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Submissions about possible short to medium term changes to the current arrangements for allocating smartnumbers® to improve allocative efficiency must be received by...

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Barriers to Skype on mobiles evaporate

Brisbane Times
New Skype apps for the iPhone and Symbian platforms will allow mobile users to bypass telco voice networks completely, making calls using the internet over the 3G data network...

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Outcome: 1.0, Output: 1.1                  Question: 137
Topic: Smart numbers
Written Question on Notice
Senator Conroy asked:

1. The smart number auction system for freecall numbers that spell a word or business name commenced in 2004. Since that time a secondary market in these numbers has arisen. Did the Government contemplate that such market would develop?

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Novel domain decision clarifies tests for consolidation of multiple complaints

Australian Trade Marks Law Blog

In National Dial A Word Registry Pty Ltd and others v. 1300 Directory Pty Ltd (WIPO Case No. DAU2008-0021) an Administrative Panel Decision of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center handed down on 6 March, 2009, the Complaint was submitted by nine complainants against one respondent. More info HERE.

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Phonewords around the World

Wikipedia- The Free Encyclopedia

The main advantages of phonewords over standard phone numbers include increased memorability and increased response rates to advertising. They are easier to remember than numeric phone numbers….

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"Smarter than the average number ..."

Julian Gyngell's talk on "Phonewords and Finance", kindly hosted yesterday at the London office of McDermott Emery & Will, was a treat for those who attended. In short, * Australia has instituted a system by which Smartnumbers, these being the numerical bases for alphanumerical telephone numbers, are auctioned to the highest bidder, subject to minimal conditions and limitations…

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Samsung's Folding Phone Looks Like Arse (But Don't Panic Just Yet)  Lifehacker Australia

A leaked video purporting to show the Samsung Galaxy Fold in action has surfaced online and it paints a pretty bleak picture. There's a visible seam in the ...

California transformed by wildflower ‘super bloom’  9news.com.au

Maybe there's something the super bloom can teach us all: don't forget to stop and smell the poppies.

Hushed Allows You to Create a Separate, Secure Phone Line for Your Smartphone  The Daily Beast

These days, keeping your private conversations, well, private has become a full-time job. Hushed allows you to set up a secure second phone number right on ...

GTA 5 cheats and cheat codes - helicopter, cell phone numbers, console commands and all cheats on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC  Eurogamer.net

GTA 5 cheats and the corresponding GTA 5 cheat codes are a staple of any GTA plathrough at this point, being the easiest way to get straight to the fun - wh…

AT&T and Comcast test 'verified' phone calls to fight spam  Engadget

Robocalls have gotten so bad that competitors AT&T and Comcast are teaming up to tackle the problem together. Their plan is to "authenticate and verify" calls.

The three words that killed hands-free driving legislation in Virginia  Virginia Mercury

Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of ...

Opinion | Anne Bernays: The word cops have a warrant for your arrest  The Boston Globe

So is it OK to use the word “hopefully,” as in “Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day”? Regrettably, yes, it is. And that's because the English language, like any ...

Xbox Project xCloud's coolest thing is its approach to phones  Windows Central

Microsoft's approach to Project xCloud mobile game streaming is unlike anything the rest of the market is doing, and that's perfect.

Two People will break your heart with their 'Phone Call' clip  Purple Sneakers

With their debut record First Body still at the forefront of our minds, TWO PEOPLE out of Melbourne have gone and gifted us with a video clip to accompany their ...

Is this proof your smart phone is eavesdropping on EVERY single word you say?  Daily Mail

CLAUDIA JOSEPH SAYS... Technology companies from Silicon Valley target users with ads ranging from glasses, copycat bags and even new blood tests after ...

UK police use What3words to locate hostage, pinpoint other incidents  CNET

A handful of first responders sign up for the three-word location *service*.

Galaxy S10 battery drain: Bug keeps waking $1,000 phone in people's pockets  ZDNet

Fix this proximity-sensor problem now, Galaxy S10 owners tell Samsung.

Why you should stop using mobile data  Computerworld

The worst thing about digital distraction is that the problem keeps growing. The time spent, the distraction, the damage — the toll of smartphone addiction never ...

