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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BlackBerry Passport review round-up: mixed opinions greet Blackberry's square-screened wonder

It's got a physical keyboard and a display the size of a piece of American cheese - will Apple and Samsung be able to stand up to such innovation?

Shellshock: Bash bug 'bigger than Heartbleed' could undermine security of millions of websites – and there's nothing you can do to protect yourself

There's nothing you can do about it either - it's up to the experts to fix it

iOS 8.0.1 pulled from App Store after flawed software 'turned iPhones into iPods'

The tech giant released its new smartphones earlier this month

iPhone 6 Plus screen too big? Buy this fake thumb extender in Japan

Japanese gadget continues the noble tradition of chindōgu - ingenious but awkward solutions to problem that are barely worth solving

Blizzard cancels 'next gen' World of Warcraft successor after seven years in development

The game was rumorued to be a "sci-fi, post-historical" title set to take over the massively popular World of Warcraft franchise

Samsung shuts down laptop business in Europe

South Korean company cites "market demands" as reason for closure

iPhone 6 Plus bending: Apple fans report new phones are bending in their pockets

Technology experts offered sage advice: don't put it in your pocket

Best smartphone battery life? Sony's Xperia Z3 is the champion, comfortably beating iPhone 6

The Z3 was ranked ahead of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Galaxy S5

Apple denies it is shutting down Beats Music

The iPhone maker purchased the music streaming service for $3bn earlier this year, but the absence of Beats at this year's iPhone launch is raising eyebrows

iOS 8: How to turn the rejuvenated Notification Center into a productivity powerhouse

The Notification Center used to be barren - in iOS 8 you can add widgets for everything from to-do lists to translation on the fly

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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
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
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
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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?