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 July 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

LED Foot Pain Reliever – NASA technology to the rescue for poor tired tootsies

Hands up if you’ve ever had painful feet. Yep, same here. We all get pain in the feet at some time or another, because we walk around a lot. That’s good of course, but it can lead to problems if we’re wearing unsuitable shoes or staying on our feet for too many harsh, unyielding hours. Properly fitting footwear can help of course, but there’s also another solution it seems.

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LED Foot Pain Reliever – NASA technology to the rescue for poor tired tootsies
Eco Friendly July 20, 2015 posted by Nigel

2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]

If anyone needs proof that the world is slowly changing, look no further than the major car manufacturers. These lumbering dinosaurs are being forced, kicking and screaming, into the eco driven future to the extent that they’re even converting their major sellers into green machines. The latest example is this Volkswagen Passat GTE, a plugin hybrid (PHEV) which boasts ‘official’ consumption figures of 149 mpg and 31 miles of all electric range. And at a price which is very nearly…

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2015 VW Passat GTE – first drive of the ultimate 149 mpg company fleet car [Review]
Free Software July 14, 2015 posted by Nigel

Food Maestro – use your phone to instantly avoid allergy foods while shopping

It seems that more and more people are suffering from allergic reactions to modern foods. It’s not just gluten, but a widening variety of food, mostly processed, which seem to be causing problems. One of the problems that creates is trying to avoid dangerous products when shopping, which can be very time consuming. But now a new free app aims to make things much easier.

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Food Maestro – use your phone to instantly avoid allergy foods while shopping
cool tech July 4, 2015 posted by Nigel

RadiaShield Men’s Boxer Briefs – reduce the radiation to those precious private parts

There’s no doubt that we live in a massively irradiated world. We swim in a sea of WiFi, mobile phone, broadcast TV, microwave and other electromagnetic stuff every single day, and it’s getting worse not better. Which could be rather worrying if some studies are to be believed. “Semen exposed to RF electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones had higher levels of damaging free radicals, lower sperm motility (the ability of sperm to move and swim), lower sperm viability (the…

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RadiaShield Men’s Boxer Briefs – reduce the radiation to those precious private parts
Fun & Games July 3, 2015 posted by Nigel

Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone – hands on with with this fast, fun flyer [First Test]

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, no-one does fun quadcopters like Parrot. Unlike every other manufacturer, the Parrot drones (as they like to call them) are fast, ultra stable and lots of fun. Less crashing into things and more flying. Cool. So now the company has just announced the 2015 line-up of fun flyers, starting with the Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone. We got to test it out at the launch this week.

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Parrot Airborne Cargo Drone – hands on with with this fast, fun flyer [First Test]
Cool Web Apps & Sites July 3, 2015 posted by Nigel

Camio – got an old phone lying around? Turn it into a free security camera [Editors Choice]

We first reported on free software to turn your phone into a remote camera back in 2004 (yes that long, and it was called Mobcam for Symbian). Well time may fly, but that doesn’t mean good ideas disappear. Now there’s a new and much more sophisticated version of the idea out, and it’s great. Camio is a free service which lets you convert any old smartphone (or even a computer webcam) into a motion sensitive security camera.

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Camio – got an old phone lying around? Turn it into a free security camera [Editors Choice]
Fun & Games July 2, 2015 posted by Nigel

Games Old vs New – mind-blowing look at how your favorite game has changed over time

The good folk from Liberty Games sent us over a fascinating little project for all you gamers out there. The Videogames Old vs New site offers a side by side comparison look at some of the most popular games of all time. Comparing what they were like when launched to today’s version. The difference is mind-blowing, and it’s not just the graphics that have improved.

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Games Old vs New – mind-blowing look at how your favorite game has changed over time
Reviews July 1, 2015 posted by Nigel

HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]

Suddenly you can’t turn a corner without coming up against a new DIY security camera. Big ones, small ones, and they all have one thing in common. They’re designed to be super easy to install. We’ve just been checking out one of the latest on the market, the HomeMonitor HD Pro from camera veterans Y-Cam. It’s an outdoor camera, which is supposed to be so easy to install your cat could do it. Or something like that.

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HomeMonitor HD Pro – weatherproof, easy set up DIY security cam on a budget [Review]
cool tech June 27, 2015 posted by Nigel

BeOn – these cool light bulbs are also a home security system

The convergence of smart light bulbs and home security had to happen eventually. So no surprises to hear that an enterprising US company has come up with an elegant product which combines the best of sensor and LED tech to produce the BeOn light bulb. The device goes way beyond most ‘smart‘ bulbs to offer a really valuable set of tools to protect your home.

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BeOn – these cool light bulbs are also a home security system
Reviews June 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – 13.3 inch screen and an integrated projector, a very unusual tablet indeed [Review]

There are tablet computers, and then there are ‘tablet’ computers. Most of the genre, except for the iPad masters, offer a lot of me-too tech, or simply a lower price to try and win customers. But occasionally there’s a tablet which really tries to be different, and so it is with this new tablet computer from the Lenovo stable. Big, brassy and bold. And that’s just the box.

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – 13.3 inch screen and an integrated projector, a very unusual tablet indeed [Review]
Fun & Games June 20, 2015 posted by Nigel

Game Pad Digital XD – quad core handheld game console features Android and emulators

Ever wished you could relive the golden age of handheld games consoles? Do you lament the passing of classic games, and love the idea of the Nintendo 3DS, but not so much the price? Well here’s an interesting alternative for you. This Game Pad Digital XD is a quad core Android handheld game console which comes with a bunch of emulation software to let you play those fun titles that you need in your life.

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Game Pad Digital XD – quad core handheld game console features Android and emulators
Reviews June 16, 2015 posted by Nigel

Samsung Galaxy Tab A – this sleek new tablet computer offers family friendly computing on the go [Review]

Tablet computers seem to be enjoying a little bit of a surge in popularity again, maybe because they’re coming down in price, and are offering some nice features along the way. It also helps that more ‘generic’ software is now available for the most popular platforms like Android, which makes them even more useful. We recently checked out one of the latest tablets to come out of the Samsung stable, and found it to be a very solid workhorse for…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A – this sleek new tablet computer offers family friendly computing on the go [Review]