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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 November 27, 2015 posted by Nigel

Slashpipe – power up your six-pack with some water

We’re a little surprised that someone hasn’t come up with this idea before, but now it’s here – courtesy of the clever Germans. The Slashpipe (English translation) is a water filled tube which you use as an exercise accessory. The idea is the liquid is constantly fighting the body in terms of balance and equilibrium, which therefore delivers a more potent workout. When you think about all that stuff sloshing around as you wave your arms, it’s easy to see…

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Slashpipe – power up your six-pack with some water
cool tech November 27, 2015 posted by Nigel

Anywhere SIM – cool new SIM card automatically switches to the best network signal in your location

The new SIM card from Anywhere SIM is an concept which deserves to catch on. The basic idea is to have one SIM card which can automatically switch to any of a number of service providers, depending on their signal in your location. Presto, suddenly you’re always getting the maximum signal where you are. No more crouching next to the back window to get three bars.

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Anywhere SIM – cool new SIM card automatically switches to the best network signal in your location
Awesome November 26, 2015 posted by Nigel

Nexus 6P Smartphone – The Top 10 Features On This Great New Google Phone [Review – Editors Choice]

It’s pretty clear that we’re reaching some sort of plateau in terms of smartphone development. In fact for the past two years you could say that new models – even from the A list brands – have been more an evolution than revolution. Nice to say then, that the new Google Nexus 6P phone, the flagship Android phone of the moment, is definitely a pleasant surprise in a lot of ways.

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Nexus 6P Smartphone – The Top 10 Features On This Great New Google Phone [Review – Editors Choice]
Awesome November 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Ultimate Smartwatch Chart – the complete buyer’s guide for (almost) every smartwatch (70+) on the market

Got an urge to go smartwatch shopping? Feel a little confused by all the specs and features? Then fear not, intrepid buyer, we have a chart which will make things clear and cool, and maybe even save you a ton of money as well. This Ultimate Smartwatch Chart lists over 70 models of smartwatch, along with their main features, functions and compatibility. Very cool stuff indeed!

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Ultimate Smartwatch Chart – the complete buyer’s guide for (almost) every smartwatch (70+) on the market
Awesome November 10, 2015 posted by Nigel

iSaw Edge 4K WiFi Action Camera – definitely the best budget GoPro rival on the market [Review Editors Choice]

Isn’t it ironic how popular action cameras have become, since most of us sit around and stare at screens all day? Maybe it’s a compensation thing? Anyhoo, we’ve found a new budget camera which actually seems like it could genuinely claim to be a true GoPro competitor. Lots of other products have tried and failed to win this crown before, so let’s see if the very impressive iSaw Edge action cam can pull it off.

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iSaw Edge 4K WiFi Action Camera – definitely the best budget GoPro rival on the market [Review Editors Choice]
Gadgets November 7, 2015 posted by Nigel

Cat Ear Headphones – suddenly you’re purrfectly cool

Just in time for the holiday silly season, we’re seeing lots of action around these rather ridiculous, but oh so obvious sound machines. The Cat Ear Headphones offer the kind of discreet listening we all enjoy with snug cans, but with an added twist. If you feel like annoying the heck out of your fellow travelers or neighbors, just switch on the external speakers and you’re good to go.

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Cat Ear Headphones – suddenly you’re purrfectly cool
announcement November 2, 2015 posted by Nigel

The Whitelist Manifesto – please whitelist The Red Ferret in your Ad-blocker to support our work?

(credit -freeimages.com/b.hazell) The Red Ferret, along with just about every other free content website on the planet, relies on advertising to cover costs and keep the lights on. In our 15 years of existence we have always tried to minimize the impact of these ads, by refusing to use pop-unders, inline text ads and other nasty adverting options which ruin the reading experience or hijack the browser. We will continue to refuse these options. But the fact is that we,…

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The Whitelist Manifesto – please whitelist The Red Ferret in your Ad-blocker to support our work?
Gadgets October 31, 2015 posted by Nigel

DV8 Backpack Golf Clubs – no more lugging around that huge bag

This golf game is all well and good, but there’s one huge hassle. OK two huge hassles. The first is having to trudge around 50 miles of turf to locate and retrieve your lost balls en route to that teeny tiny hole. The second is having to haul a huge bag of clubs while you’re at it. We can’t really do anything about the first problem – just play better all right? – but now the other issue may be…

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DV8 Backpack Golf Clubs – no more lugging around that huge bag
Gadgets October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Easy Napping Mat – grab some snooze anywhere, anytime

We have to say we’re a little bemused by this, but hey, maybe it should become a thing? The new Easy Napping Mat (translation) is a 1.5cm sleeping mat which you can carry with you anywhere in order to grab some much needed Zzzz’s when needed. As you can see from the photo above, they really mean anywhere.

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Easy Napping Mat – grab some snooze anywhere, anytime
Free Software October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Crunch – reclaim valuable photo space on your phone memory [Freeware]

If you’re like us, you’ve got something like 200,000 photos stored on your phone, dating back to when the Sumarians first conquered Babylon. Or close. Well let’s just say you’ve got a lot of snaps, and the problem is you’re running out of space to add more. Sure you could delete some (gasp!) or swap memory cards, but that means losing your archive. But now there’s a better way which gives you more free space, for free.

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Crunch – reclaim valuable photo space on your phone memory [Freeware]
hmm..interesting October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Diet Buddy Chip Clips – stop signs for your crunchy cravings

We’re moving into eating season. You know it, we know it. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, from now on it’s one long slide into debauchery and untold belly aches. But before that happens, maybe we should all consider taking a little time to reflect on why we need to eat this much… nah, what the heck, just pass the bowl willya? But for those with a conscience…

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Diet Buddy Chip Clips – stop signs for your crunchy cravings
Electric Cars October 29, 2015 posted by Nigel

2016 Nissan Leaf Extended Range – new electric gives 155 miles range, oilmen fret [Review]

Sales of electric cars continue to grow as people discover the appeal of petrol free motoring, and the Nissan Leaf continues to lead the pack in terms of global sales. So it’s interesting to see how the EV manufacturers are steadily ramping up battery range in order to entice more customers and destroy the terrors of ‘range anxiety’. The new Nissan Leaf Flex (U.S.) (or 30kWh or Extended Range) model is an example of just that goal, with a 25%…

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2016 Nissan Leaf Extended Range – new electric gives 155 miles range, oilmen fret [Review]
Gadgets October 28, 2015 posted by Nigel

USB Flash Drive Lock – keep your data safe on any flash drive

At one time or another most of us have carried around a bunch of important, private data on a flash drive. Even if it’s only the reports on our probation visits. The problem is you can easily lose these little USB drives, which makes for a scary scenario. Sure we could invest in a dedicated secure USB dongle, but they’re expensive. Which makes this 3 Digit Flash Drive Lock a rather interesting alternative.

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USB Flash Drive Lock – keep your data safe on any flash drive