We’re often asked by friends and strangers how they can set up a quick and easy online store to sell something they’re making or would like to make. Usually there’s no really good answer, except to try a place like Etsy or hire someone to create a simple ecommerce website. But now there’s a rather nice little service which aims to make it so easy to create an online store that even your grandma could do it.Read More
Author Archives: Nigel
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?
Do you want to know what’s keeping car industry execs awake at night right now? It’s not oil prices, it’s the convergence of open source and 3D printing technologies. Sure, right now the whole idea of DIY cars is a pipe dream, but look forward a decade or so and you can easily see a situation where car production goes completely local.
Don’t know about you, but from where we’re sitting desk space is definitely at a premium nowadays. There’s the laptop, the laser printer, the lamp, the monitor, the gold embossed silk lined pizza cutter, all stuff competing for our precious desk inches. Which makes it hard to justify sticking yet another gadget on there. Unless it’s friendly!
A standard 1.6 liter BlueHDi Peugeot 208 car has just set a new long distance fuel consumption record by clocking up an astonishing 141.2 mpg. That’s a miserly 2.0l/ 100km. The car drove for a total of 2,152 kilometers (778 miles) on a test track in France using just 43 liters of diesel fuel. That’s got to be less than a tank full!
If you’ve ever tried to use a hand crank flashlight, you will know that they’re a) very cool but b) a real pain, because you need to keep cranking the handle until your arm drops off to get any decent amount of run time out of the LED bulbs. But now some very clever chap has come up with a superb 3D printed DIY solution.
There are a lot of solar products out there nowadays, many of which can’t do the job they’re supposed to do. Or they work so slowly that you might as well be trying to charge your device with a hairdryer. On low setting. But there are some companies trying to provide solar chargers which are apparently meaty enough to work, so we thought we’d test one to see if it’s worth your time and money.
Hear that sound? It’s the sound of a whole new generation of augmented reality smartphone games rushing towards your handset, following on from the success of Google’s Ingress title. The first of these is a cool riff on the GTA franchise, dealing with cops and robbers and some real time diamond thefts in your neighborhood.
Well this is interesting. Hot on the heels of our report on the cool new Touch Pianist the other day, here we are again with another rather strange but fun musical tool for those of us with zero talent. This time, instead of classical compositions you’re going to make cool rhythm.
What do you get if you cross a golf cart with a skateboard? Yep, you’ve got it. An electric putter. No hold on. What you actually get is a fun way to annoy the heck out of all the other players on your course, as you scuttle around carving and whooping from hole to hole.
Look, we admit it. We would really really love to own a pair of grass slippers. Real ones of course. Cool, soft, slightly damp and with the smell of fresh earth. How awesome would they be as daily footwear? But while we’re waiting for that day to arrive, we’ll put up with this product instead.
Churnalism, the webservice which lets you check to see if you are reading a real news story online or just a re-hashed PR release, first came to our attention back in 2011. Back then it was just a simple cut and paste website, but now it’s moved on considerably.
One of the problems with modern tech is the fact that nothing seems to talk to each other properly. We’ve got televisions that use IR controllers, air conditioning systems which use RF, then there’s the problem with adding home automation systems which probably talk a completely separate language altogether. How to make it all more simple?
Do you have trouble waking up in the morning? Alarm clocks don’t work for you? You’re a heavy user of the snooze button and always late for work? If you answered yes to any of these, then you may need to try this new smartphone app.
Enjoy reading? OK with e-books? Then you’ll probably really like this free e-book search engine. Freebook Sifter trawls the web for free e-book offerings and delivers them either via email or on the website itself. Very cool.
As everyone knows, repairing asphalt can get real expensive, real fast. It’s not just the machinery that’s needed, but also the materials, labor, time, sweat, bacon sandwiches and the rest. But now we’ve just spotted a solution which actually looks like it might help in an emergency. No, it won’t give you a perfect finish, but hey, at least it should stop the rain for a bit?