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?
Reviews April 8, 2016 posted by Nigel

2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]

The new 2016 Nissan Pulsar is an example of an ‘ordinary’ family car which delivers impressive smoothness and style, without breaking the bank too much. It’s aimed squarely at the VW Golf in terms of size and specification, and cost, and manages to deliver a credible amount of style to the task. We took one over for a couple of weeks extended test to see how it fares in general motoring terms.

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2016 Nissan Pulsar – lovely smooth, quiet family workhorse [Review]
Reviews March 30, 2016 posted by Nigel

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]

Tablet computers still exist. No really they do. We know it seems like so 1950s to talk about them – remember when they were so HOT you would scald yourself picking one off the shelf – but they still have a useful purpose in the right hands. In fact Lenovo believes that their major use is as an entertainment device, which demonstrates a lot about how the market has shifted over the past year or so.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – superb 18 hour tablet with integrated 60 inch projector [Review]
general February 23, 2016 posted by Nigel

TomTom Bandit Camera – stylish action cam with great battery life and features [Review]

There are lots of action cameras on the market, and for the most part they are all focused on repeating the GoPro success story. The result is they look the same, operate the same and offer varying degrees of build quality and features. So it’s nice to find one company which is bucking the trend, by producing a camera which is genuinely different. We take a closer look to see just how different.

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TomTom Bandit Camera – stylish action cam with great battery life and features [Review]
Awesome February 16, 2016 posted by Nigel

Titan M USB Cable – we test out the toughest USB cable in the world. And it’s tough! [Review – Editors Choice]

Ever had a USB cable fail on you? Annoying isn’t it? We’ve lost count of the number of cables with smashed tips or invisible breaks which have caused us grief over the years. So when we heard that a company was claiming to have the ‘toughest cable on earth’ we just had to test it out. Could this be the solution to our cable break woes?

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Titan M USB Cable – we test out the toughest USB cable in the world. And it’s tough! [Review – Editors Choice]
Cool Web Apps & Sites February 9, 2016 posted by Nigel

Byline – superb crowdfunded journalism site delivers the kind of independent news we used to enjoy

Anyone with a brain will realize that the news business is in dire straits, and not only financially. The rise of the Internets, coupled with declining ad revenue has really changed things for the worse. The quality of the reporting, and its close ties with corporate marketing budgets and government agendas, has trashed the credibility of much of the Fourth Estate severely. But now there’s a new option in town, and it’s very cool indeed.

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Byline – superb crowdfunded journalism site delivers the kind of independent news we used to enjoy
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]