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 May 6, 2015 posted by Nigel

Kano – the new DIY computer in a box gets an upgrade

The computer business never stops still, and this goes for the hobbyist end of the market as much as anywhere else. The Raspberry Pi, for instance, has proved to be a real revolution in the home computing enthusiast world, especially since it’s encouraged so many exciting spin-offs to hit the shelves. The latest is the Kano, a DIY computer in a box.

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Kano – the new DIY computer in a box gets an upgrade
Electric Cars May 6, 2015 posted by Nigel

KSPG Range Extender – the EV car battery charger that fits in the spare wheel slot

Anyone who’s ever driven a fully electric car will tell you how amazing they are. Silent, smooth and brisk. The only real drawback is that pesky battery range, and while it’s steadily improving, the fact that most of these EVs can only do around 80 miles per charge is still a major hurdle in gaining public acceptance. But perhaps there’s a way to combine the best of both worlds, using a petrol motor to keep the batteries charged for longer…

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KSPG Range Extender – the EV car battery charger that fits in the spare wheel slot
Bizarre May 6, 2015 posted by Nigel

Grooveshark is back – music industry now facing a new Pirate Bay type problem

Just five days after music streaming and download site Grooveshark was shut down due to legal pressures, it’s resurfaced, complete with all the same content and functionality. In a move reminiscent of the dodge ’em and run tactics employed by The Pirate Bay tormenting site, the folk behind the new Grooveshark claim that they’re ‘here to stay’. Which indicates the music industry is in for another long spell of Whac-A-Mole.

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Grooveshark is back – music industry now facing a new Pirate Bay type problem
Reviews May 5, 2015 posted by Nigel

3Doodler 2.0 – cool new 3D printer pen is sleeker, more flexible and more fun [Review]

When the first 3D printer pen was announced it caused a real stir, and rightly so. The idea of creating 3D plastic artwork using a pen like instrument was an amazing concept. And even though the original tools were rather clumsy, they gained an enthusiastic following from fans across the world. Now we’ve hit Version 2.0, and while it’s more an evolution than revolution, the results are still as much fun.

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3Doodler 2.0 – cool new 3D printer pen is sleeker, more flexible and more fun [Review]
general May 5, 2015 posted by Nigel

Greased Lightning – 10 rotor electric plane prototype llfts off … vertically

The folks at NASA have successfully flown a 10 rotor electric prototype model plane which can take off vertically and then transition into a conventional aircraft mode for flight. Why, you may ask? Well for one thing, it’s very cool to watch, as you’ll see if you check out the video. Is it practical? Who knows? But it’s one more bit of evidence that says electric power will probably hit all forms of transportation eventually.

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Greased Lightning – 10 rotor electric plane prototype llfts off … vertically
Awesome May 4, 2015 posted by Nigel

LXLE Linux – revive that old PC! [Freeware]

Everyone’s got an old laptop or desktop PC lying around in an attic or cupboard somewhere. That’s just how it goes. Most of the time, it sits there because it runs like a dog, and no-one can be bothered to fix it, or junk it. But now you have a rather cool way to bring your old machine back to productive life.

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LXLE Linux – revive that old PC! [Freeware]
Free Software May 1, 2015 posted by Nigel

Polybrowser – the world’s first panoramic web browser? [Freeware]

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, along comes a new basic tool which manages to surprise us. A little. If you’ve ever wondered why there’s no sideways scrolling web browser on the market, wonder no longer because it’s now arrived. Polybrowser is a multi-platform browser which is designed for people who do serious multi-tasking and need more oomph from their web tools.

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Polybrowser – the world’s first panoramic web browser? [Freeware]