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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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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.


Apple Folding Phone Will Exist When Samsung Fold Is Old News  Forbes

Samsung Fold, a folding phone, now exists. Yet, we have to turn to Apple and say - where's its folding phone? When will Apple fold? Will it?


Samsung Galaxy Fold with its foldable 7.3-inch screen is impressive but it is not the iPhone of 2007  India Today

Last night while you were sleeping on the night of February 20, Samsung launched one of the most ambitious phones in history. Called the Galaxy Fold, this ...


5G? 5 Bars? What the Signal Icons on Your Phone Actually Mean  WIRED

Here's what it means when your phone says it's using 4G, LTE, or even 5GE technology, or why you can't make a call when you have five bars.


Vivo V15Pro is a mid-range phone that laughs at your flagship  Mashable

The Vivo V15Pro has all the features you'd expect from a flagship phone, and more.


How to be active on social media while protecting your privacy online  ABC Life

As I discovered when my mobile phone number was published on the Facebook page of a far-right activist, the personal information the internet holds can be ...


'We are at the crossroads unless we stand up on this issue'  The Age

The countdown is on to one of the most significant meetings of the Australian Rugby League Commission, which is tipped to change its disciplinary policy.


TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch  The Verge

CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand licensor TCL is working on as many as five different foldable devices, one of them a phone that can bend around ...


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.


Socialite confronts couple in viral video during 1-year-old baby photo shoot  NBC4i.com

Baby's first tooth, first word, and first photo shoot are supposed to be happy moments to remember forever.


Screened out: What happens when a parent is distracted by technology?  Irish Examiner

It's easy to miss out on what your baby is doing because you're distracted by your phone. Striking the right balance between screen time and time with your child ...


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.


LG says it's 'too early' for foldable phones  Mashable

LG confirmed it has no plans to launch a smartphone with a folding display anytime soon, even as companies like Samsung openly plot their own launches.


Tyler Perry On Jussie Smollett Staging An Attack: 'I'm Lost For Words'  HuffPost

Tyler Perry is having a hard time coming to terms with the news that fellow actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after allegedly staging a racist and ...


First lesson of play-based learning: include parents  Sydney Morning Herald

The importance of ''play-based learning'' for children in the early years of their life is well known (''Push to secure learning for all three and four year olds'', ...


These are the foldable phones that will define MWC 2019  Wired.co.uk

Foldable phones are almost here but be very wary of all the renders that are flying around the web right now. Spoiler alert: they're not real. We're starting to see ...


Oppo F11 Pro with pop-up selfie camera set to launch in India on March 5  India Today

In one of the teasers, Oppo suggests that the 48-megapixel primary sensor uses artificial intelligence to make the pictures look professional and appear with ...


The 10 Best Rick and Morty Quotes That’ll Leave You Laughing  Screen Rant

Rick and Morty has a penchant for creating some great quotes. They can make you laugh, but they might also make you think.


Un-Belize-able Vacation Getaway Giveaway  KTLA Los Angeles

KTLA's "Live From The Oscars" and The Family Coppola want to send you in a vacation to paradise. Imagine yourself and a friend on a 7-night excursion to ...


Police give ‘all clear’ at Henrico school after room-by-room search  WTVR CBS 6 News

An "all clear" was given two-hours after the Academy at Virginia Randolph was locked down Wednesday afternoon due to a "possible threat" on the Glen Allen ...


Here’s the Fastest Android Phone On the Planet (for Now)  Tom's Guide

The new Xiaomi Mi 9 obliterates every Android phone out there in Chinese benchmark.


Spoken Armor: Getting to know THPD's negotiating team  WTHITV.com

For this group at the Terre Haute Police Department, no call goes unanswered.


Foldable wars? New patent filing suggests that Apple is readying a 'foldable' iPhone  USA TODAY

Just before Samsung is expected to showcase a foldable Galaxy phone, Apple filed a patent update that suggests it too is working on such a design.


Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposes gag order on Roger Stone, can no longer speak publicly about the investigation or case  Boing Boing

No, Mr. Stone, I'm not giving you another chance,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said. "I have serious doubt whether you learned any lesson at all."


Family Releases Video of Daughter's Final Moments Recorded Before Gas Explosion Rips Through Home  PEOPLE.com

The family shared the video, which was recorded on their daughter's phone and was recovered after the explosion, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the ...


Essay: Down memory lane with the Monkees  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

It was 1969 and two local girls in a convertible were hauling a giant stuffed bear and a Kodak camera around Rochester hoping to meet the Monkees.


