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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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Meizu Has Unveiled A Phone With No Buttons, Speakers, Sim Card Slot Or Charging Port  Forbes

Zhuhai-based Meizu has had a relatively quiet 2018 compared to its Chinese peers, but it's starting 2019 aiming to grab headlines with a radical concept phone.


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 ...


'Would you like to speak to the President?'  The Sydney Morning Herald

Being asked if he would like to speak to the president of the United States was about the last question a reporter expected from a stranger in Paris.


Lawmaker From Eastern Idaho Wants To Ban Local Cell Phone Bans  Boise State Public Radio

A bill introduced this week in the legislature seeks to override local communities' efforts to ban talking on a cell phone while driving.


In praise of the dumb phone  The Globe and Mail

Should you go back to a dumb phone? It might eliminate stress; it could also help improve your focus. And in doing so – despite your undoubted initial revulsion ...


LG G8 ThinQ: All the rumors in one place  Android Authority

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we're taking a closer look at the latest LG G8 ThinQ rumors and leaks. Turn back the clocks 12 months and you'd be ...


Eight words which touched nation  South Burnett Times

SHE was allegedly horrifically raped and murdered while studying in Australia. Now her sister has made a stunning statement using just eight words.


A Chinese phone you can't buy packs features the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 can only dream of  BGR

We've been talking about the perfect smartphone design for a few weeks now, ever since Vivo started teasing its “Waterdrop” phone that should be introduced ...


'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 ...


Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones  CNBC

Microsoft says anyone using its smartphone platform, Windows 10 Mobile, should switch to Android or iPhone.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says AI can be biased. She’s right.  Vox

How artificial intelligence learns to be racist: It watches us.


Mark, My Words: did Bruce steal my song? The pop plagiarism plague, and my half-baked plan to combat it  NME Live

With 'Where Is My Mind?' rip-offs becoming ubiquitous, columnist Mark Beaumont is offering his services as a musical steal-spotter.


The first OnePlus 5G phone might be a lot cheaper than the 5G Galaxy S10  BGR

OnePlus confirmed many weeks ago that it will launch a 5G smartphone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 and 5G technology, and then said its first 5G ...


Bully's chilling words to girlfriend after beating her over Snapchat message  Mirror.co.uk

'Violent and controlling' Gary Bulmer, 32, of Sunderland, subjected his partner to 'degrading' attacks after they began a relationship in May last year.


The best Huawei P20 Pro cases in 2019: protect your camera phone in style  Digital Camera World

So you're looking for the best Huawei P20 Pro case. Good plan: the Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best camera phones right now. It's very expensive – not to ...


The Honor View 20’s 48-megapixel camera is legit  The Verge

The first 48-megapixel phone is here in the shape of Honor's View 20. But is the AI-powered camera more than just a gimmick?


5G or faux G?  Computerworld

I am so, so tired of reading stories proclaiming the mobile wonders of the world of tomorrow. 5G will bring up 8K videos to our self-driving cars, and it will do it ...


Huge leak reveals Galaxy S10 pricing and confirms 1TB storage tier  BGR

For the past few months, we've witnessed an increasing number of Galaxy S10 rumors, revealing almost everything fans of the series would want to know about ...


Dolby made a secret app for recording studio quality audio on your phone  The Verge

Dolby has been quietly testing a new mobile app for recording and cleaning up audio under the codename "234." The app cancels background noise, and then ...


Samsung Galaxy M20 early review praises the battery life - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

A self-professed long-time Samsung user and member of the Samsung Community forums was given a Galaxy M20 to review and they did – publicly. Summed ...


Can I really ditch my PC for a Samsung Note 9 smartphone?  TechRadar

Can the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 replace a laptop or desktop PC? We find out...


All About 5G: What Is 5G? When Will 5G Be Available?  UPROXX

Cellular networks are preparing to roll-out 5G, but what is 5G? We dig into what to expect from the new technology.


Hands-on: Nomad’s ‘Made for Google’ Pixel 3 case is great, and it’s only going to get better with time  9to5Google

Smartphone cases are often thought of as a dime a dozen, but for those of us who value protecting our phones, they're a crucial accessory. There are literally ...


EXCLUSIVE: “I hope he finds Christ” Parents of Ossian toddler have words for accused baby killer  wpta21.com

OSSIAN, IND. (WPTA 21) – The father and mother of 18-month-old Kamryn Price, who police say was beaten to death last week spoke exclusively with ABC 21's ...


The Best Smart Speakers for 2019  PCMag AU

With Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, or Siri? We help you decide on a voice assistance platform and determine which smart speaker is the right fit for your ...


Restaurant Transitions: Minute Man comeback slowly coming along; Purple Cow, LongHorn Steakhouse in North Little Rock; Gusano's temporarily shut  Arkansas Online

Last week's news release, headlined "Minute Man restaurant eyes comeback with three locations in Little Rock and Conway" and announcing that "Minute Man ...


