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Gadgets June 6, 2006 posted by

Sweet Slingbox.

Well, it may not look quite as glamorous as the product shots, but I’ve been playing with the new Slingbox device and it’s fab (it’s just been launched here in the UK). Don’t look at the cable mess, in fact it’s just a matter of plugging it in to your television’s set top box, a broadband connection (via Ethernet socket) and relevant infrared port to give you real remote control. Tuck it all away neatly and forget it. Then just download and…

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Reviews March 20, 2006 posted by

Be the future.

Well I’ve just had the Bethere 24Mbps ADSL Internet service installed. So what’s the verdict? Well  the setup was fairly faultless, plug in the box and go (it’s a Speedtouch modem router which is badged as the BeBox). Speeds? Well let’s just say it isn’t 24Mbps. In fact according to Numion and MySpeed I’m hitting around 6Mbps peak, which is around a T2 line speed. I’m running it via a Powerline rig from the incoming phone jack to my computer in an adjacent…

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Free Software January 24, 2006 posted by

How to convert and transfer video to portable media players.

So you’ve just received a brand new bright shiny plastic media player, right? But horror of horrors, you discover too late that it won’t play the video clips that come from your digital camera because they’re in the QPEL (quarter pixel) and GMC format. What to do? You’re also desperate to learn how to transfer your DVD movies onto the player without wasting a fortune in time or money? Fear not, brave soldiers of the gidget, we at Fair Use Ferret Central…

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Reviews November 29, 2005 posted by

Riya Photo Service – first look Alpha.

Everyone’s talking about the new Riya photo technology with face recognition, and I’ve been lucky enough to wangle my way onto the Alpha preview of the technology. I thought you might like to hear my first impressions, which are….it works! Oh yes, it may be ‘so AlphaItHurts’, and somewhat sluggish round the edges, but it really is a clever bit of coding no question. Read on for more early impressions…

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Gadgets November 18, 2005 posted by

Skype Unleashed – The Top 5 Skype Gadgets.

The Ferret proudly presents to the people of earth a round-up of the top five gadgets to make your Skype chat easier than ever. Unlike the poor Skype employees above, forced through office space cut-backs to conduct their Google share dealing in the corridor of Skype House, we have located the best kit to untether your calls from the computer, or at least part of the way. Read on for more, McDuff…

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Reviews October 4, 2005 posted by

Nokia N91 preview

As if to atone for delaying the release of the hotly anticipated N91, the Nokia press office has been surprisingly willing to let us scrubby journalists play around with prototype models. That said, the key word here is prototype, since some of the more exotic functionality – e.g. WiFi – was missing from the product the Ferret got his hands on last week. Still, as I’ve said before, it remains a fascinating product notwithstanding, if only because of the wild promise a…

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Reviews September 16, 2005 posted by


Been browsing the new Yahoo! Mail beta and it’s very nice indeed. Think cleaner Oddpost (and yes I know that Yahoo! bought Oddpost, I was one of the first people in Europe to sign up for Oddpost when it first came out. Just loved Ethan’s sense of humour). The new service works with Firefox too and not just IE. Highlights – Very fast address book import from Outlook Express et al Uncluttered OE type interface, clean no adverts on the main page!…

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Reviews July 26, 2005 posted by

Philips ShoqBox review.

The Philips PSS110 ShoqBox. The marketing blurb says that this product is a ‘uniquely portable, miniature solid-state audio player delivers superb sound and powerful bass performance from its built-in speakers, meeting the need of today’s consumers who want to listen to music at home and on the road’. And who are we to argue? Well we’re the Ferret for one thing, so we’ll have a go in this short review.

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Reviews April 20, 2005 posted by

Ace Cad Digimemo.

The Digimemo A501 digital notepad from Ace Cad is a clever little paper to PC converter which offers a neat set of features and functionality. On the surface it looks very much like the Anoto powered Logitech io2 technology, but in fact it differs from the competition in a number of important ways. Read on to see the rest of the Ferret review…

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Reviews April 13, 2005 posted by

Skype roams home.

The new Plantronics CS60-USB is being billed as the world’s first VoIP wireless headset. Whether that’s accurate or not, the really interesting thing is that it has been designed to work with Skype as well as other Internet Phone services. So how does it perform? Read the rest of the Ferret review to find out…

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Gadgets April 5, 2005 posted by

A vee nice flash?

The Magna Vee flash attachment. The problem with most compact digital cameras is that the flash is universally awful. Enter the Zenon Magna Vee flash unit. This small £8.00 ($15.00) attachment fits onto the front of your existing digicam flash and provides a colour corrected ‘soft flash’ which can considerably improve the photographs that you take. So does it work? Read on…

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Reviews January 18, 2005 posted by

Sagem MyX-8

The Sagem MyX-8. The Ferret has been playing with one of these new phones for a while now, and thought you might like to find out what it’s like in everyday use. It’s the first so-called ‘designer’ phone from French manufacturer Sagem, and they’re clearly proud of the trendy white device they’ve produced, and not without some justification. More pics and stuff after the…why do they call it the jump anyhoo?

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Reviews May 17, 2003 posted by

Casio Exilim EX-S3 review

Regular readers will know that the Ferret has reported favourably in the past on the Exilim range of digital cameras from veteran Japanese company Casio. Well the newest addition to the family – the EX-S3 – has finally reached my hands and so here is a quick overview of the product after a few days use.

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Reviews April 6, 2003 posted by

Viewsonic Airpanel mini review

So I’ve been playing around with one of these here Airpanel devices from Viewsonic for a few days, and thought I’d share some thoughts about it. This is not a ‘real’ review, but in true Ferret style is more of a touchy feely kind of look at the product, so don’t take it as authoritative or anything will ya? :-) I opted to look at the V110 10″ model because I thought it sounded more useable than the hulking great…

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