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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.


New scheme uses law enforcement phone numbers to extort money  KHOU.com

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a new warning about a scheme that uses law enforcement phone numbers to extort money from victims.


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 ...


The Trump Administration Is Selling Out Hundreds of Millions of Cell-Phone Users  The New Yorker

John Cassidy writes about the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, and how the Trump Administration is putting big corporations ahead of ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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, ...


Overtourism: Countries that despise tourists and how to be a better visitor  Traveller

Despising tourists isn't new. A French visitor to London in 1552 recorded that "the common people are proud and seditious... these villains hate all sorts of ...


Hands on: Honor 20 Pro review  TechRadar

Honor phones tend to provide high-end specs at low costs, and the Honor 20 Pro doubles down on that.


JANICE WELLS: When your smartphone is a little smarter than you need  The Western Star

Remember the good old days, when the dreaded words you don't want to hear meant a health issue, and obviously, when the word “dreaded” is used, you know ...


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 ...


Queensland engineer who claims to be Prince Charles’ love child loses job appeal  9news.com.au

A Queensland engineer who insists he's the love child of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall has lost a court battle to return to work after being ...


25 Time-Tested Ways to Schedule a Call With a Business Prospect  CT Post

Is there anything more challenging and intimidating for sales reps and business owners then asking for something from someone who you don't know all that ...


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.


Scam tricks Facebook users into thinking they funded ISIS or al-Qaida, feds warn  Tacoma News Tribune

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


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 ...


Scarlett Curtis banned these two words from her social media  Stylist Magazine

Feminists Don't Wear Pink writer Scarlett Curtis has revealed the two surprising words she's had to ban from her Instagram.


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 ...


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 ...


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review: Flawless for the price  Expert Reviews

For two years, Xiaomi must have been slightly nervous about this day coming. Having decided to call its range of cheap and cheerful Redmi phones the 'Note' ...


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 ...


Bots rigged Russian finale of 'The Voice Kids' talent show  Naked Security

Sure, bots might be all over the US electorate, but this is serious. This is The Voice. Think of the children! That's what Russian bots were doing, in fact: ...


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.


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

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


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 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 ...


Cannondale Treadwell is a bike for normal people, strictly no lycra required  T3

Cannondale bikes are well made, high specced and keenly priced but if they have a linking theme, you could say it's that they are aimed squarely at 'proper bike ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

Pixel 3a phones are about half the cost of earlier models, while firm's smart screen gets a camera.


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 ...


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 ...


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.


Vivo Z5x will be company's first punch-hole display phone, launching on May 24  India Today

Vivo's first ever punch-hole display phone is coming on May 24. It is the Vivo Z5x. Several rumours and leaks have revealed a lot of details about the Vivo Z5x in ...


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.


Sound Off for Tuesday, May 21 | News | delcotimes.com  The Delaware County Daily Times

ANSWER WITH CARE. That phone call may not be from a relative or friend, it maybe indeed be from a scammer who spoofed that relative or friends phone ...


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 ...


Most Drones Fly. This Drone Swims ... Making Under Water The Next Frontier Of Droning  Forbes

I drove a drone less than a mile from an international airport recently, and I don't feel guilty at all.


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 ...


Burglar branded a 'real nuisance to the people of Bangor' is jailed  Daily Post

Craig Lloyd is jailed after admitting stealing £1400 from gaming machines and a till at the Harp Inn.


How to automatically translate your typed words to a preferred language on any Android phone  H2S Media

If you have a friend from a different country or city, who speaks a completely different language, Google's own Gboard can translate for you instantly.


Mike McIntyre's Annual Crowdsourced Graduation Speech | News  ideastream

It's graduation season, so that means everyone is full of celebratory sheet cake and pithy wisdom for the next generation. As is tradition, ideastream host and ...


The Tinder Hacker  The Cut

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


Kenny Schachter Reveals the Mystery Buyer of Jeff Koons’s Bunny—and Blurts Out Other Secrets From Auction Week as Well  artnet News

artnet News's intrepid columnist Kenny Schachter found plenty to marvel at in this latest round of New York sales.


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.


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.


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 ...


New Jersey man charged with urinating on child's memorial says 'I made a huge mistake'  550 KTSA

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey man who sparked widespread outrage by allegedly urinating on a park memorial for a 9-year-old boy ...


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 ...


Big Backpacks, Dri-FIT, and Draft Prospects: A Special Trip to the NBA Combine  The Ringer

Welcome to the place where Larry Bird, Pat Riley, and Frank Vogel mingle with league officials, agents, media, and everyday fans who happen to be very ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Mother of five children allegedly killed by father takes the stand in death penalty trial  Live 5 News WCSC

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 ...


The iPod of VR is here, and you should try it  Fast Company

Three years ago, I duct-taped a laser tracker to the top of my eminently patient wife's painting easel. On a converted baker's cart in the corner, I set up a glowing ...


Where all the robocalls are coming from  Axios

On Wednesday, the FCC announced a proposal to combat robocalls that would let phone companies block calls for consumers by default and would allow ...


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.


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 ...


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 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 ...


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...


Ramadan 1440 AH/2019: Using Every Minute Wisely, By Murtadha Gusau  Premium Times

Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah and seek a great reward with a few words which you can utter. For every Tasbih you will have (the ...


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 ...


Fulani Terrorists: Creating A National Crucible of Disaster, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú  Premium Times

Nigeria is a “tragedy descending into a farce”… With the deadly silence from those who unleashed Operation Crocodile Smile on the Indigenous People 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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


Out in the cold  CBC.ca

Emmanuel Vachon lived in a tent on the outskirts of Fort Providence, N.W.T., for months before he died in November 2018, even though others knew he had a ...


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.


Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes  Bitcoin News

The following is an explainer on how to restore a bitcoin mobile phone wallet into a *fresh* device by using a mnemonic seed phrase.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


 
 
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