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 April 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

ResQ Plus – automatic tire repairer and inflator

Getting a flat tire is typically a pretty naff exercise all round. For one thing there’s the roadside argument about who’s fault it was, then there’s the scratching of heads as all on-board realize they have no idea whether there’s a spare, and if there is, where it’s located. Or how to retrieve it.

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ResQ Plus – automatic tire repairer and inflator
Bookmark This! April 15, 2014 posted by Nigel

Cosmopolit Home – skip vacation hotels, just nightswap instead

As if life for the vacation business wasn’t tough enough, what with services like airBNB and Couchsurfing, there’s a new kid on the block which wants to make things tougher for the hotels. Cosmopolit Home is a crowdsourced service which lets you swap vacation nights in your own home, for nights around the world. All you need is the airfare to get there.

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Cosmopolit Home – skip vacation hotels, just nightswap instead
Gadgets April 14, 2014 posted by Nigel

Ostrich Pillow Lite – power napping pillow gets a more crowd friendly makeover

One day, not that long ago, the world woke up to the sight of a new product on the market called the Ostrich Pillow. This totally weird thing, was designed to a) help you get a good solid sleep anywhere there was a firm surface and b) make you look like a complete dork in the process. OK, so we’re not exactly sure about the last part, but it definitely achieved that effect.

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Ostrich Pillow Lite – power napping pillow gets a more crowd friendly makeover
Gadgets April 11, 2014 posted by Nigel

ThermNeon – the nixie room thermometer

So meanwhile, while everyone looks over in the far corner to see how Nest is doing now that it’s part of the massive Google (or should we say Huuli?) empire, elsewhere in the universe more conventional fun stuff is still being made, which is good to know.

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ThermNeon – the nixie room thermometer
Bookmark This! April 10, 2014 posted by Nigel

The Heartbleed Security Fiasco – 4 Steps Every User Can Take Now To Salvage Some Security

In case you missed it, there’s been a massive flaw found in one of the most widely used technologies on the Web, called OpenSSL. The problem is that this encryption, which is supposed to protect our passwords and private details when we log in to website services like stores and banks, had a gaping hole in it, through which a villainous crew could have driven a 10 tonne truck and accompanying convoy in the right circumstances.

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The Heartbleed Security Fiasco – 4 Steps Every User Can Take Now To Salvage Some Security