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?
Reviews April 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

CamCaddy 2 – charge your camcorder or DSLR battery from any USB battery block, solar charger or laptop [Review]

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself stranded with a dead camcorder or digital camera battery when you’re on your vacation or travels and trying to capture the moment. Sure you can trudge back to the hotel and use the standard mains battery charger than comes with your camera, but it’s a real hassle. But now there’s another option which lets you charge up the battery from any handy USB source – laptop, battery block, solar charger etc.

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CamCaddy 2 – charge your camcorder or DSLR battery from any USB battery block, solar charger or laptop [Review]
Gadgets April 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Garmin nuviCam – satellite navigation and dash cam all in one

You have to hand it to the dedicated satellite navigation folk, they’re not giving up easily. You’d have thought that with the massive growth of smartphone use, along with the greatly improved Google Maps service these slightly outdated devices would have been consigned to the scrap heap of technology by now. But not so.

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Garmin nuviCam – satellite navigation and dash cam all in one
Mobile Tech April 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Ding – simplify the process of topping up your phone

Anyone on a pay as you go phone plan will know it can sometimes be quite a hassle to top up the fees. You can use cards, sometimes text messages or free calls, but it can still be a hassle. Likewise when you’re trying to top up someone else’s phone, say if you’re a parent. Now there’s a new service which promises to make it easier.

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Ding – simplify the process of topping up your phone
Cool Web Apps & Sites April 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Clone Zone – create your own smash news story and publish it on your favorite mega site

If you thought the web was weird before, you’re in for something of a rude awakening, peeps. You know how you could never be absolutely sure whether that news story you read was real or an April Fools joke? Or if it was a deliberate plant to get you to believe the ridiculous? Well now there’s a new service which lets anyone, yes anyone, create their own fake online news or feature story, using a clone of any major site…

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Clone Zone – create your own smash news story and publish it on your favorite mega site
cool tech April 23, 2015 posted by Nigel

Blink – revolution comes to the eye test business

It looks as though the good folk at EyeNetra, which we reported on a while back, have done a bit of a pivot and re-launched themselves as an alternative eye testing service for lazy Westerners. If you’ll remember the original idea was to supply affordable eye tests for the developing world, using just a smartphone.

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Blink – revolution comes to the eye test business
Gadgets April 22, 2015 posted by Nigel

Wrinkle Reducing Pillowcase – fights ageing one line at a time

This ‘world’s first’ Wrinkle Preventing Pillowcase apparently manages to fight off the ravages of time by deploying an army of tiny little elves who emerge when the lights go out and start vigorously rubbing your facial bits with hand made, aloe coated cotton loofahs. Once the job is done, they retire back into the pillow to eat a late dinner and reminisce about the good old days.

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Wrinkle Reducing Pillowcase – fights ageing one line at a time
Mobile Tech April 22, 2015 posted by Nigel

Lullabond – find out why your baby is crying using your phone

Every parent knows just how frustrating it can be when the baby cries and you can’t figure out why. Is it hunger? Pain? Discomfort? What? Most of the anguish that new parents face is tied in to this issue. Now a new company is hoping to combat the panic by introducing a smartphone app which will translate those cries into a meaningful suggestion. Don’t laugh, they think they can do it.

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Lullabond – find out why your baby is crying using your phone
Free Software April 22, 2015 posted by Nigel

VisaPort – generate a travel visa application in under 2 minutes with your phone [Freeware]

Frequent travelers to exotic places will know that one of the biggest hassles comes from applying for the different visas you need. Not only is it hard to find out what you need to do, but there’s the time and effort involved in actually applying in person to ensure your visa is approved in time. Now there’s a new way to take all the pain out of the process, using just your sunglasses. Nope sorry, scratch that … using your…

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VisaPort – generate a travel visa application in under 2 minutes with your phone [Freeware]
Gadgets April 21, 2015 posted by Nigel

13 in 1 Selfie Kit – the ultimate, and we mean ultimate, poem to self obsessed photography

When the historians of 2190 eventually get around to examining our era closely, what do you think they’ll deduce? Will it be, what an amazingly artistic culture we have? Or perhaps they’ll acknowledge that we invented a crude but effective global communication system? Nope, none of the above. They’ll look at our short, but intensive obsession with self-photography and conclude that we’re a bunch of narcissistic morons.

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13 in 1 Selfie Kit – the ultimate, and we mean ultimate, poem to self obsessed photography