This low-light shot pits the Mate 20 Pro against the S10+: Which do you prefer?  Pocket-lint

One phone appears to have a much better camera experience when it comes to capturing low-light photography.

Razer CEO talks big about Razer Phone innovation, mum on Razer Phone 3  Android Authority

Razer's CEO talked a bit about the Razer Phone during a press event to celebrate a new partnership with Tencent. However, he wouldn't discuss plans for the ...

5G UK: the phones, networks, and deals you need for 5G in the UK  T3

5G is coming to the UK, and here's everything you need to know right now.

Two weeks later, how are you liking the Galaxy S10?  Android Central

As of March 22, it's officially been two weeks since the Galaxy S10 was released. If you were among the first to buy the phone, this means you're probably ...

AT&T’s “5G E” is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G, study finds  Ars Technica

AT&T's "5G E" *service* is slightly slower than Verizon's and T-Mobile's advanced 4G LTE networks, a study by OpenSignal has found. As Ars readers know, AT&T ...

Pixel 4 and 4 XL rumors: Price, specs, leaks, features and everything else  CNET

Keep tabs on the rumors about Google's upcoming marquee phones.

Ex-Apprentice star who accused Trump of groping wants her phone records in defamation suit  Daily Mail

Summer Zervos is suing Donald Trump for defamation after he called her a liar when she claimed he groped her breasts in 2007. The 46-year-old is requesting ...

From the Hebrew Press: 'Blue and White' - the Fake News party  Arutz Sheva

In contrast to the impression given by the media, the "submarine file" (aka file 3000, one of four files investigating alleged corruption during Netanyahu's term of ...

Honor 10i - Full phone specifications  GSMArena.com

Honor 10i Android smartphone. Not announced yet. Features 6.21″ IPS LCD display, Hisilicon Kirin 710 chipset, 3400 mAh battery, 128 GB storage, 4 GB RAM.

Beto O’Rourke’s hacking universe, explained  The Washington Post

Running for president casts a bright spotlight in the shadows of candidates' pasts. That's a good thing, of course, allowing voters to learn about the people who ...

I thought I was paranoid but now I’m 100% sure our phones are listening to us – and I’ve got proof  The Sun

Here, Sun Online's Miranda Knox investigates whether our mobile phones are spying on us.

Using a Company's Own Words to Assess Its Risks  Knowledge@Wharton

Using a text-based approach to assess a company's risks by analyzing its own disclosures yields surprising results, according to new Wharton research.

Trump Has Two Words for Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: ‘Total Loser’  The New York Times

The president's attack on George T. Conway III, the spouse of one of his closest advisers, came after Mr. Conway questioned his mental fitness.

Reading Eagle bankruptcy brings words of support from readers  Reading Eagle

It was a tough week for us at Reading Eagle Company. We filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday. I knew this was coming, but I'd gone through my period of ...

We Energies warns of scam phone calls  Kenosha News

MILWAUKEE — “You owe more than $3,000.” Those words are enough to strike fear in anyone's heart. Luckily, We Energies customer Terri Dreikosen knew ...

'Don't call me before you text': The new rules of communicating in the digital era  USA TODAY

Emoji replace sentences. Acronyms replace words. And phones aren't used to make phone calls anymore. In fact, before you call, you might want to text.

Police Identify Man Who Beat Woman For Blocking Parking Lot Exit  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Civil Rights Activists Threaten 'Shutdown' Of Deep Ellum Over Assault Case. DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A brutal assault over parking in Deep Ellum caught ...

'Virtual kidnapping' calls may be coming from Mexico, U.S. officials say  NBCNews.com

Investigators think those behind recent 'virtual kidnapping' scams that seek cash for an abducted child who is actually unharmed are working in Mexico.

Change your Facebook password now!  Naked Security

Facebook has done an audit and shocked even itself by finding plaintext passwords in logfiles back to 2012. Change your password now!

Award-Winning Smartphone Game 'Codex' Is Teaching North Texans To Read  KERA News

As many as one-third of Dallas adults are barely literate. Each year, literacy groups only reach 1.5 percent of them.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy  WIRED

Opinion: Utah legislators recently voted to pass landmark legislation in support of a new privacy law. Statehouses across the country should take notes.

