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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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Awesome January 25, 2010 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2009: Imaging – Livestream Livepack

It’s safe to say that 2009 was the year that television discovered the Internet in earnest, and not in a particularly good way. The incredible explosion of content that is YouTube, the drift away from packaged programming towards on demand delivery across the broadband pipe, and even the decline in our traditional nightly news addiction as the immediacy of the Web took hold. All of these factors served to reveal the cracks in the dominance of mass broadcast in ways…


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Gadgets December 31, 2009 posted by

BodyGuardz Phone Protectors – Hands on review of the invisible phone protector

I’ve been sent a set of BodyGuardz stick-on phone protectors to have a look at. BodyGuardz make these types of stick-on protective skins for all the major phones as well as BlackBerrys, iPods, handheld games and even MacBook laptops. The protector itself is an optically clear skin that can resist scratching by keys, coins and even nails but leaves your phone looking like your phone. They’re aimed at people who want to protect their phone against scratches and foreign objects…


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Free Software November 2, 2009 posted by

Eraser – Hard drive data destroyer reviewed

I recently sold my digital camera online, and because I was including the memory card, I wanted to be sure that there was no recoverable data on it. A quick search turned up Eraser, a free, multi talented hard drive eraser program. Eraser works by overwriting the disk with various flavours of data-destroying mayhem that prevents retrieval using undelete software or forensic analysis software. After installation, Eraser gives you a bunch of options, including a scheduler which lets you setup…


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Gadgets October 26, 2009 posted by

3M Ergonomic Mouse – Hands on review

The 3M Ergonomic Mouse is in no way new, but I use one everyday and I’m often asked about it, so you’re getting a review. Most people’s first impression (including mine) of this mouse is that it’s a joystick-type mouse, but it’s not. The upright handle is completely rigid, you slide the whole mouse around on the table the way you use an ordinary mouse. The mouse comes in two sizes depending on the length of your hand but it…


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3M Ergonomic Mouse – Hands on review
Cool Web Apps & Sites October 23, 2009 posted by

Yebol – Semantic web search

I’ve been playing around with Yebol, a newish, and still beta search engine, and to my surprise I’ve found that I like it. Yebol is one of these semantic search engines, in that it combines results found using computer algorithms with results found by people to give you a great mix of search results. Yebol takes the opposite approach to the now-mainstream way of searching. It’s the same way that Google was a much-improved version of the old cluttered way…


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Gadgets August 13, 2009 posted by

Orbita Mouse – hands on review

I was pretty fascinated when I first saw the Orbita Mouse a couple of months ago. I’m a fan of unusual mice, and the Orbita seemed to combine an ordinary computer mouse with the simplicity of a Griffin PowerMate so I had to have a look at one. Note: Apparently it looks like some kind of old, unpopular Apple Mouse? Well forget all about that, the Orbita is nothing like it, it says so here.


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