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.

Keep your smartphone food-free and your friends happy with Ikea’s fun new placemat

Ikea has come up with a solution to whether it's polite to put your phone, face up, on the dinner table or not. Its new placemat lets you keep your phone in sight, without making it too obvious.

Mobile

LG will construct an entire factory to build flexible phone screens

LG Display is about to start work on a new factory that's dedicated to producing flexible and foldable screens, that it expects to be the next hot feature on our phones, in our living rooms, and in our cars.

Mobile

Line Lite app may be less than 1MB in size, but there’s still room for cute stickers

Messaging app Line has released a lightweight version of the main app named Line Lite. Designed for developing markets, it's less than 1MB in size and uses less data, but still manages to squeeze in some cute stickers.

Android Army

This amazing new antenna could stretch phone battery life, but nobody’s using it

This tiny antenna tuner uses a new type of technology that could improve the connection and increase the battery life of our smartphones, but manufacturers aren't letting it.

Mobile

The cool Axon phone was only the start, now ZTE’s announced the Axon Watch smartwatch

ZTE has announced the Axon Watch, a smartwatch that doesn't run Android Wear, but instead uses a special version of the OS created by China's Tencent called TOS+. It has also teased the forthcoming availability of an Axon Mini smartphone.

Wearables

Watch the first, legal delivery-by-drone mission take place in the U.S.

Deliveries by drone, in the U.S., are still a far off dream, but after a successful mission demonstrating the effectiveness of unmanned aircraft in making deliveries this weekend, that could start to change. See a video of the flight here.

Cool Tech

AshleyMadison site hack means your cheating ways could be revealed

Dating site for cheaters AshleyMadison.com, and another site from Avid Life Media, have been hacked. The owners have been told to take the sites offline permanently, or 36 million member's profiles will be published.

Web

Think the iPad Air 2 is thin? Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S2 tablets are just 5.6mm thick

Samsung has announced two new tablets, and the larger model is thinner and lighter than the Apple iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab S2 tablets are 5.6mm thick, and come with either a 9.7-inch or an 8.0-inch screen.

Mobile

Time to juice up! This battery pack always knows how much power it has left

The usual line of LEDs on an extended battery pack that tell us how much of a charge remains, aren’t very helpful. The Power Tube 3000 Lightning has a Bluetooth Smart connection…

  • Pros: Connects using Bluetooth Smart , Precise charge measurements…
  • Cons: App isn’t pretty , Alerts don’t override phone mute , 1A…

Forget video games and tech in general, adult coloring books are the latest way to relax

We're surrounded by screens of all sizes, and all kinds of wonderful tech to keep us entertained, but many people are turning to the simple pleasures of adult coloring books to help relax. It's becoming a considerable phenomenon.

Social Media

Xiaomi Mi 5: Rumors spread of an August 5 announcement

Rumors of the Xiaomi Mi 5 have reignited following the release of the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, with talk of a 2015 release, and Snapdragon 820 power. Here's everything we think we know so far.

Mobile

These Xiaomi developed smart sneakers cost less than $65

Xiaomi may be best known for its cool smartphones, but its latest product is a pair of smart sneakers produced with Chinese sports brand Li Ning. The Bluetooth sensor in the heel connects with Xiaomi's Mi Fit app.

Wearables

Revised Snapdragon 810 chip may mean its days of getting hot and bothered are over

Qualcomm has quietly introduced a revised version of the Snapdragon 810 processor, which may cure problems with overheating, and it's being used in a variety of phones already, including the HTC One M9.

Android Army

Stay away from the light! These glasses block blue light from your phone for better sleep

Exposure to blue light emitted by a smartphone screen right before bed ruins your sleep patterns. One solution that doesn't involve putting down your phone before bed, is to wear these special Jins Screen glasses, that won't make you look ridiculous.

Wearables

Samsung’s new big-screen metal Galaxy phone is its thinnest yet

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A8, and it's a super slim -- Samsung slimmest yet, actually -- smartphone with a massive screen and a metal chassis. Here's what you need to know.

Mobile