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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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Tens of millions of Chinese now required to tune into 'Xi Jinping thought' platform daily  ABC News

China's new hottest app on the block a propaganda resource that teaches Xi Jinping thought and requires the Communist Party's 90 million members to read it ...


Smartphone etiquette: Is your phone use annoying others?  KING5.com

Smartphones are great tools to keep in touch with family, friends, and co-workers. But can you notice when it becomes a distraction or annoyance?


What Is Bilateral Wireless Charging And Why Should You Care?  Know Your Mobile

It's got the least sexy name ever, but bilateral wireless charging is going to change the ways we juice up our devices. But just what is it, exactly? We all know ...


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. In a matter of days, ...


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.


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.


This super cheap Samsung Galaxy S9 deal is the perfect alternative to a pricey new S10  TechRadar

With the Samsung Galaxy S10 ready to land there is no better time to grab yourself a super cheap Galaxy S9 deal.


Local murder victim's last words: 'Please tell my family and my kids I love them'  News3LV

The family of a man murdered on New Year's Eve is speaking for the first time. The victim's relatives say they are being told it was a robbery gone bad.


How posting a photo of your child's first day of school is putting them at risk  Sydney Morning Herald

If you have posted a photo of your child's first day at school or shared an image of them blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, you've probably put them at ...


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.


Alec Baldwin Is Worried Trump’s ‘Retribution’ Tweet Over SNL Is a ‘Threat to My Safety’  PEOPLE.com

Donald Trump was none too happy with Alec Baldwin's impersonation of him on the weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, tweeting out harsh words about ...


Apple iPhone: Foldable device may be in company's future  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.


This might be our first look at the OnePlus 7  BGR

While we do expect OnePlus to release the OnePlus 7 in the first half of the year and the OnePlus 7T in the second part of 2019, the company is expected to do ...


The grief and pain of having someone you love go missing  ABC News

The grief and pain of having a loved one go missing is described as.


Can't Stop Checking Your Phone? Blame Evolution, Says Psychology Study  Inverse

In a preprint paper forthcoming in the journal "Perspectives on Psychological Science" researchers say humans are extremely drawn to their smartphones ...


New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works  Digital Trends

Apple has filed a patent for a foldable phone that suggests the company could be following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung and Huawei. The patent ...


7 Ways To Save Thousands On Your Monthly Expenses  Forbes

We share with you how to save on seven common monthly bills without having to actually cut back. You could save thousands of dollars per year by negotiating ...


Jussie Smollett Speaks, Sources Clarify Stories About Phone, MAGA, Rope  TMZ

Jussie Smollett's people clear up stories over cell phone, MAGA and rope.


OpenAI can create near-instant fake news from handful of words  Santa Fe New Mexican

An artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce authentic-looking fake news ...


How Leaders Can Help Improve Employees' Health And Increase Their Life Expectancy  Forbes

Leaders can set the standard for encouraging the lifestyle choices that can lead to greater life expectancy.


Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Potential Motive Behind The Attack  CBS Chicago

(CBS) –“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn't get a “bigger reaction,” is suspected of paying two men to attack ...


I found my stutter-prone voice by exercising my political one  Washington Post

It's the Saturday before the midterm elections and I'm at an apartment complex in South Salt Lake, Utah, about to knock on a stranger's door. I'm canvassing for ...


Jussie Smollett recounts violent attack on 'GMA': I saw the rope 'and I started screaming'  USA TODAY

Jussie Smollett got emotional about his Jan. 29 assault Thursday on "Good Morning America," telling anchor Robin Roberts he is upset, not just by the people ...


LeBron James Praised Kyrie Irving’s ‘Growth’ After Their In-Season Phone Call  UPROXX

LeBron and Kyrie continue to squash whatever beef existed between them after Irving's departure from Cleveland.


Sunday Puzzle: Name That President  NPR

On-air challenge: In celebration of Presidents Day, every answer is the name of a U.S. president. I'm going to give you some words and familiar phrases.


In a State of Emergency, the President Can Control Your Phone, Your TV, and Even Your Light Switches - Reason.com  Reason

Under a little-known regulation that dates back to the 1930s, the president has legal power over electronic transmissions.


The miracle pill that saved me from going blind - Man shares testimony  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ A man has openly revealed how he miraculously regained his sight. He said his vision had been troublesome all my life and it got worse ...


OpenAI let us try its state-of-the-art NLP text generator  VentureBeat

OpenAI's new family of language models achieves state-of-the-art performance on a number of NLP tasks -- and sometimes generates convincing original text.


‘Dam good’ video shows how beavers could fight fires  The Verge

An adorable video by graduate student Emily Fairfax at the University of Colorado Boulder is making the rounds on Twitter. It shows a beaver building a dam and ...


Would you still use Google Assistant even if it had ads?  Android Central

A Google Assistant user recently saw an advertisement while using the Google Assistant. While Google said this isn't widely coming to all users, would it impact ...


