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.
Articles
Mobile

This smartphone accessory can see blood parasites, and could save your life

The CellScope Loa is an accessory that converts a smartphone into a blood parasite-detecting microscope, and due to its accuracy, speed, and ease of use, it could save lives in countries where disease treatment is urgently needed.
Computing

Where's the nostalgia key? This game-packed keyboard lets you relive the '80s

A fun, funky, cool piece of retro art, the Recreated ZX Spectrum lets you play 8-bit games like they were designed to be played, across almost any platform. The things we enjoyed as children often lose their sheen over time, particularly…
Product Review

EMPpad Omnium1 Review

We spent 8 weeks with an electromagnetic mat that helps you heal like an astronaut.
Mobile

Slim, powerful, and cheaper than expected, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro officially launches in China

Xiaomi started 2015 off by announcing two new smartphone - the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. Both have 5.7-inch screens and curved bodies, but differ in screen resolution and processing power. After a short wait, the Mi Note Pro is ready…
Mobile

ZTE Smart Voice: Star 2 gets wider release, voice control software update coming soon

ZTE's voice control system impressed us when we tried it out on the Star 2 smartphone, but we were frustrated the phone wouldn't be sold outside China. Happily, the Star 2 will be getting a wider release, and Smart Voice will be available…
Wearables

Is that a pimple on your $15,000 watch? No, it’s a silly fitness tracker

Luxury Swiss watch maker IWC Schaffhausen has announced the IWC Connect, its answer to fitness trackers and smartwatches. It's designed to be added to the strap of its expensive watches.
Mobile

This is what Tencent’s version of Android Wear looks like on a circular smartwatch

China's Tencent, which owns the WeChat messaging app and the QQ social network, has announced a new mobile operating system called TOS+. Now, early pictures have shown how it'll look running on a circular smartwatch.
Mobile

LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Our in-depth comparison

The LG G4 is here, and it has entered a considerably crowded battlefield. One one side, it's facing the HTC One M9 and the Galaxy S6, while on the other, it's the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We pit it against the latter in a round of early…
Wearables

Get ready, aftermarket Apple Watch straps are on the way

Bored of your Apple Watch strap already? Apple has released guidelines for creating alternative straps for the Apple Watch, opening the floodgates for third-party straps.
Mobile

T-Mobile strikes out at Verizon, offers free trial to disillusioned customers

T-Mobile's not happy about Verizon's Never Settle advertising campaign, and has come up with Never Settle For Verizon, a free two-week trial of its own network exclusively for disillusioned Verizon customers.
Wearables

See this newborn baby’s heartbeat sent out into the world using an Apple Watch

The proud parents of this newborn baby decided to celebrate its arrival into the world, by sending its heart rate out to their family. They did so using the Digital Touch feature on the new Apple Watch.
Wearables

$17K Apple Watch is ‘missing integrity and substance,’ asserts maker of $13K phones

With the $17,000 Watch Edition, Apple has moved on from its premium status to become a luxury brand. We sat down with Vertu, makers of luxury smartphones, and talked about how it viewed Apple's latest creation, and if it was planning a…