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?
Gadgets September 2, 2014 posted by Nigel

Power Jacket for iPhone 6 – a 3000mAh battery pack for the phone that doesn’t even exist yet

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes something like this… ‘the man who can sell accessories for an invisible product, is soon to be rich.’ We may not have got the exact words right, but you get the drift. Anyhoo, to prove the point, we’re delighted to present to you the 3000mAh Power Jacket For iPhone 6. Now just in case you’re a little confused, you are indeed correct. The aforementioned iPhone 6 has not yet arrived on the market.

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Power Jacket for iPhone 6 – a 3000mAh battery pack for the phone that doesn’t even exist yet
cool tech September 1, 2014 posted by Nigel

Glasses Off – slick smartphone app helps reduce your need for reading glasses [Freeware]

No matter how great your eyesight, with age it starts to deteriorate. It’s just a fact of life, and the result is most people over the age of 40 eventually need to invest in some glasses in order to keep up with daily activities like reading. But there’s a growing body of evidence that says this doesn’t have to be an inevitable fact, and we can actually turn the clock back and improve our eyesight with some proper training.

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Glasses Off – slick smartphone app helps reduce your need for reading glasses [Freeware]
announcement August 31, 2014 posted by Nigel

Red Ferret Sony Bravia W65 Smart TV Giveaway – FINAL 24 HOURS!!

Time flies and waits for no-one, especially if you’re still wasting time by not entering our giveaway for a fab Sony Bravia W65 Smart Television (UK only!). It’s not too late, there’s still 24 hours to go before we find out who the lucky winner is, and if you enter it could be you! Oh yes it could. So stop dawdling and… CLICK HERE TO ENTER! Good luck. [Psst...watch out for our next awesome giveaway coming up very soon now!]

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Red Ferret Sony Bravia W65 Smart TV Giveaway – FINAL 24 HOURS!!
opinion piece August 29, 2014 posted by Nigel

Candy and the very real problems of 3D printer crowdfunding

Every day we receive a bunch of solicitations to support crowdfunding projects from various places, and while we absolutely love the whole idea of public/fan sponsored products, there are areas where things need to settle down a little and get real. One such example is 3D printers, a hot new segment where idealistic dreams are often clouding better judgment and financial realities.

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Candy and the very real problems of 3D printer crowdfunding
Mobile Tech August 29, 2014 posted by Nigel

Alarmr – cool free app lets you wake up to your favorite tunes, news, weather, calendar and challenge [Freeware]

Free alarm clocks for smartphones are two a penny on the app store, so one really needs to stand out if it’s to get our attention. Especially since we’re such huge fans of Timely. Well we’ve found one, and it’s not bad at all in a lot of ways, since it offers some very cool features that Timely doesn’t at the moment.

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Alarmr – cool free app lets you wake up to your favorite tunes, news, weather, calendar and challenge [Freeware]
Eco Friendly August 28, 2014 posted by Nigel

Peel Electric Micro Car – smallest electric car in the world?

We’re thinking that this is probably the smallest proper electric car in the world (or the whole universe, what do we know?), and if it isn’t we would definitely like to meet the elves who’ve built one smaller. Petrol heads will, of course, recognize the distinctive Peel micro car shape, but instead of a conventional petrol engine, this puppy comes with a full electric drivetrain. Wow-eee.

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Peel Electric Micro Car – smallest electric car in the world?
Gadgets August 28, 2014 posted by Nigel

Car Parking Camera for Smartphones – your Android or iPhone device can now work as a wireless car parking camera

All fancy modern cars seem to come with rear parking cameras nowadays, and they’re definitely a boon if, like me, you’re one of those who tends to reverse until they feel something go bump in the night. Of course occasionally the bump turns into something a bit more, well expensive, which is why it would be nice to have a way to retro-fit a device to help.

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Car Parking Camera for Smartphones – your Android or iPhone device can now work as a wireless car parking camera
Cool Web Apps & Sites August 28, 2014 posted by Nigel

Local Fu – hate being a tourist? Then get some real local help for just a fiver

Traveling is great fun, but sometimes it can be hard to really experience a new place without ending up doing all the conventional ‘touristy’ stuff. And even if you try and go off the beaten track, it’s hard to find out what’s worth doing and what’s not. Now there’s a new service which aims to connect locals with visitors to help you discover great places and things which tourists won’t know about.

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Local Fu – hate being a tourist? Then get some real local help for just a fiver
Awesome August 27, 2014 posted by Nigel

MIPS Creator C120 – attention all hackers and makers, please form an orderly queue here for your FREE Raspberry Pi killer!

The Raspberry Pi just got some serious competition. Brit developers Imagination has just released a new development system, called the MIPS Creator C120, which offers some serious functionality on a board. And what’s more they’re putting their money where their mouth is by offering the systems free of charge to all suitable projects. Just visit the site and enter in your details. [Update: the site is apparently down right now. Who would have thought it?]

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MIPS Creator C120 – attention all hackers and makers, please form an orderly queue here for your FREE Raspberry Pi killer!
Gadgets August 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box – powerful, fast and beautifully put together… the coolest thing you can attach to your television [Review]

The Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box is a brand new entrant to the standalone computers which turn your humble television into a smart and Internet connected beast of a multimedia machine. And it’s one of the best we’ve found so far. This, dear reader, is a box so powerful it makes your smartphone look like a Fisher Price toy. Gone are the days when you had to suffer weak WiFi connections, poor screen resolution and an anemic processor, this…

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Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box – powerful, fast and beautifully put together… the coolest thing you can attach to your television [Review]
Bookmark This! August 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

17 Open Source Tools For Music, Video and Design Editing [Freeware]

Who would have guessed all those years ago when the personal computer first arrived, that they could be used for such incredible tasks as editing multimedia files like video, music and sophisticated websites? But here we are, and one great result we’ve benefited from is the rise of free open source software which helps us do these tasks without having to mortgage the cat.

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17 Open Source Tools For Music, Video and Design Editing [Freeware]
Gadgets August 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet – help people hear exactly when you open your wallet

Straight to us from the ‘what are they thinking?‘ department is this cute looking little Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet which plays one of five drum beats every time you open it. So let’s get this straight, you’re trying to conduct your private financial transaction at a quiet neighborhood cash machine, and this thing will start up with a l33t drum lick when you want to get your credit card out? Brilliant!

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Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet – help people hear exactly when you open your wallet
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