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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?
Recommended September 9, 2015 posted by Nigel

ZhiYun Z1 Evolution Gimbal – silky smooth camera footage from your GoPro and clones [Review]

Everyone wants to get in on the action camera craze, you can’t turn a corner without some company or other releasing a new GoPro clone. But the fact is that most of the results from these cool tiny cameras leave a lot to be desired. Shaky, blurry, footage of your efforts does little to make you look good, which is why there are a number of handheld camera stabilizers coming on to the market. But do they actually work?

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ZhiYun Z1 Evolution Gimbal – silky smooth camera footage from your GoPro and clones [Review]
cool tech September 8, 2015 posted by Nigel

NShow 3D Magic Dressing Mirror – new digital changing room removes the clothes shopping blues [Video]

Clothes shopping has got to be one of the most painful experiences in the world, especially on busy weekends in hot, crowded stores and changing rooms. But digital technology is coming to the rescue. We stumbled on a cool little product at the IFA show in Berlin last week which now offers shoppers a reprieve from the changing room blues at last.

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NShow 3D Magic Dressing Mirror – new digital changing room removes the clothes shopping blues [Video]
Reviews September 5, 2015 posted by Nigel

Sphero BB8 Droid – Hands On With The Cutest Star Wars Droid Yet [First Look & Video]

Get ready for the onslaught of space opera hysteria as the clock ticks down to the release of the latest movie in the Jedi franchise – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – in December. Actually release is the wrong word isn’t it? We’re talking MEGA-MASSIVE-OMG-HYPE FEST opening weekend. With sprinkles. Well we’re not one to ignore massive Hollywood hype, oh no, so we’ve got a pretty exclusive video look at one of the first merchandise money makers to hit the…

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Sphero BB8 Droid – Hands On With The Cutest Star Wars Droid Yet [First Look & Video]
announcement August 29, 2015 posted by Nigel

Red Ferret Tech Bundle Giveaway – Final 48 Hours! Don’t Miss Out! [UK Giveaway]

We can’t believe time moves that fast, but obviously it does. Because how else to explain that we’re now just 48 hours or so away from the finish of our mega amazing Tech Bundle Giveaway. Just to repeat, thanks to our friends at Argos, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to walk away with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet computer, a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer, a Logitech mouse and a case. Yep, it’s mega all right.

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Red Ferret Tech Bundle Giveaway – Final 48 Hours! Don’t Miss Out! [UK Giveaway]
Gadgets August 29, 2015 posted by Nigel

Tesla Watch – steampunk watch fights for attention on your wrist

Let’s just say that you’re feeling a little under the geek at the moment. You know, those times when you feel you’re not really being appreciated for who you truly are? There are all sorts of solutions for the syndrome. You can pull on an active equalizer glowing LED T-Shirt, you can buy a new set of pen protectors or you can go the whole hog and plump down your cash for one of these puppies.

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Tesla Watch – steampunk watch fights for attention on your wrist
Electric Cars August 25, 2015 posted by Nigel

VW Golf GTE Hybrid – part oil, part electric family machine [Review]

The march of the hybrid car continues as more and more manufacturers stake their eco claim by introducing vehicles powered by part fossil fuel and part electricity. The new VW Golf GTE is one such car, and it combines the typical practicality of a conventional Golf family car with the exotic performance and frugality of a hybrid. The result is rather pleasing. We tested one out for a period to see what it was like to live with.

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VW Golf GTE Hybrid – part oil, part electric family machine [Review]
Gadgets August 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Microbot Push – the Koreans are about to launch micro robot button pushers. And so it goes…not with a bang, but with a whimper.

If, at any time in your fully engaged day, you have stopped to ask yourself exactly how far this ‘technology revolution’ will go, we suspect you’ll come to some conclusion based around a world populated with indolent humans being served by hordes of servile robots, catering to every whim. Until recently we may have scoffed at this idea, but it’s now looking more and more likely as time passes. Take for instance, this new Microbot Push product we’ve just encountered.

