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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'Point, shoot and hope': the WhiteAlbum app

WhiteAlbum app harks back to an era of terrible holiday photos

The app gives you 24 chances to take pictures, which you can't see after you've taken them. You then pay $20 (£13) to have the prints delivered to your door

State of the art: a visualisation of data collected about ‘taste groups’ and their connections by Curalytics

Invasion of the algorithms: The modern-day equations which can rule our lives

These are equations which, by processing huge amounts of micro-data, can predict our behaviour - but are they for better or worse?

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The fake Beach Boys mixer

The band's engineer Chuck Britz had a solution to Murry Wilson's incessant studio meddling; he constructed a fake control panel for him to fiddle with

Customer service in the social media age: How companies deal with the daily Twitter storm

When it comes to full-blooded vitriol, no one on social media attracts our ire more than big businesses offering bad service, as Rhodri Marsden reports

Can Google's The Knowledge Vault automate the process of determining the 'truth'?

The Knowledge Vault uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gather material from the web and from Google's existing database of knowledge. It then generates a "knowledge-based trust score" for each source

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: Page 771 of Webster's New International Dictionary

The word 'dord' had sneakily crept into the English language. But how?

There’s now a commonly-held supposition, verging on assumption, that gadgets are listening to us. And worse, that they have nefarious motives

Could our gadgets be listening in on us? It's not as crazy as it sounds...

"I have a crazy conspiracy theory," began a recent post on Reddit, "and I'm pretty sure I proved myself correct." Earlier that day, he or she had been chatting with friends in their living room about a particular club. Two hours later, an advert for that club appeared alongside their Facebook timeline. This, they thought, was spooky. They tested how spooky it was by reciting a list of words into their smartphone's microphone, including "Maserati" and "African safari". "Sure enough," they wrote, "two hours later I was getting ads for Gold Coast Maserati and African vacations… Do you think I'm nuts?"

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The Sphairistiké set

The game was patented in 1874 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield and was inspired by the athleticism of the ancient Athenians

Broadband now reaches around the world, just not into your back bedroom

We can summon rich, streaming media to a powerful handheld device from all four corners of the globe, just as long as we're not sitting in the back bedroom while the neighbours are using iTunes, says Rhodri Marsden

He can handle it: Javier Castaño’s Twitter names include ‘@japan’

Does registering snappy Twitter handles pay off?

Like the dotcom-name buyers of yore, a Spaniard who snapped up covetable Twitter handles in 2007 must have hit paydirt by now… mustn’t he?

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
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