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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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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 ...


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.


Google’s Pixel 3a has a serious problem for some users, and there’s no fix in sight  BGR

Google has been making phones for quite a few years now, both during the Nexus era when other smartphone vendors designed its devices, and especially in ...


‘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 ...


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.


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, ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 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 ...


Sioux Falls man reunites with birth mother after 50 years  Brookings Register

SIOUX FALLS (AP) – The phone call arrived last December during a faculty meeting at Augustana University, where Jason Harris teaches business law. "I don't ...


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 ...


Social media and boredom: How technology is changing our emotions`  Vox.com

Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That's partly due to technology.


Oprah Winfrey Gives Rousing Commencement Speech: You Can 'Transform Whatever Moment You Are In'  PEOPLE.com

"You will radically transform whatever moment you are in," Oprah Winfrey told graduating students.


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.


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 ...


"Fox & Friends" hosts respond to Pete Buttigieg's Fox News criticism  Axios

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" responded on Monday to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's criticisms of Fox News during a town hall on the ...


Words, words, words — one a day, every day — for 25 years  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 ...


Adobe's versions of Lightroom don't get along -- and why that's a drag  CNET

Lightroom Classic lets photographers edit and catalog photos. The newer non-Classic Lightroom has some advantages but is missing many features.


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.


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 ...


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.


General Motors cars to get new brains, nervous system for self-driving car era  Axios

GM on Monday unveiled a new electronic platform for future vehicles — essentially giving them a transplant of the brain and central nervous system — that will ...


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 ...


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.


Is reading dead in Singapore?  The Independent

By Cogito Ergo Sum. Take a train or bus ride on any route in Singapore. Chances are you will notice commuters fidgeting with their mobile devices or with heads ...


Home of the Week: Lakefront living  Buffalo News

Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are ...


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.


Trump: If Tehran wants to fight U.S., it'll be the official end of Iran  Axios

President Trump tweeted Sunday if Iran wants a fight, it'd be the "official end" of the country, hours before Fox News broadcast an interview in which he said he ...


Why your mobile network company may be one of the most hated companies in SA  CapeTalk

MyBroadband editor Jan Vermeulen has penned a scathing column aimed at cellphone companies and their treatment of customers.


Abortion laws: Trump speaks out on rape, incest cases  Axios

President Trump declared himself "strongly pro-life" in a series of tweets Saturday night — but he made clear he's opposed to key elements of strict new abortion ...


Marshall Stanmore II Voice review: This voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker has the iconic look of rock royalty  TechHive

The sound quality is fairly good overall, especially with rock music, but I had several problems with its operation.


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 ...


The Advantages—and Limitations—of Living to 100  The Wall Street Journal

As the number of centenarians rises in the US, so does the incidence of disease and loneliness. But the upside includes seeing great grandchildren and ...


Leah Heyes: Mum 'heartbroken' after daughter dies 'taking ecstasy'  Sky News

Leah Heyes' mother, Kerry Roberts, says her daughter was "beautiful, fun, bubbly, and had a great sense of humour".


Billionaire pays off student debt of Morehouse College's entire graduating class  Axios

Commencement speaker and billionaire Robert F. Smith announced Sunday he will donate an estimated $40 million to pay off the student debt for the 400 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Emails show ICE nominee Mark Morgan lashed out after losing Border Patrol job  Axios

He called his firing "heartless and void of any decency and compassion."


Refugee crisis: Chart shows staggering rise of displaced people in the world  Axios

As of 2017, more people have been forced by violence and conflict to flee their homes than live in the U.K. or France. Why it matters: That's upwards of 60 million ...


The ‘Game of Thrones’ language that 1.2 million people are learning  Q13 News Seattle

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


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 ...


'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 ...


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 ...


Amash becomes first Republican in Congress to back impeaching Trump  Axios

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) came out against President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr's presentation of the Mueller report, saying Trump "has engaged ...


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 ...


Trump's GOP challenger Weld: I'm the most pro-choice 2020 candidate  Axios

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) told a crowd in Exeter, New Hampshire, he's "the most pro-choice person you're ever going to meet," AP reports.


2020 presidential election: Joe Biden surges past Trump on Facebook, Google ads  Axios

Why it matters: For a while, Trump was dominating online advertising spend on Google and Facebook, giving his campaign an unprecedented early lead in ...


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...


U.S. lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico  Axios

Trump confirmed in a Sunday tweet that the U.S. would lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico starting Monday. Why it matters: The move will ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


"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?


The Huawei Mate X is the World's First EU-Certified 5G Phone  Gizmodo Australia

Despite saying the Mate 20 X would be its first 5G phone, Huawei has just had its Mate X (that's the foldy one -- Huawei, please sort your naming conventions ...


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 ...


How to block a phone number on your iPhone  Business Insider

You can block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later.


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.


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 ...


Breaking Bad: Chasing the Wildest Con Artist in Farming History  Agweb Powered by Farm Journal

Like last bits of skin clinging to gaunt ribs, yellowed plastic holds stubbornly to the skeletal frame of a greenhouse vault as Mitchell Kelley looks at the decrepit ...


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 ...


How to Search Real-World Text for Words & Phrases Using Your iPhone  WonderHowTo

Safari has a convenient "Find" feature to search for specific words and phrases in a webpage, and Apple Books has a similar feature for e-books and PDFs.


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.


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.


 
 
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