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?
Awesome September 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

Renault EOLAB – new ultra low fuel consumption car points the way to 282 mpg for everyone

Car giant Renault is no stranger to innovation, and today the company has announced a new prototype vehicle, the EOLAB, as part of its ‘ultra low fuel consumption‘ initiative, which is part of a plan to introduce affordable low consumption motoring to the mass market within the next 10 years. The car, which is based on a standard supermini format, features over 100 innovations, which focus on reducing weight, dramatically improving aerodynamics and improving the hybrid engine technology significantly.

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Renault EOLAB – new ultra low fuel consumption car points the way to 282 mpg for everyone
cool tech September 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

Cheetah Bot – say hello to the new all electric, running jumping pet of the future

Oh it may not look like much right now, but pretty soon you’re going to start seeing properly clothed versions of these…ahem…puppies scooting around town behind their owners, no question. It’s just a matter of getting the batteries right we reckon. MIT Cheetah Bot is a research project at MIT to develop an autonomous robot ‘creature’, rather like the original and rather scary LS3 ‘dog’ from Boston Dynamics.

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Cheetah Bot – say hello to the new all electric, running jumping pet of the future
cool tech September 16, 2014 posted by Nigel

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Camera Phone – the Android smartphone that’s also a 4K camera, things just got real…

Every so often in tech a new product arrives on the market which doesn’t quite make sense, but is still rather cool. These products often don’t find a mass market, but what they do is point the way to a future iteration which will eventually indeed make waves, and possibly even create a new market segment. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Smart Camera [original] is just such a product.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Camera Phone – the Android smartphone that’s also a 4K camera, things just got real…
Gadgets September 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Sunsbell UV Scorpion Hunter – who says Indiana Jones gets to have all the fun?

Those of us living in a large city can now look away and go back to the crossword or whatever, because this is a public service message for anyone who’s at risk from small scuttling creatures which wish them harm. This Sunsbell UV Scorpion Hunter is, as the name suggests, a tool for locating the little critters quickly and easily. Which is the way we would definitely like to do it, given a choice.

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Sunsbell UV Scorpion Hunter – who says Indiana Jones gets to have all the fun?
Awesome September 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Spark Security Browser – is this the fastest, safest web browser on the planet right now? [Freeware]

Regular readers will know that while we loves us our Firefox browser, we’re always on the lookout for an ultra fast, and functional alternative for those times when we just want to get on there and look something up quickly. Over the years we’ve moved between Chrome, Maxthon and other, but now we’ve found ourselves a new champion. And it’s a doozy.

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Spark Security Browser – is this the fastest, safest web browser on the planet right now? [Freeware]
Bookmark This! September 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Coffee Break Grooves – these backing tracks are the next best thing to having your own jam band in the bedroom

Whether you’re a learner or a pro musician, you can never practice too much. In fact, the brutal truth is, unless you practice regularly, you’re probably never going to be fully satisfied with your playing, no matter what instrument you favor. That’s why it’s great when we find services which offer to help you practice and have fun at the same time.

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Coffee Break Grooves – these backing tracks are the next best thing to having your own jam band in the bedroom
Awesome September 12, 2014 posted by Nigel

4 Superb Android Apps Which Make Your Phone So Much Easier To Use [Freeware +]

One of the most awesomest things about owning and using an Android smartphone is the fact that you can customize it to the way you want it – listening iPhone 6 users? – often just by adding a cool few apps. Over time I’ve identified a quartet of apps (all free except for one) which are essential tools to install, and which make things so easy I wonder why Android doesn’t have these features embedded as standard?

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4 Superb Android Apps Which Make Your Phone So Much Easier To Use [Freeware +]
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