Kaia Gerber Tells Instagram Followers: ‘Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health’  ETCanada.com

Kaia Gerber is using social media to warn her fans about social media. RELATED: Chanel Slammed For Allegedly Sexualizing 16-Year-Old Kaia Gerber The ...

Review: The Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019) is the best laptop I’ve ever used… ever  The Next Web

Comparing gadgets to their Apple equivalent is the oldest (and arguably laziest) trope in the tech journalism handbook. Android phones are inevitably compared ...

This AI voice is gender-neutral, unlike Siri and Alexa  Quartz

A coalition of activists, linguists, ad makers, and sound engineers has created what it claims is the first genderless AI voice for virtual assistants, and is asking for ...

What you need to know about distracted driving following the B.C. Supreme Court ruling  CBC.ca

Having your cellphone loose in your car no longer counts as distracted driving, according to a recent ruling by a B.C. Supreme Court judge. The ruling has ...

Robert Kraft issues statement regarding Florida prostitution sting  WPEC

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement regarding a prostitution and human trafficking investigation in Florida. In the statement, Kraft ...

Wyatt Emmerich: Sacrificing privacy for free apps  The Commercial Dispatch

Like lobsters in the slowly heating pot, Americans are getting cooked without even knowing it. In exchange for free apps on our phones, we are giving up every ...

Note found in Patrick Quirke's home said 'dispose of evidence', trial hears  Irish Mirror

Det Gda Moloney said he examined pages found during the search using a specialist technique.

The heartbreaking moment parents meet their 'perfect' baby girl after she died  Daily Mail

Nicole Thomson, from Queensland, was faced with her worst nightmare when they she was told that her beautiful baby, Esther Mae, had tragically died at 33 ...

Eric Bolling In Altercation After Man Allegedly Mocks His Son’s Death  The Daily Caller

BlazeTV host Eric Bolling was involved in an altercation with a man who allegedly mocked his son's death, according to Bolling and another man who was with ...

Beware 'HMRC' phone scams – surge in calls telling victims they owe taxman £1,000s  MoneySavingExpert

MoneySavingExpert.com is warning readers to be alert to a sophisticated phone scam that has recently emerged, in which fraudsters threaten victims with arrest ...

Redmi Go on sale in India: 5 things you must know about this Xiaomi phone before buying  India Today

The Xiaomi Redmi Go, launched in India a few days ago at a price of Rs 4499, is on sale in India. This is the cheapest Xiaomi phone ever in India but before you ...

Silly things  Telegraph India

Recap: Back at the guest house, Lata gets her address ready, but is woken up by Goopy and Duma and rushes back to Calcutta in the middle of the night. Ronny ...

Spring Youth Turkey Hunt Scheduled | News, Sports, Jobs  Jamestown Post Journal

The spring youth turkey hunt is designed for New York State-licensed youth between the ages of 12-15 who have a current state small-game hunting license and ...

Three Tyrone teens laid to rest: 'One phone call changed lives in an instant'  BreakingNews.ie

Fond tributes have been paid to the victims of a St Patrick's Day party crush as their school friends gathered for a day of funerals.

The Q-and-A with Aimee Miller-Ott: Are cellphones disconnecting us?  Illinois State University News

In this Q&A, Illinois State University Professor Aimee Miller-Ott talks about the communication problems that crop up in relationships due to cellphones.

Nomophobia: Word of the year 2018 by Cambridge Dictionary  NEWS.com.au

It describes a social condition that psychologists warn is increasingly common in our modern world, but chances are you have never heard of it. Yet this new ...

iPhone trick will stop autocorrect changing swear word to ‘ducking’  NEWS.com.au

This could be the most valuable piece of information you learn all year, and I'm honoured to be the one to share it with you.

Here's your chance to snatch Amazon's Fire 7 tablet for only $35  Android Central

Amazon has the Fire 7 tablet on sale right now for just $34.99 exclusively for Prime members. If you're not currently a member, you can still get in on this deal ...

'It's a living hell': Parents anguish as search for missing teen continues  ITV News

The mother of a teenager missing since Valentine's Day has said it is becoming 'more unbelievable each day' her daughter ran away, as fears for her safety ...

