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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 February 28, 2008 posted by Nigel

Took Beanie Headset Hats – integrate your sound system into your headgear system

Took Beanie Headset Hat. 100% wool, with an integrated but removable headset. Result? You stay warm while your cables stay orderly. Available in a range of tastefully hideous colours and priced at $24.99.   Tooks – Hats You Can Hear! beanie with integrated removable headphones 100% acrylic (wool feel) Wherever you and your music roam, Tooks make the perfect companion to your MP3 or other favorite media player. Compact size headphone speakers deliver superior sound quality. Great gift idea! Tags:…

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Bookmark This! February 28, 2008 posted by Nigel

Fundability – helping startups find investors and investors find startups

Fundability. New marketplace aims to help investors and startups find each other for mutually beneficial relationships based around cash. And options. Super slick interface, very cool feature set and a solid business model (startups pay $49.99 a month for their listings) mean that this one should run and run (if a nasty little recession doesn’t get in the way that is). Exactly the type of online community service that adds credibility to the whole sector.  We created Fundability as a marketplace where entrepreneurs…

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Bookmark This! February 28, 2008 posted by Nigel

Ashampoo Clip Finder – superb freeware program for finding, viewing and downloading video clips

Ashampoo Clip Finder. Freeware program designed to let you locate, view and download video clips from all the major video portals like YouTube etc. You need to register an email address to get the full free version unlock code, but you know how to deal with that by now, don’t you? Superb interface with things like mouse-over preview and right mouse click download make this a fabulous tool if you’re a video junkie. The mouse-over thumbnail previews on their own can…

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Bookmark This! February 28, 2008 posted by Nigel

Frugal living – how to live sensibly, responsibly and still have fun

As we move haltingly into uncertain times, I thought it might be handy to have a few resources at hand to help with living sensibly and frugally for the future. So here they are. Thrifty Fun. Long established and popular community site looks at all the options available for living carefully across a wide range of categories. Frugal Hacks. Small blog offering mom and pop type advice on all sorts of topics related to prudent lifestyles. Totally Free Cr*p. New blog style…

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Fun & Games February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game – 150 classic games and a jukebox in a tidy sized desktop package

The Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game offers 150 authentic classic video games from the likes of Atari, Namco and Midway, complete with proper controllers and a retro arcade design motif. Powered by a slimline PC and also contains an integrated jukebox MP3 player. Cool stuff. Although for the price you could of course just buy a laptop, a copy of Half-Life and still have enough left for an iPhone and accessories. $2,495.95.  Evoking the pinnacle of arcade gaming during the…

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Gadgets February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

USB Smart Privacy Mouse – special mouse button hides your illicit surfing in an instant

The USB Smart Privacy Mouse comes with a secret sauce button which you can configure to jump to a work friendly screen in an instant. You know, just in case you’re browsing stuff at work you shouldn’t, and the boss wanders by to ask about the missing TPS Report? $19.99.  This button works – If you use it as an ordinary mouse without installing the driver, it is a short-cut key performs as the short-cut key at your right of…

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Gadgets February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

Tefal ActiFry – the lo-fat, deep fat, fryer

Tefal ActiFry. A tablespoon of olive oil, a bucket load of fry friendly foods and a lot of hot air. Result? Fast food type substances with very low fat content. Is that good for you? Maybe, maybe not. £149.99.  Imagine being able to fry a batch of real home-made chips with just a tablespoon of olive oil. Sounds too good to be true? Place up to a kilo of freshly cut chips into the cooking pan, then measure your preferred oil with…

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cool tech February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

Nokia N78 – …and some pointers on GPS and A-GPS cell phone navigation systems

The Nokia N78 is an interesting piece of kit with some very cool features. One of the overlooked ones seems to be the inbuilt FM transmitter so you can beam your music from the handset to the nearest radio tuner. This makes it one hugely featured phone, what with a 3.2 megapixel camera (plus a second camera), HSDPA, WiFi, FM radio, MP3 player, video recording, FM transmitter and A-GPS. And it was actually the A-GPS that got me thinking as to…

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Awesome February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

EA Sims Online goes free of charge – classic multiplayer game gets freeware play mode

Sims Online Free. Ooh, Electronic Arts has released a free version of the classic Sims Online game. If you’ve been living on Mars for a while, The Sims is one of the biggest game franchises on the planet, and the online version, which used to cost $9.99 a month, was notable for some pretty cool visuals and unique gameplay. Well the developers have now re-jigged the code, updated it all and re-released it in both free and pay to play versions. The pay per…

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Bookmark This! February 27, 2008 posted by Nigel

Moon Estates – ‘home of the world’s most original gifts…’

Moon Estates. Eclectic online gift shop where you can do things like sponsor a random act of kindness (i.e. they’ll leave up to £20 in cash in random public spots for random people to find, along with a note) or adopt a reindeer or even name your own box of chocolates. Worth remembering if you’ve got a birth buddy you need to impress.   MoonEstates is a company dedicated to making the planet’s most original products available to the public. The opportunities to…

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Gadgets February 26, 2008 posted by Nigel

Onelink Smoke and CO Detector with Voice – safety device shouts at you in an emergency

OneLink Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector with Voice Alert. Clever device can be programmed with alerts relating to its location, so in the unfortunate event of an alarm going off you know quickly where it’s happening. 85dB loud too, so that should be enough to raise even the heaviest sleeper. Battery powered and connects wirelessly to other alarms on the premises. $99.99.  With the 85 decibel alarm and voice function, it is very easy to hear from a considerable distance….

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huh..? February 26, 2008 posted by Nigel

American Heritage – the official luxury coach of the American road

American Heritage. If you like travelling, you might consider getting one of these babies. Hand laid wallpaper, polished porcelain tile floor with accents, choice of five wood finishes and a tidy little 600 HP Cummins diesel engine to move it all along nicely. List price sits at around $750,000 with basic trim, so you may want to consider trading up the Winnebago first. Tags: american+heritage, luxury+coach, rv

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Gadgets February 26, 2008 posted by Nigel

Mobiado Stealth Phone – black, pricey and ever so exclusive-ish

The Mobiado Stealth phone is a tri-band Symbian Series 40 cell phone with Bluetooth, microSD slot, 2 megapixel camera, FM radio and MP3 player handset which also just happens to be ‘machined from one piece of solid aluminium with an inlay of one piece of sapphire crystal.’ Yes folks, you’ve guessed it, it’s expensive. They say they’re only making 1200 of them, as opposed to the 1.2 zillion other Series 40 Nokia phones out there, so you’ll have to stump…

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Bookmark This! February 26, 2008 posted by Nigel

10 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers – cool cheap alternatives to expensive lighting equipment

10 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers. A nice selection of innovative DIY ways to improve the lighting of your digital photography without breaking the bank balance. The $75.00 DIY lighting kit tip is especially neat.  Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself. In this post…

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Bookmark This! February 26, 2008 posted by Nigel

JabpLite – free personal finance manager program for your cell phone

JabpLite is a freeware Java based personal finance manager for mobile phones. You get accounts, currencies, investments and expenses et al, and the Java bit means that it should run on just about every mobile handset out there. Nice little resource, methinks.  A sophisticated free personal finance manager. Includes accounts, categories, standing orders, investments, currencies and much more…Other features in JabpLite: Future Balance prediction, Net Worth calculation, Regular transactions, Quick Start mode. Tags: jabplite, personal+finance+program, mobile+phone, java

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