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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Sotloff: fluent in Arabic, he described himself as ‘a stand-up philosopher’

Who are the SITE Intelligence Group that distributed the Sotloff video before the jihadis?

The intelligence group offers warnings, reports and training to both the US government and commercial clients - with a specialty in online monitoring

Amazon Fire TV UK price, release date and features: Amazon's pitch for your living room lets you shout at your remote control

The Fire TV box turns dumb TVs smart, but with stiff competition from Google, Apple and Roku, will voice commands be enough to sway viewers?

Samsung Gear VR brings virtual reality (and first person Temple Run) to phablet owners

The Gear VR is powered by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge

Mystery of fake US mobile phone towers capable of tapping smartphones

No-one knows who operates the towers - or why

Apple clamps down on apps selling health data to advertisers ahead of iPhone 6 launch

Health services are expected to be a big feature in Apple's new smartphone - but recent celebrity hacks have made customers wary about sharing data

Wild ram head-butts drone out the sky, waits for pilot to turn up then head-butts him too

Pilot claims he knows the ram and that the animal "enjoys our encounters"

Apple iCloud hack: privacy experts call for default 'private photo' mode from companies

Apple has been criticized for shifting blame onto users following the hack of celebrities private, photos (including Jennifer Lawrence, above) this week

4chan iCloud 'expert' from CNN thinks 4chan is a person and 'pa$$word' is a good password

CNN 'technology analyst': 'Who is this 4chan person? We just don't know'

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter in West Hollywood, California.

Jennifer Lawrence nude photo leak: Apple says iCloud accounts were compromised but denies responsibility

The computer giant has said that the culprits are likely to have guessed passwords and usernames to access some of the naked photos

(top row from left) Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth (bottom row from left) Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande, Cara Delevingne

Nude celebrity photo hacks the work of an 'underground nude trading ring', reports claim

Numerous anonymous posters on forums where the images first surfaced say the cache of images has existed for 'months' and that more leaks are coming

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