James Vincent

James Vincent is Science and Technology Reporter for The Independent, with his work appearing online and in print.

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Facebook's expanded News Feed controls let you filter your friends - without unfollowing

See less or more from different people - or just unfollow them entirely

Facebook's Ebola button encourages users to donate - while Zuckerberg himself responds to critics saying that it's only 'marketing'

The Facebook founder reminded a surly user that not only had he donated $25m to the CDC but that he'd also donated satellite equipment to health workers

'Operation Onymous': dark net raided by US and Europol as law enforcement use unknown methods to crack illegal drug trade online

It's a major blow against criminals using Tor - but security experts don't know how law enforcement agencies cracked the once-anonymous network

Avengers: Age of Ultron leaker hunted by Marvel as Google forced to give up user data

Internet giant subpoenaed for all data relating to 'John Gazelle'

Lenovo's new Chinese smartphone looks just a little similar to Apple's iPhone 6

That's the iPhone on the top and the S60 on the bottom

How to make ghosts in the lab: scientists trick volunteers into reporting 'feelings of presence'

Scientists say the experiments show that when our bodily systems malfunction (either through disease or outside influence) the mind imagines apparitions

Amazon launches Echo: a 360-degree speaker that also offers Siri functionality for your home

Amazon already knows how to get its foot in door – now it wants to stay inside

Scientist capture 'sharpest ever' image of planets forming around a star

The star - HL Tauri - is 450 light years away from Earth

Microsoft makes Word, Excel and PowerPoint free for iPhones, iPads and Android tablets

Businesses will still have to buy Office licenses, but consumers looking to write and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations won't have to pay a penny

Amazing composite images show how Earth matches up to the rest of the Solar System

The picture above shows our planet and the Sun - you could fit 109 Earths across the disk of the Sun and its volume is equal to 1,300,000 Earths

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