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?
Gadgets October 31, 2015 posted by Nigel

DV8 Backpack Golf Clubs – no more lugging around that huge bag

This golf game is all well and good, but there’s one huge hassle. OK two huge hassles. The first is having to trudge around 50 miles of turf to locate and retrieve your lost balls en route to that teeny tiny hole. The second is having to haul a huge bag of clubs while you’re at it. We can’t really do anything about the first problem – just play better all right? – but now the other issue may be…

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DV8 Backpack Golf Clubs – no more lugging around that huge bag
Gadgets October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Easy Napping Mat – grab some snooze anywhere, anytime

We have to say we’re a little bemused by this, but hey, maybe it should become a thing? The new Easy Napping Mat (translation) is a 1.5cm sleeping mat which you can carry with you anywhere in order to grab some much needed Zzzz’s when needed. As you can see from the photo above, they really mean anywhere.

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Easy Napping Mat – grab some snooze anywhere, anytime
Free Software October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Crunch – reclaim valuable photo space on your phone memory [Freeware]

If you’re like us, you’ve got something like 200,000 photos stored on your phone, dating back to when the Sumarians first conquered Babylon. Or close. Well let’s just say you’ve got a lot of snaps, and the problem is you’re running out of space to add more. Sure you could delete some (gasp!) or swap memory cards, but that means losing your archive. But now there’s a better way which gives you more free space, for free.

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Crunch – reclaim valuable photo space on your phone memory [Freeware]
hmm..interesting October 30, 2015 posted by Nigel

Diet Buddy Chip Clips – stop signs for your crunchy cravings

We’re moving into eating season. You know it, we know it. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, from now on it’s one long slide into debauchery and untold belly aches. But before that happens, maybe we should all consider taking a little time to reflect on why we need to eat this much… nah, what the heck, just pass the bowl willya? But for those with a conscience…

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Diet Buddy Chip Clips – stop signs for your crunchy cravings
Electric Cars October 29, 2015 posted by Nigel

2016 Nissan Leaf Extended Range – new electric gives 155 miles range, oilmen fret [Review]

Sales of electric cars continue to grow as people discover the appeal of petrol free motoring, and the Nissan Leaf continues to lead the pack in terms of global sales. So it’s interesting to see how the EV manufacturers are steadily ramping up battery range in order to entice more customers and destroy the terrors of ‘range anxiety’. The new Nissan Leaf Flex (U.S.) (or 30kWh or Extended Range) model is an example of just that goal, with a 25%…

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2016 Nissan Leaf Extended Range – new electric gives 155 miles range, oilmen fret [Review]
Gadgets October 28, 2015 posted by Nigel

USB Flash Drive Lock – keep your data safe on any flash drive

At one time or another most of us have carried around a bunch of important, private data on a flash drive. Even if it’s only the reports on our probation visits. The problem is you can easily lose these little USB drives, which makes for a scary scenario. Sure we could invest in a dedicated secure USB dongle, but they’re expensive. Which makes this 3 Digit Flash Drive Lock a rather interesting alternative.

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USB Flash Drive Lock – keep your data safe on any flash drive
hmm..interesting October 28, 2015 posted by Nigel

Mother Dirt – can we really stay clean and healthy using soil not soap?

Every day we spend time and money ensuring that our bodies are as clean and sterile as possible, using soaps, shampoos and a variety of products designed to keep us fragrant. But could that regime actually be harming us in some fundamental way? The folks at Mother Dirt think so. Which is why they’ve created a range of products which are designed to restore what they call ‘happy bacteria’ to our lives.

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Mother Dirt – can we really stay clean and healthy using soil not soap?
Eco Friendly October 26, 2015 posted by Nigel

Ecoduna – revolutionary new micro algae technology turns waste into nutritious super food [Special Report]

According to the United Nations, malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease in the world. Even those of us who live in the 21st century modern developed world, can suffer from ‘lifestyle malnutrition’; through a lack of vital nutrients, especially if we eat badly, or rely too much on fast food and processed produce. But now there may be an answer on the way, thanks to some ingenious technology from a small Austrian company.

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Ecoduna – revolutionary new micro algae technology turns waste into nutritious super food [Special Report]
Gadgets October 24, 2015 posted by Nigel

Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit – turn your body into a camera happy straps chappie

Having an action cam is all well and good, but the problem is making sure it’s attached in the best place to capture great video. Most cameras nowadays come with standard helmet mounts, and maybe even sticky pads and clamps if you’re lucky, but that still leaves a lot of options open. Like your body. So step up this new Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit.

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Dazzne 8 in 1 GoPro & Action Cam Kit – turn your body into a camera happy straps chappie
Reviews October 17, 2015 posted by Nigel

Zidoo X1 – budget Android TV box delivers decent performance [Review]

The world’s not short of Android TV boxes, that’s for sure, but for the most part they follow a pretty standard pattern. They’re grey/black rectangular boxes, with standard Android user interfaces and that’s that. The Zidoo products however try to be a little different. They tend to try and jazz up the interface software so you get an easier time navigating the system. This new Zidoo X1 budget box is another in this genre.

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Zidoo X1 – budget Android TV box delivers decent performance [Review]
Gadgets October 10, 2015 posted by Nigel

Treat & Train – help your dog reach its full potential

Dogs are definitely the best friend we’ve got. We know that for a fact because the crows told us. But they can have a little difficulty understanding exactly what we want sometimes, which is why there are a ton of tools out there to help with training and obedience. This Treat & Train product looks like a simple but effective way to help with the task.

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Treat & Train – help your dog reach its full potential
Awesome October 9, 2015 posted by Nigel

Dome DVR Car Camera – superb budget car cam adds intelligent driver assist tools too [Review]

Car DVR cameras are definitely not a new thing. They’re very popular in countries with dodgy drivers – ahem … Russia …cough – and we’ve featured them in review before. But what is getting interesting are the advanced features they’re starting to add to these cameras, to give them more driver value in more ways than just video and GPS. We recently got our hands on a new model, the Dome GS98C Car DVR Camera, and came away very impressed.

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Dome DVR Car Camera – superb budget car cam adds intelligent driver assist tools too [Review]