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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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cool tech June 10, 2009 posted by

Mophie Juice Pack Air – hands on with the iPhone lifesaver

Dudes sent me a Mophie Juice Pack Air rechargeable battery pack case for the iPhone for testing, and I’ve got to say it’s a cool bit of kit. Installing the thing is a cinch, just plonk the iPhone into the bottom slice, and clip on the top bit and your done, 10 seconds (well 20 if you’re fiddling around trying to get the handset latched into the socket). Once on, the first thing you notice is the fact that your iPhone…


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Awesome April 16, 2009 posted by

Acoustibuds – hands on with this brilliant earphone revolution

We featured Acoustibuds on the Ferret a few weeks back, and the PR company offered to send me a set to try out properly. To refresh your memory, they are adapters which you slide over your existing earphone ends to improve the sound and comfort. So, do they work? Well let’s put it this way, if you’ve been fretting about the random sound quality, uncomfortable fit and constant adjustment needed with your current set of earphones, run…don’t walk…to your nearest…


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Awesome March 20, 2009 posted by

Hands on with the Asus eeePC 1000HE – fabulous mini notebook marred by rip-off pricing

We got sent a sparkly new Asus EeePC 1000HE mini notebook computer to play with the other day and we’re very impressed in many ways and extremely disappointed in one. First the good news – this is the first laptop computer we’ve tried which actually delivers on the promise of a decent battery life without resorting to huge clunky add-on packs. When they say all day computing in the blurb, they mean it.


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Gadgets March 11, 2009 posted by

XSight Touch – universal remote control gets some glam styling

The folks at One-For-All sent me a new Xsight Touch universal remote control to look at, and it’s pretty impressive. Sleek, black, shiny. And that’s just the power plug. The rest isn’t too shabby either. I’ve tried a range of these universal remotes from various manufacturers over time and all of them have failed to deliver at some point or another, but it looks as though this Touch model has what it takes to cope with just about every hardware…


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Bookmark This! March 3, 2009 posted by

Winkku – cool bicycle turn indicator and mirror combo should save lives

The Winkku is a bicycle mirror and turn indicator combination which comes with bags of good looks, a practical design and a lot of plastic bits. The company sent me one to look at and it’s certainly a very well built piece of kit. Solid and dependable you might say. It’s powered by 3 AA batteries, and features a couple of handlebar attachment options, either a conventional into the end plug, or an over the top clamp with a Velcro strap…


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Reviews February 17, 2009 posted by

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 3G – Review

The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 with 3G is, on the face of it, much of a muchness as far as small computers go. It’s pretty hard to find any real differentiation between mini notebooks when all of them use the same processor, same screens and similar storage and memory specs. However the Dell stands out because of a) the name, b) the fact that it’s the one which will probably sell the most via the company’s corporate connections, c)…


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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 3G – Review
Awesome February 5, 2009 posted by

Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide – the best darn toothbrush in the world?

  Personal experience time. I seem to remember that the PR company for this product contacted me ages ago about looking at one of these Braun Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide electronic toothbrushes, and I kind of scoffed. The idea of a wireless brushing guide which told you how long to brush seemed to be too much of a gimmick to be true, so I passed on the opportunity with a bit of a techie sneer. Know what I mean? Well in…


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hardware January 26, 2009 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Imaging – Samsung CLX3175

There were a few contenders for the Imaging title this year, most notably the innovative Flip camcorder which broke the mould for affordable, good quality video recording devices, and the magnificent Canon EOS 5D Mark II which has completely destroyed the conventional separation between HD video and still image capture. However, Samsung’s new CLX3175 All-in-One Colour Laser printer has done something that may just tip the home printing market on its head. It’s brought the capital price of colour laser printing within reach…


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