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?
cool tech February 22, 2008 posted by Nigel

Simple Mail for Firefox – cool embedded email client runs inside the browser

Simple Mail is a cool new Firefox extension which embeds a full function email client inside the browser. Although I can’t see this replacing Thunderbird on my machine, it could be very useful for folks who travel a lot. You could install Firefox and this extension on a USB key and use it as your ‘on the road’ mail and browser. Or even use it as part of a full Mojopac environment install on a USB key. Neato! [via Lifehacker]  Configure…

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Gadgets February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

Kaossilator Touchpad Synthesizer – fun mini synth plays on, dude

The Kaossilator Touchpad Music Synthesizer sure looks like a lot of fun. Judging by the funski video, you can generate a really cool range of music and sounds just by jiggling the knob and running your fingers across the touchpad at strategic moments. It runs off 4 AA batteries which will last for around 5 hours at a stretch, which is just perfect for laying down those kickin’ beats on the move. Just wear headphones, OK? $199.99.  his pocket sized music synthesizer is…

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Gadgets February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

SmarteBear – connect, click, cuddle, yeuw…?

The SmarteBear range of children’s playthings will read stories, play games and sing songs at the press of an ingratiatingly obsequious paw. Happy parents can plunk down their cash for a bundle of activity packs which will be able to keep their cute little tots occupied for…oh…minutes at a stretch. And hey, you can even have the little critters interact with your child in a number of different languages, for those high quality Alpha Child moments. Expect to pay around $80.00 for the creature, plus…

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Gadgets February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

Wide Angle Lens for iPhone – grab all the action in one snap

iPhone Wide Angle Lens. Pop this onto your very sophisticated iPhone and you’ll be guaranteed a laugh down the bar. OK, so at least you’ll be able to snap all the grinning faces around you at the time, so there is a silver lining. $11.99.  Plug and Play – 1 piece off attachment, just attach it when you need it. – Special coatig on lens – compace size: 20x15x12mm – Magnification : 0.68x Tags: gadget, iphone+wide+angle+lens, mobile+phone

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Bizarre February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

Russian SUV – chug, rumble, crash, tinkle…

This Russian SUV conversion goes to show that where there’s a will – and a 13.6 ton armoured personnel carrier – there’s a way. You wouldn’t want to travel large distances in this though, would you? Not at 3 inches to the gallon or whatever it does.  The mechanical gear stick was replaced with electronic joystick which is connected to electro driven gear box. Now they can switch the gears as easy as on a video game, before one had to have a huge muscle…

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Bookmark This! February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

Aviary – beautifully ambitious online creative suite promises much…

Aviary is a beautifully designed and very ambitious online suite of creative applications covering everything from image editing to desktop publishing. It comes from the Worth1000 people (who do those fabulous Photoshop contests) so the pedigree is very cool. I say ambitious because the suite includes apps like video editors, wordprocessing and even a font editor, so it’s likely that this is going to take time to build out. The first application is Phoenix, the image editor, which although still a…

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Cool Web Apps & Sites February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

eBuzzing – new pay to blog service. like. recommend. earn? Hmm…

eBuzzing. Hmm…well it’s a new version of an old concept. Advertisers pay bloggers to recommend products. PayPerPost redux? Just for the record I think this stuff is not a valuable addition to the blogging community. Yes bloggers take advertising, yes we respond to valuable PR, yes we can be commercial/pro operations and don’t necessarily have to be totally amateur status to retain credibility (although I do think that those blogs which have avoided any adverts or commercial sponsorship like Bifurcated Rivets, Presurfer, RobotWisdom2 and…

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Bookmark This! February 21, 2008 posted by Nigel

Lingoes – super impressive dictionary and translation freeware

Lingoes. Lovely freeware dictionary and language translation program. Comes with a bunch of useful features like clipboard translate, right mouse click access for immediate translation/definition of any word or phrase, and the ability to download and install a large number of add-on dictionaries in different languages as well as English. Super nice package all round. Recommended.  # Cross translation over 80 languages # Text translation over 22 languages # Ctrl + Right mouse button key for the cursor translation #…

