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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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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.

Oh or zero? When the evolution of language clashes with linguistic purism  ABC News

Ask a group of people to read aloud their mobile phone numbers or James Bond's code name and you'd be hard pressed to find a zero or nought between them.

'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.

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 ...

Eight words which touched nation  Whitsunday Times

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

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.

LG sends video invite for G8 smartphone, hints at gesture control  ZDNet

LG has sent a video invite for its flagship phone, which will be held on February 24 at Barcelona, a day ahead of the kickoff of Mobile World Congress.

Stranded woman thanks truckie: 'No words for his generosity'  Big Rigs

STUCK alone in the middle of the outback with a blown tyre, hours away from any *service* station, and no phone signal was this woman's idea of a horror story.

‘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 ...

This could be what the new Moto Razr folding phone looks like  Liliputing

Smartphones with folding displays are all the rage these days, but it looks like different phone makers may be different approaches. Royole's FlexPai ...

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.

Meizu teases launch of world's first holeless phone  gizmochina

Meizu took to Weibo today to announce that it will have an event tomorrow, 23rd of January. They also shared a poster with a text that says “World's 1st …

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?

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

New state rep tries to ban cities from restricting cell phone use while driving, but bill rejected due to flaws  Idaho Press-Tribune

New Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, tried to introduce legislation to ban cities like Idaho Falls and Pocatello from restricting drivers from talking on ...

Rosetta Stone language learning app uses augmented reality AI to teach new words  Download.com

For many years, Rosetta Stone was the de facto language learning software, primarily found on Windows and Macs. But with the rise of free mobile language ...

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 ...

If someone named 'Scam Likely' is calling you, don't pick up  USA TODAY

The four major wireless carriers are trying out new ways to combat the rising epidemic of spam callers.

Zipwhip raises $51.5M for businesses to text customers from any kind of phone line  TechCrunch

A surge of audio services using AI are giving voice a boost in customer *service*, but when it comes to communications in the age of mobile, messaging continues ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

About Last Night: Game-winners and angry words  NBA.com

They're not conference rivals, but the Thunder and Sixers don't share a passive relationship. That's especially true of Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook, who ...

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 ...

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, ...

Washington Post writer says Trump was surprised by phone conversation with him | TheHill  The Hill

Washington Post reporter Dan Balz said he was unexpectedly handed a phone on Friday with President Trump on the other end, and that Trump seemed to not ...

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 ...

Get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts through Sunday  WTMJ-TV

Krispy Kreme is giving away a free dozen of Original Glazed Doughnuts through Sunday with the purchase of one.

NFL draft: Western Illinois NT Khalen Saunders backflips into fatherhood  Pro Football Weekly

MOBILE, Ala. — You want Day 1 winners from the Senior Bowl? Can't make that list without starting with Western Illinois defensive tackle Khalen Saunders.

Want to Do a 'Marie Kondo' on Your Messy Social Media Accounts? Here's How.  Entrepreneur

On January 1, Netflix released its new series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, which is based on Kondo's best-selling book and dedicated to cleansing homes (and ...

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 ...

Biometrics vs. the Fifth Amendment  Slate

Privacy advocates may love a judge's recent ruling on this, but it doesn't … actually make sense.

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 ...

Is this what Apple’s first foldable phone will look like?  BGR

Samsung has a huge year ahead when it comes to new smartphone launches, as the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy F on February ...

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, ...

Sunday Puzzle: You're Halfway There  NPR

On-air challenge: The answer to each puzzle is a compound word or familiar two word phrase, in which the first part has a long "I" sound and the second part has ...

In 7 Words, Katelyn Ohashi Explains Why Her Gymnastics Routine Went Viral  Inc.

When you change the way you feel inside, the performer the audience sees will change.

Report: Nick Young Stole Man's Phone And Hit Him In The Dick And Balls At A Car Wash  Deadspin

Nick Young's lone NBA action this season was a four-game cup of coffee with the Nuggets. He scored nine points and got waived shortly before the new year, ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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 ...

Qalipu band looking to tell traditional stories of how Newfoundland locations were used and enjoyed  The Telegram

The Mi'kmaq language, especially when it comes to place names, is a descriptive one. Often, the proper names given to places describe a geographical feature ...

