Features

Pokémon Go: I caught them all and it wasn’t worth it

Pokémon's augmented reality app has caught the imagination of the world in the week since its launch – leading to unexpected discoveries and even public health warnings. But will The Independent’s curmudgeonly managing editor be won over by the virtual critters? We sent him onto the streets of London to have a go at – you guessed it – catching them all

Your money or your files: the growing threat of ransomware

Ransomware – whereby phishers lock data-access and blackmail the owners into paying for the key – is the new internet plague coming from the US. But since the criminals’ transactions are untraceable, what is the remedy? Seung Lee reports

Government launches 'Verify' scheme to check online identities

In Matthew Blakstad's debut novel Sockpuppet, the Government sets up a digital identity system that suffers a catastrophic failure of trust. Now a real-life version of the system, Verify, has been launched – and those behind it will be hoping that truth is a little more straightforward than fiction

Will Bike Balls help wobbly cyclists?

Travelling on two wheels has just got a little safer – or at least, a lot funnier – with the introduction of a new LED device. Simon Usborne won't play ball.

Has Apple finally lost its bite?

A staggering one billion people now own one of its iPads iPhones or iPods – but the company has not had a blockbuster product launch since 2012