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?
Eco Friendly October 31, 2014 posted by Nigel

Disposable Battery Charger – turn your ordinary Duracell batteries into rechargeables

Hands up everyone who gets just the teeniest pang of guilt as they throw away a used set of batteries. It’s that nagging feeling there’s still some juice left you could use if only you weren’t so lazy and wasteful. It’s no wonder that rechargeables have become so popular. But they’re a little expensive, and they also wear out eventually.

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Disposable Battery Charger – turn your ordinary Duracell batteries into rechargeables
Gadgets October 31, 2014 posted by Nigel

MOOG Theremini – weird music machine is weird

There’s something about strange vibratory music that makes people either run away screaming or swoon in delight, and we’re not sure which part of the brain is responsible for the effect. Take synthesizers for instance. Once the darling of the pop rocks brigade, now they’re relegated to the back rooms of Sci-Fi TV series instead of Billboard charts.

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MOOG Theremini – weird music machine is weird
Cool Web Apps & Sites October 30, 2014 posted by Nigel

Easy Guitar – LED guitar and online tutor site makes learning the guitar a much easier task

There are a lot of various ways you can learn to play the good old guitar. Back in the day I just used to sit in front of someone and try and follow their fingering as they ran through a well known song of the day, and after a while it was pretty easy to pick up. But if you want to do it properly, without picking up bad habits, you really need some proper instruction.

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Easy Guitar – LED guitar and online tutor site makes learning the guitar a much easier task
cool tech October 29, 2014 posted by Nigel

BOTTA Uno 24 Neo – keeping track of the day, one slow, lazy hour at a time

We’re all too hung up on time. It’s a fact. We’ve tied ourselves up into so many tiny knots over time-keeping that we’re constantly struggling to meet all these mythical deadlines, and it’s doing our heads in. Who cares if we’re 4 minutes late here, or 7 minutes early there? Does it really matter? I’m pretty sure it doesn’t, which is why I’m loving this new innovative way of looking at time.

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BOTTA Uno 24 Neo – keeping track of the day, one slow, lazy hour at a time
cool tech October 29, 2014 posted by Nigel

GSatMicro – the smallest Iridium tracker in the world will monitor you anywhere on the planet

There are tracking systems and then there are tracking systems. Almost all GPS tracking systems rely on either storing their data on an on-board memory card or use GSM cell phone networks to transmit their location to a home base. Which is fine unless you happen to be out at sea, or in the middle of a jungle where there are no phone towers or signal. Which is where this tiny new product can really deliver.

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GSatMicro – the smallest Iridium tracker in the world will monitor you anywhere on the planet
Mobile Tech October 28, 2014 posted by Nigel

Mann Zug 3+ Rugged Android Smartphone – ultra tough phone comes with solid decent specs as well [Review]

The truly great thing about the Android ecosystem is the fact that you’re not limited to just one type of phone for your needs. You can buy fast phones, slow cheap phones, thin ones, big phablet types and also of course toughened rugged models. However up till recently if you opted for a tough smartphone, you had to put up with inferior specifications all round. But not any longer! [Update: the retailers are offering Red Ferret readers a $20 discount…

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Mann Zug 3+ Rugged Android Smartphone – ultra tough phone comes with solid decent specs as well [Review]
Free Software October 28, 2014 posted by Nigel

X-Mouse Button Control – suddenly your mouse is more powerful than a speeding bullet [Freeware]

There are two types of people in this life. Those that are happy with the base functionality of their computer mouse, and those that need more control, more power, more everything from those few buttons and wheel. If you’re the former, move on, but for the freaks among us, here’s a chance to give your mouse more super powers than your head can probably handle.

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X-Mouse Button Control – suddenly your mouse is more powerful than a speeding bullet [Freeware]
Fun & Games October 24, 2014 posted by Nigel

iPega Bluetooth Controller & Touchpad – now you can have your game controller and touch all in one

One of the problems with gaming on a smartphone or phablet is the fact that you need to use a touchscreen, which can be a hassle for things like driving or shoot ‘em up games, right? Because those need something with a little more finesse, not just some screen jabs and pokes. Which is where game controllers come in. But then you lose the touch bit for navigation. What to do?

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iPega Bluetooth Controller & Touchpad – now you can have your game controller and touch all in one
Awesome October 24, 2014 posted by Nigel

USB Raptor – turn any USB flash drive into a secure computer lock key for your laptop or desktop PC [Freeware]

Carrying around a fancy laptop is all well and good, but hands up any of you who are a little bit paranoid about leaving your portable in a taxi, or on a train or at a party after work? Yeah, it happens, and when it does, it’s a nasty pit of the stomach thing. But what if you could lock the contents of your machine against unauthorized access, using nothing more than any old USB drive you have in your…

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USB Raptor – turn any USB flash drive into a secure computer lock key for your laptop or desktop PC [Freeware]
Gadgets October 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

HooToo TripMate Elite – a very cool tool for travelers to Internet hostile hotels [Review]

OK, seriously, what is the matter with hotels? Why on earth do they insist on making you jump through hoops and pay for Internet connections, don’t they realise it’s more important than clean towels most of the time. Well almost. Anyway, if you’re a traveler, we’ve found a product which should hopefully make your life a lot easier all round.

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HooToo TripMate Elite – a very cool tool for travelers to Internet hostile hotels [Review]
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