Chris Brown Released From Police Custody in Paris With No Charges Filed After Denying Rape Allegations  Slate Magazine

Singer Chris Brown, who was detained in Paris on Monday while police investigated allegations of aggravated rape and drug use, was released late Tuesday ...

Why Mastercard went from 'priceless' to wordless | CMO Strategy  AdAge.com

When CES opened its doors in Las Vegas earlier this month, Mastercard took the opportunity to drop some news: The company was erasing its name from its ...

Turkey ready to take over Syria's Manbij, Erdogan tells Trump  Al Jazeera English

In phone conversation, Turkish leader tells US counterpart recent bombing that killed US personnel was ISIL provocation.

How your voice hides clues about your love life  BBC News

The way we speak to a partner can betray our true feelings behind the words we use, and artificial intelligence has learned to pick up on these to predict whether ...

The Instagram influencers who post fake adverts  British GQ

Our weekly trek into the world of Instagram celebrity. This week: the influencers who post what purposefully look like paid product adverts, in order to gain the ...

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

A perplexing public search of mines, a heated honk-and-wave event, and a raid of Steve Powell's home were all part of a coordinated plan by West Valley ...

'Hola, I'm Mike Pence': U.S. VP delivers message of support to Venezuelans  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are ...

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.

Oscar Nominations Reactions 2019  Hollywood Reporter

The nominees were announced Tuesday morning for the 91st annual Academy Awards, with 'The Favourite' and 'Roma' leading the race with 10 mentions ...

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives, by Robert A. Caro  The New Yorker

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Danielle Collins in the Australian Open semifinals is beyond surprising  Washington Post

Collins, 25, a two-time NCAA singles champion at Virginia who had never before won a Grand Slam match, became the first women's player with a background ...

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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

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?

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.

Holby City review with spoilers: Heartbreak for Frieda  Metro.co.uk

'Is it a full moon, or have I missed something?' Holby City's Fletch wondered, as Frieda actually smiled and seemed happy, rather than her usual trademark ...

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.

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.

John Kelly said getting fired 'would be best day I've had,' according to new book  AOL

"This is the worst (expletive) job I've ever had," the former White House chief of staff is quoted as saying in the new book, “Team of Vipers."

First soybeans, then shutdown. But Iowa farmers still back Trump  CNN

President Trump's policies have dealt a double blow to farmers, but many are sticking with him and hoping things work out.

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.

Letter to My Younger Self | Ty Law  The Players' Tribune

Your story could end here and it would be one happy-ass ending. But you're gonna play 15 years in the league. There's so much more to come.

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.

Accused Howard Beach jogger murderer predicts acquittal as Queens retrial is set for March 12 - NY Daily News  New York Daily News

Accused murderer Chanel Lewis predicts an acquittal in his March 12 retrial for the gruesome killing and sexual assault of a Howard Beach jogger.

Mayor: CovCath isn’t in Covington, ‘Why are we being vilified?’  WXIX

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The mayor of Covington, Ky. is doubling down on statements from this past weekend regarding an incident in Washington, D.C. ...

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 ...

From the sunny side… Let the music play  Madison County Carrier

I have gotten into the habit of listening to music while my fingers busily tap, tap, tap away at whatever story or tidbit upon which I am working in order to keep my ...

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.

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.

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?

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...

Watch: Rhino charges and hits car in the Kruger [video]  The South African

Being a wildlife monitor, Sam Vorster gets to spend a lot of time among animals. Watch Sam's encounter with a black rhino over here:

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.

Aadhaar is back: Minister says it will be linked to driving licence, govt brings Aadhaar Amendment Bill  India Today

Aadhaar is back in full force. It was defanged by the Supreme Court earlier that ruled Aadhaar could not be used by private companies, struck down the entire ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Humiliating Handshake and the Near-Fistfight that Broke the Democratic Party  POLITICO

In 1980, the Democratic National Convention became a heated battle between Kennedy and Carter. The fight for the soul of the party didn't end there.

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 ...

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.

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 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.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...