Twitter Wild as WaPo Journo Claims He Had Bizarre Phone Conversation With Trump  Sputnik International

Reporter Dan Balz has penned a story for The Washington Post, claiming he had an impromptu phone conversation with none other than US President Donald ...


Inside the room: Edgar Martinez brings his trademark cool to Hall of Fame moment  The Seattle Times

Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH's stoic facade, but two disparate places — Seattle and Puerto Rico ...


Man Who Pulled Gun, Hurled N-Word At Kids Faces Hate Crime Investigation  TPM

The state attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida announced Tuesday that she had instructed her office's hate crimes unit to investigate the case of a man ...


The phone will ring today for Roy Halladay — friend, teammate, and man who became one of the best ever  Yahoo Sports

If the trends of public balloting persist, Halladay will be the first player elected posthumously through the BBWAA's standard process since Rabbit Maranville in ...


Mainewhile: Make Dr. King's words your reality  The Forecaster

This is the week we pause to celebrate the life and work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And rightly so; Dr. King was a man of great conviction, passion, ...


Johnny Miller to sign off a day early from final broadcast at the Waste Management Open  GolfDigest.com

Johnny Miller heads into his final golf broadcast next week from TPC Scottsdale, preparing to sign off on Saturday and let Paul Azinger take over on Sunday.


10 Predictions For Customer Service In 2019  Forbes

Customer *service* is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since automatic call distribution prompted the beginning of call centers in the 70s.


7 top-rated apps that will make you smarter, calmer and healthier in 2019  CNBC

CNBC Make-It gathered a list of the top-rated self-improvement apps by Apple and Google. Whether you're looking to get fit or learn a new skill in the new year, ...


I Tried To Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.  Gizmodo Australia

Week 1: Amazon. Apparently, I am a masochist. I am on a mission to live without the tech giants — to discover whether such a thing is even possible. Not just ...


Hands-on: Using an iPhone Smart Battery Case for the first time  9to5Mac

I get good battery life with my iPhone X as is, and my home office lifestyle means I'm never that far from a plug, so I'm admittedly not the target market for a ...


Correction: Growing Up Digital-Smartphone Psychiatry story  KTIV

In a story Jan. 3 about using smartphones to detect depression, The Associated Press misstated the title of Menachem Fromer. He is a mental health.


McDonald’s employee repeatedly uses racial slur in confrontation with black customer  Washington Post

The employee continued to use the slur despite the customer's threat that he'd put the video on WorldstarHipHop.


First Bad Android Q News Arrives, Because It Involves Carriers  Droid Life

The Android Q news cycle kicked off last week, thanks to a leaked build that revealed mostly positive changes coming our way. The new permissions controls ...


Jim Carrey labels Covington Catholic students as 'baby snakes' in new artwork  AOL

Jim Carrey's latest artwork depicts the Covington Catholic students who allegedly taunted a Native American man in Washington, D.C..


Healthcare expert reveals how menopausal memory loss can be reversed through lifestyle changes  Daily Mail

Femail speaks to two women who suffered from extreme memory loss so extreme that their doctors thought it was early onset dementia,


The Accessport Air brings Bluetooth 5.0 to your trusty wired headphones  Yanko Design

The world changed as we knew it in 2016 when Apple announced that their phones would no longer carry the 3.5mm headphone jack. They were obviously ...


What Is RCS Messaging (And How to Get It)  Tom's Guide

RCS messaging, or rich communication services, has been a very long time coming. Here's how and when you can start using it on your device and carrier.


People in Franklin County now can text 911 dispatchers in emergencies  10TV

For the first time ever, people in Franklin County can text 911 instead of calling. However, authorities urge residents to always call first if they can.


Police: Nurse arrested in sexual assault of incapacitated woman who gave birth in Phoenix  WSET

by TERRY TANG, Associated Press. This photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Nathan Sutherland. Phoenix police say Sutherland, ...


What Is Decoder? The Brain Game App Transforms Your Ability To Focus, According To New Research  Elite Daily

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You're commuting home after a long day of work, and you pull your phone out to try to distract yourself from the kid crying on the ...


Moto Z3 Gets Android Pie on Verizon Along With 5G Mod Support  Wccftech

Motorola doesn't have a lot to offer when it comes to flagship devices. The closest the company got to a flagship was the Moto Z3 (which ran 2017's flagship ...


Rep. Lori Saine says blacks, whites lynched in 'nearly equal numbers' for being Republican  Greeley Tribune

A Colorado representative said black people and white people were lynched in nearly equal numbers for being Republican in the post-Reconstruction era. Rep.


Man gets long sentence for violent rape interrupted by cop  MLive.com

Jivonnie Ramone Jones appears for a preliminary examination at the Muskegon County Courthouse in Muskegon, Mich. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Joel Bissell ...


iOS 12.1.3 Got Rid of Some Scary Bugs, Here's How to Safeguard Your iPhone  Inverse

Apple's first software update of 2019 didn't introduce any flashy new features, but what it lacked in style it made up for in substance. On Tuesday, iOS 12.1.3 ...


