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Awesome November 15, 2013 posted by

12 Rather Cool Uses For Your Old Android Phone [Freeware]

Hands up if you have at least one old Android cell phone lying around in a drawer somewhere in your home or office? Yep, we’re all guilty. But that’s a shame, because these old handsets can actually be put to really good use if you can be bothered to dig out some free software and set them up. Here’s our round up of the 12 most interesting and useful ways to recycle and re-purpose your old smartphones.


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12 Rather Cool Uses For Your Old Android Phone [Freeware]
Hacks & How to November 12, 2013 posted by

The Essential Shopping Manifesto – how to be a clever shopper in a world filled with dodgy user reviews and worse

How on earth are we supposed to pick a supplier, manufacturer or service nowadays, when everywhere you look there are conflicting user reviews, which both praise and condemn at the same time?  It’s a minefield of truth, misinformation and downright lies, right? Well not quite. If you know what you’re doing you can definitely make great purchases you’ll be happy with for a long time.  We thought we’d offer our own short guide to making a sensible and informed buying…


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The Essential Shopping Manifesto – how to be a clever shopper in a world filled with dodgy user reviews and worse
Awesome October 22, 2013 posted by

$10 Smartphone To Digital Microscope Conversion [How To]

There’s something really cool about looking at the world through a microscope. The tiny little bits and pieces that make up our universe, seen at a magnification that makes everything so alien. It’s no wonder that this is the part of science that most people enjoy the most. The problem is it can be rather expensive to buy the equipment you need to play with the miniature world, which is why this cheap alternative how-to hack impresses us so much.


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$10 Smartphone To Digital Microscope Conversion [How To]
but is it art? September 23, 2013 posted by

Lightsaber Knife – how to make your own stylish DIY wedding cake cutter

For those who are planning to get married or renew vows, here’s a chance to do it in fine style. Just imagine, what if you could bring your own little piece of Star Wars to your wedding? Your significant other might not be too happy, but at the end of the day, you and your buddies would probably geek out with screams loud enough to make a deaf person hear again.


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Lightsaber Knife – how to make your own stylish DIY wedding cake cutter
Free Software September 3, 2013 posted by

The Met Police Little Book of Big Scams – how to spot if someone’s trying to take you for a ride [Freeware]

There are quite a few naughty people about, who are anxious to part us from our money as quickly and as illegally as they can. The obvious ones come at you full frontal, while the subtle ones will fleece you swiftly and cleanly without you knowing a thing about it. Fraudsters like this are everywhere, so it’s good to see that the Met Police (aka in polite society as London’s Finest) has produced a 36 page ebook outlining some very…


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The Met Police Little Book of Big Scams – how to spot if someone’s trying to take you for a ride [Freeware]
Hacks & How to August 16, 2013 posted by

Top 10 Tech Tips For Surviving Your New Baby

Ah, the excitement of a new addition to the family. The joy, the pride, the exhaustion, the lack of sleep and personal hygiene…you get the picture. Adding a child to your family is one of the most wonderful and yet hardest things ever. Fortunately for us geeks, there are lots of technology options that can help us survive the process, keep baby happy and make sure everyone involved gets the absolute most out of the joy of parenthood.


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Top 10 Tech Tips For Surviving Your New Baby
Hacks & How to August 9, 2013 posted by

10 Cool Tricks That Will Make You An Email Master

Wikipedia describes email as being “a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more recipients“.  Sounds simple, but in reality for most of us email is a necessary evil. It may have revolutionized the way we work, but at what cost? Email was the first tool to allow easy message management and instant communication to and from multiple recipients, and while this made life infinitely easier for keeping in touch with colleagues and customers, it has…


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10 Cool Tricks That Will Make You An Email Master
GIVEAWAYS! July 8, 2013 posted by

MagicSIM Elite – how to convert your Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 or other smartphone to dual SIM in 3 minutes [Review & Giveaway]

There’s very little you can’t do with a good quality smartphone nowadays, including making phone calls. Yeah really. But joking aside, the one thing we think is missing from big brand smartphones is the ability to run two SIMs in your phone, which you could use for both business and pleasure, or for foreign and home SIMs when on vacation.


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MagicSIM Elite – how to convert your Samsung Galaxy S4, S3 or other smartphone to dual SIM in 3 minutes [Review & Giveaway]
Free Software June 27, 2013 posted by

Google Cloud Print – how to print out files from your Android phone to any printer for free [Freeware]

Smartphones are cool, but they do have a couple of serious limitations. For one, they can’t go out in the morning and pick up your newspaper from the porch, and for another, they’re pretty useless when it comes to printing out information. Sure you can move the files/data from the phone to the PC and then print, but what if you want to print directly from the phone?


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Google Cloud Print – how to print out files from your Android phone to any printer for free [Freeware]
Hacks & How to June 20, 2013 posted by

Slinky Slidar – our $10 DIY ultra smooth camera slider [Red Ferret Video How-To]

There are few things more enjoyable than messing about with a camera, especially one of the modern all singing video capable DSLRs. Not only are they super powerful, but they’re actually inspiring, because they get you to try new techniques and new types of equipment. One thing we’ve always wanted to play with is the camera slider, a simple but very effective rack which lets you produce great effects with the camera by adding lateral or front movement to your…


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Slinky Slidar – our $10 DIY ultra smooth camera slider [Red Ferret Video How-To]
Free Software May 22, 2013 posted by

How I Doubled My Browser Productivity With Just 13 Free Browser Extensions [Freeware]

Last week I explained How I double my PC productivity with only 65MB of free software, so this week I’ll continue sharing some more productivity tips using browser extensions. I normally use Firefox and Chrome for 95% of my work. The rest of 5% is split between Opera and Internet Explorer.


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How I Doubled My Browser Productivity With Just 13 Free Browser Extensions [Freeware]
Free Software May 14, 2013 posted by

How to Double Your PC Productivity With Just 65 MB of Free Software [Freeware]

Like many readers of the Red Ferret, I spend much of my working day in front of a computer, and like others I have an inbox flooded with emails arriving every minute, in addition to client and business partner phone calls…and in between all of this I need to get work done. There are a number of good task management and work organization systems out-there (David Allen’s GTD, 43Folder’s Inbox Zero, etc …) but they all need to be supported…


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How to Double Your PC Productivity With Just 65 MB of Free Software [Freeware]
Hacks & How to March 4, 2013 posted by

How to cure those annoying audio sync problems after editing smartphone video [Freeware]

If you’ve ever tried to edit and upload smartphone video to YouTube, you may have noticed that the audio and video can go out of sync. This is especially noticeable with handsets like the Samsung Galaxy range, and even iPhones we hear. Apparently the reason this happens is because the phone people use such wacky compression to maximize memory card storage space that it breaks normal video editors instantly, even the more sophisticated ones like Adobe’s Premiere Elements Pro.


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How to cure those annoying audio sync problems after editing smartphone video [Freeware]