Final words of dying man Arthur Gumbley, 87, which helped catch brutal killer Jason Wilsher  Birmingham Live

Gumbley died after the brutal and harrowing break-in at his home in leafy Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield.

This is how much money you need to make to live alone in Toronto in 2019  Daily Hive

We broke down minimum monthly costs based on a single person living and renting in downtown Toronto (while trying to have any kind of life).

The meaning of the words of the year  The Economist

CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY recently selected “nomophobia” as its word of the year, via a poll of readers. Those lucky enough not to have heard of this condition ...

Former President George H.W. Bush's last words, as spoken to his son, George W. Bush  CNN

Former President George H.W. Bush spoke his final words in a phone call with his son, former President George W. Bush, a source familiar with Bush's final ...

Mobile phones will be banned in NSW primary schools from next year  ABC News

Public primary schools in NSW will enforce a mobile phone ban from next year and high schools will have the option of signing up to the crackdown after a State ...

Nomophobia Is Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year For 2018—And You Might Have It  Mental Floss

Nomophobia is the Cambridge Dictionary's word of the year for 2018, and it describes a condition many of us are familiar with—even if we never knew there was ...

2019 NCAA Tournament Is Clearly the Zion Williamson Show After 25-Point Outburst  Bleacher Report

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Only 95 minutes until Zion Williamson's first NCAA tournament game, and the anticipation is mounting. Duke will eventually, predictably win ...

Glued to Your Phone at the Dinner Table? Marshawn Lynch Wants to Have Some Words  Adweek

Will we ever collectively return to a time when dinners around the table included little more than food, your friends or loved ones, and polite conversation?

Murdered track star Lauren McCluskey's final words  Kidspot

A senior track star at the University of Utah was killed by a registered sex offender with whom she had a previous relationship, police and university officials said.

How to Make iPhone AutoCorrect Ducking Let You Swear  How-To Geek

AutoCorrect automatically fixes typos, which is convenient—but it thinks swears are typos. Your iPhone or iPad likes changing swear words into similar, incorrect ...

The colour of peace  Gisborne Herald

Three years ago, Ahmad Almasri left Jordan to make his home in New Zealand. He was deeply shocked at the mass shooting of his Muslim brothers and sisters ...

Phone spoofing: When your phone number is taken over by international scammers  ABC News

Mobile and landline telephone numbers are being hijacked by phone scammers, and it is taking a toll particularly on some victims in regional and rural Australia.

‘Nomophobia’ crowned word of 2018, but what does it mean?  The Independent

"Nomophobia" has been named as Cambridge Dictionary's word of 2018. While the word itself might sound unfamiliar, the phenomenon it describes is one we ...

HQ Words: Everything you need to know  Android Central

HQ Words is here, and it looks like a really, really fun cross between Wheel of Fortune and Hangman.

This is how much money you need to make to live alone in Montreal  Daily Hive

Montreal is known to be one of the least expensive cities in Canada, but how much does it actually cost to live alone downtown?

Thousand Oaks California shooting: Hero cop’s final phone call to wife  NEWS.com.au

SARGEANT Ron Helus was on the phone to his wife when reports of a shooting first came through.

Facebook admits using two-factor phone numbers to target ads  Engadget

Facebook has admitted that it uses the phone number provided by users for two-factor authentication (2FA) to target them with ads. Naturally, its repurposing of...

Today show viewer’s $40k cash call ‘nightmare’  NEWS.com.au

A Today viewer has spoken of her distress after she claims technical difficulties saw her miss out on the show's $40000 cash giveaway.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup  WIRED

If you tried to text Ashton Kutcher today, you were prompted to sign up for a new messaging *service* called Community.

Cory Monteith's mother shares her harrowing phone call with Lea Michele after his death.  Mamamia

Cory Monteith final words: Five years on from the Glee star's death, his mother has revealed the phone call she received from his girlfriend Lea Michele.

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda  WIRED

How Google, Apple, and Facebook turned "digital wellness" into a Goopified trend that gives them a new way to market themselves.

New cameras detect thousands of drivers a day using their mobile phone behind the wheel  ABC News

Drivers may think twice about using their mobile phones, after the NSW Government announced a trial of world-first technology able to catch them in the act ...