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Microbot Push – the Koreans are about to launch micro robot button pushers. And so it goes…not with a bang, but with a whimper.
Gadgets August 22, 2015 posted by Nigel

Pizza Box Oven – welcome to the tiny 10 minute pizza maker

Sometimes things are so obvious you wonder why it took so long to arrive. Like oven chips. So we’re amazed that this new fast cooking Pizza Box Oven is only arriving at the station now. Why couldn’t it have been there for us during exam finals? Sigh. Anyhoo, whatever the reason, it’s here now and bound to make a lot of people very happy.

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Pizza Box Oven – welcome to the tiny 10 minute pizza maker
Reviews August 18, 2015 posted by Nigel

Tronsmart Pavo M9 – the Android TV Box that is also a recorder. Add a digital VCR to your Internet viewing or smart TV [Review]

There’s no question that hooking your television up to the Internet to widen the choice of entertainment you can consume is huge at the moment. Cord cutters (those who are shutting down their cable subscription) and satellite TV refuges are everywhere. Which explains the popularity of the cheap Android TV boxes which you can plug into your TV and WiFi network to make your telly smarter. Now there’s a new wave of these boxes arriving which offer recording as well….

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Tronsmart Pavo M9 – the Android TV Box that is also a recorder. Add a digital VCR to your Internet viewing or smart TV [Review]
cool tech August 17, 2015 posted by Nigel

So You Think Robots Are Cute, Eh? Think again! [Video]

This here headless monster is called Hubo, and he just won $2,000.000 for his team by beating out another 22 other robots in the DARPA robotics challenge 2015. How? Well by being incredibly scary, that’s how. For one thing he/she/it arrived driving its own car. And then it did stuff. Lots of stuff, really clever stuff. All by itself. See the video below to see what we mean.

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So You Think Robots Are Cute, Eh? Think again! [Video]
announcement August 17, 2015 posted by Nigel

Red Ferret Mega Tech Bundle Giveaway Reminder – don’t forget, if you don’t enter you can’t win! [UK Giveaway]

We’re currently half way through our fabulous summer giveaway, so we thought we’d give you a quick reminder of what’s on offer. In conjunction with our friends at Argos, we’re giving away an awesome bundle of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet computer, a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer, Logitech Wireless Mouse and a spiffy bag to hold it all in. Yes, wowsers, it’s definitely worth going for.

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Red Ferret Mega Tech Bundle Giveaway Reminder – don’t forget, if you don’t enter you can’t win! [UK Giveaway]
Free Software August 15, 2015 posted by Nigel

Coverr – free public domain videos for your web site or project [Freeware]

There’s no question that video now has a firm place at the table when it comes to marketing and promotional projects. YouTube and other services have really pushed the growth of clips as a viable form of media alongside text and images. But it can be expensive to have video shot. But now you can take advantage of a neat new site which offers free clips for any use, commercial or private.

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Coverr – free public domain videos for your web site or project [Freeware]
Reviews August 13, 2015 posted by Nigel

Amkov AMK5000S WiFi Sportscam – budget GoPro clone offers surprisingly solid performance [Review]

Action cameras are all the rage nowadays, especially at the budget end of the market. You can’t turn a corner without someone trying to sell you a camera to capture your sky-diving, surfing, or BMX biking adventures. Because that’s what we all do right? Joking aside, these little cameras are definitely useful for things like dashcams in cars, for security or even general mobile photography. So we recently took a look at one of the budget models to see whether…

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Amkov AMK5000S WiFi Sportscam – budget GoPro clone offers surprisingly solid performance [Review]
Free Software August 7, 2015 posted by Nigel

DoNotSpy – worried about your Windows 10 privacy? Well stay away from this grubby piece of freeware [Freeware]

The massive update process behind Microsoft’s Windows 10 rolls on, with over 60 million installs so far and counting. This is huge. But there are a number of issues with the whole process, not only broken drivers which stop things working, but also the rather unpleasant range of privacy settings which Windows inflicts on the user. Things like tracking your movements on the web, or your communications, stuff like that. Not surprisingly, a fair number of people are objecting, which…

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DoNotSpy – worried about your Windows 10 privacy? Well stay away from this grubby piece of freeware [Freeware]