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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee