Andy Boxall

Andy Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a technology writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and owned a series of audacious cars.

Nokia’s back with an Android tablet, and its free, single, and fabulous

The N1 Tablet marks Nokia's return to mobile hardware, just a short time after we thought it had left us forever. The Android-based, Z Launcher-equipped slate is great news for us today, and bodes very well for the future. Welcome back, Nokia.


Lost your crystal ball? Nokia’s Here Maps will predict when the traffic will be at its worst

Nokia has launched Predictive Traffic, a feature soon to be integrated with its Here Maps navigation program, which will help plan the fastest and least congested route up to 12 hours in advance.


Android One off to a shaky start, as shops refuse to stock the budget smartphones

Google's grand plan for Android One is to introduce developing markets to the joy of stock Android on a reasonably priced phone, but early sales decisions, and less-than timely updates may have hurt its chances.


It doesn’t come from Q, but the LaserWatch is dangerous enough for James Bond

If you're looking for a really exciting smartwatch, and aren't bothered about apps or touchscreens, then they don't come more exciting than the LaserWatch. The name gives it all away. It's a watch. That shoots laser beams.

Cool Tech

Acer’s latest 32-inch monitor has a massive 4K resolution, but reasonable $1,000 price tag

If you've got $1,000 to splash on a 4K monitor, Acer's new B326HK could be worth checking out. The 32-inch panel may not be pretty, but it does have that all-important, massive 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution,


This Chinese phone maker wants to crush Samsung, and take its throne

The CEO of rapidly growing Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi says that in five to ten years time, the firm could be the world's number one manufacturer, should its momentum continue.


The Mythbusters take on Gorilla Glass, inevitably break lots of it

Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, has teamed up with Mythbusters to produce a two-part video series about its product. It's fun and informative, plus we get to see flexible Willow Glass in action, a key part of bendy phones and watches in the future.


This cool battery could let you buy extra battery standby time at the local store

Imagine walking into a convenience store and buying six hours of extra standby time for your phone. This cool concept battery could make that scenario possible, and in an environmentally friendly way.


Your phone can’t run on caffeine like you do, so Starbucks added wireless charging

After a test run earlier this year, Starbucks has started the official introduction of wireless charging stations at its stores in San Francisco. The company says the technology will continue to launch throughout America, and in Europe and Asia.


Amazon ships its $40 Fire TV Stick, but it’s now out of stock until January (Updated)

Amazon's Fire TV Stick, which wages war on the Google Chromecast and Roku streaming media sticks, has started shipping out. However, demand has been so high, anyone who wants one now may be in for a long wait.

Home Theater

Meizu’s new phone gets octa-core power and a Quad HD screen, not a record player in sight

You may not know the name Meizu, but with the launch of the MX4 Pro, we think you'll want to pay it some attention. The phone comes with an almost bezel-less 5.5-inch, Quad HD screen, and is powered by Samsung's latest octa-core Exynos processor.


The $200 Jolla Tablet's a crowd-funding hit, proves people-power works

Finnish firm Jolla has announced the Jolla Tablet, which is up for pre-order through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo, and features a 7.85-inch, high resolution screen, an Intel processor, and the new Sailfish OS 2.0 software.


Sony Smartwatch 3 review

Sony has an established history with smartwatches, but the new SmartWatch 3 is the first to use Google’s Android Wear operating system, opening it up to more apps, and a wider audience. The SmartWatch 3 doesn’t have the market to itself though, and comes…

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has edge, convinces us that it’s still hip to be square

The SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s first wearable to use Android Wear, and comes packed with the latest software and features. We’ve put it through its paces to see if it can beat the…

  • Pros: Built-in GPS , Voice control works well , Category leading…
  • Cons: Annoying charging system , Android Wear is still cumbersome…

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Update makes its way to Nvidia Shield Tablet

The latest version of Google's Android mobile OS, 5.0 Lollipop, could be coming to your smartphone very soon. Here's the latest news on which phones will be getting it, and when it's scheduled to arrive.