James Vincent

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

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Blue ticks on WhatsApp: App to finally tell you if your friends have read your messages

But it won't let you know if they secretly hate you

WireLurker: Chinese Apple malware lets hackers 'crack hard shell of iPhone security'

Experts say that the malware's "ultimate goal is not yet clear”

Facebook: government requests for user data up 24% in last six months

Google reported similar increases in requests for user data in September this year, with a 150 per cent rise over the last 5 years

Apple Watch prices could go up to $5,000 for solid 18k gold version - but that makes sense

With the Apple Watch, Apple wants to move from the technology sector to the world of luxury brands - where people will pay thousands just because

Facebook-ready mobile lets babies upload selfies and status updates from their cribs

The toy - called 'New Born Fame' - was built by designer Laura Cornet

Wrist-worn selfie drone wins $500,000 in Intel competition to build future wearable technology

The drone - still only a prototype - launches from the wrist to snap photos or videos of the wearer

Oculus Rift virtual reality headset 'close' to public release says CEO Brendan Iribe

Iribe said that the company's acquisition by Facebook had "supercharged" its efforts, but that he still didn't know what the killer app for VR would be

A ruling banning Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

Fredrik Neij arrested: Five years after they were first sentenced, the founders of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay have all been caught

The notorious file-sharing site itself however remains online and accesible

Facebook scams revealed: the five most common tricks used by cyber criminals

Scammers prey on a mixture of narcissism, curiosity and greed to trick you into clicking - even when you know you really shouldn't

The Bard on Demand: London's Globe Theatre launches 'iPlayer for Shakespeare'

GlobePlayer.tv lets users worldwide rent (nearly) any Shakespeare title for £3.99 a week - or buy it, DRM-free, for £7.99

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