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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.


Zarif, Trump in war of words as tensions mount  Israel Hayom

Iranian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed on Monday that Iran would not be intimidated by U.S. threats, hours after U.S. President ...


‘Don’t go too far’, China tells US in phone call about recent disputes  South China Morning Post

The United States' recent words and actions have harmed the interests of China and its enterprises, and Washington should exercise more restraint, Chinese ...


HTC is launching a cheaper version of its blockchain phone  TechRadar

HTC isn't giving up on its blockchain phone strategy: following on from the Exodus 1 that launched late in 2018, the company has revealed a cheaper version of ...


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.


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.


Compulsively Check Your Smartphone? Knowing Why Can Help You Stop  Healthline

New research highlights the different triggers that may cause you to compulsively check your smartphone and offers suggestions that may help you to kick the ...


Google Pixel 3a Review & Rating  PCMag.com

Google's well-rounded Pixel 3a is quite simply the best Android phone you can buy for $399.


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


Davison's unforgettable Lauda moment  Supercars.com

Supercars star Will Davison has added to a flood of tributes for three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda, who died on Monday, aged 70. The Austrian is ...


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 ...


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 ...


Four British jihadists. One mobile phone with photos of their path to fire and fury  The Times

In a windswept field in Syria, a young man with a London accent stares at the camera and slaps the butt of his AK-47 rifle, pledging: “Inshallah [God willing], we ...


Writer James Vlahos explains how voice computing will change the way we live  The Verge

The Verge interviews writer James Vlahos about his new book, Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think (Houghton ...


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 ...


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.


Scam tricks Facebook users into thinking they funded ISIS or al-Qaida, feds warn  Biloxi Sun Herald

An elaborate scam is tricking social media users into thinking they inadvertently funded terrorist organizations — then milking the victims for money to make the ...


How to Keep Law Enforcement Out of Your Android Device  WonderHowTo

While we hope you never experience this, there may come a time when law enforcement compels you to hand over your phone and any self-incriminating data it ...


Macquarie Group launches telco Nu Mobile to sell used phones to Aussies  Business Insider Australia

A new competitor has entered the fight for your mobile phone contract. Macquarie Group is launching a telco called Nu Mobile, which will offer plans that come ...


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 ...


OnePlus will pay you up to $449 to trade in your phone for a OnePlus 7 Pro  BGR

Shortly after officially announcing its OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone on Tuesday, the Chinese phone maker unveiled a trade-in program that could save you ...


Utah man arrested for threats against YouTube employees in San Bruno  KTVU San Francisco

A Utah man is accused of making online threats to "shoot" YouTube employees in San Bruno, but then he later clarified to police investigators that he really ...


Super Rugby: Crusaders aware of need to behave on and off the field  Stuff.co.nz

OPINION: South Africa can be a tough place for visiting rugby teams to tour. As the Crusaders have discovered. On and off the field.


I was lunchbox shamed at a Japanese preschool so I learnt to make the perfect bento  The New Daily

There are few parenting shames greater than being told the food you are giving your children is not up to scratch. My third child started preschool while I was ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Travis Tritt Says He Was Involved in a Deadly Car Accident This Weekend  countryliving.com

It was a very scary scene for Travis Tritt this weekend, as his tour bus was involved in a car accident. Although the country singer and his crew were unharmed, ...


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 ...


Spelling bee in the bonnet of 2 Lake County contestants  Chicago Tribune

As the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, two contestants from Lake County have different ways to learn the 600 words suggested as preparation.


Border agent facing criminal charges called migrants 'murdering savages' in texts  NBC News

A Border Patrol agent facing criminal charges for how he tried to stop a fleeing migrant sent text messages that referred to immigrants as "mindless savages" and ...


Did Orwell's nightmare Nineteen Eighty-Four inspire the Snowtown murders?  ABC News

Journalist Andrew McGarry covered the trial of one of Australia's most notorious serial killings. Two decades since police made the gruesome discovery in a ...


Where Is President Duterte? A Weeklong Absence Fuels Speculation and Scrutiny  The New York Times

Rumors have swirled that President Rodrigo Duterte might be sick after he dropped out of the public eye for a week.


Report: Jeanie Buss “blindsided” by Magic Johnson’s comments on ESPN’s First Take  Lakers Outsiders

On Monday, Magic Johnson had a controversial appearance on ESPN's First Take, discussing the Lakers. Jeanie Buss was reportedly "blindsided" by his ...


Leah Heyes: Mum 'heartbroken' over teen's 'drug death'  BBC News

The mother of a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy in North Yorkshire says she has been left "absolutely heartbroken". Leah Heyes, 15 ...


