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?
Cool Web Apps & Sites December 19, 2014 posted by Nigel

Lucyphone – never wait on hold again [Freeware]

If you’ve ever suffered the run around on a company call center system, you’ll know just how annoying it can be. It’s not just the waiting on hold that’s painful, it’s also the fact that you usually have to listen to a repeated litany of inane corporate marketing ads or even worse, badly recorded musak. Now, thanks to a clever app, you can avoid all that and save your ears and your sanity.

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Lucyphone – never wait on hold again [Freeware]
Gadgets December 19, 2014 posted by Nigel

Portable Retro Boombox – turn your smartphone into an 80’s refugee and sparkle darling, sparkle…

There appears to be a concerted and determined attempt to bring the old boombox back into circulation, and we’re not really sure we’re happy about that. The idea seems to be to combine old retro with modern technology and benefit from the combo. Again, we’re doubtful whether this will have staying power, but we’re willing to listen to the believers.

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Portable Retro Boombox – turn your smartphone into an 80’s refugee and sparkle darling, sparkle…
Gadgets December 18, 2014 posted by Nigel

GCell Solar Bluetooth Keyboard – the genuine no-charge keyboard for your tablet or smartphone [Review]

If you’re a real road warrior, you’ll know that nothing really beats the flexibility of a real keyboard for tablet or smartphone. Sure you can use the on-screen keyboard with touch to type out stuff, but if you want to be properly efficient you definitely need the clatter of some real keys. The problem is most Bluetooth keyboards add yet another thing to charge to your long list, which can be a pain. Until now.

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GCell Solar Bluetooth Keyboard – the genuine no-charge keyboard for your tablet or smartphone [Review]
Awesome December 17, 2014 posted by Nigel

Parrot Bebop Drone Camera – incredibly easy to fly, and amazing video quality, what’s not to like? [Review]

Quadcopter cameras are awesome fun, don’t let anyone tell you differently. They’re fun to fly, great for exploring new spaces and it’s fun to edit the video when you get back home. But the big problem they’ve had up to now is the fact that they’re really quite difficult to fly properly. Even the easiest, GPS controlled ones are tricky, which puts a lot of people off. But now a new generation of quadcopter cameras are coming on to the…

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Parrot Bebop Drone Camera – incredibly easy to fly, and amazing video quality, what’s not to like? [Review]
but is it art? December 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

Kosmos – the ultimately stylish Swedish arthouse computer

There are computers and then there are computers, and when you’re looking around for something out of the ordinary and yet super stylish, there aren’t that many choices to be had. You can try the bare bones customizers to start, but if you’re really looking for something with knockout value, you really need to stretch out your horizons. Probably to Sweden.

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Kosmos – the ultimately stylish Swedish arthouse computer
Bookmark This! December 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

How Products Are Made – did you ever want to know how a basketball was made? Well now you can find out instantly

We humans make a lot of stuff. A whole huge amount of stuff. Some of it cool and useful (like safety pins) and some not so (like light up Justin Bieber ties). So if you’ve ever said to yourself, ‘wow, I wonder how they make that product?‘, then this very cool site is probably a place you need to bookmark. Right now.

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How Products Are Made – did you ever want to know how a basketball was made? Well now you can find out instantly
Free Software December 11, 2014 posted by Nigel

SIM City 2000 Special Edition – now available for FREE download for a limited time offer [Freeware]

The massively popular SIM City franchise has been a source of joy for many people over the years. The game gives you total power over creating your own city and more from the ground up, and the real pleasure comes from watching as the population moves in and starts going about their daily lives, commuting, working, enjoying your creation. Now for a very short period, you can download it free.

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SIM City 2000 Special Edition – now available for FREE download for a limited time offer [Freeware]
but is it art? December 9, 2014 posted by Nigel

24K Gold Men’s Racing Bike – for the oligarch who has everything

It’s a real shame we don’t have a category for vomit inducing, but since we’re limited, we’ll have to tag this under B for bleuch! Strictly catering for those people who clearly will never ever ride a bicycle in their lives – yeah sure, you’re going to park your 24K Gold Men’s Racing Bike right outside McDonalds while you hop in for a quick hot apple pie – this is definitely the most ridiculous gift idea ever.

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24K Gold Men’s Racing Bike – for the oligarch who has everything
Gadgets December 9, 2014 posted by Nigel

Gro-hush – soothe your baby with the gentle sound of nature

There’s nothing guaranteed to upset new parents more than the sound of their crying baby, it’s biologically implanted in the genes. That sound of course can mean anything, from a diaper rash to hunger, so in the early days it’s all about trial and error until you can get things calmed down. But sometimes the crying is just discomfort, which is difficult to cure, unless you have a secret weapon.

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Gro-hush – soothe your baby with the gentle sound of nature