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 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

THL 2015 – cool new budget 4G Android phone comes with fingerprint security and lots of Octa Power [Review]

There’s a brand new budget Android smartphone coming along at the beginning of next month, and it’s pretty fancy. Not only does it have full 4G/LTE built in, as well as dual SIM, dual Standby, but it’s one of the first of its type to feature fingerprint security as standard, which is something usually reserved for much more expensive handsets. And did we mention the price?

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THL 2015 – cool new budget 4G Android phone comes with fingerprint security and lots of Octa Power [Review]
Gadgets February 23, 2015 posted by Nigel

O2 Hurricane Canless Air – planet saving air blast cleans things out fast

Hands up all those of you who eat at your desk. Yes you too. You know you’re making a mess all over your keyboard, right? Delicious, fluffy croissants may be fine and dandy, but all those flaky pastry crumbs are going to play havoc with your keys eventually. Trust us, we’ve dismantled too many keyboards over the years. So here’s a product which might save your time in the long run.

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O2 Hurricane Canless Air – planet saving air blast cleans things out fast
Gadgets February 20, 2015 posted by Nigel

Honor 6 – the best budget Android phone we’ve tested so far [Review] [Editors Choice]

The smartphone market is heading for a huge shock, as the traditional brands find themselves under increasing pressure from some very slick Chinese products which are making their way westwards. The big names like HTC and Samsung are already suffering from slower sales and declining profits, and this trend is going to continue, as lower priced Chinese manufacturers pulverize the established brands on price and features. This new superphone from Honor is a classic example of what we mean.

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Honor 6 – the best budget Android phone we’ve tested so far [Review] [Editors Choice]
Gadgets February 17, 2015 posted by Nigel

Plantronics BackBeat Pro – meaty wireless headphones look cool, sound great and run for ever [Review]

You can’t turn a corner nowadays without stumbling over yet another set of wireless headphones. Thanks to the recent improvements in Bluetooth 4.0, it really does look like the days of the cable tied models are slowly coming to an end. Which will please lots of people, from gamers to runners and beyond. We’ve just tested out one of the newest entrants to market, and found a worthy contender for the ‘Best of…’ title.

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro – meaty wireless headphones look cool, sound great and run for ever [Review]
Awesome February 16, 2015 posted by Nigel

Easy Backup & Restore – this brilliant free Android backup app is the best, no question [Freeware Review]

When it comes down to it, backing up our smartphones is more than just sensible, it’s probably essential. Especially with the risks of loss, breakage or theft, and even upgrading a phone goes so much smoother if you can take your familiar running data with you. And the backup built into Android sucks. So how nice to report on a superb new app which we’ve been using recently to make this process totally painless.

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Easy Backup & Restore – this brilliant free Android backup app is the best, no question [Freeware Review]
Gadgets February 13, 2015 posted by Nigel

iStorage datAshur Secure Flash Drive – keep your data safe via a PIN and 256-bit encryption [Review]

It’s all very well having instant access to your data wherever you go, but one big problem is making sure it’s safe from prying eyes. If you carry around flash drives with important information stored on them, then it’s always a worry that you’re going to lose it in a taxi or have it drop out of your pocket. But there is a way to carry your stuff around securely.

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iStorage datAshur Secure Flash Drive – keep your data safe via a PIN and 256-bit encryption [Review]
general February 12, 2015 posted by Nigel

AvoSeedo – grow yourself an endless supply of free avocados

Avocados are awesome. Healthy, tasty and versatile, who doesn’t love them? But if you’ve ever tried to grow your own tree from an old pit, you’ll know it’s far from easy. The pit either doesn’t grow nicely or goes rotten, which is a shame. But now an enterprising German dude has come up with a rather ingenious solution.

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AvoSeedo – grow yourself an endless supply of free avocados
cool tech February 12, 2015 posted by Nigel

TV White Spaces – otters, meerkats and the future technology behind a real internet of things

The world needs more wireless. There are just too many applications and products chasing too little spectrum space. And the biggest challenges are yet to come, as more and more machines start to ‘talk’ directly to each other as part of their functions. Which is why various countries have been looking at ways to provide more bandwidth for these services. The most promising is TV White Space, the unused portion of the TV spectrum which used to be occupied by…

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TV White Spaces – otters, meerkats and the future technology behind a real internet of things