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.

iOS Hangouts app gets Material Design overhaul, and a host of cool new features

Google has updated Hangouts for iOS, introducing a Material Design-style new look, and a variety of new features. Version 4.0 of the app includes new photo sharing options, and the new experience will be coming to Android in the near…

Online payments halted in Greece, citizens eye Bitcoin to protect savings

Online payments using local debit and credit cards have been halted in Greece, including use on iTunes and Amazon. During financial turmoil, there is evidence citizens may turn to Bitcoin to protect investments.

bPay’s contactless payment wristband takes on Apple Pay in the UK

Apple Pay launches in the UK in July, but Barclays Bank won't be supporting it. Instead, it has announced bPay, a contactless payment system that works with a special sticker, key fob or a wristband.
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Google talks Project Loon: 14 different prototypes, leaks solved by using fluffy socks

Google X's Astro Teller has talked about the challenges the company faced when designing the balloons that will see its Project Loon plan take off in the future, from multiple prototypes to the type of socks worn by engineers.

We may not need 5G Speeds by 2020: Here’s Why

At the Future of Wireless international conference, a roundtable discussion with the question "Do we need 5G?" was held. It turns out that while we as tech fans always want the latest, 5G is one case where we could be being duped.
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With $500 million in the bank, OneWeb looks to launch Internet-giving satellites by 2019

OneWeb has announced $500 million in new funding, allowing it to further develop the technology needed to launch Internet-providing satellites into space. It aims to have the project online by 2019.
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Steve Wozniak welcomes his robot overlords, says the future no longer scares him

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is looking forward to a future where artificially intelligent beings of our creation are so clever, they are happy to keep us humans around, rather than destroying us. A subject that, he says, used to keep him…

Hot or not? Find out for sure using your phone and the new Flir One thermal camera

Flir -- the company behind the smartphone case with a thermal imaging camera built-in -- is back with the Flir One 2015, a plug-in accessory for your Android or iOS smartphone that adds an improved thermal imaging camera to it.

In 3 years, all your smart-home gadgets may speak Bluetooth

Bluetooth may be best known for connecting wireless speakers and smartwatches to your phone, but it's working hard to become the connection of choice for the smart home, and intends to make it more open and simpler for everyone.
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Artificial blood could soon run through your veins, as clinical trials are set for 2017

The National Health Service in the UK has announced it's intention to begin the world's first clinical trials of artificial blood in 2017. The intention is to boost blood stocks for transfusions.

The sleek, classy and almost bezel-free Oppo R7 can be pre-ordered for $400 in the U.S.

The new Oppo R7 and the R7 Plus smartphones, two great looking phones where any hint of a bezel has been cleverly disguised, are now on sale. Here's what you need to know, including how to buy one in the U.S..

Vertu has just the thing to go with your $335,000 Bentley: A $22,000 feature phone

Vertu has announced the second device in its ongoing, five-year partnership with Bentley. This time it's the Signature for Bentley, a $22,000 feature phone that exists to make the best possible quality calls. Oh, and perfectly match your…