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?
Awesome September 23, 2014 posted by Nigel

Piper – the best little home security and automation device you’ll find at the price [Review]

We’ve got a small confession to make, we don’t really like home security and automation devices. The ones we’ve looked at in the past have promised much, and in the end delivered more disappointment than anything else. The big problem with most of them is they’re just too darned hard to install, and when you do finally manage to get it all working, there’s typically something which doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, which is very annoying. But now there’s…

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Piper – the best little home security and automation device you’ll find at the price [Review]
Gadgets September 23, 2014 posted by Nigel

Connector Pen – stylus, ballpoint and charging cable all in one

Back in the day a pen was a pen, know what we mean? You could trust it to just about reliably open on command, and then maybe, if there was an R in the month, it would write something out for you, under your expert guidance of course. Nowadays that’s all ancient rubbish, if your pen doesn’t do at least three things other that write before breakfast, it’s considered to be an antique.

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Connector Pen – stylus, ballpoint and charging cable all in one
Mobile Tech September 23, 2014 posted by Nigel

PlexiDigest – free app delivers pocket sized summaries of breaking news for people who don’t like reading much [Freeware]

There’s too much to do, and definitely not enough time to do it in, and we put the blame squarely on the recent government decision to speed up time. It was a lousy idea, and we should have fought harder to stop it. But now it’s here, we better make the most of it, which is where this handy, but worrying free app comes in.

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PlexiDigest – free app delivers pocket sized summaries of breaking news for people who don’t like reading much [Freeware]
Eco Friendly September 22, 2014 posted by Nigel

2 in 1 Bicycle Generator for Smartphones – stop wasting money on batteries and charging, put your pedal power to use instead

They say there’s nothing really new under the sun, and judging by this new gadget, they’re absolutely right. The 2 in 1 Bicycle Generator for Smartphones is not a new idea at all, bike dynamos have been around since the invention of the wheel. But what makes this puppy different is the fact that it’s designed to deliver the perfect charge for our most modern devices. Not just a cycle lamp!

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2 in 1 Bicycle Generator for Smartphones – stop wasting money on batteries and charging, put your pedal power to use instead
diy September 22, 2014 posted by Nigel

Ghost Chilli Growing Kit – the hottest pepper in the world comes to your windowsill, and good luck with that…

There are chilli peppers and then there are chilli peppers, and the Bhut Jolokia, or Ghost Chilli is the world’s hottest, at least according to the Guinness Book of Records. It’s so hot that villagers in India apparently use it smeared on fence posts to keep the elephants away. We’re talking ten times hotter than a habanero chilli. Get the idea?

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Ghost Chilli Growing Kit – the hottest pepper in the world comes to your windowsill, and good luck with that…
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
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