advert for Ouija horror flick scares users - but that's better than being 'creepy'

The company has criticized other sites for selling "creepy and targeted" advertising - and decided to go for simply scary instead

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker