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Gadgets July 7, 2010 posted by

Devotec Solar Sound 2 – super cool solar powered Bluetooth speaker really delivers

The new Devotec Solar Sound 2 Bluetooth Speaker has got to be one of the coolest portable speakers I’ve come across yet. As well as offering conventional wireless Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or other BT device, it can act as a bridge between your phone and HiFi, using the Line Out socket and a cable connected to your stereo system. The twin speakers really are loud, which probably results from the really solid heft of the case, this is not one of those nasty lightweight plasticy portable…


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Awesome May 18, 2010 posted by

MiPhone A3 – hands on with the Android powered iPhone super clone

The MiPhone A3 is an Android powered iPhone clone which comes with probably the best specification of any clone handset on the market at the moment. We got our hands on one to test, and found the phone to have a surprisingly well built feel, while suffering from a number of software glitches which made it a little frustrating to use at times. Read on for our review and video hands on covering the good and bad bits of this…


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Gadgets May 10, 2010 posted by

Excalibur 3G Android Phone – Hands on review of an Android smartphone for the rest of us

This Excalibur 3G Android Phone is the first higher-end, unbranded Android phone we’ve managed to get our greasy little paws on. It’s fully-featured too with a 3.2″ resistive touchscreen, GPS, camera, rotatable screen, trackball, stereo bluetooth and a pair of batteries so it should keep you out of trouble. Turns out it’s a pretty darn good phone at a good price too. If you like just jump to the end and check out the hands-on video and conclusion.


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Excalibur 3G Android Phone – Hands on review of an Android smartphone for the rest of us
cool tech April 20, 2010 posted by

E Ink Technology Sneak Peak – we get a sneaky look at some of the upcoming e-paper displays

We were fortunate enough to grab a brief session with E Ink Vice President of Marketing, Sriram Peruvemba the other day in a bookstore in London, to have a chat about upcoming E Ink technologies and where they would be popping up in the near future. Among the interesting prototypes and samples he showed me were an E Ink access card, which contains a random number generator for instant security access and a mobile phone with a dynamic graphical cover, which changed patterns constantly….


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Awesome April 12, 2010 posted by

i-gotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger – Hands on review with an awesome GPS gadget

I’ve been sent one of these iGotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger gadgets to take a look at. It’s a GPS unit that records your position while you explore the world or jog the track. When you get home, download the GPS data and you can use it to map your route or to geotag your photos if you sync your camera clock with it. While there are a million phones and apps out there that can do both…


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i-gotU GT600 GPS Travel and Sports Logger – Hands on review with an awesome GPS gadget
Gadgets April 5, 2010 posted by

Guitar Tuner Clip – Hands on review with a 3-in-1 guitar tuner

Chinavasion have sent me one of these Guitar Tuner Clips (also known as a JH-30 Clip Metro Tuner) to look at. It’s a clever little number that can clip onto the guitar neck and puts the display right where you need it. It also gives you a choice of tuning modes, using either a microphone or via a vibration sensitive clip. Here’s what I thought of it.


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Guitar Tuner Clip – Hands on review with a 3-in-1 guitar tuner
Gadgets April 2, 2010 posted by

SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset – hands on with the world’s teeniest headset

The SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset is billed as the world’s smallest, and they’ve certainly managed to cram all your headsetty needs into a very small space. The thing features a standard Bluetooth earphone and mic, and comes with both car and USB charging kits. There’s even a small user’s manual. In operation it works as you’d expect, and although the sound was clear and the mic worked fine on a call, if you moved it too far away from the phone some crackle would quickly…


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Awesome March 24, 2010 posted by

Logitech Marathon M705 – super mouse gets better and better

I’ve been using one of these ‘ere Logitech Marathon M705 mouses for a while now, and I’m just reporting in to say…very nice! Regular readers will know of our love affair with the high grade mouse range from Logitech -they’re sturdy, well engineered and come with a fabulous free-moving (hyperscroll) scroll wheel which is the crack cocaine of web surfing action. Once you’ve scrolled around a page using the free-wheel you will NOT want to go back to any other type of mouse…


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Gadgets March 22, 2010 posted by

Robot Android Smartphone – hands on review of a new smartphone for the masses

The days are long gone when smartphones were reserved for the rich and famous, nowadays they’re becoming positively commonplace. None more so than the new raft of Chinese Android handsets we’re starting to see appear from those busy busy Far East factories (or in my case, Far North). The coming of Android has changed everything. By providing thousands of easily accessible apps and a familiar cross device user-experience it has the potential to breathe new life into the multitude of…


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Robot Android Smartphone – hands on review of a new smartphone for the masses
Bookmark This! March 12, 2010 posted by

Binverse – has Usenet becomes the new (old) file sharing paradise?

Way back in 1980 BF (Before Facebook) and a decade before the World Wide Web was created, Usenet came into being. It was set up as a communication channel, a cross between a bulletin board and email, and it flourished. Cut forward 30 years and despite the massive popularity of various entities like AOL, CompuServe, ICQ, IRC, Friendster and yes, even the mighty Facebook, it’s still going strong. It also remains the place where serious geeks announce important things to…


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Gadgets February 22, 2010 posted by

Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad – Hands and fingers on review – UPDATED

Chinavasion have sent me one of these Wireless Keyboard and Touch Pads (also known as an iPazzPort) to have a look at. Primarily it’s for home theatre PCs or for driving presentations while you’re prancing around in front of the projector. Since I’m not much of a presenter, I’ll be testing it as a home theatre PC remote. If you’re currently using a full sized keyboard to control your home theatre PC then you’ll definitely want to see what this…


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Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad – Hands and fingers on review – UPDATED
Gadgets February 5, 2010 posted by

Magneat headphone wire organiser – Hands on review

The nice people at Magneat have sent me some of these funky-looking, earphone-wrangling Magneat doohickeys to have a look at. The Magneat fastens to the front of your shirt using two strong magnets, allowing you wrap your headphone cord. This keeps the cord in place and stop it catching on train seats, bus seats or small furry animals.


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Magneat headphone wire organiser – Hands on review
Awesome January 28, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Software – Presto

Presto is the latest and most interesting version of Linux to target consumer computing. The weird thing is the fact that this Xandros made product actually runs on top of Windows, which for Linux purists is nothing short of heresy, but really the best way to encourage people to try a new operating system is to give them the chance to play with it on their own computer, free from the fear of ditching their comfort zone. The Presto install is fast and clean,…


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Awesome January 27, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Web – TV Trigger

Oh the competition was fierce in this sector this year, which just goes to show how sophisticated the new crop of Web applications and services are becoming as new technologies take hold. Our choice of TV Trigger as the winner was prompted however by the fact that it combines three of the most important and volatile components of the new web revolution in one awesomely simple to use package – television, BitTorrent and online shopping. TV Trigger lets anyone set up…


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Eco Friendly January 26, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Green/Ethical – 40Fires.org

40Fires.org is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage open sourced manufacturing across the world. The first product of the Foundation is the Hyrban, an electric/fuel cell powered vehicle which is currently in prototype. Detailed plans for the main sections of the car will eventually be available under an open source license to allow all-comers to deliver their own derivative products as needed. The idea of open source hardware is of course not new, but the vision of the people…


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