Broadband Genie blog

  • How to protect your digital life from hackers and viruses

    What would you lose if hackers got access to your mobile phone, email and online shopping details? In Mat Honan’s case it was years of contacts, emails, messages and photos of his daughter’s first year. Hackers took control of his Apple ID after fooling customer service reps, which allowed them to login to his Gmail. From there they made their way to their ultimate target: his Twitter account....

    by Matt Powell on 01 September 2014 1 Comment
  • Competition: win a 32-inch Samsung HDTV and Roku Streaming Stick!

    Mad about TV and gaming? Then you'll want to sign up for our latest amazing competition because we're giving away a 32-inch Samsung HDTV and Roku Streaming Stick!  As the summer draws to a close and the cold weather creeps back it's a perfect time to curl up on the sofa with a TV series or movie. And with this competition prize you can enjoy Freeview and HD broadcasts plus a world...

    by Matt Powell on 26 August 2014 3 Comments
  • Streaming showdown: Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick

    Smart TVs are becoming more popular with UK telly addicts according to OFCOM, which last year reported that 7 of households now had an all-singing and dancing net-connected set somewhere in their home. That’s still a relatively small number though. Despite indications that we’re upgrading our TVs more often the slightly higher cost of a smart TV may be putting off potential buyers. ...

    by Matt Powell on 22 August 2014
  • What is broadband traffic management and traffic throttling?

    There are now tens of millions of broadband connections in UK and demand is showing no signs of slowing down.  That puts ISPs under a lot of pressure as they have to maintain an acceptable level of service for a huge number of business and home users spread all over the country. And if things go wrong social media now offers an instant and very public channel for complaining which can quickly have...

    by Matt Powell on 05 August 2014
  • Tesco logo Free Google Chromecast with £4 Tesco unlimited broadband! Announced on 28 Jul 2014

    There's a new Tesco offer which should be just the ticket for anyone looking to upgrade their home entertainment to get the latest movies and TV without the expense of a premium bundle Sign up...

  • Mobile Broadband Road Trip 2014 in detail

    We recently published the outcome of our 2014 Road Trip, a test of the UK’s mobile broadband providers which aims to put mobile internet under scrutiny in real-world conditions. The Awards page shows the key results in various categories so if you just want to see where each network ranked head over there, here we’re going to delve into a bit more detail about the testing and results. ...

    by Matt Powell on 14 July 2014
  • 5G and the future of mobile broadband

    It seems more than a little premature to be talking about 5G. We’ve only just recently gained access to 4G in the UK and even that remains mostly limited to bigger towns and cities with a while to go before it begins to challenge the reach of 3G.  (Though even 3G hasn’t spread as far as it should; just this year Vodafone was almost fined for not fulfilling its agreement to provide 3G...

    by Matt Powell on 14 April 2014
  • Infographic: TV packages explained

    Premium TV bundles used to be straightfoward - you could either go for Virgin Media cable or get a Sky dish bolted to the side of your house. Now there's a lot more choice, which is definitely a good thing but does make selecting the right package a little more complex.  While Sky and Virgin still lead in terms of sheer variety of channels, TalkTalk and BT's TV offerings have...

    by Matt Powell on 18 December 2013
  • Caps, allowances and unlimited broadband - a guide to home broadband data usage

    No longer do we have just a single computer connected to the internet. Instead, households are increasingly likely to have multiple laptops and desktops along with smartphones and tablets, games consoles and smart TVs, plus a multitude of other hardware all communicating over broadband.  But this gadget lust places increasing demands on our connections, which can be troublesome if your service...

    by Matt Powell on 17 December 2013
  • Next-gen consoles and broadband: using the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 online

    It’s been eight years to the month since the Xbox 360 went on sale and heralded the start of a new generation of consoles. This was followed by the PlayStation 3 a year later in November 2006 (or March ‘07 for us in the EU, the slackers).  That’s not a bad run, especially when the first Xbox only lasted around five years, but developers have about reached the limit of what...

    by Matt Powell on 21 November 2013