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 ...


The devastating words of Emiliano Sala's dad before his own death  Wales Online

A new TV programme into the tragedy will be broadcast tonight.


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.


Berkshire Theatre Group's aim with 'Shrek' musical: All the world's an inclusive stage  Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — A derogatory, slang term that was used in a recent school production of "Shrek: The Musical" will not be heard when Berkshire Theatre Group's ...


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.


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 ...


My Brother Tom’s Schizophrenia  The New Yorker

Marin Sardy, the author of “The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia,” writes about her brother's struggles with schizoaffective disorder and ...


Mother of five children allegedly killed by father takes the stand in death penalty trial  WIS10

Court proceedings came to a halt and the jury was escorted out of the room as the mother of five slain children sat crying and sobbing uncontrollably while ...


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 ...


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 ...


Top SA judge bitten to death by black mamba  New Zimbabwe.com

News24. A Cape Town Labour Court judge has died after he was bitten by a black mamba while on holiday in Zambia. Judge Anton Steenkamp, 57, was doing ...


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 ...


Michael Avenatti's ex-girlfriend recounts the horror night the lawyer 'assaulted' her  Daily Mail

Mareli Miniutti, 25, revealed her ex-boyfriend Michael Avenatti, 48, called her a 'motherf***er' and an 'ungrateful b***h,' during the altercation at his Los Angeles ...


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.


With OnePlus 7 Pro camera and its top DxOMark score, OnePlus finally joins the league of big boys  India Today

Around a month before the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told India Today Tech that the phone's camera is going to raise the bar.


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 instead an opportunity to free us from the tyranny of artificial ...


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 ...


NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Kill Her Estranged Husband And Her Boyfriend's Daughter  Gothamist

A police officer assigned to a Queens precinct is accused of plotting to kill two people—her estranged husband and her current boyfriend's teen ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


Father of Tiger Woods buried in unmarked Kansas grave  KCTV Kansas City

A story buried but not forgotten was uncovered in Kansas. See the connection between the unmarked grave and golfing champion Tiger Woods.


European Elections: Clare Daly is taking her fight to the top — to Europe  Irish Examiner

Headline European Elections: Clare Daly is taking her fight to the top — to Europe.


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 ...


Elizabeth Warren responds to Alabama abortion law with detailed 4-part plan  Axios

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a platform to protect access to reproductive care, including abortion, just two days after Alabama passed a law effectively ...


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.


Some states rush to protect abortion rights as Roe v. Wade fight heats up  Axios

Red states aren't the only part of America working to change abortion law in the new era of the Kavanaugh court.


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 Week That Will Be  Lawfare

Lawfare's weekly roundup of event announcements and employment opportunities.


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.


Best word games for iPhone and iPad in 2019  iMore

Looking for some great word games to unwind with on your iPhone or iPad? Try these gems out!


21 Addictive Phone Games  PCMag.com

Who needs friends when you've got the best phone games on your iPhone or Android device? These fun p.


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 ...


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?


‘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 ...


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.


Which parties control each state legislature and governorship  Axios

The GOP holds 27 governors' mansions and 30 state legislatures.


15 New Features We've Already Spotted In The Android Q Beta  Gizmodo Australia

Android Q is here—in an early, beta form—and if you've got any generation of Pixel phone on hand then you can give it a test run. We've been playing around ...


New phone designs aim to shake up MWC 2019  CNET

More phones with 5G, foldable designs and multiple cameras at the world's largest mobile show.


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.


Roy Moore considers another Senate run in Alabama  Axios

Roy Moore is considering another Senate run in Alabama, concerning Republican leaders who fear his candidacy could damage the GOP's chances to win back ...


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 ...


Officer brushes off Eric Garner's death as "not a big deal"  Axios

Previously unseen text messages from July 2014 revealed on Thursday between a New York City police officer and his lieutenant show they brushed off the ...


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 ...


Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup arrives with four new models  TechCrunch

In what may well be the most Samsung move in Samsung history, Samsung just introduced four new Samsung S10 models. For the 10th anniversary of the ...


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.


Snapchat’s new gender-changing filter provokes strong reactions  Axios

A Snapchat photo filter that lets people see themselves in highly feminized or masculine form has proven wildly popular. It's drawn a mixed reception, though, ...


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.


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.


"I went on a perfect date. Then the next morning, I got a five-word text that ruined it all."  Mamamia

Being the other woman: The five-word text message that tore everything apart. Alita went on a perfect date, then received a text.


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 ...


 
 
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