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 February 8, 2016 posted by Nigel

ZipperMend – clever gadget instantly fixes busted zip pulls

In our private list of annoying problems which happen far too much, the busted zip pull ranks pretty high. And if you’ve ever had it happen to you on a suitcase or coat you’ll know what we mean. For one thing it is such a stupid problem. A tiny one inch bit of metal or plastic breaks off and suddenly life has become ridiculously difficult? Truly annoying. But now a fix has arrived.

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ZipperMend – clever gadget instantly fixes busted zip pulls
Eco Friendly February 1, 2016 posted by Nigel

Mo Solar Car – is this open source electric vehicle just what our cities need? [Video First Look]

There’s no question we’re in a race against time as far as city transportation goes. The more people we cram into these urban spaces, the more pollution and congestion builds up. And it’s getting to a ridiculous state right now. Just take a look at Milan, Beijing or any other major city, where private transport has caused problems. You travel through London at an average speed of 10 mph or something at the moment. Which is why this new little…

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Mo Solar Car – is this open source electric vehicle just what our cities need? [Video First Look]
Gadgets February 1, 2016 posted by Nigel

Ringly – smart ring moves tech bling to your fat fing-er

You know that stuff called ‘wearables’, that everyone was shouting about last year? Well the idea hasn’t gone away. In fact it seems to be getting worse. The geeks are now trying to stick this kind of on-body tech into just about every bit of our lives. Like this Ringly device for instance, which is being marketed as a ‘smart ring’. Oh yes.

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Ringly – smart ring moves tech bling to your fat fing-er
Gadgets January 28, 2016 posted by Nigel

R2D2 Humidifier – the force, or something equally hilarious and trendy, comes to your bedroom

OK, here’s a question. How many ways can you slice and dice a stupid fictional robot character and make a zillion dollars in licensing fees? Answer. We don’t know, because we haven’t tried marketing a toilet scraper yet. Yes that’s right, here we go with yet another R2D2 themed object. We’ve had wireless keyboards, car chargers, bubble machines, desk vacs, web cams, smokers, remote controls and security safes. Why not an R2D2 Humidifier? We hear you ask. Wearily.

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R2D2 Humidifier – the force, or something equally hilarious and trendy, comes to your bedroom
Free Software January 28, 2016 posted by Nigel

WPS Office – the best darn Android office suite around [Freeware]

It’s a fact that the more powerful these darn smartphones become, the more tempting it is to use them for more adventurous stuff. Like… oh you know, navigating around. But more seriously, the power of modern phones is also just perfect for doing real office type work, but they’ve been held back until now by sub-standard software. No longer. Welcome WPS Office.

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WPS Office – the best darn Android office suite around [Freeware]
Reviews January 18, 2016 posted by Nigel

Shinecon VR Glasses – turn your iPhone, Android or Windows phone into a 3D viewer and game console [Review]

It looks like VR is still trying to break through, especially now that the Oculus Rift is starting to emerge into the daylight for real. Almost. The idea of these budget products is to insert your smartphone, and use any specially created app or game to enjoy ‘immersive’, virtual reality views by turning your head and such. The question is, are they improving at all? The answer is a qualified yes.

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Shinecon VR Glasses – turn your iPhone, Android or Windows phone into a 3D viewer and game console [Review]
Reviews January 8, 2016 posted by Nigel

Advanced Car Camera – elegant car DVR offers good performance [Review]

Car DVRs are growing ever more popular, which says something about our driving or the state of our traffic laws. But in either case, it’s definitely worthwhile having some sort of evidence if you ever suffer from a traffic related event. The new generation of car cameras offer this peace of mind, and the really good bit is they don’t cost the earth. Nor do they falter when it comes to bad lighting conditions.

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Advanced Car Camera – elegant car DVR offers good performance [Review]
Reviews December 21, 2015 posted by Nigel

Huawei Mate S – A Gorgeous, Powerful And Rather Clever Android Phone [Review]

There’s clearly a new generation of Android smartphones hitting the shelves right now. They combine top class specifications, with super stylish design wrapped up in a price which is significantly lower than the market leader brands. Sony and Huawei seem to be leading the charge (absent HTC), and we’ve just got our hands on the latest Huawei handset to put through its paces. And it’s good.

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Huawei Mate S – A Gorgeous, Powerful And Rather Clever Android Phone [Review]