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Calls for Submissions From the Public

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Submissions
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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ANSWERS TO ESTIMATES QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

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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Anonymous donors offer reward for return of Dee Windross’ phone  Herald Sun

A mystery Melbourne couple has stumped up a 25000 reward for the return of a missing phone full of priceless family photos.


How to use your Samsung Galaxy phone to view secret menus at restaurants  Pocket-lint

Some restaurants have secret menus, and you normally have to ask your waiter to see them - unless you own a Samsung Galaxy phone.


I was lunchbox shamed at a Japanese preschool so I learnt to make the perfect bento  ABC News

There are few parenting shames greater than being told the food you are giving your children is not up to scratch. So when my son's teacher called me aside, ...


An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone  BBC News

A simple, but evocative, way to record your children's development without using a camera.


UPDATED: Google suspends Android support for Huawei  TrustedReviews

UPDATED WITH HUAWEI COMMENT: Huawei was last night dealt a major blow in its hopes of one day becoming world's number one smartphone ...


What Online Chess Taught One Teen About Digital Life  WIRED

High school is hard; the internet is messing with our self-esteem. Then my friends insisted I download Chess Time.


Texting while driving: Teen killed after using her phone before car crash  NEWS.com.au

A teenage driver was killed weeks after passing her test when she became “distracted” an inquest heard. Shannon Gittings, 17, lost control of her Fiat 500, ...


Comment: OnePlus still hasn’t delivered a ‘Never Settle’ phone w/ OnePlus 7 Pro  9to5Google

Since the company's first phone hit the market, OnePlus has been telling its customers to “Never Settle”. But while their phones do pack beefy specs for minimal ...


A Chicago couple lives like Orthodox Jews — and spreads the word of Jesus  JTA News

(JTA) — A few months ago, a couple got involved in the Chicago Jewish community. Rivkah Weber and David Costello started attending an Orthodox ...


There's a wildly popular conspiracy theory that Facebook listens to your private phone calls, and no matter what the tech giant says people just aren't convinced it's not true  Business Insider

There's a belief that Facebook is listening through your phone and then serving ads based on your life. But evidence suggests this is not true.


Abstruct brings OnePlus's beautiful wallpapers to any Android phone  Android Central

If you've ever been envious of the beautiful wallpapers that come on the OnePlus phones, you'll want to grab this app. Abstruct is a new app from the ...


Counterclockwise: searching for the meaning of max, mini, pro, plus and other such names - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Is "Pro" better than a “Plus”? Which is bigger, "Max" or "Note"? Which has the bigger battery? How small is a "mini", anyway? Some of these qualifiers do carry ...


Android’s Live Transcribe will save the text and show ‘sound events’  The Verge

Google is expanding Live Transcribe with two new features. The first is important for extending it as an accessibility tool: "sound events." The second is saving ...


The Buried Truth Of A Key Detail Used To Defend Julian Assange  Gizmodo Australia

Allies of Julian Assange have been using quotes from his accusers to claim that the sexual assault charges against him are fake. One quote that's been ...


This launch line belongs to the OnePlus 7 Pro, not a new Apple iPhone  TechRadar

At T-Mobile's flagship store in Times Square, a line of hundreds of people deep trailed far around the corner and down the street, coming to a stop right before ...


These Are The Only Push Notifications You Should Allow On Your Phone  Gizmodo Australia

Our smartphone apps are constantly clamouring for our attention—whether it's a high score that needs beating or a group chat that needs responding to, there's ...


Treat Facebook Like Big Tobacco  Bloomberg

Government should scrutinize and publicize the harms of social media – not use antitrust regulation to encourage even more platforms.


Aurora police training to 'use words instead of guns, use questions instead of orders' in cases of people with disabilities  Chicago Tribune

A scary situation for an Aurora teen and his good Samaritan shows why cops are learning to deal differently with those intellectually disabled.


Office Hours With Farhad Manjoo  The New York Times

I have an idea: Let's chat on the phone! A few months ago, I became an opinion columnist for The New York Times. As media jobs go, this is one of the more ...


Why a Witness to Eric Garner's Death Is Giving Up on 'Justice'  The New York Times

The only public hearing into what happened to Mr. Garner — who exclaimed “I can't breathe” as he died from a police chokehold — takes a microscopic view of ...


The Android Q beta program is already fragmented  Android Central

Like we saw with Android P, the beta program that provides early access to Android Q is available for more than just Pixel phones. That's really cool for a couple ...


How Your Echo’s “Alexa Guard” Can Protect Your Home  How-To Geek

Amazon just rolled out Alexa Guard to all Echo users. Your Echo can now listen for breaking glass, alert you to smoke alarms, and randomly turn your lights on ...


Samsung Galaxy A70 in for review - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Released just last month, the new Samsung Galaxy A70 quickly gained traction due to its well-balanced price and hardware. It can even be considered as an...


New Google Assistant design rolling out to limited users  Android Central

Google appears to be testing a new design for Google Assistant with users reporting the change in a thread on Reddit. The new design drops the white overlay ...


A Race Car Driver, a Finance Wiz and Some Rocket Scientists Joined Forces to Build the Ultimate Phone Protector  Entrepreneur

In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have ...


A new way to build tiny neural networks could create powerful AI on your phone  MIT Technology Review

We've been wasting our processing power to train neural networks that are ten times too big.


Wayne County Wanderings: Please Lets Talk About Suicide  Wayne Independent

The phone began ringing at about 1:30 a.m. Sheila Whitman had fallen asleep on the sofa, but she bolted awake immediately. It was the call she'd secretly been ...


Breaking My Phone Addiction—Via My Phone  WIRED

Most of the meetings of Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous take place online, which is more sensible than it sounds. Colloquy via web-based ...


Iran, please give Trump a call  CNN

Jamsheed Choksy and Carol Choksy write that after the White House reportedly passed along a number -- via the Swiss government -- for Iranian leaders to ...


The moment the 2019 PGA Championship turned to pure pandemonium  Golf.com

As Brooks Koepka stood on the 14th tee, the 2019 PGA Championship—and the Bethpage spectators—descended into pure mayhem.


Remarks by Vice President Pence at Taylor University Commencement Ceremony | Upland, Indiana  Whitehouse.gov

Taylor University Upland, Indiana. 11:13 A.M. EDT. THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. To President Haines, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, family, ...


Game of Thrones finale: Keep from seeing the mother of spoilers online  CNET

Don't let your friends on social media ruin GoT's suspense. Follow these steps to shield yourself until you're ready to watch.


In Their Words: Remembering I.M. Pei  The New York Times

The Modernist master left his mark on generations, from Renzo Piano and Norman Foster to David Adjaye and Billie Tsien.


Words, words, words — one a day, every day — for 25 years  Arkansas Online

If Anu Garg's A.Word.A.Day email didn't exist, someone would have to invent it. That someone would need to be a wordaholic computer nerd to sustain the ...


Jimmy Fallon shoves the Phillie Phanatic into a phone booth with Gabrielle Union, DJ Khaled  PhillyVoice.com

Jimmy Fallon's “The Tonight Show” is often an exercise in intentional randomness. This was especially true during a segment called “Phone Booth” on Friday ...


Motorola One Vision brings 21:9 display, 48MP camera and Exynos chipset - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Motorola just took the wraps off its latest phone - the One Vision. The mid-ranger runs stock Android as a part of the Android One program and brings...


With climate change policy, the words used can seriously impact opinions  Axios

New research out this week on climate-change polling and an interview with a Republican lawmaker have underscored the importance of words when it comes ...


Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help  The New York Times

Under a new partnership announced by the United States Embassy in Vienna, American citizens can go to any of the 194 fast-food restaurants to seek help.


What you need to know before choosing a university in New Zealand  Stuff.co.nz

Students who have been sexually assaulted or harassed at the country's top universities are faced with a "shambles" of a reporting system, sexual assault ...


Josh Rosen reveals details of Cardinals phone call before Kyler Murray draft pick  Express

JOSH ROSEN has revealed the details of a phone call he had with Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury just moments before the franchise made Kyler ...


Game of Thrones finale: How to protect yourself from spoilers  Newshub

It's the final Game of Thrones day. After eight long years, it's all coming to an end. In New Zealand, the finale airs at 1pm on Monday - an awkward and ...


Indian Election 2019: What West Bengal BJP supporters want  Quartz

In the final hours of campaigning on May 16 in West Bengal, Dum Dum, on the outskirts of Kolkata, was the theatre of prime minister—and Bharatiya Janata ...


This Tiny Activist Fund Has Reaped a 24% Return by Unearthing 'Cockroaches'  Bloomberg

The stock market's closing bell has just rung on the third day of short seller Ben Axler's campaign against Dexcom Inc. in late March, and things are going pretty ...


Google reveals lower-cost Pixel 3a phones and Nest Hub Max  BBC News

Google is to sell a range of lower-cost smartphones as part of an effort to jump-start sales of its Pixel brand. In addition, the company has shown off its first ...


The Tinder Hacker  The Cut

When I asked Sean about his hobbies, I wasn't prepared for what he said.


Opinion | May 18: Phone scams, Sam Oosterhoff and other letters to the editor  TheSpec.com

Attempting to report a telephone scam was an exercise in futility, writes Ann Lawton-Barry.


The 'Game of Thrones' language that 1.2M people are learning  KoamNewsNow.com

"Dracarys!" says Daenerys Targaryen to Drogon, her young dragon, ordering him to spit fire on an incredulous enemy who gets torched alive.


The Undercover Fascist  The New Yorker

Ed Caesar on a young Englishman who got mixed up in a white-supremacist movement and then learned of a plot to kill a politician.


Bill de Blasio on the issues, in under 500 words  Axios

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joining the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 presidency — making him the third mayor in the race and the second ...


Credit card debt killing you? Say hello to the 'Rule of Eight'  Star Tribune

At a time when your dreams are just a click away, it has never been easier to run up more debt than you can handle. Those smartphones we all carry were ...


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.


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 ...


Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston  The New Yorker

The church I grew up in was so big we called it the Repentagon. It was not a single structure but a thirty-four-million-dollar campus, built in the nineteen-eighties ...


Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries  Clarkson University News

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is the Hudson Valley campus of Clarkson University located in Beacon, NY - with administrative headquarters located ...


'He had a knife against my throat and he told me he would kill me'  IOL

With a knife pressed against her neck and the chilling words “keep quiet or I'm going to kill you”, is how an elderly resident ...


RAIDERS Training Camp Sweepstakes – Watch at 10PM  KTLA Los Angeles

Calling all Silver & Black fans! If you want to see the Raiders at training camp, KTLA 5 can help. Watch the KTLA 5 News at 10pm every day, May 13-17, for your ...


A Vigilante Militia Defends an Imaginary Border  The Intercept

On the border near El Paso, hapless grifters attracted to Trump's immigration rhetoric terrorize migrant families and mistake tourists for invaders.


How To Turn Your Children Into Readers For Life  The Federalist

'Raising readers' isn't just another checkbox on some list of things to feel like good parents. It is an opportunity to free us from parenting pressures.


Behrouz Boochani's mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone  ABC News

He won Australia's richest prize for literature, but Behrouz Boochani wasn't there to accept it. He was on Manus Island, more than 2000 days after he arrived on ...


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 ...


Let adware be treated as malware, Canuck boffins declare after breaking open Wajam ad injector  The Register

Analysis The technology industry has numerous terms for sneaky software, including malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, and the ever adorable PUPs ...


