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.

Duckface to unlock: How our selfie obsession helped make eye-recognition possible

While selfies may seem like a waste of time, without them, we wouldn’t be on the cusp of securing our smartphones using eye scanning technology. Here’s how they managed to kickstart a biometric security revolution.

Great deal: 100 cool apps that cost $1 on iTunes right now

If you're after a new app or two for your iPhone or iPad, then you'll want to check Apple's new promotion, which reduces the cost of 100 key apps to just $1. Titles include Pixelmator, Fruit Ninja, Cytus, and Dead Space.

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.

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.
Android Army

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.

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.
Cool Tech

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…

AshleyMadison site hack means your cheating ways could be revealed

Dating site for cheaters, 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.

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.

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 to an app to let you know exactly how much you’ve got…
Social Media

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.

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.