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

Forget Ebola, we’ve turned our smartphones into silent killing machines

Our obsession with smartphones is a mounting problem, but not for the reasons many think. Its got nothing to do with privacy, or connecting with our fellow humans, and everything to do with giving these devices the opportunity they need to…
Mobile

OnePlus sells 500,000 phones, makes almost no profit on each one

The co-founder of OnePlus has revealed it has sold 500,000 One smartphones since launch, but the profit on each bargain device is low. Its plans for making money rely on the cheap phone attracting more users.
Mobile

This phone may get 3-4 days on a charge, thanks to its massive 5,000mAh battery

Poor battery life is a constant problem with modern smartphones, but are we willing to sacrifice a super slim chassis and high-end specs, for a battery than will last 33 days in standby?
Mobile

LG and Google hope more innovative products will come from new patent sharing deal

LG and Google have signed a patent sharing deal, which gives the pair access to existing portfolios, and any new patents registered over the next ten years. It's hoped the deal will pave the way for more innovative products to be developed…
Wearables

This clever headset creates 3D sound maps for the blind, but isn’t as cute as a guide dog

Microsoft has been working with a UK charity and several other companies on a project called Cities Unlocked, developing a clever headset which creates 3D sound maps to help blind and partially sighted people navigate around their…
Mobile

Those new blue check marks in WhatsApp mean your message has been read

If you send regular messages using WhatsApp, you'll like this new feature. From now, the tick marks which appear under your messages will turn blue once the recipient has viewed it.
Wearables

Timex’s $400 Ironman smartwatch doesn’t need your phone, uses AT&T’s 3G network (Updated)

Timex announced its Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch earlier this year. Unusually, it doesn't need to be tethered to your phone to use a data connection. Designed for running fanatics, it's up for pre-order in November through AT&T for $400.
Wearables

T-Mobile’s not going to be left out, will stock the Moto 360 on November 12

T-Mobile has become the latest network to confirm it will sell Motorola's cool, circular smartwatch, the Moto 360. Details are scarce, but we do know it will be on sale from November 12.
Mobile

Android Lollipop update halted to squash bugs, should resume on November 12 (Updated)

If you're waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to arrive on your Nexus phone or tablet, then the time is drawing closer, because Google has announced the update process is about to begin. November 12 is the expected day, allowing some time to…
Mobile

Meizu has a new phone coming on November 19, may feature built-in vinyl record player

Chinese smartphone brand Meizu has sent out invitations to an event on November 19, and each one comes with a vinyl record. The phone expected on the day is the MX4 Pro, which if we're honest, probably won't come with a built-in record…
Mobile

HTC says it will be back with a new tablet of its own in 2015

HTC's back in the tablet game with the Nexus 9, and an executive for the company has said it plans to release another slate in 2015, this time with its own name on the body. There are hints the new device will compete with the Nexus 9.
Mobile

This tiny lens will put optical zoom into smartphones without making them ugly

DynaOptics is developing an optical zoom lens specifically designed for smartphones, which doesn't need the awkward and bulky extending section we're used to seeing. The clever tech means it's so unobtrusive, you won't know it's there at…