Broadband Genie blog

  • Election 2015: what do the party manifestos say about broadband?

    We recently conducted a poll about online voting and one of the questions asked was whether voters were aware of what the party manifestos had to say about technology issues. Just over 60 said they didn’t know, so ahead of the voting tomorrow let’s take a look at the party policies relating to broadband, and what it might mean for both home and business users. Broadband Genie is...

    by Matt on 06 May 2015
  • Election 2015: could online voting make a difference?

    In a time when we can manage many aspects of our lives online it would seem only natural that we should also be able to vote via the internet. But the government doesn’t agree. When asked about online voting in February Conservative MP Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, said “online voting has been piloted in various countries, including the UK, and concerns...

    by Matt on 05 May 2015 1 Comment
  • Home broadband survey 2015 results released

    Our annual broadband survey is a chance for us to gather the opinions of users from all over the country and measure how providers are performing in key areas such as customer service and speed. We can recognise those ISPs that are doing particularly well, highlight areas for improvement and provide some guidance for buyers comparing providers. The 2015 results are live now so if you’d like...

    by Matt on 28 April 2015
  • Get a free superfast broadband installation for your business with the Broadband Voucher Scheme

    Do you have a small business that would benefit from faster broadband? Connecting Cambridgeshire's Livia Oldland explains how you could upgrade for free with the Broadband Voucher Scheme. Digital technology has revolutionised the way we work, shop and socialise, and never is that more apparant than at Christmas. Christmas 2014 was a busy time for for online retailers. A survey carried out...

    by Matt on 07 January 2015 1 Comment
  • The UK loves online shopping - 45% will do Christmas on the web

    As we saw from last week’s carnage the American tradition of Black Friday is now firmly entrenched in the UK. But this shopping frenzy isn’t just limited to scraps in the electronics aisles of supermarkets, online stores have also been attracting those who are after a calmer sort of bargain hunting, with big names like Amazon running week-long sales and the now-annual Cyber Monday signalling a...

    by Matt on 02 December 2014
  • Black Friday carnage on the web - Argos, Very and more topple under pressure

    By now you've probably seen the footage of fights breaking out over cheap electrical goods in supermarkets (top tip: Blaupunkt TVs are cheap all year round), but this absolute chaos isn't just restricted to the real world, it's also felled some web site operators who seem to have neglected to warn their sys admins to expect additional traffic.  Still, the web remains the best option...

    by Matt on 28 November 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 on 09 September 2014
  • 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 on 22 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 on 14 July 2014
  • 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 on 21 November 2013 1 Comment