Broadband Genie blog

  • Guest post: 5 things to consider when getting broadband in a rented property

    Considering its importance to modern life, internet access is all too often overlooked by people hunting for a new home to rent. So here are 5 things that we think you should always consider when it comes to getting broadband in your new property. Long contracts Many broadband contracts (and many of the best deals) extend for a minimum of 12 or 24 months, which can often be longer than the term...

    22 October 2013
  • Flexible OLED screens: what they are, how they work and why you should care

    Smaller, faster and more affordable components have meant that affordable wearable technology is finally in our reach, and with the success of the Kickstarted Pebble and the recent launch of Samsung’s flawed Galaxy Gear, not to mention the persistent rumours of an Apple smartwatch, there’s every indication that this could be the next big thing. But while the technology has improved a...

    by Matt Powell on 15 October 2013
  • Review: Google Nexus 7 (2013)

    The first Nexus 7 proved to be a big hit for Google and manufacturer Asus. Unsurprisingly, a high-spec tablet for under £200 turned out to be quite popular. Now there’s a new 2013 edition of the N7. A follow-up was always on the cards, it was just a question of whether Google could fix the flaws of the original and improve the specification while retaining that attractive price tag. ...

    by Matt Powell on 09 October 2013
  • Budget tablet head-to-head: Tesco Hudl vs Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

    A few years back buying a budget Android tablet meant seriously compromising on every aspect of the hardware and software.  Going for a low price tag meant you could expect to get something with a slow CPU, tiny helping of memory and very limited storage. Not to mention there was every chance that whatever ancient version of the Android OS it was using suffered numerous bugs, and you could usually...

    by Matt Powell on 07 October 2013 2 Comments
  • Smartphones head to head: Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs Samsung Galaxy S4

    Apple has now unleashed the latest iteration of its world-conquering smartphone but, as predicted by the rumour mill, this time round there's a twist.  Not only do we have the anticipated yearly upgrade - with the iPhone 5S following the bi-annual evolutionary step pattern of the 3GS and 4S - but Apple devotees get a new option in the form of the iPhone 5C.  Scuttlebutt leading up...

    by Matt Powell on 23 September 2013
  • Streaming video head to head: Netflix vs Lovefilm vs NOW TV

    Now the UK’s broadband infrastructure has reached a point where a significant number of us have access to affordable high speed connectivity, we can more seriously consider the potential for online streaming services to offer a compelling alternative to content delivered via satellite, cable or TV aerial. New streaming offerings are springing up all the time, but there are three big names which...

    by Matt Powell on 05 September 2013
  • How to install Plex on your Sky NOW TV box

    Last month, Sky unveiled a surprising new addition to its entertainment line up with the announcement of the NOW TV box. This compact little device allows you to stream content from the likes of iPlayer and Five On Demand, and Sky’s own NOW TV service, onto the big screen. If you usually watch streaming TV via a laptop or tablet you’ll find the box’s interface and remote a far...

    by Dan Makwana on 30 August 2013
  • Infographic: The Home Broadband Journey

    Broadband is now delivered in a variety of ways, and to help illustrate this we'd like to present our latest infographic: The Home Broadband Journey. This gives a basic overview of the types of lines used to connect our homes to the rest of the world, along with the kind of speeds you can expect from each technology. The Home Broadband Journey is the latest in our ongoing series of...

    by Matt Powell on 15 August 2013
  • Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online

    The UK government has announced plans for a nationwide internet filter which would attempt to block pornography and other content deemed unsuitable or harmful. Adults wishing to disable this will need to opt-out through their ISP. But the government’s plans may be misguided. As numerous critics have pointed out this would likely result in legitimate sites being banned, and depending on how...

    by Matt Powell on 01 August 2013
  • Top 10 FREE Android games for your smartphone and tablet

    The Android ecosystem took a little time to get going, but now boasts over 800,000 apps, with software of every kind available on Google Play. Naturally, a great many of these are games. Android users probably felt a little jealous of the iPhone at one point as it was receiving a steady stream of exclusives, but there’s no longer much between them, with most of the big names available on...

    by Matt Powell on 23 July 2013