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?
huh..? August 25, 2016 posted by Nigel

Israeli UGV – fully autonomous weaponised cars are almost here – have we all gone completely mad?

Apparently the first fully autonomous self driving military vehicle has been deployed by the Israelis to patrol the border with the Gaza Strip. The idea is for this UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) to take over from regular troop patrols to secure the border against problems. The horrifying news, however, is the fact that they’re already talking about equipping the vehicle with weapons such as machine guns (and who knows, rockets?), and eventually giving it autonomous AI (artificial intelligence) control of…

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Israeli UGV – fully autonomous weaponised cars are almost here – have we all gone completely mad?

TP Link Talon AD7200 Router – Ultra Fast WiFi Says Goodbye To Your Living Room Cables [First Look Video]

It may look like something out of a sketchy Sci-Fi movie, but the technology behind this little black box may well change the way we set up and consume our living room entertainment for ever. The TP Link AD7200 Router, is the first AD WiFi – aka WiGig – router in the world. It offers ultra fast WiFi speeds, we’re talking up to 7200 Mbps eventually, but only up to 10 meters range. That’s why they’re calling it Room WiFi….

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Future Energy Saving Technology Infographic – ideas under test show promise

The good folk at SaveOnEnergy have sent us an infographic demonstrating some clever ways we might be saving energy in the future, using new technologies. We’re huge supporters of anything that can go towards helping us reduce consumption, even if some of it sounds like pie in the sky right now. You never know, right? Technology has a habit of delivering surprises down the line. So here’s the info (and a link to the main source) for you to enjoy.

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Lenovo Ideacentre 300 TV Stick – Hey It’s Windows. On A Stick. On Your TV [Review]

There was a time when a PC looked like one, know what we mean? It was bulky, dull grey and heavy enough to crush an iron skillet. But look what’s happened now. A full blown, quad core Windows PC in your hand, looking more like a Star Trek prop than a real computer. And instead of dull grey we’ve got … oh, right. Let’s take a look in more detail shall we?

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Reviews July 29, 2016 posted by Nigel

Star Trek: Bluetooth Communicator – the coolest handsfree you will ever own [Review]

Must. Resist. Too. Many. Shatner. Jokes. OK, that out of the way, we’re about to boldly go where no-one (or maybe a few) have gone, and explore the outer limits of the … how can there be so much fun in one stupid product review? So we’ve got our hands on one of the iconic symbols of the past hundred years. Yes we’re talking about a Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator thingy. Not a toy, but a fully functioning voice activated…

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Star Trek: Bluetooth Communicator – the coolest handsfree you will ever own [Review]
Reviews June 21, 2016 posted by Nigel

Gold Vision 2 – Cool Android Parking Camera, Dashcam, GPS Navigation Mirror [Review]

  You know it’s come to something when your humble car reversing mirror gets more computing power than a cheap smartphone. Not content with embedding cameras into these after-market mirrors, the techs have gone and shoe-horned a full Android computer inside, which means it can not only run apps, but also deliver a bunch of other cool stuff to make your driving experience nicer, as well.

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Gold Vision 2 – Cool Android Parking Camera, Dashcam, GPS Navigation Mirror [Review]
Reviews June 8, 2016 posted by Nigel

TP-Link AV2000 Gigabit Powerline Kit – Banish Your WiFi Blues With This Blazingly Fast, Secure Alternative [Review]

Powerline (or HomePlug) tech has been around a looong time. We first wrote about it in 2002, which makes it positively prehistoric, but the early products – which offer an alternative to WiFi by feeding the Internet down your mains electricity cables – suffered from patchy speed and problems with electrical noise on the line which stuttered the throughput badly. But that was then. Today the new models promise ultra fast speed, no glitches and the ability to install in…

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TP-Link AV2000 Gigabit Powerline Kit – Banish Your WiFi Blues With This Blazingly Fast, Secure Alternative [Review]
Reviews May 19, 2016 posted by Nigel

Anker PowerCore + 26800 Battery Pack – Monster Power In Your Pocket [Review]

The lust for power is insatiable. No not that power, the stuff you use to keep your phone going. Or your watch. Or camera. You get what we mean. We need power on the go, and boy do we need it. If we earned a dollar for every iPhone we saw sitting on 10% juice at mid-day, we’d be running for US President. Or something. Anyway, we’ve found a portable power block which has a humungous 26800 mAh on tap,…

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Anker PowerCore + 26800 Battery Pack – Monster Power In Your Pocket [Review]
Reviews April 13, 2016 posted by Nigel

Stick & Shoot Lifestyle Camera – cute budget camera lets you mount and shoot anywhere [Review]

The world may be awash with cameras recording our every movement, but it’s still pretty difficult to mount them properly to ensure they capture the best view. Sure there are different static mounts, such as those for cars, bicycles and clamps for generic opportunities, but these are all add-ons which are not so convenient. Now a camera has arrived on the market which may solve that problem.

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Stick & Shoot Lifestyle Camera – cute budget camera lets you mount and shoot anywhere [Review]
Reviews April 8, 2016 posted by Nigel

2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]

The new 2016 Nissan Pulsar is an example of an ‘ordinary’ family car which delivers impressive smoothness and style, without breaking the bank too much. It’s aimed squarely at the VW Golf in terms of size and specification, and cost, and manages to deliver a credible amount of style to the task. We took one over for a couple of weeks extended test to see how it fares in general motoring terms.

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2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]
Reviews March 30, 2016 posted by Nigel

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]

Tablet computers still exist. No really they do. We know it seems like so 1950s to talk about them – remember when they were so HOT you would scald yourself picking one off the shelf – but they still have a useful purpose in the right hands. In fact Lenovo believes that their major use is as an entertainment device, which demonstrates a lot about how the market has shifted over the past year or so.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]
general February 23, 2016 posted by Nigel

TomTom Bandit Camera – stylish action cam with great battery life and features [Review]

There are lots of action cameras on the market, and for the most part they are all focused on repeating the GoPro success story. The result is they look the same, operate the same and offer varying degrees of build quality and features. So it’s nice to find one company which is bucking the trend, by producing a camera which is genuinely different. We take a closer look to see just how different.

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TomTom Bandit Camera – stylish action cam with great battery life and features [Review]