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Gadgets February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

Multifunction Card Reader – clock, thermometer, memory card reader…what talent

Multifunctional USB Card Reader. It’s a clock, it’s a thermometer, it’s a strange bit of plastic which also reads multiple types of memory card. Slightly confused? Probably. $15.00.  Digital Clock and Thermometer are equipped # Dustproofed triangular design # No Adaptor required in M2/miniSD/micro SD (T-Flash )Cards # Supports auto-detecting slot with card inserted # Fully support USB 2.0 # High-speed transfer rate up to 480Mb/sec # Supports SDHC (4GB-32GB) Memory Cards # Support Windows Vista / XP / 2000…

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Gadgets February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

The iClone Shootout – five iPhone phonies, a camera, and some interesting conclusions

Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner the world famous iPhone, iconic symbol of democracy and the new millennium. And in the red corner, China. Yep, 1.3 billion souls beavering away in factories to destroy civilisation as we know it and trash our treasured way of life. OK, enough already. So I thought it would be interesting to check out a sample of five iPhone clones to see whether they are worth your time, money and pocket space. The results were unsurprising in…

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Bookmark This! February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

DoubleTwist – cool way to share, convert and sync your multimedia between devices and the web

DoubleTwist. Heh, DVD Jon is back, and he’s carrying more gifts. This new service is a neat freeware desktop application which you can use to convert, share and manage all of your disparate digital media stuff. You do have disparate digital media stuff, right? Ah good. OK, so the clever thing is the sync between an online storage space of your own, and the desktop app which is the control panel. There’s also a cool conversion system in the background…

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huh..? February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

BuzzShed – get paid to watch videos

BuzzShed. Oh yes, here we go again. Sign up for this doozy and get paid 30c to watch various videos. And to make it feel more at home, there’s a nice Digg-like voting scheme in place to push videos up or down the rankings. Ah well, it sure beats working for a living. Well actually it doesn’t, but that’s another story, eh?  And now for the twist! BuzzShed is more than just social bookmarking for videos. Some BuzzShed members are in fact advertisers that pay…

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huh..? February 20, 2008 posted by Nigel

FakeBuddy – we will remember your birthday

FakeBuddy. Free fake friend will send you emails containing lots of fun things to keep you amused. For a $5.95 fee you get to choose your buddy from the list of available souls and they’ll personalise your emails to make it even more ‘intimate’. Wow. You’d probably do as well to check out the free Global Penfriends site, if you’re in the market for company.  Get a Fake Buddy for free! Your fake buddy will send you emails* filled with fun, tips, and occasional random thoughts throughout…

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Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Floppy Disk Drive with 7-in-1 Card Reader – retro fit that combo memory tech, boy

Floppy Disk Drive with 7–in-1 Card Reader. Weird combination of old and new. A 3.5 inch plug-in floppy disk drive unit complete with a memory card reader installed. So..ah..you can transfer all your ancient floppy borne banking details to your digital camera SD card in a snap. Or something. Um…didn’t they make floppy disks illegal a few years back? Out of sheer embarrassment? £19.99.   • Read and Write major flash memory cards and floppy discs from one 3.5 inch bay! •…

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Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Webasto Thermo Top E Parking Heater – warm up your parked car via cell phone and stay cosy

Webasto Thermo Top E Parking Heater. It’s one of those ideas which seems obvious enough, but rarer than rocking horse droppings. A car heater which runs off a tiny amount of fuel and which heats up the car before you get in it. No it doesn’t start up the engine like the BMW pre-heat system, it’s actually a fully self-contained unit which can be switched on remotely via voice, SMS or timer. We’re talking 4.2 kW and max 60 minute heat…

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