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.

Friends? Not anymore. Google wants you to bow down and meet your master

Google has changed. Gone are the days of cheap Nexus phones and an open-door policy. Now it wants to lock you into a new ecosystem with its new Pixel phones and Google Home, which work with its cool artificial intelligence platform called…

Looks app lets you try out new makeup styles using a selfie cam, and it has a mode for dudes

Line, the popular mobile messaging platform, has released Line Looks, an app for virtually trying out different makeup styles. Cleverly, it includes makeup looks presented by brands including Clinique. There's even a mode for men.

A company asked employees who own an iPhone 7 to resign

Several companies in China have warned employees they will be asked to resign if they purchase a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. It's not an anti-Apple stance, but a response to the high price of the device.

OnePlus teases secret release plans, but it may not be for a new phone

OnePlus, the smartphone company known for having fun with its marketing campaigns, has shared a blurry photo teasing a new product launch. It's not giving much away, but there's a hint it may not be a phone at all.
Product Review

LG V20 Review

No longer a brute, LG's svelte new V20 is a photographer's fantasy.

Bad day? Watch a man use a big, metal ball to deliberately destroy iPhones in an Apple Store

Unhappy with a product you've bought? Don't be this guy in France, who visited his local Apple Store with a metal ball in his hand, then started smashing the screens of every device he could find.

Beware: Oculus app causing battery drain and overheating on some Samsung Galaxy phones

A recent update to the Oculus app installed on many Samsung Galaxy phones may be causing excessive battery drain, overheating, and other performance problems. Luckily, there seems to be an easy fix.
Social Media

Don’t ‘get’ Snapchat? Its weirdest, most innovative creators may change your mind

Snapchat, to anyone not already on the social network, looks confusing, weird, and almost impenetrable. It turns out that beneath the surface is a creative, entertaining community that may just be worth the effort to join.

Out with the old: Xiaomi’s sparkly Snapdragon 821-powered Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus are here

Xiaomi has updated the Mi 5 -- a phone only released back in February -- with the Mi 5S, and announced the new Mi 5S Plus at the same time. The two phones use Qualcomm's fast Snapdragon 821 processor. Here's everything you need to know…

Where's that coming from? Sony's clever glass speaker will keep guests guessing

It's easy to miss Sony's beautiful Glass Sound Speaker, because it looks more like a space-age candle lamp than a speaker, but there's no mistaking the crisp 360-degree audio. We've been listening to it.

The first Samsung phone with 6GB of RAM is rumored to come soon

Samsung may be ready to announce a phone that beats the Galaxy S7 and the Note 7 in one key area: RAM. The Galaxy C9 is rumored to have 6GB of RAM inside, potentially making it the first Samsung phone to do so. Here's what we think we know…

Don’t like the look of this unusual new phone? The company really doesn’t mind

If you're not quite set on the design of this new phone, the U300, then Uhans, the Chinese company that made it, isn't really that concerned. It says it has made it for the minority, and that it, "doesn't need everybody to love it."