Author Archives: Nigel

Full Name: Nigel Powell Website:
Info: Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don't we all?
GIVEAWAYS! August 1, 2015 posted by Nigel

Red Ferret Mega Summer Giveaway – win this amazing Samsung/Toshiba tech bundle [UK Giveaway]

Well it’s that time of the year again, when thoughts turn to love, life and the pursuit of all kinds of super offers. And have we got something for you. Thanks to our top notch friends at Argos, purveyors of the finest gadgets, gizmos, laptops and delicious Samsung tablets (you can check them out here), we are bringing a stonking great Mega Tech bundle to the table as a fabulous prize for one lucky winner.

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Red Ferret Mega Summer Giveaway – win this amazing Samsung/Toshiba tech bundle [UK Giveaway]
Eco Friendly July 29, 2015 posted by Nigel

Youxia – the world’s first Android electric supercar?

So move over Tesla, there’s a new clone in town. The newcomer offers all the exotic all-electric power and style of the American supercar, but with a lower price and a few different features. The Youxia (pronounced Yo-sha) is due to hit the streets next year sometime, although we’ve not seen any confirmed images of a factory floor or anything which resembles an assembly plant yet.

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Youxia – the world’s first Android electric supercar?
Mobile Tech July 28, 2015 posted by Nigel

VK 6050 S Smartphone – HUGE 6050mAh battery gives 4 days of use with this great phone [Review] [Editors Choice]

For a long time now, people have been asking for longer battery life for their mobile phones, but until recently the manufacturers seem to have been more focused on style over substance. But recently we’ve noticed a change from the Android makers, and it’s excellent. These new phones offer around 3 days of operation from a charge, which makes life so much easier. And now there’s a new king of the jungle out there, which offers even more.

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VK 6050 S Smartphone – HUGE 6050mAh battery gives 4 days of use with this great phone [Review] [Editors Choice]
Gadgets July 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

LED Foot Pain Reliever – NASA technology to the rescue for poor tired tootsies

Hands up if you’ve ever had painful feet. Yep, same here. We all get pain in the feet at some time or another, because we walk around a lot. That’s good of course, but it can lead to problems if we’re wearing unsuitable shoes or staying on our feet for too many harsh, unyielding hours. Properly fitting footwear can help of course, but there’s also another solution it seems.

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LED Foot Pain Reliever – NASA technology to the rescue for poor tired tootsies
Eco Friendly July 20, 2015 posted by Nigel

2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]

If anyone needs proof that the world is slowly changing, look no further than the major car manufacturers. These lumbering dinosaurs are being forced, kicking and screaming, into the eco driven future to the extent that they’re even converting their major sellers into green machines. The latest example is this Volkswagen Passat GTE, a plugin hybrid (PHEV) which boasts ‘official’ consumption figures of 149 mpg and 31 miles of all electric range. And at a price which is very nearly…

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2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]
Free Software July 14, 2015 posted by Nigel

Food Maestro – use your phone to instantly avoid allergy foods while shopping

It seems that more and more people are suffering from allergic reactions to modern foods. It’s not just gluten, but a widening variety of food, mostly processed, which seem to be causing problems. One of the problems that creates is trying to avoid dangerous products when shopping, which can be very time consuming. But now a new free app aims to make things much easier.

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Food Maestro – use your phone to instantly avoid allergy foods while shopping
cool tech July 4, 2015 posted by Nigel

RadiaShield Men’s Boxer Briefs – reduce the radiation to those precious private parts

There’s no doubt that we live in a massively irradiated world. We swim in a sea of WiFi, mobile phone, broadcast TV, microwave and other electromagnetic stuff every single day, and it’s getting worse not better. Which could be rather worrying if some studies are to be believed. “Semen exposed to RF electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones had higher levels of damaging free radicals, lower sperm motility (the ability of sperm to move and swim), lower sperm viability (the…

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RadiaShield Men’s Boxer Briefs – reduce the radiation to those precious private parts
Fun & Games July 3, 2015 posted by Nigel

Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone – hands on with with this fast, fun flyer [First Test]

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, no-one does fun quadcopters like Parrot. Unlike every other manufacturer, the Parrot drones (as they like to call them) are fast, ultra stable and lots of fun. Less crashing into things and more flying. Cool. So now the company has just announced the 2015 line-up of fun flyers, starting with the Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone. We got to test it out at the launch this week.

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Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone – hands on with with this fast, fun flyer [First Test]
Cool Web Apps & Sites July 3, 2015 posted by Nigel

Camio – got an old phone lying around? Turn it into a free security camera [Editors Choice]

We first reported on free software to turn your phone into a remote camera back in 2004 (yes that long, and it was called Mobcam for Symbian). Well time may fly, but that doesn’t mean good ideas disappear. Now there’s a new and much more sophisticated version of the idea out, and it’s great. Camio is a free service which lets you convert any old smartphone (or even a computer webcam) into a motion sensitive security camera.

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Camio – got an old phone lying around? Turn it into a free security camera [Editors Choice]
Fun & Games July 2, 2015 posted by Nigel

Games Old vs New – mind-blowing look at how your favorite game has changed over time

The good folk from Liberty Games sent us over a fascinating little project for all you gamers out there. The Videogames Old vs New site offers a side by side comparison look at some of the most popular games of all time. Comparing what they were like when launched to today’s version. The difference is mind-blowing, and it’s not just the graphics that have improved.

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Games Old vs New – mind-blowing look at how your favorite game has changed over time
Reviews July 1, 2015 posted by Nigel

HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]

Suddenly you can’t turn a corner without coming up against a new DIY security camera. Big ones, small ones, and they all have one thing in common. They’re designed to be super easy to install. We’ve just been checking out one of the latest on the market, the HomeMonitor HD Pro from camera veterans Y-Cam. It’s an outdoor camera, which is supposed to be so easy to install your cat could do it. Or something like that.

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HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]