Black H.S. hoops star taunted with N-word, monkey noises at game, family says  NJ.com

The mother of a black high school basketball player from Lenape Valley High said her son was targeted with a barrage of racial slurs, including the N-word and ...


'Elimination budget' could end state ferry sailings by October  KTVA

Lawmakers had sharp words for budget officials this week in Juneau, criticizing what one senator called an “elimination budget” for state ferries on track to end ...


Family of Lenape basketball player accuses Wallkill fans of yelling racial slurs  New Jersey Herald

HARDYSTON -- The family of a Lenape Valley basketball player is considering taking legal action against Wallkill Valley Regional High School after they say ...


EXCLUSIVE: Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its Finalists  NPR

Five books remain in the running: Tommy Orange's There There; Tayari Jones' An American Marriage; David Chariandy's Brother; Jennifer Clement's Gun Love; ...


I’ve used Dvorak for 10 years, and I’m here to tell you it’s not all that  The Verge

The resilience of the 146-year-old QWERTY layout is remarkable, but that didn't stop me from abandoning it 10 years ago. Here's what I've learned in the ...


In Your Own Words: Mental Health on Campus  New York Times

In The Edit, a New York Times newsletter for college students and recent graduates, we asked for stories about mental health on campus. The responses below ...


Last Word on road worries, Feb. 16  Virginia Gazette

Would the Virginia Department of Transportation please post speed limit signs on Greenspring Plantation Drive between Monticello and Route 5? I have seen ...


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 ...


Zimbabweans abroad face difficulties with accent  Bulawayo24 News

Speakers with foreign accents can face discrimination even in a country with a diverse population and a long immigrant history. But much remains to be done.


Ken Nordine, Chicago creator of 'word jazz' who had a voice that 'could give you the chills,' dies at 98  Chicago Tribune

Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home ...


One of the Girls in the Office, by Marc Dion  Creators Syndicate

My mother, Margaret Munroe Dion, who died Saturday at 2:55 in the afternoon, was one of the girls in the office. That phrase, "one of the girls in the office," was ...


Signs that you are taking your partner for granted  The Standard

If you go against your word and it's not a big deal to you, you take your partner for granted. If you really cared to know what your partner wanted to say you would ...


This Google app can translate spoken words for the hearing impaired in real-time  The Asian Age

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 900 million people will have hearing loss by the year 2025. Google wants to make the lives of such ...


National Emergency?  Texarkana Gazette

Congress and President Donald Trump came to an agreement to keep the government up and running last week.


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?


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


10 tech tips for Google, Instagram and Facebook to get your digital life in order  USA TODAY

From Google to Instagram and YouTube, we dive into 10 great tech tips you'll want to start using now.


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 ...


Hate crime charges filed in Miami over Martin Luther King Jr. Day scuffle  CNN

Prosecutors in Florida have filed hate crime charges against a white man who was captured on a cell phone video holding a handgun and yelling racial epithets ...


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.


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.


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 ...


HQ Trivia launches HQ Words as reinstalled CEO seeks a game-changer  TechCrunch

HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth. HQ Words ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


Kikkan Randall shares her journey through rough terrain  ESPN

Kikkan Randall had everything -- a long-awaited Olympic cross-country skiing gold medal in Pyeongchang, a family life with her husband and toddler son.


Motorola is bringing back the Razr flip phone  Fashion Journal

If you were a teenager in the mid '00s, you either owned a Motorola Razr or you lived in constant jealousy of everyone who owned a Motorola Razr.


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

Apple and Samsung have been been fined millions for software upgrades that slowed phones.


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.”


Huawei's StorySign app enhances story time for deaf children  CNET

A mixture of AI and augmented reality will bring books to life for children who cannot hear them being read.


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

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


Sydney schoolboy Max Meyer’s final phone call revealed before fatal avalanche in Austria  Daily Telegraph

Sydney schoolboy Max Meyer told rescuers we need some help in a phone call just minutes before he was swept away in an avalanche.


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

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


No, you’re not being paranoid, your phone really IS listening to you  Alphr

Those oddly pertinent ads on your timeline aren't just a coincidence, your phone is listening to everything you say.


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, ...


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.


The Mysterious Word ‘Whose’  Voice of America

It may seem short and simple, but how to use and write “whose” confuses even native English speakers. This is partly because they mistake it with another word ...


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.


No, Facebook did not patent secretly turning your phone mics on when it hears your TV  The Verge

Facebook did not apply for a patent on turning your phone microphone on when a hidden signal plays on a TV. I know this because I simply read the patent ...


