Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The 1812 Overture cannon

Tchaikovsky's lack of enthusiasm for his commission prompted the bloody-minded inclusion of a huge brass band, a carillon and, of course, the cannon

The Apple Watch will cost around £499

Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations for the man or woman on the street?

The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch, as Rhodri Marsden reports

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: New Coke

New Coke was described as 'rounder, yet bolder... a more harmonious flavour'

Vox Populi's .sucks domain: 'I don't need a domain name to register my dislike of avocados'

People can now pay $250 (£170) to snap up the avocado.sucks domain name from the Canadian company. Rhodri Marsden won't be signing up

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: London's first pillar box

The revolution in our postal service was largely down to Anthony Trollope

Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay-Z at the Tidal launch event in New York

What does Tidal offer that Spotify or a CD doesn't?

One music-lover gives it a trial listen...

EE WiFi Calling: New service will allow customers to make calls across Wi-fi networks

It's something that apps have facilitated for some time - but the difference with EE's service is that you don't have to think about it, says Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Pontefract's secret ballot box

The 1872 Ballot Act sought to stop voter intimidation by introducing secret ballots

Katy Perry was known as Katy Hudson during her Christian rock days

Why don't Christian Contemporary Music acts ever make it into the mainstream?

Their music sells by the bucketload, their tours are huge and, in the US, they're more popular than jazz and blues put together
The Periscope app, pictured, appears to be winning the battle against its rival, Meerkat

Periscope app: Good news for voyeurs - but is video streaming any more worthy of our attention?

Periscope is an app launched by Twitter that facilitates live video streaming from your smartphone

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