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?
Bookmark This! February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

DoubleTwist – cool way to share, convert and sync your multimedia between devices and the web

DoubleTwist. Heh, DVD Jon is back, and he’s carrying more gifts. This new service is a neat freeware desktop application which you can use to convert, share and manage all of your disparate digital media stuff. You do have disparate digital media stuff, right? Ah good. OK, so the clever thing is the sync between an online storage space of your own, and the desktop app which is the control panel. There’s also a cool conversion system in the background…

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huh..? February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

BuzzShed – get paid to watch videos

BuzzShed. Oh yes, here we go again. Sign up for this doozy and get paid 30c to watch various videos. And to make it feel more at home, there’s a nice Digg-like voting scheme in place to push videos up or down the rankings. Ah well, it sure beats working for a living. Well actually it doesn’t, but that’s another story, eh?  And now for the twist! BuzzShed is more than just social bookmarking for videos. Some BuzzShed members are in fact advertisers that pay…

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huh..? February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

FakeBuddy – we will remember your birthday

FakeBuddy. Free fake friend will send you emails containing lots of fun things to keep you amused. For a $5.95 fee you get to choose your buddy from the list of available souls and they’ll personalise your emails to make it even more ‘intimate’. Wow. You’d probably do as well to check out the free Global Penfriends site, if you’re in the market for company.  Get a Fake Buddy for free! Your fake buddy will send you emails* filled with fun, tips, and occasional random thoughts throughout…

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Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Floppy Disk Drive with 7-in-1 Card Reader – retro fit that combo memory tech, boy

Floppy Disk Drive with 7–in-1 Card Reader. Weird combination of old and new. A 3.5 inch plug-in floppy disk drive unit complete with a memory card reader installed. So..ah..you can transfer all your ancient floppy borne banking details to your digital camera SD card in a snap. Or something. Um…didn’t they make floppy disks illegal a few years back? Out of sheer embarrassment? £19.99.   • Read and Write major flash memory cards and floppy discs from one 3.5 inch bay! •…

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Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Webasto Thermo Top E Parking Heater – warm up your parked car via cell phone and stay cosy

Webasto Thermo Top E Parking Heater. It’s one of those ideas which seems obvious enough, but rarer than rocking horse droppings. A car heater which runs off a tiny amount of fuel and which heats up the car before you get in it. No it doesn’t start up the engine like the BMW pre-heat system, it’s actually a fully self-contained unit which can be switched on remotely via voice, SMS or timer. We’re talking 4.2 kW and max 60 minute heat…

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Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Woosim 3 inch Waterproof Mobile Printer – splash happy printouts at last?

This Woosim 3 Inch Waterproof Printer currently doesn’t appear to have a name, price or even purpose in life. But it leaves us with many questions, does it not children? Like, why waterproof? Why a small LCD screen and not a big colour DVD compatible lushout? And why orange and not pink polka dots? These and more questions will, no doubt, be answered soon. Although judging by the two chaps doing some sort of…ahem…dodgy deal in the car, probably too…

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Bookmark This! February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Calibrize – cool freeware helps you calibrate your monitor in three easy steps

Calibrize. Nice new piece of freeware lets you calibrate your computer screen for colour and brightness and gamma and stuff. Dead easy to use, 3 minutes tops, and it certainly seems to have improved my viewing pleasure. Hey, it’s free too (advertising supported) so how cool is that? Download and enjoy.  Calibrize is free software that helps you to calibrate the colors of your monitor in three simple steps. Just download the software and follow the procedure to generate a reliable color…

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cool tech February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Unyverse – the mobile wiki platform

Unyverse. Billed as a mobile wiki platform. What this means is you can export and manage all sorts of data using your mobile phone and the clever downloadable Java software. I haven’t yet quite worked out if the wiki bit is really relevant or if it’s just a trendy label to differentiate the service from all the other community type mobile data portals. Lots of cut and paste, lots of handset compatibility. One to watch, maybe.  Unyverse was founded in…

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opinion piece February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

The problem with Yahoo! – or how have the mighty fallen…

If ever you want proof of why Yahoo! is a shadow of its former self, you only have to look at Mybloglog.com, which Yahoo! bought a while back. I used to really like mybloglog, I liked Eric who founded the company too, and we spent a good time emailing back and forth about new features and bugs and stuff. The service was great back then, it worked and offered real value and the tech support was ace. Then Yahoo! bought…

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cool tech February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Readius emerging – cell phone e-book device looks cooler by the minute…

More information about the new Readius e-book mobile phone is emerging, and it looks like this could be a really serious competitor for the Kindle and beyond. The video shows the great roll-up screen in action, and the interface looks to be great as well. And you can fit it in your pocket? Awesome.  Readius is looking more and more like the Kindle killer. A lucky few get to paw this HSDPA and Bluetooth-enabled e-Book reader at the Mobile World…

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Gadgets February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Polar Outdoor Watch – the physical fitness timepiece

Polar Outdoor Watch. You can tell it’s for outdoors because it comes with a heart rate monitor. And a calorie usage calculator. And a fitness tester. And a timer, altimeter, temperature, slope counter, barometer, compass and a 2 week logbook to track your sessions. Now you don’t need all that stuff if you’re just gonna sit around indoors drinking Mountain Dew, do ya? $416.20.  Measures your fitness level in 5 minutes. A fitness test that measures your aerobic/cardiovascular fitness at…

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Gadgets February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

BioLogic ZorinPump – the bicycle pump in your saddle post

The BioLogic ZorinPump takes bicycle flat tyres to a whole new place. Well, actually under your bottom, which is where the pump is discreetly hidden. Just unlatch the seat from the bike, unfold the foot catch and pump away. Perfect if you’re one of those people who keep forgetting to take the pump with you. $45.00.  The Biologic ZorinPump is an ingenious combination of a seat-post and powerful floor-pump. The pump is always at hand, hidden from the elements and…

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Awesome February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Picture Placer – genius product revolutionises the chore of hanging your pictures

Picture Placer. What an absolute gem of a product. Hook this super simple gizmo onto the picture wire on your frame, push to mark the spot on the wall, bang the nail in and bingo, a perfect position every time. Even when hanging multiple frames in alignment. It’s a stupid job that always takes far longer than it should, which makes this thing just perfect. Watch the video. It’s not going to get rid of Uncertain Uma or Dithering Dave, but nevertheless…

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Bookmark This! February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Wakerupper – cool online telephone reminder tool

Wakerupper. Today’s the day for daft names, but the application certainly looks interesting enough. Register and sign in and you can set up alarm calls to be sent to your phone via SMS whenever you want. It’s beta, US only from the looks of it and features other cool functionality like recurring calls and voice reminders as well as text. Do you think this has more use than a simple alarm function on your mobile phone? Answers on a ringtone…

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