Founder buys out Telstra's majority stake in PhoneWords  CRN Australia

The founder of Telstra PhoneWords has led a consortium to acquire Telstra's 85 percent stake in the company, which sells personalised 1...


From boys to men  Otago Daily Times

Clementine Ford's visit to Dunedin went without incident. that's if you don't count body blows to the patriarchy as incidents, Tom McKinlay writes. Feminist ...


Johnson 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 ...


Buttigieg criticizes Fox News hosts at town hall broadcast by the network  Axios

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg used a Fox News town hall to criticize its hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham while defending appearing ...


Features | A Quietus Interview | Boom Boom Pow: Black Midi Interviewed  The Quietus

Ahead of their appearance at Sea Change Festival this weekend, John Doran speaks to Geordie Greep and Cameron Picton of Black Midi and asks, what ...


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 ...


Autocomplete Presents the Best Version of You  WIRED

As goofy as some of your smartphone keyboard's predictions are, at least it tries to not make you look bad.


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 ...


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.


Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research - bellingcat  bellingcat

Popular apps such as TrueCaller or GetContact advertise the ability to see who is really calling you, even if you do not know the number, and alert the app user ...


"You haven't upset anyone." A daughter's beautiful words for her mother with dementia.  Mamamia

How to support someone with dementia: Daughter shares the beautiful way she reassures her elderly mother who has dementia.


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.


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?


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.


‘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 ...


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 ...


Oh or zero? When the evolution of language clashes with linguistic purism  ABC News

Read aloud your mobile phone number or say James Bond's code name and you might unleash the fury of linguistic purists who are fighting the evolution of ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


Telstra sells Phonewords business to founder and Aura Funds Management  The Australian Financial Review

Telstra is selling its stake in its Phonewords business to a consortium led by the company's founder Gavin Scholes and Aura Funds Management.


How to Improve Gboard Accuracy by Deleting Suggested Words You'd Never Use  WonderHowTo

Predictive text is a common feature in most mobile keyboards these days. However, many times, its guesses are way off, sometimes hilariously so. As absurd as ...


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.


Nokia 8110 4G review: another retro revival gone wrong  The Sydney Morning Herald

With support for Wi-Fi and 4G but some serious core issues, the new 8110 is both an improvement and a step back compared to last year's revived 3310.


Stop Misusing Autocorrect  Lifehacker

There's a right way and a wrong way to use your phone's autocorrect, says the person who invented it. Ken Kocienda, former Principal Engineer of iPhone ...


Is a software update slowing my phone? - Hack - triple j  ABC News

Apple and Samsung have been fined millions after an Italian watchdog found their software updates had slowed their phones. Both companies urged people to ...


Samsung Might Be Developing A Phone That Projects Holograms (Just Like Star Wars)  Gizmodo Australia

Earlier this year the world was introduced to the Red Hydrogen One - the world's first first holographic phone display that didn't require 3D glasses or a specific ...


Tens of millions of Chinese now required to tune into 'Xi Jinping thought' platform daily  ABC News

China's new hottest app on the block a propaganda resource that teaches Xi Jinping thought and requires the Communist Party's 90 million members to read it ...


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 ...


All the 5G phones announced so far  The Verge

“5G is here” was the straightforward claim plastered all over Qualcomm's booth at this year's Mobile World Congress. But while that might be true for the ...


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.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


Google Just Revealed a Brilliantly Simple Trick to Totally Destroy Telemarketers. (Wait, Why Aren't We Doing This Already?)  Inc.

Google just announced it has come up with a new way to thwart telemarketers--heck, to completely destroy their business model. It's brilliantly simple, and it ...


'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, ...


Why autocorrect makes so many mistakes, according to the former Apple engineer who helped create it  INSIDER

Why does iPhone autocorrect still make so many mistakes? We spoke with Ken Kocienda, who helped create autocorrect for Apple, to find out why.


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.


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.”


 
 
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