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 August 27, 2014 posted by Nigel

MIPS Creator C120 – attention all hackers and makers, please form an orderly queue here for your FREE Raspberry Pi killer!

The Raspberry Pi just got some serious competition. Brit developers Imagination has just released a new development system, called the MIPS Creator C120, which offers some serious functionality on a board. And what’s more they’re putting their money where their mouth is by offering the systems free of charge to all suitable projects. Just visit the site and enter in your details. [Update: the site is apparently down right now. Who would have thought it?]

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MIPS Creator C120 – attention all hackers and makers, please form an orderly queue here for your FREE Raspberry Pi killer!
Gadgets August 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box – powerful, fast and beautifully put together… the coolest thing you can attach to your television [Review]

The Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box is a brand new entrant to the standalone computers which turn your humble television into a smart and Internet connected beast of a multimedia machine. And it’s one of the best we’ve found so far. This, dear reader, is a box so powerful it makes your smartphone look like a Fisher Price toy. Gone are the days when you had to suffer weak WiFi connections, poor screen resolution and an anemic processor, this…

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Probox2 EX Android 4K TV Box – powerful, fast and beautifully put together… the coolest thing you can attach to your television [Review]
Bookmark This! August 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

17 Open Source Tools For Music, Video and Design Editing [Freeware]

Who would have guessed all those years ago when the personal computer first arrived, that they could be used for such incredible tasks as editing multimedia files like video, music and sophisticated websites? But here we are, and one great result we’ve benefited from is the rise of free open source software which helps us do these tasks without having to mortgage the cat.

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17 Open Source Tools For Music, Video and Design Editing [Freeware]
Gadgets August 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet – help people hear exactly when you open your wallet

Straight to us from the ‘what are they thinking?‘ department is this cute looking little Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet which plays one of five drum beats every time you open it. So let’s get this straight, you’re trying to conduct your private financial transaction at a quiet neighborhood cash machine, and this thing will start up with a l33t drum lick when you want to get your credit card out? Brilliant!

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Sound Effect Drum Machine Wallet – help people hear exactly when you open your wallet
Recommended August 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

Bluetooth Auto Connect – an awesome cure if you’re fed up with your Bluetooth gadgets not connecting properly [Freeware]

Anyone who’s ever struggled to get their Bluetooth accessory to connect to a phone or tablet will know exactly how frustrating this clever but flawed technology can be. Sure it’s the lynchpin behind almost all fitness, health, music and ion-car gadgets, but boy is it annoying when it fails to connect, or forgets the pairing. But now there’s a very cool free app which could change all that and make our lives infinitely easier.

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Bluetooth Auto Connect – an awesome cure if you’re fed up with your Bluetooth gadgets not connecting properly [Freeware]
cool tech August 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

Chairless Chair – the invisible chair you wear

When you think about it, the phrase ‘drag up a chair’ kind of sums up our relationship with these common seating tools. We put up with having to drag them around the place, when in reality it would be much better if we could just wear them, wouldn’t it? Well hey, now there’s a new Swiss invention which may just let that happen.

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Chairless Chair – the invisible chair you wear
Gadgets August 21, 2014 posted by Nigel

Yerka – the bicycle that can’t be stolen? Mmm…

Hmm…some enterprising Chilean engineering students have come up with a bike design they say makes it theft proof. They actually use the word ‘unstealable‘, but we’re not sure it actually exists. Anyhoo, the Yerka project looks pretty clever all right, although we do have a couple of questions.

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Yerka – the bicycle that can’t be stolen? Mmm…
Awesome August 19, 2014 posted by Nigel

THL 5000 – 3 day battery life and enough power to charge your other devices? Yep, this is the amazing 5000mAh phone we’ve been waiting for [Review]

Regular readers will know that we’ve been hunting for the perfect smartphone for a few years now. The criteria is pretty simple. First and most important, it must have a battery life of several days before needing a charge. It also has to have a great price, be as powerful as possible, offer infinitely expandable storage via microSD cards and preferably be dual SIM. We’ve just found that phone.

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THL 5000 – 3 day battery life and enough power to charge your other devices? Yep, this is the amazing 5000mAh phone we’ve been waiting for [Review]
Gadgets August 19, 2014 posted by Nigel

Doona – the infant car seat that thinks it’s a buggy

It’s been the problem of problems down the ages. How to easily transfer the sleeping baby from the comfort of the car seat to the buggy without risking a hernia or worse. An angry wake up with tears. Now there’s a new option which looks like it could solve both problems very elegantly indeed.

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Doona – the infant car seat that thinks it’s a buggy
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