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?
Awesome July 21, 2020 posted by Nigel

Proteus – new un-cuttable material promises to make bike thefts a thing of the past

Bicycle theft is big business. Thanks to the easy availability of tools like battery power angle grinders, even the most carefully secured bike can be stolen in minutes. Now, thanks to Proteus, a new material developed in the U.K. and Europe, these cut and grab days may be over for good. The team behind the new wonder material have shown that while a 10mm military grade armoured steel plate could be cut through by an angle grinder in 20 seconds,…

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Proteus – new un-cuttable material promises to make bike thefts a thing of the past
future tech July 19, 2020 posted by Nigel

The terrifying promise of GPT-3 AI – software’s Manhattan Project?

We’ve been threatened with Artificial Intelligence for decades now, but we’ve just seen the release of something which looks totally terrifying and yet inevitable. The good folk at OPENAI – an open source organisation dedicated to keeping AI development transparent, and featuring supporters such as Elon Musk and Peter Thiel – have just privately released the GPT-3 API to selected people. OK, geeks. The terrifying bit is how good this stuff is now. You remember all the furore about DeepFake…

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The terrifying promise of GPT-3 AI – software’s Manhattan Project?
Eco Friendly February 13, 2019 posted by Nigel

New Wash – Forget the shampoo and go totally natural clean

If you’re trying to go properly green and eco, you’ll know that one of  the most difficult things to drop is the less than earth friendly shampoo stuff. Sure there are options which don’t involve strange ingredients and horse hair. But for the most part we’ve been stuck with chemically enhanced products only. Until now.

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New Wash – Forget the shampoo and go totally natural clean
huh..? October 18, 2017 posted by Nigel

EAZY Bike – is this another crowdfunding project which is just too good to be true? [Crowdfunding]

We love covering new products, especially when they are eco cool, such as e-bikes. So we were really enthusiastic when we came across a new crowdfunding campaign for a bolt-on electric bike conversion kit called EAZY Bike. It looks very practical, hails from Sweden, and is very cheap. Perfect for mass adoption. But on closer inspection our Spidey Sense started tingling big time. We’re not necessarily saying there’s anything dodgy about the project, just that there are some rather odd…

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EAZY Bike – is this another crowdfunding project which is just too good to be true? [Crowdfunding]
announcement May 18, 2017 posted by Nigel

Sayso For Good and The Red Ferret team up to do a wee bit of good

Every so often we here at Ferret Towers crawl out of our basement and try and do a bit of good. Just to remember what it feels like. So it’s with pleasure that we announce a tie-up with the Sayso For Good folk, who are also trying to combine commerce with humanitarian causes. Those of you with long enough memories will remember that we used to feature the free Hunger Site banner on the front page, which delivered rice to…

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Sayso For Good and The Red Ferret team up to do a wee bit of good
Reviews November 13, 2016 posted by Nigel

Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]

We’re getting close to the point now where Android TV boxes are actually more of a commodity than anything else, which is always an interesting test for a product type. Will the price plummet, will the build quality go up or down, what extra features will we see in the later incarnations? From the looks of it, we’re seeing a solid set of answers from this market, which is good news. The quality appears to be consistent, the pricing stable…

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Probox 2 Air – cool Android TV Box is small and delicious [Review]
Reviews October 16, 2016 posted by Nigel

DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]

Why oh why do smartphones still run out of charge half way through the day? We’re in the 21st century right, so surely they can design these things so they last longer? It looks like every time they increase the performance of a battery, they have to add some stupid new feature which sucks the life out of it. Result? We still all need to carry around spare power packs just in case. It sucks. Anyhoo, rant over. Here’s a…

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DodoCool Pocket Phone Charger – tiny budget power pack is perfect to keep you going [Review]