Broadband Genie blog

  • What is satellite broadband?

    Sky has been beaming TV into our homes via satellite since the 90s, and more recently it got into the broadband game with no small degree of success. So if we talk about satellite broadband Sky is likely to come to mind before anything else. But there is another kind of satellite broadband, and while it remains relatively obscure in comparison to most home broadband services it has a unique advantage...

    by Matt Powell on 03 October 2014
  • What is broadband max? The fastest broadband speeds and packages

    Back when dial-up internet was still commonplace and broadband was just starting to make an impact in the UK, BT delivered a product known as ‘ADSL Max’. This cutting edge technology promised a blazing 8Mb - a big leap over existing broadband. We enjoy much faster internet now of course, but you may still encounter phrases like ‘broadband max’, so let’s look at what...

    by Matt Powell on 24 September 2014
  • Is it time for a broadband upgrade?

    It’s been a long time coming but superfast home and mobile broadband is now widespread throughout the UK. Millions of us can take advantage of internet access which can far outpace the old ADSL that’s been standard for years.  Is it time you gave your broadband a shot in the arm and upgraded to a faster connection? Let’s take a look at what it means, what it could cost and...

    by Matt Powell on 17 September 2014
  • iWatch revealed: the Apple Watch is here

    Ending years of speculation, Apple has announced its first wearable technology in the form of a high tech wrist watch. Imaginatively dubbed Apple Watch, it bears more than a passing resemblance to many existing smartwatches but also introduces a few new features of its own. With a square, full face display the design isn't a million miles from competing models like the Samsung Gear and LG...

    by Matt Powell on 09 September 2014
  • What is wearable technology?

    Fitness and technology are not a new combination but the power and ubiquity of smartphones and a new class of wearable devices has seen fitness technology take a huge leap forward over the past few years, allowing us to track activities in great detail and receive instant feedback.  No matter what your chosen sport there’s probably a device and app that can provide more insight into your...

    by Matt Powell on 09 September 2014
  • How to find the best smartwatch

    The rise of mobile phones over the last few decades resulted in plummeting popularity for the humble wrist watch, as many of us gave up wearing one and just looked at our phone screens instead.  But now they're seeing a resurgence of interest, this time with a 21st century twist. What is a smartwatch, and how do they work? We’re all familiar with smartphones by now -...

    by Matt Powell on 03 September 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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