True Detective promises heavy lifting but shrugs off its weightiest issues  The A.V. Club

The Final Country” feels like it's breaking new ground showing teenage Becca Hays (Deborah Ayorinde) as Wayne drives her to college, his truck loaded down ...


Opinion changes reflect need for more community voices, engagement  The Commercial Appeal

We are moving away from a traditional opinion approach to one that showcases more community voices and puts an emphasis on analysis and expanded ...


The best alternatives to OneNote for capturing all your dazzling ideas  Download.com

OneNote is flexible and much liked. But if it doesn't work exactly like you want, you have plenty of other options to capture and keep notes. by Sandra Vogel.


Newsrooms are finally focusing on loyalty over pageviews. Here's how to actually measure it.  Poynter

This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best ...


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 ...


How to Listen to Audiobooks on iPhone: A Guide for New Listeners  Book Riot

A guide to audiobook services and apps for IOS devices. We'll show you how to listen to audiobooks on iPhone, with downloading instructions and screenshots.


Antonio Brown demands guaranteed money moving forward  247Sports

Antonio Brown's nine-minute Instagram video featured himself working out while informing his future NFL team of his new contract demands. Brown also ...


Leadership in a crisis: Get engaged, get facts, get results  AZ Big Media

Imagine my skyrocketing pulse when I got the news: “Jim Barksdale is on the line for you. He sounds angry!” My heart sank. Jim Barksdale was chief operating ...


Scandia man hoping for another miracle after surviving blizzard stranding  KARE11.com

SCANDIA, Minn. — When William “Jim” Mendoza survived a blizzard stranded in his car earlier this month, he didn't think he'd soon begin another fight for his ...


Stitch Duran on ‘arrogant and disrespectful’ Dana White  FanSided

A person who is expelled by the premier organization in his field rarely lands on his feet. Stitch Duran is an exception.


Jaw-Jaw: China's Great Power Disease  War on the Rocks

How does the logic of strategy apply to China? Is China an "autistic" nation? How did the Obama Administration acquit itself on China policy (hint: not.


The Bachelor recap: This could all be resolved with a phone call to Katie  FanSided

Three Bachelor contestants were sent home tonight, two of which had nothing to do with the drama that dominated the episode. Here's what went down.


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?


Andrew McCabe: Trump's Own Words Prompted Probe, He Spoke About The FBI "In A Derogatory Way"  RealClearPolitics

CBS NEWS: Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells 60 Minutes about taking over for James Comey, starting investigations of President Trump, ...


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


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 ...


Racist, anti-Semitic fliers left on lawns shock homeowners in suburban Montgomery County  Allentown Morning Call

Racist fliers that have been tossed onto dozens of lawns in eastern Montgomery County towns over the last few months.


chronicle-tribune.com  Chronicle-Tribune

WABASH -- Emotions ran high in Wabash County Circuit Court when 23-year-old Corey Kelch was sentenced to 30 years for a robbery connected to the murder ...


SHARC Energy Launches PIRANHA™ in United Kingdom and European Union  GlobeNewswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sharc International Systems Inc. (CSE: SHRC) (FSE: IWIA) (OTCQB: INTWF) ("SHARC" ...


Braking for the life of a Screenistanian  Waikato Times

OPINION: Young people may walk the streets of Christchurch but their heads are in Screenistan.


Why quicksand is slow; boxing rings are square; a guinea pig isn’t a pig  The Standard

I once opined in this column that English is a poor language; the justification of the opine lying in the existence of homonyms (words having the same spelling or ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.”


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.


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...


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, ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


George H.W. Bush dead: What code word CAVU means and why is was used to reveal president’s death  NEWS.com.au

America is still in mourning for its former president George H.W. Bush, who died over the weekend at the age of 94. Mr Bush's body will lie in the Capitol Rotunda ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


How to Make iPhone AutoCorrect Ducking Let You Swear  How-To Geek

AutoCorrect automatically fixes typos, which is convenient—but it thinks swears are typos. Your iPhone or iPad likes changing swear words into similar, incorrect ...


The 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.


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 ...


Sinead McNamara: Instagram star’s death may be linked to failed relationship  Courier Mail

AUSTRALIAN model Sinead McNamara may have been upset about a relationship breakdown before her shock death, and spoke to crew members about her ...


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 ...


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 ...


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: ...


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.


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, ...


The Red Hydrogen One Is A Phone Made For An Alternate Reality  Gizmodo Australia

Jim Jannard is an interesting guy. After starting a one-man business selling motorcycle parts, he decided to pivot into goggles and eyewear. Fast forward about ...


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

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


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 ...


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.


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 ...


These two words can help get you an airline upgrade over the phone  South China Morning Post

British author and frequent flier Tilly Bagshawe, who lives with her family in California, offers her top tips to make your foreign travels more comfortable.


 
 
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