A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?  Computerworld

Five years ago, in September 2013, Microsoft made one of the most ill-conceived acquisitions in tech history, purchasing Nokia for $7.9 billion. Having failed in ...


Chinese tech giant Huawei faces  NEWS.com.au

Spare a thought for the poor souls running public relations for Chinese smartphone and telecom giant Huawei. Because the headlines just keep getting worse.


25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018  Mental Floss

If you don't spend most of your time on the internet, it can be hard to keep up with the evolving lingo of the digital age. Luckily, the editors at Merriam-Webster ...


Curse words, gang talk fill courtroom as judge reads Jessica Kelley’s phone calls  KOAT New Mexico

Curse words were flying as one of the women charged with killing and dismembering 10-year-old Victoria Martens in 2016 was in court Thursday. Prosecutor ...


These were the first words that Graham Bell spoke on the telephone  India Today

I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: "Mr. Watson, come here - I want to see you." To my delight he came and declared that he had ...


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

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


Code words, knowing gazes, snap deals run Chennai’s stolen phone trade  Times of India

CHENNAI: Dressed in orange dhoti and a shirt, with a cotton bag dangling from his shoulders and holy ash smeared across his forehead, 40-year-old ...


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 ...


How to stop nuisance calls to your mobile phone  CHOICE

People are increasingly receiving nuisance calls and texts to their mobiles. But how do telemarketers and charities get your phone number? We look at the Do ...


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.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: - Mobile Phones  PC World

The tempo for major smartphone launches at the tail of the year is always a little hectic. You've got Samsung, Apple, LG, Google, Razer, Samsung (again) and ...


The two magic words that can get you an airline upgrade over the phone  Economic Times

By Mark Ellwood At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our ...


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 ...


The new phones that are stuck in the past  BBC News

These sleek, downgraded cell phones are meant to promote mental wellbeing – by turning the clock back to the pre-smartphone era.


I KonMari'd My Life Instead Of My House  Romper

When my 73-year-old dad mentioned he'd purged a mountain of clothes that no longer "sparked joy" after watching Marie Kondo's show on Netflix, that a ...


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 ...


Teens' cell phone use linked to memory problems  Science News for Students

A new study suggests teens who get more exposure to cell-phone radiation — and hold their phones up to their right ear — do worse on one type of memory ...


7 ways Google Assistant just got better  CNET

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


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.


AI can book a restaurant or a hair appointment, but don't expect a full conversation  The Conversation AU

Google's latest AI promises to help arrange your life by making appointment for you over the phone, but it's limited by its rote learning of the simple tasks of ...


The most common iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max problems, and how to fix them  Digital Trends

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the best Apple phones to date. They boast nice and big OLED displays, Apple's A12 Bionic processor, plenty of storage, ...


Eight things your phone's camera can do—other than snapping selfies  Popular Science

The camera in your phone is incredibly versatile. In addition to creating Instagram-worthy selfies, here are some extra feats it can perform.


Joseph James DeAngelo: Accused serial killer’s sick words as he raped  NEWS.com.au

VIOLATING women, tying them up and terrorising them with phone calls for years afterwards was not the Golden State Killer's only modus operandi. The man ...


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

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


Galaxy Note 9 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos  Tom's Guide

Here's how you can make the most of all the new features and enhancements in Samsung's Galaxy Note 9.


The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world  The Guardian

We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the ...


Burke's own words could come back to haunt as wiretap on cellphone lasted at least 8 months  Chicago Tribune

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke has spent decades at the pinnacle of the city's power structure, but in the end, he may have buried himself with his own words.


'Nomophobia' named Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year  The Bookseller

'Nomophobia', a word used to describe stress and anxiety caused by being separated from a mobile phone, has been deemed the Cambridge Dictionary's ...


Why 555 is always used for phone numbers on TV and in movies  Business Insider

When TV shows and movies need to use a phone number as part of the story, they typically use one that starts with 555. We spoke with an official historian at ...


DJ Koh: Samsung's Folding Phone Will Debut In November  Lifehacker Australia

Samsung's mobile division chief DJ Koh likes dropping bombshells. Last month, he casually revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ahead of its official launch.


How a fat computer geek became the Jeff Bezos of the dark web  New York Post

In "Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire," Elaine Shannon recounts how Paul Le Roux transformed ...


Lauren McCluskey’s Mom Listened To Terrified Daughter On The Phone Moments Before She Was Shot  Hollywood Life

Lauren McCluskey's phone call with her mother, Jill, is revealed right before she was shot. Here were the student's last words to her mom.


 
 
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