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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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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.


Samsung Galaxy Fold Delayed After People Literally Tore It Apart  Junkee

Samsung is delaying the new Galaxy Fold due to issues brought up in early reviews - including the fact that people were mistakenly pulling screen parts off.


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 ...


Phone fingerprint scanner fooled by chewing gum packet  Naked Security

A video has surfaced claiming to show someone unlocking a Nokia 9 by tapping a gum packet against the fingerprint scanner.


Brand new OnePlus 7 specs leak includes an exciting surprise  BGR

The OnePlus 7 launch is almost upon us, as OnePlus just announced earlier on Tuesday morning. We're reportedly going to have three different OnePlus 7 ...


Macquarie Group to launch mobile telco business  The Australian Financial Review

Financial services giant Macquarie Group is preparing to enter the telecommunications market with the launch of a mobile business, in a surprise move likely to ...


Mastercard’s plan to save Australian retailers from payment fraud scams  NEWS.com.au

That's how payments giant Mastercard says it will help fight the rampant theft committed online after $478 million was pilfered from Australian retailers last year.


San Diego PD: Stabbing, brawl erupts at Easter celebration at lake over missing phone  ABC15 Arizona

A brawl erupted at Lake Murray Sunday after police said a man was stabbed several times in an altercation that was sparked by a missing cell phone.


Tristan Harris: Tech Is ‘Downgrading Humans.’ It’s Time to Fight Back  WIRED

The creator of the “time well spent” movement disappeared for a year, but now he's come back with a new phrase and a plan to stop technology from from ...


Delphi trail murders: New video from teen’s phone is released  The Mercury News

Police released a new sketch and additional video from Libby German's cell phone.


What It Takes to Put Your Phone Away  The New Yorker

Rather than establishing a set of rigorous habits, we may need to rethink our approach to life in general, Jia Tolentino writes.


Why Apple's 'Screen Time' crusade rings so hollow  Mashable

Tim Cook insists he doesn't want customers looking at their screens all the time. But Apple's push into services says otherwise.


Can I use a tablet as a replacement for my smartphone?  TechRadar

I ditched my smartphone for a few days to see if a tablet would work in its place.


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 ...


Gadget review: The new iPad mini 5  Newshub

Just as many thought the iPad mini would be quietly retired, it's had a revamp. It's still small and now slightly dated looking - but it's oh so much mightier.


From OnePlus 6T to OnePlus One: A week with a 5-year-old phone  Android Authority

I just used a OnePlus One as my daily driver for a week, setting aside my OnePlus 6T. The week was much more trying than I expected it to be.


Deer attack Victoria: Daughter of man killed by pet deer speaks  NEWS.com.au

The daughter of the Victorian man who was killed by his pet deer has revealed the moment she found out her father had died.


Digital Bible Reading | Gene Veith  Patheos

As we have gone from scrolls to codexes to printing to electronic screens, how has the medium affected the way we read the Bible?


How I Took the Wild Road From Stunts to Safety and Built a Business on What I Learned  Entrepreneur

Lying in the road, bloodied and hurt after a motorcycle accident, this CEO applied his experience to something people needed.


Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.  Advox

A new video promoting the German camera company Leica has caused an uproar on the Chinese internet, resulting in a ban on the video and its derivatives.


Businesses love phone menus. People hate them  WTOP

Businesses use automated communication to save time and money. Phone menus are also intended to improve the customer *service* experience by making it ...


Samsung's Foldable Phone Isn’t as Robust as Advertised  Motley Fool

Amid reports of breakage, the tech company is postponing the launch of its flexible-screen Galaxy Fold.


The Small iPhone Isn’t Dead: 4.7-inch Model Tipped for March 2020  Tom's Guide

A report suggests that Apple will release a 4.7-inch iPhone next spring that offers a state-of-the-art processor and a $649 price tag.


