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.
05 March 2015 12:00 AM
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
28 February 2015 12:00 AM
The word 'dord' had sneakily crept into the English language. But how?
26 February 2015 12:00 AM
"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?"
21 February 2015 12:00 AM
The game was patented in 1874 by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield and was inspired by the athleticism of the ancient Athenians
19 February 2015 12:00 AM
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
18 February 2015 08:30 PM
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?
14 February 2015 12:00 AM
So the story goes, a malodorous cabbage landed at Oscar Wilde's feet as he addressed his audience. "Thank you, my friend," said the celebrated wit, raconteur and playwright as he picked it up. "Every time I smell it, I shall be reminded of you." It's probably an apocryphal tale, but it's based on a vegetable-related incident that took place 120 years ago today at St James's Theatre, London, at the premiere of Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
12 February 2015 12:00 AM
A forthcoming version of Assassin's Creed will come with an eye-tracking add-on, while Umoove Experience uses eye tracking to control flight simulation
07 February 2015 12:00 AM
Patented in 1904, The Newbie Game Company's game was designed to demonstrate the evils of exploitative landowners
Uber drivers fight back: the companies writing online reviews of customers - and why we kind of deserve it
05 February 2015 12:00 AM
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 2 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 3 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train