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 December 6, 2016 posted by Nigel

Wolverine 8mm Movie To Digital Converter – don’t lose all that priceless footage in the attic

Rumor has it that if you laid all the old 8mm film footage that is lying around in people’s attics and basements end to end, it would stretch from here all the way round my Aunt Fran’s backyard. Or something. In other words there’s still a lot of important history locked up in dark cupboards across the world. Now you can unlock it.

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Wolverine 8mm Movie To Digital Converter – don’t lose all that priceless footage in the attic
Reviews November 13, 2016 posted by Nigel

Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]

We’re getting close to the point now where Android TV boxes are actually more of a commodity than anything else, which is always an interesting test for a product type. Will the price plummet, will the build quality go up or down, what extra features will we see in the later incarnations? From the looks of it, we’re seeing a solid set of answers from this market, which is good news. The quality appears to be consistent, the pricing stable…

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Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]
Reviews October 16, 2016 posted by Nigel

DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]

Why oh why do smartphones still run out of charge half way through the day? We’re in the 21st century right, so surely they can design these things so they last longer? It looks like every time they increase the performance of a battery, they have to add some stupid new feature which sucks the life out of it. Result? We still all need to carry around spare power packs just in case. It sucks. Anyhoo, rant over. Here’s a…

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DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]
Reviews October 4, 2016 posted by Nigel

TP-Link AC 2600 Router Modem – fast, flexible and a great way to spice up your home WiFi network [Review]

Home broadband is one of those things that we mostly forget about. We sign up, install the provider’s equipment, and that’s it right? Well there are two things missing here. First, the generic vanilla kit that broadband providers send out to us consumers is generally just average. They want to keep costs down. Second, even decent routers wear out over time, so it pays to keep track of your Internet connection to monitor for degradation. If you do notice any…

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TP-Link AC 2600 Router Modem – fast, flexible and a great way to spice up your home WiFi network [Review]
Awesome September 26, 2016 posted by Nigel

UleFone Metal – great little budget phone is a powerhouse of features [Review – Editors Choice]

You know that a market is maturing when the overall quality of the products on offer reaches a high level. With that in mind, it’s clear that the smartphone market, and Android budget phones in particular, are really hitting a high note in terms of features and quality. Take this UleFone Metal smartphone as an example. It’s a beautifully judged, solid performer from a brand name which you probably won’t see on your high street.

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UleFone Metal – great little budget phone is a powerhouse of features [Review – Editors Choice]
Reviews September 24, 2016 posted by Nigel

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – super svelte tablet laptop hybrid is a winner [Review]

The name Microsoft and the word tablet computer are not natural partners, but in the past few years the company has been valiantly trying to play catch up in a field dominated by Apple with the iPad and Samsung et al with Android rivals. The marketplace for pure tablets has now cooled down a lot, but the rising popularity of hybrid products, which combine tablet features with keyboard computer power has demonstrated that there is still a demand. The Microsoft…

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – super svelte tablet laptop hybrid is a winner [Review]
Reviews September 16, 2016 posted by Nigel

Bolt EV – road test of this brand new electric prototype [First look]

Life’s a funny old thing. There you are, minding your own business, when all of a sudden fate plays you a hand. A wry hand. A hand that makes you wonder just who is laughing at us minions down on the ground. Take, for instance, our recent short road test run of a shiny new electric car somewhere in the middle of the UK’s lovely countryside. It was fun. It was illuminating. What it definitely wasn’t, was a car I…

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Bolt EV – road test of this brand new electric prototype [First look]
Reviews September 2, 2016 posted by Nigel

SJCAM M20 Action Camera – brilliant little camera is versatile and fully featured [Review]

We get to test out a fair number of action cameras here at Ferret Towers, and most of them are … well let’s just say they’re OK. The typical camera tries hard to be a GoPro clone, but with nothing more adventurous than a cheaper price. That’s why it’s always nice to see companies which are trying to do more, like TomTom with its Bandit and now this new SJCAM M20 Action Camera product.

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SJCAM M20 Action Camera – brilliant little camera is versatile and fully featured [Review]
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?
Reviews August 15, 2016 posted by Nigel

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

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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