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cool tech August 12, 2008 posted by

Jabra SP700 Car Speakerphone – at last a hands-free device that is actually really useful

I’ve been playing with a Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Speakerphone for a while and oooh! I tend to stay away from this kind of tech, because it’s a bit sales vehicle boring, know what I mean, but this is the first hands-free product which has really made me sit up and take notice. It’s not just because it looks pretty cool either, although it does. All black shiny ‘use the force, Luke’ like. Nope, it’s because it adds value to my mobile life…


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cool tech July 4, 2008 posted by

Polaroid PoGo – instant Bluetooth printing from your mobile phone

We’ve been taking a look at the new Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer and it’s interesting. It’s a neat little product, a bit bigger than a deck of cards, with a rechargeable battery worth some 15 prints, Bluetooth or USB connectivity and a price point of around $150.00 (or £99.00). Read on for more…


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Gadgets June 24, 2008 posted by

The Flip Ultra Camcorder – pocket sized camcorder offers excellent video quality

So they sent me a Flip camcorder to play around with, no doubt hoping that I’d be bowled over by the thing like Mr Pogue of the New York Wotsits. Well blow me down and hornswaggle me feathers – the thing is actually pretty cool, hype or not. Shocker. And definitely proof that when it comes to product design, simple wins when done well. What makes this puppy so good? Video quality. General video quality is excellent, and especially low light footage which comes out…


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Awesome April 24, 2008 posted by

DuoSIM – how to convert a standard cell phone to dual SIM in 3 minutes

DuoSIM is a very cool new conversion kit to upgrade standard mobile phones to dual SIM operation so you can have two SIM cards installed and switch between them at the push of a button. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while to make the best use of different data and call rate plans, but up till now the adapters have all required that you cut your SIM card up first, which is something I didn’t really…


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Gadgets March 18, 2008 posted by

HTC Touch Cruise vs Nokia 6110 Navigator

HTC Touch Cruise GPS Phone vs Nokia 6110 Navigator. Just been playing around with an HTC Cruise GPS handset over the past few days, and here’s some quick impressions for you in comparison with the Nokia 6110 Navigator. They’re both GPS of course, and have fairly similar specifications although the HTC comes with a 3 megapixel camera (vs 2 mp on the Nokia) and a 2.8 inch screen instead of the 2.2 of the Navigator. Oh and of course the…


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Gadgets February 20, 2008 posted by

The iClone Shootout – five iPhone phonies, a camera, and some interesting conclusions

Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner the world famous iPhone, iconic symbol of democracy and the new millennium. And in the red corner, China. Yep, 1.3 billion souls beavering away in factories to destroy civilisation as we know it and trash our treasured way of life. OK, enough already. So I thought it would be interesting to check out a sample of five iPhone clones to see whether they are worth your time, money and pocket space. The results were unsurprising in…


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cool tech January 17, 2008 posted by

Best of Make – fun geek things to do with your massive spare time

The Best of Make book is out and it’s a fun read. If you’re an obsessive geek head with a compulsion to create useful artifacts which wobble, vibrate, glow and…well…geek at you all day long. Many of the 75 projects may not be that useful, but they’re definitely F.U.N. and they’ll earn you credit down at the next LAN party all right, no question. You’ll need a good understanding of electronics to cope with the more advanced projects, so be…


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Awesome January 7, 2008 posted by

Drobo – hands-on with the world’s first data storage robot

Drobo Storage Robot. There’s one immutable truth in technology, you can never have enough data storage space. No matter how big that mega hard disk you bought this afternoon, sometime soon you’re going to need to delete stuff to free up space. It’s like death and taxes, right? The problem is getting worse too, as we take advantage of the net to download more music, more video, and take more photos with ever growing megapixel file sizes. If you’re like…


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ferret exclusive December 14, 2007 posted by

Brennan JB7 Micro Jukebox – at home with the CD rip and play machine

So I’ve been playing around with a Brennan JB7 Micro Jukebox for a few days, and I’m torn, really torn. A good chunk of me enjoys the simplicity and ease of use of this rip and play micro Hi-Fi system, while the other bit is quietly wondering whether there’s a market for it out in the big, bad iPod dominated music world? Does this do anything that a dock enabled MP3 player won’t? Does it matter that it’s not portable? How useful is it…


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Gadgets December 11, 2007 posted by

Hands on with the Invisio G5 – trying not to lose the smallest Bluetooth headset in the world

They sent me a new Invisio G5 Bluetooth Headset to look at a week or so back and I’ve been stuffing it in my ear ever since. It’s billed as the smallest and lightest headset in the world, and at 3.3cm long and a trifling 6 grams, who’s going to argue. I have a bit of a long standing ‘thing’ with the Nextlink folk, ever since two of their supposedly awesome Bluespoon headsets failed to work for me out of…


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Bookmark This! December 3, 2007 posted by

Omgili Product Reviews – suddenly product reviews get people powered

The new Omgili Product Reviews service searches the web for product reviews and user opinions from catalogue pages such as Amazon reviews, bulletin boards, forums and other conversation sources. We covered Omgili fleetingly but favourably back in August last year, so it’s good to see this web forum search engine roll out something so cool. The good points include the excellent ratings graphic (miserable to excellent) which gives a super fast overview of a product’s review position. This really makes it easy to…


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Awesome October 30, 2007 posted by

Musicshake – more music fun than a tub full of honey with sugar sprinkles

MusicShake is being marketed as ‘the easiest way to make music in the world’  and they’ve got a point. What they should also say is that it’s as addictive as…well the most addictive thing on your list of addictive things. There’s lots of music making sites and programs out there, and on the face of it this one is no different. You create tunes by arranging blocks of instrument and vocal samples on a timeline. So far so normal. What…


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cool tech October 11, 2007 posted by

Nimbuzz – super slick do-it-all chat and VoIP program for mobile and PC

Nimbuzz. I’ve been playing around with this new Dutch chat and VoIP freeware for a few days now and it’s pretty cool. What’s extra special goody gumdrops neat is a) the fact that it’s a Java app, so runs on just about every handset out there and b) the wide range of services it copes with. You can chat with your Skype, MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and Google Talk buddies on your mobile phone and make voice calls to MSN and Google…


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Bookmark This! September 25, 2007 posted by

Longjump – DIY business applications for small and medium sized companies

I’ve been playing with the new Longjump business application service over the past couple of days and I like it. Think Ning meets Salesforce meets DabbleDB. What makes it stand out for me is the fact that you can easily work out how to get the system up and running in a matter of moments, since all the heavy lifting database work is hidden behind a very user friendly interface. With a potentially powerful application like this, it’s important not to…


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Mobile Tech August 31, 2007 posted by

Nokia 6110 Navigator – new GPS phone oozes class and features

The new Nokia 6110 Navigator is the first in a new line of ‘Navigator’ handsets which feature on-board GPS for navigation, and it’s a lovely piece of work. I’ve been playing with one for a few days and I’ve got to say I’ve fallen in love. Let’s be clear, this is not a pretty phone by any means. If the iPhone is Miss South Carolina, then the 6110 Navigator is her distant cousin with the slightly crooked teeth. But with a feature set…


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