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?
Gadgets February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Woosim 3 inch Waterproof Mobile Printer – splash happy printouts at last?

This Woosim 3 Inch Waterproof Printer currently doesn’t appear to have a name, price or even purpose in life. But it leaves us with many questions, does it not children? Like, why waterproof? Why a small LCD screen and not a big colour DVD compatible lushout? And why orange and not pink polka dots? These and more questions will, no doubt, be answered soon. Although judging by the two chaps doing some sort of…ahem…dodgy deal in the car, probably too…

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Bookmark This! February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Calibrize – cool freeware helps you calibrate your monitor in three easy steps

Calibrize. Nice new piece of freeware lets you calibrate your computer screen for colour and brightness and gamma and stuff. Dead easy to use, 3 minutes tops, and it certainly seems to have improved my viewing pleasure. Hey, it’s free too (advertising supported) so how cool is that? Download and enjoy.  Calibrize is free software that helps you to calibrate the colors of your monitor in three simple steps. Just download the software and follow the procedure to generate a reliable color…

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cool tech February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

Unyverse – the mobile wiki platform

Unyverse. Billed as a mobile wiki platform. What this means is you can export and manage all sorts of data using your mobile phone and the clever downloadable Java software. I haven’t yet quite worked out if the wiki bit is really relevant or if it’s just a trendy label to differentiate the service from all the other community type mobile data portals. Lots of cut and paste, lots of handset compatibility. One to watch, maybe.  Unyverse was founded in…

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opinion piece February 19, 2008 posted by Nigel

The problem with Yahoo! – or how have the mighty fallen…

If ever you want proof of why Yahoo! is a shadow of its former self, you only have to look at Mybloglog.com, which Yahoo! bought a while back. I used to really like mybloglog, I liked Eric who founded the company too, and we spent a good time emailing back and forth about new features and bugs and stuff. The service was great back then, it worked and offered real value and the tech support was ace. Then Yahoo! bought…

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cool tech February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Readius emerging – cell phone e-book device looks cooler by the minute…

More information about the new Readius e-book mobile phone is emerging, and it looks like this could be a really serious competitor for the Kindle and beyond. The video shows the great roll-up screen in action, and the interface looks to be great as well. And you can fit it in your pocket? Awesome.  Readius is looking more and more like the Kindle killer. A lucky few get to paw this HSDPA and Bluetooth-enabled e-Book reader at the Mobile World…

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Gadgets February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Polar Outdoor Watch – the physical fitness timepiece

Polar Outdoor Watch. You can tell it’s for outdoors because it comes with a heart rate monitor. And a calorie usage calculator. And a fitness tester. And a timer, altimeter, temperature, slope counter, barometer, compass and a 2 week logbook to track your sessions. Now you don’t need all that stuff if you’re just gonna sit around indoors drinking Mountain Dew, do ya? $416.20.  Measures your fitness level in 5 minutes. A fitness test that measures your aerobic/cardiovascular fitness at…

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Gadgets February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

BioLogic ZorinPump – the bicycle pump in your saddle post

The BioLogic ZorinPump takes bicycle flat tyres to a whole new place. Well, actually under your bottom, which is where the pump is discreetly hidden. Just unlatch the seat from the bike, unfold the foot catch and pump away. Perfect if you’re one of those people who keep forgetting to take the pump with you. $45.00.  The Biologic ZorinPump is an ingenious combination of a seat-post and powerful floor-pump. The pump is always at hand, hidden from the elements and…

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Awesome February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Picture Placer – genius product revolutionises the chore of hanging your pictures

Picture Placer. What an absolute gem of a product. Hook this super simple gizmo onto the picture wire on your frame, push to mark the spot on the wall, bang the nail in and bingo, a perfect position every time. Even when hanging multiple frames in alignment. It’s a stupid job that always takes far longer than it should, which makes this thing just perfect. Watch the video. It’s not going to get rid of Uncertain Uma or Dithering Dave, but nevertheless…

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Bookmark This! February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Wakerupper – cool online telephone reminder tool

Wakerupper. Today’s the day for daft names, but the application certainly looks interesting enough. Register and sign in and you can set up alarm calls to be sent to your phone via SMS whenever you want. It’s beta, US only from the looks of it and features other cool functionality like recurring calls and voice reminders as well as text. Do you think this has more use than a simple alarm function on your mobile phone? Answers on a ringtone…

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Bizarre February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

The Gold Dress – or 275,000 ways to say ‘it’s heavy, Malcolm’

This gold dress contains 325 Austrian gold coins, weights 8 kg and is valued at $275,000. Speechless.  Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewellery K.K. has created a dress using 325 Austrian gold coins issued to commemorate the Vienna Philharmonic, which it will display for a week at its store in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district. Two men’s jackets also using gold coins, together valued at about 127 million yen, will also be shown. Tags: gold+dress, fashion, bullion

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Bookmark This! February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

Bit Che – meta BitTorrent search tool

Bit Che. Now here’s an oddity, and not just the name. It’s a free downloadable meta BitTorrent search engine which scans over 60 sites for the files you need. Having it as a downloadable instead of online as in youtorrent probably makes it more resilient, so for that reason alone it’s probably worth a bookmark.  Bit Che makes searching for torrents simple. It quickly searches lots of torrent websites for files and easily organizes the results. Bit Che allows you…

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Bookmark This! February 18, 2008 posted by Nigel

World’s Healthiest Foods – stay fit, stay happy, eat serious

World’s Healthiest Foods. Admit it, you want to live for ever doncha? Well here’s your chance. Eat nothing but these food types for the rest of your life, avoid all city air, sunlight, tap water, car journeys, stress and Mel Gibson movies and you might just do it. Me, I’m thinking, pfaff…turnip greens? Pass the honey mustard fries. (click on food name links for more info)  Turnip greens are supercharged with so many different nutrients, their consumption can help prevent or…

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Gadgets February 16, 2008 posted by Nigel

Cube3 7 inch TV/DVD Entertainment Centre – small, cubic and flexi-plastic

Cube3 7 Inch DVD/TV Entertainment Centre Combo. Good to see that the dear old retro, black plastic, micro-sized, HiFi system has had a facelift, isn’t it? Plays DVDs of course and has one of those clever USB slots in front for your MP3 player. Not only that but it’ll rip your CDs to the USB stick too, which is jolly wheeze. The impressive thing is the 60W RMS speakers, which means loud. LOUD. £119.99.  As well as giving you the standard features…

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Gadgets February 15, 2008 posted by Nigel

In-Reach Child Tracker – the wireless fence for digital tiny tots

In-Reach Child Tracker. It may look like some sort of warden issued prison shackle, but this child tracker…well it acts like a warden issued prison shackle. If tiny tim wanders outside your custom configured boundary, then a small but thankfully non-nuclear ballistic missile will be fired at he/she to ensure that they never do it again. Or something like that. $44.95.  This child tracking system is perfect for giving your child some freedom and giving you peace of mind. The child…

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