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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?
Mobile Tech September 19, 2014 posted by Nigel

TunnelBear Mobile – excellent free WiFi security tool now available on Android and iPhone [Freeware]

One of the things it’s important to remember is the fact that wireless networking connections (especially public WiFi) are inherently insecure, which means it’s pretty easy for people with a bit of tech skill to tap into your connection and spy on your stuff. The golden rule is never do anything on public WiFi that’s super sensitive (like banking etc), just in case. But there are ways to reduced the risks.

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TunnelBear Mobile – excellent free WiFi security tool now available on Android and iPhone [Freeware]
announcement September 18, 2014 posted by Nigel

Final week of our Yezz Android Smartphone Giveaway!

Hey, just thought we’d mention that we’re moving into the final week of our fabulous Yezz A4 Smartphone Giveaway, so you’re running out of time if you haven’t already had a go. It’s a very cool prize and we’re sure the lucky winner will be the toast of their town, but you’ll never know unless you try. Click here to enter! Good luck!

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Final week of our Yezz Android Smartphone Giveaway!
Bizarre September 18, 2014 posted by Nigel

New Chinese Texting Lane is for people who can’t stop looking at their phones [Weird]

Apparently the city of Chongqing in China feels that there’s a problem with people walking and texting, so it’s introduced a new ‘Cellphone Lane’, which is there to be used by people who are staring at their handsets as they walk. You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you? The street, actually called Foreigner Street, has a clearly marked lane, with a sign that labels them for mobile phone users.

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New Chinese Texting Lane is for people who can’t stop looking at their phones [Weird]
cool tech September 17, 2014 posted by Nigel

Forest – break your phone addiction and start focusing on life [Freeware]

It’s like an addiction, isn’t it? All this gazing at our mobile phone screens, looking for emails, texts, Facebook posts, anything which we’re scared of missing. Even when we’re somewhere important, like a birthday party, a concert, even a job interview, we’re desperate to pull out the phone and check just one more time, quickly. Honest, it won’t take a second.

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Forest – break your phone addiction and start focusing on life [Freeware]
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?
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