Poetry is going viral  Gulf Times

People are clicking on poetry on Twitter. They're listening to poems on podcasts. They're buying poetry collections on Amazon.


Running a Hedge Fund Isn’t All Bad  Bloomberg

Also the shutdown, Robinhood, Bono, index funds, BBB bonds and typos.


The heartbreak of suffering in silence  WHAS11.com

You are getting a rare look into how a person in the media also has to work through the loss of someone they've covered for a story. Sherlene Shanklin takes ...


Dua Saleh: Nūr EP | Review  Pitchfork

The debut EP from the Sudan-born, Twin Cities-based singer, poet, and activist reveals an artist with a warm, sophisticated sound and captivating presence on ...


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


16 Daily Habits High Achievers Say Help Them Be the Best Versions of Themselves  Inc.

Imagine that 2019 is the year when you break through whatever barriers are keeping you from being the best version of yourself. Likely, though, it will mean you ...


20 Ways Newborns Are Mirroring Their Parent's Behavior  BabyGaga

From the moment they are born, babies are watching. They observe what mom and dad do, and as soon as their little body allows them, they start to try things ...


We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Too  Fatherly

In a world of streaming and digital music, we opted to switch our toddler to the record player only. The results have been amazing. Instead of Baby Shark and ...


Alec Baldwin taking anger class in parking dispute plea deal  The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Days after appearing as President Donald Trump in a "Deal or No Deal" parody on "Saturday Night Live," Alec Baldwin took a deal of his ...


Disha Patani's major copy-paste error goes viral. Internet roasts her  India Today

Disha Patani was the butt of jokes on the internet because of a simple copy-pasting error. Social media had a field day trolling her and teaching her the ...


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?


Robert A. Caro on the Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives  The New Yorker

Robert A. Caro writes about life on a Presidential paper trail.


Swiftkey beta now automatically switches to incognito mode when you go ‘gift shopping’  Android Authority

Swiftkey is one of the more capable keyboard apps out there right now, and it's just gained some handy functionality this week. Yep, the app can now ...


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.


Olivia Ambrose, a missing 23-year-old, was found alive days after leaving a Boston bar. And a man is now charged with kidnapping.  Boston.com

Boston police apprehended Victor Pena, 38, on Tuesday after finding Ambrose in his Charlestown apartment. Read more on Boston.com.


'Cold': Police coordinated 2011 events in Susan Powell case as Operation Tsunami  KSL.com

Editor's note: This is the 11th of a weekly series featuring highlights from a KSL investigative podcast series titled "Cold" that reports new information about the ...


Want to be a stand-up comedian? Gary Gulman is giving free tips on social media  India Today

American stand-up comedian Gary Gulman is sharing one joke-writing tip on his Twitter account each day. Gulman started on January 1 this year, and since ...


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.


Ghanaian musician in trouble for dating three girlfriends  GhanaWeb

Twitter is currently 'boiling' over a cheating scandal that rocked the micro-blogging site on early Wednesday of January 23, 2019. A rising Ghanaian musician by ...


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.


Funniest Jokes of All Time  Reader's Digest

Let the arguments begin! Our humor editor says that these gags make him laugh every single time. See if you agree.


Romance scammers prey on Words With Friends players  The Sydney Morning Herald

The scammers often pose as lonely and sad widowed men based on oil rigs or working for the United Nations in places such as Afghanistan or Syria.


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.


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 ...


'A Real Kiddush Hashem': Momentous Chanukas Habayis at Yeshiva High School of Arizona  http://hamodia.com

On Motzoei Shabbos Parashas Bo, January 12, Yeshiva High School of Arizona (YHSA) hosted a momentous chanukas habayis, celebrating the completion of ...


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.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: The Rolling Stone Interview  Rolling Stone

When Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006, he had no idea he and his colleagues were creating what would become a universally accessible, global, ...


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...


HQ Words: Everything you need to know  Android Central

HQ Words is here, and it looks like a really, really fun cross between Wheel of Fortune and Hangman.


Kimberly Nelson Appointed to Calyxt Board of Directors  Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 23, 2019--Calyxt Inc. (NASDAQ: CLXT) a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused Company ...


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 ...


Do You Take This Robot …  The New York Times

Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?


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.


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 ...


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 ...


The Chaser Projected Alan Jones' Phone Number Onto The Opera House  Junkee

The Sydney Opera House / Racing NSW controversy continues to grow, with The Chaser team projecting Alan Jones' phone number onto the side of the ...


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.


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.”


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 ...


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, ...


How to fix 'ducking' and other iPhone autocorrect problems  CNBC

CNBC walks you through how to stop your iPhone from automatically correcting your text to say something you didn't mean to.


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.


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...


Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode forever  The Outline

Join me in a buzz-free, ping-free, vibration-free, light-up-free world.


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 ...


How to text search, or command-F, on your smartphone  Business Insider

When you're searching for a word on your desktop or laptop computer, the Command+F keystroke can pull up text search on almost any application, including ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


 
 
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