New evidence in Indiana murder case led to 1K new tips  News 5 Cleveland

Investigators have received more than 1000 new tips in 24 hours following Monday's press conference where they released new evidence for the first time in ...


iOS: How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your Contacts (You Should)  The Mac Observer

Sometimes an iOS app wants access to your Contacts — for good but sometimes bad reasons. Here's how control which apps can access Contacts.


NYC jogger Karina Vetrano’s killer sentenced to life for murder  NEWS.com.au

The parents of a young woman who was murdered while jogging through a park have delivered scathing words to their daughter's killer in gut-wrenching impact ...


Casper quietly raises the price of its Glow smart light by nearly 50 percent  The Verge

Online mattress seller Casper made a notable entrance into the smart home market earlier this year with the Glow, a smartphone-controlled bedside light.


3 Ways the Pixel 3a Can Change Midrange Phones Forever  Tom's Guide

Cheap phones have always been a bit dull. If Google plays its cards right with the Pixel 3a, it could change that.


Tips for Minnesota drivers on new 'hands-free' cellphone law  Star Tribune

Four words no one wants to hear: “We need to talk.” But that's what the Minnesota Legislature has decreed for drivers who use cellphones. “Hands-free” rules go ...


Intel Abandons 5G Phone Modem Development  Interesting Engineering

What does Intel's official exit from the 5G phone market say about the future of the 5G network? Some developers maintain hope that cost and effectiveness can ...


Deadly confrontation sparked by jealousy leaves 1 woman dead, another claiming self defense  WXYZ Detroit

"My mind can't wrap around what just happened," said the mother of Angie McDuell, 47, who was shot and killed Monday evening during a confrontation with a ...


Google I/O: From Android to Assistant, here's what to expect  CNET

The search giant has tons in store as it sets itself up for the rest of the year.


Dear Abby: Phone calls with mom have become painful  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A reader has begun skipping his regular phone calls home to his mom because they've become too hard for him.


High Court confirms the way UK banned GSM gateways was illegal  The Register

UK comms regulator Ofcom can't be ordered to ignore its legal duties, the High Court has ruled, paving the way for GSM gateway operators to claim ...


Swapping to Broadband VoIP from a UK Copper Home Phone Line  ISPreview.co.uk

The way people use home phone services is changing and many of us will eventually end up replacing our old analogue voice *service* with a.


Most hacked passwords of 2019 revealed: if you’re using one, change it  Heart

A new list of Britain's most hacked passwords has been revealed.


Why it's so hard to write in prison | Opinion  Crosscut

Writing in prison isn't the same as writing outside. A prisoner exists beneath an aggravated form of disenfranchisement behind these walls. It's a form of ...


Controversial Huawei P30 Pro ‘Moon Mode’ poses a new ethical dilemma for photos  Android Authority

Moon Mode on the Huawei P30 Pro allows you to take incredibly detailed photos of the moon with just your phone. The feature is actually very controversial.


Letters to the Editor (Published 04/24/2019)  Kern Valley Sun

Net Neutrality. Dear Editor, I am writing to you because I want to protect our open Internet. Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the Net Neutrality ...


The restricted section: One incarcerated writer's experience writing — and reading — in prison | Opinion  Crosscut

Writing in prison isn't the same as writing outside. A prisoner exists beneath an aggravated form of disenfranchisement behind these walls. It's a form of ...


Prosecutors celebrate victory after ruling in Gallagher war crimes case  NavyTimes.com

A Navy judge ruled that evidence from Gallagher's seized cell phones can be used in court.


How To Correctly Pronounce "Marriott" (I'm Surprised)  One Mile at a Time

Does this actually matter? No, not really. But yes, actually, it sort of does, because apparently I don't know how to pronounce the name of the family that founded ...


Depths of despair: Climbing family loses son to greatest fear  The Spokesman-Review

CANMORE, Alberta – The bodies of climbers Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, and two Austrians were recovered Sunday from an avalanche field in the Canadian ...


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 ...


Esther Wojcicki's Secrets for Raising Great Leaders  Fortune

Esther Wojcicki didn't set out to raise CEOs. But she knew she wanted her children—and students—to have an upbringing vastly different from the one she had ...


Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking  WWMT-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days. Journalists who received the ...


Polarised politics: how two teenagers will vote after surviving 2002 Gujarat riots  Reuters

On the night of February 28, 2002, two toddlers living in adjacent alleys were dragged out of a slum district in Ahmedabad in Gujarat that had been set ablaze by ...


Wayne County announces text-to-911 service  WHEC

The Wayne County 911 center is now accepting text messages in a case of an emergency...


‘We'll have to play this guessing game again’  Meduza

On April 1, Yarcube Editor-in-Chief Marina Sedneva went to the Neft movie theater in Yaroslavl to see the film We Declare Spring on You, a documentary about ...


Rand CEO defends deal to sell majority stake to Pegulas  Buffalo News

The war of words continued Thursday between Rand Capital Corp. and its biggest shareholder over the $25 million bid by Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Kim ...


Wanted: Secure email in all state prisons  Capitol Weekly

For incarcerated Californians, the ability to communicate with loved ones on the outside can be a literal lifeline, helping them survive their time in prison and ...


Panoply cheat-sheet: 12 tips for this year's festival  AL.com

Arts festival returns to downtown Huntsville this weekend.


Woolworths Reveals New Disney Words Collectables  Canstar Blue

The collectables craze continues! Woolworths has confirmed a new partnership with Disney to 'add a dash of magic' to grocery shopping – and take on rival ...


How Does A Therapist Deal With A Patient Who Drives Them Nuts?  BuzzFeed News

A therapist wrote about trying to get through to one of her trickiest clients. (A chapter from Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.)


Suns' front office has some explaining to do (again) after firing of coach Igor Kokoskov  Sporting News

There is much to be explained in Phoenix after the firing of coach Igor Kokoskov, and the more the Suns refuse to do the explaining, the worse the whole ...


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...


The meaning of the words of the year - Johnson  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 ...


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.


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 ...


Avoiding Avengers: Endgame Spoilers -- Here's 15 Ways How  GameSpot

You want to experience Avengers 4 the way Mickey Mouse intended. Here's how to avoid the leaks.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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 Voice of Golf’ is not going quietly: The life and complicated times of Peter Kessler  Golf.com

Peter Kessler, of HBO Sports and Golf Channel fame, has been to the sport's media mountaintop, but the difficulty is getting back down. A DRAMA IN THREE ...


Support floods in for Egg Boy, the internet's new political hero  SBS

It's hard to imagine how one chicken ovum and one 17-year-old could bring the world so much joy. Egg Boy made that happen.


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.


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.


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 ...


"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.


Gmail’s Smart Compose feature opens up to more Android phones – here’s how to get it  The Next Web

Gmail's Smart Compose feature has been around on desktop and on Google Pixel 3 handsets since last October. it's now becoming available on more devices.


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 ...


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.


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.


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.”


How to block a phone number on your iPhone  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.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


Fuelled by a toxic, alt-right echo chamber, Christchurch shooter's views were celebrated online  ABC News

One of the men suspected of carrying out a mass shooting in Christchurch published a manifesto that's now being circulated on alt-right forums, where his ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Alan Jones apologises for Opera House interview, as petition with 235,000 signatures delivered  ABC News

Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has apologised for comments he made to the head of the Sydney Opera House, after calling for her to be sacked during a debate ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


'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.


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.


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 ...


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.


'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, ...


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.


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

Google has unveiled a new feature for its AI assistant that will make real phone calls for users, booking reservations at restaurants and hairdressers. But what ...


Fortnite's Creative Mode/Block Party: How To Use The Phone And Inventory To Submit Your Own Levels  Forbes

Here's how you use your phone and inventory to build your own creations in Fortnite's new Creative Mode. When you're done, you can submit to Epic's Block ...


The Words and Phrases to Use — and to Avoid — When Talking to Customers  HBR.org Daily

The key to any successful relationship is effective communication. In the business world, this means trying to understand what consumers and clients are saying, ...


 
 
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