internet
What Would Happen If the Whole Internet Just Shut Down All of a Sudden?

A world in which the internet suddenly stops: surely the TV show’s already in development. Sprawling cast, gorgeous visuals, tediously on-the-nose themes. Some handsome B-lister tearing around the country in pursuit of his wayward kids, or the shadowy sect that pulled the plug in the first place. A patch of prairie in Kansas with a weak but functional signal, people lining for miles to check texts, riots breaking out. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for this show to be shot and streamed to get a decent idea of what the internet apocalypse might look like: for this week’s Giz Asks, we asked a number of experts to do the imagining for us. Read More >>

networks
TalkTalk Apparently Doesn’t Want to be in the Mobile Business Anymore

In the telecoms world there is a category of providers that offer quad-play services, i.e. they'll sell you TV, mobile contracts, broadband, and landlines. There aren't that many of them, with Sky, BT, Virgin, and TalkTalk being the only companies to offer all four. Read More >>

science
How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down. Read More >>

privacy
Police and Security Services Made 1,119 Errors Intercepting Communications Data in 2015

A report from interception of communications commissioner Sir Stanley Burnton shows that the police and security services acquired 761,702 items of communications data -- including details relating to mobile and landline calls and web activities -- in 2015. Read More >>

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Paris Terrorists May Have Used the Sony PS4 to Coordinate Their Attacks

Much of the world is still reeling from the events in Beirut, Paris and Syria over the weekend, and investigations in mainland Europe have taken an unexpected turn. A PS4 has reportedly been seized by authorities in Belgium, with the games console believed to have been used as a communications platform by the Paris attackers. Read More >>

security
UK Police Make 670 Personal Data Requests Per Day

Stats looking at how often our police forces request personal communications data make the state of UK surveillance appear rather bad, with a total of 733,237 police requests to view communications data made over the course of three years. Read More >>

nokia
Happy Birthday, Nokia — 150 Years of Making Phones (and Paper and Car Tyres)

Nokia has always, sort of, been in the communications business. It was founded back in 1865, when it began pulping wood that would soon lead to it opening a paper mill. Older readers may remember the letter, a slow communications format that people used to exchange small talk about the weather and their health on pieces of paper, before telephones. Read More >>

hackers
Researcher Can Hack Airplanes Through In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you're about to get on an airplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet's satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems*. Read More >>

space
NASA’s Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds

NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look. Read More >>

internet
The Internet’s a Gift From God, Claims Technically-Unaware Pope

The Pope's come out as an unlikely contributor to World Communications Day, suggesting the internet is "a gift from God" but one that "exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement" thanks to its speed and omnipresence. Read More >>

science
Researchers Discover the Dolphin Handshake

Marine biologists have been recording the "signature" whistles of captive dolphins for decades but have never been sure of their function. However a new study suggests that these personalised calls are in fact the the cetacean equivalent of shaking hands and trading business cards. Read More >>

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crime
Mexican Army Shuts Down Zeta Drug Cartel’s Encrypted Mobile Phone Network

After Anonymous had its little on-again, off-again dealings with the Zeta drug cartel, the Mexican army has stepped in to cut the drug lords off-the-air. The Zetas were apparently running their own encrypted communications network -- not your average run of the mill junkies-come-dealers that's for sure. Read More >>

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IT Company Plans Total Ban on Internal Email

A French tech company wants to eliminate all internal email, claiming only 10 per cent is actually of any use. It thinks internal forums, wikis and instant messaging are the future. Read More >>