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.
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Wearables

Slightly creepy GOQii subscription-based fitness tracker opens beta program in the U.S.

If you need an impartial, outside source of motivation to get fit and healthy this year, then the GOQii fitness wristband is here to help. It's free, but you pay for a personal coach each month to help create plans, motivate you, and stay…
Mobile

Three network in final talks to acquire O2 in the UK

Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the Three network in the UK, has confirmed it's in the final stages of talks to acquire the O2 network from owner Telefonica. Should the deal go through, it will reduce the number of networks available from…
Mobile

Meizu's M1 Mini could be a test device used ahead of Ubuntu Mobile launch

Meizu has announced it will hold an event on January 28, where it's expected to reveal a sister phone to the M1 Note, called the M1 Mini. The smaller phone may have a budget price tag, to entice buyers away from rival Xiaomi.
Mobile

LG says the G Flex 2’s Snapdragon 810 is cooler, literally, than any other processor

Despite rumors Samsung is having difficulty taming the Snapdragon 810 processor, LG says the chip is not only performing well, but also running cooler than others in its forthcoming G Flex 2 smartphone.
Mobile

Net neutrality’s not enough for BlackBerry’s John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants app neutrality, where manufacturers and developers are obliged to produce apps for all available platforms, and not hold them back for users of a single system.
Mobile

Microsoft’s creating ceiling lamps with light beams that will recharge your phone

Microsoft Research has published details of an amazing automatic smartphone charging system it calls AutoCharge, where special solar panels in your phone are charged using light beams projected from ceiling lamps.
Mobile

Following U.S. launch, wireless phone charging hits Starbucks in the UK

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…
Mobile

HP’s new Pro Slate tablets come with a cool stylus that digitizes words onto the screen

Hewlett Packard's new Android-based Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 tablets come with a pleasant surprise: a Duet Pen stylus. This clever tool digitizes what's written on another surface, right onto the screen of the tablet.
Mobile

This Japanese phone shows us what a network exclusive device should be like

Japanese network KDDI has announced the Infobar A03 smartphone, an exclusive device produced with the help of several top designers. Compact and stylish, it should be the template for all own-brand smartphones in the future.
Wearables

New rumors say launch time is coming for HTC and Under Armour’s first smartwatch

According to a new report, HTC will launch a smartwatch it has developed with fitness brand Under Armour in March. This will most likely be at the same March 1 event where we expect to meet the One M9 smartphone.
Android Army

Thanks Google, I just spent $1,500 on a project you abandoned

Thanks Google, I just spent $1500 on the Glass project you've shut down, without a word on whether it's about to become a useless tangle of metal on my face.
Wearables

A new set of guided workouts is Microsoft’s new year’s gift to its fitness Band wearers

Microsoft has added 12 new guided workouts to its Health platform, which links in with the Microsoft Band fitness tracking wearable. The workouts are suitable for all levels, and some require basic equipment to complete.