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore  The Atlantic

The telephone swept into Americans' lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted ...

Is my phone listening to me — and other questions you asked about our spying tech  ABC News

You had a lot of questions about reporter Simon Elvery's project to spy on what his phone is doing behind his back. Here are some of the answers — and a way ...

Karl Stefanovic axed: Today host’s 2018 was awful  NEWS.com.au

Karl Stefanovic is gone, axed from the Today show after what he himself conceded in a statement had been a “tough time.”

Romance scammers prey on Words With Friends players  The Sydney Morning Herald

When Barbara El-Gamal was stuck with poor letters in the online game Words with Friends, she reluctantly played "tit" for bird, fearing her suspiciously chatty ...

Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?  The Verge

It came as a total surprise: the most impressive demonstration at Google's I/O conference yesterday was a phone call to book a haircut. Of course, this was a ...

Serious FaceTime bug allows you to listen remotely before anyone answers — Apple to fix ‘later this week’  The Verge

There's a serious bug in Apple's FaceTime video calling platform that has been bouncing around some corners of social media today, and that 9to5Mac just ...

Aiia Maasarwe's sister calls out violence against women in emotional Instagram posts  ABC News

A sister of the Arab-Israeli exchange student who was killed in Melbourne last week takes to social media to express her grief over the death and her contempt ...

Clive Palmer defends campaign texts, says he'll send more  ABC News

The businessman-turned-politician drew the ire of many recipients of unsolicited text messages spruiking his policies last week — but he claims it's legal and ...

Best word games for iPhone and iPad in 2019  iMore

As a writer, I have a deep appreciation for word games. For me and many others, it's a great way to just relax, and put your vast vocabulary to use without ...

September 11 anniversary: Final words of 9/11 victims  The Advertiser

MOMENTS before United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a passenger left a voicemail for the wife he'd left ...

Is Facebook secretly recording you? The debate, explained.  Vox

Three years ago, on the way to my apartment in Brooklyn to cook dinner for myself and a friend, we stopped into a grocery store that offered build-your-own ...

New tech surveillance laws more a 'side gate' than 'back door' into Australian phones  ABC News

New laws will be unveiled today aimed at helping the nation's spy agencies and police monitor and prevent criminal activity through phones and the internet.

How to Change Alexa's Wake Word to Something Other Than 'Alexa'  Lifehacker

If you have an Amazon Echo device, then you've likely gotten pretty used to saying “Alexa” whenever you want it to do something.

The first FEMA Presidential Alert just hit phones across the US  The Verge

October 3rd at 2:18PM ET, FEMA will send out a "Presidential Alert" to nearly every single cellphone in the country to test its Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...

Lotto winners can expect a phone call from the man with one of the happiest jobs in the country  ABC News

Each week from a small soundproof room in Brisbane, a man makes phone calls telling people good news that often changes their lives.

5 Signs You Shouldn't Trust Someone, Because Not Everyone Deserves It  Elite Daily

How trusting are you of new people when they come into your life? Are you cautious, or do you vet them before getting too close? It may sound a bit cynical, but if ...

Papa John's Founder Used N-Word On Conference Call  Forbes Now

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used racially offensive language on a conference call in May, a source with ...

'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says  CNN

The final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are captured in a transcript circulated to Turkish allies, ...

MWC 2019: all the news from the biggest mobile show of the year  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X, Sony Xperia 1, LG G8 and more have all been announced at MWC 2019.

Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan  The Guardian

US president complied with Turkish leader's demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say.

The Best Learning Apps on Your Phone for 18-Month-Olds  WonderHowTo

Give an 18-month-old a shoe, check back 10 minutes later, and it's a very big maybe he will have it on his foot. But give him your smartphone, and in a mere five ...

7 ways Google Assistant just got better  CNET

Google's voice AI, Google Assistant, has a lot to say at this year's I/O developer conference. Here are all of the ways it just got smarter: ...

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting  The Atlantic

When it comes to children's development, parents should worry less about kids' screen time—and more about their own.

The heartbreaking phone call that almost drove Princess Diana to cancel her wedding.  Mamamia

Princess Diana wedding to Prince Charles almost didn't happen. The late princess shared in an interview the moment she nearly called off the wedding.