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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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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 ...


Australian mining companies, the employees of mining companies and businesses associated with mining equipment, supplies and transport all pay a great ...

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.

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, ...

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 ...

Android Pie update for Razer Phone 2 is right around the corner, at least in an unlocked variant  Phone Arena

The Razer Phone 2 is scheduled for an official Android 9.0 Pie update on February 27 in a US unlocked model, followed by "most" carrier variants on March 13, ...

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.

It's Official: Samsung's Foldable Phone Launches Next Week  Lifehacker Australia

After months of relentless teasing, Samsung is finally set to unveil its folding smartphone for the first time. (The faux reveal at last year's Samsung Developer ...

How Gen Zers can overcome their biggest career challenge, according to best-selling author Cal Newport  CNBC

Gen Z is the first generation to come of age with a smartphone in hand and that experience could hurt them in the office, says Cal Newport, a computer science ...

What's in a Word? Let's Talk About Cancer  Curetoday.com

When I was diagnosed with stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma, I felt my bottom jaw fall open. I had no idea what those words meant until the voice on the other ...

Sex Files: Ten things you should never say during sex  New Zealand Herald

... • Warning: This story contains explicit sexual *content*. Some people are more verbal than others between the sheets. Dirty talk turns some people on.

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.

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 ...

The AI That Can Write A Fake News Story From A Handful Of Words  NDTV News

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

This extremely detailed new Caller ID makes it harder for robocallers to trick you  BGR

By one measure, robocalls bombarded US smartphone owners with almost 50 billion calls last year. It's an out-of-control problem that's certainly part of the ...

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 ...

Bank of Greece Probes Loan Given SYRIZA Minister Polakis, He Leaks Phone Call  The National Herald

ATHENS – Bank of Greece Gov. Yannis Stournaras brought top officials of Attica Bank in to explain why a 100,000 euro ($112,987) loan was given provocative ...

'Lovely person': Tamara Farrell mourned as friend accused of murder  The Age

A woman who spent years campaigning against domestic violence was allegedly killed by a close family friend at her home in Ballarat before her badly burnt ...

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 ...

A plan to counter anti-Jewish prejudice  The Economist

TO PUT it very mildly, dark portents of resurgent anti-Semitism are making news all over Europe. According to provisional figures released in recent days, the ...

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.

How to block Big Tech with Kashmir Hill: podcast and transcript  NBC News

Chris Hayes speaks with Gizmodo journalist Kashmir Hill about her six-week tech fast and just how much data the tech giants collect.

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 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 ...

Damned authority slams "reckless" SA Royal Commission findings  InDaily

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has hit back at damning criticism in the report of South Australia's Royal Commission, calling its key findings “reckless” and ...

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.

A Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Will Set Sail in 2020  Mental Floss

If you've ever fantasized of taking a vacation that would make the cast of characters from The Golden Girls proud, you'll soon have the chance to make your ...

Retail AI: Death By A Thousand Cuts  Forbes

Applying the term “AI” to retail software is a tricky proposition. When you look at what is actually out there, AI capabilities are really very small components that ...

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.

Qualcomm reveals new Snapdragon X55 modem to accelerate the viability of 5G  BGR

Qualcomm Inc. president Cristiano Amon said today he thinks the new Snapdragon X55 modem his company has just announced will, among other things, help ...

Huawei Mate 20 Pro long-term review - Setting the bar for 2019's stars  Stuff Magazines

We've been testing the Mate 20 Pro since October 2018, four months and change later is it still the best phone money can buy?

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 ...

‘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 ...

Xiaomi Mi 9: Price, release date, specs and all the latest leaks  TrustedReviews

The Xiaomi Mi 9 and Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro are two of our dark horse picks for 2019. Here's everything we know about them, from the launch date to the specs.

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 ...

Harry Potter Fans Can Now Live at Hogwarts  Mental Floss

Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Still dreaming of the day you can walk through the Great Hall doors for the first time? Well now you can, ...

CBI: Idaho nurse claimed Patrick Frazee fatally beat Kelsey Berreth, burned her body  KTVB.com

Patrick Frazee, who is charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder for the death of his fiancee Kelsey Berreth, appeared in Teller County ...

Tesco thief, sex offenders, paramedic attacker: Everyone sentenced at Bristol Magistrates' Court  Bristol Post

This is a list of everyone who was convicted at Bristol Magistrates' Court between Monday, February 11 and Friday, February 15.

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 ...

Apple fails to establish foothold in market share, local production and retail presence in India  Gadgets Now

Two years ago, when Apple chief executive Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's message was clear: Tell us what's needed to promote local ...

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 ...

Jordyn Woods Self Care Routine Includes Watching Makeup Videos and Rubber Masks  STYLECASTER

When she's not busy promoting projects, like her recent collaboration with Eylure Lashes, the burgeoning beauty boss and SECNDNTURE founder is learning to ...

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 ...

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, ...

Jussie Smollett reportedly cut from remaining 'Empire' episodes as attack investigation continues  Yahoo Entertainment

As Chicago police continue to investigate the Jussie Smollett case, Fox — the Empire star's home network — is apparently making its own statement without ...

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?

Jussie Smollett and the Hard Lessons about Facts and Assumptions  National Review

Making the click-through worthwhile: The tale of actor Jussie Smollett enters its third act with Chicago law enforcement moving quickly and unnamed police ...

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 ...

An Excerpt from The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality by Blake J. Harris  IGN

By Blake J. Harris Editor's Note: Blake J. Harris, author of the essential video game history book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a ...

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.

Westwater Resources Reports 2018 Results & Energy Minerals Business Update  Business Wire

Westwater Resources, Inc. (“Westwater,” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WWR), an energy materials development company, announced its results for fiscal yea.

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.

50 sweet goodmorning love messages 2019  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ Read our ⭐ 50 GOOD MORNING LOVE MESSAGES ⭐ that will definitely please your friends and loved ones. Choose warm and tender or ...

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.

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" ...

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 ...

Letter to Shareholders from Curt Fairbrother, CEO The Medtainer™  Associated Press

CORONA, Calif., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dear Shareholders- I know that you haven't heard from us in a while, and I apologize for that. I assure ...

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.

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

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

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.”

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out Alec Baldwin After 'SNL' Dust-Up: "Spare Everyone Your Bullsh*t"  Decider

Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' impression didn't sit well with anyone in the Trump family this weekend. After President Trump called out the show, Baldwin and Trump Jr.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

How silent signals from your phone could be recording and tracking you  The Conversation AU

Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding ...

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 ...

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: - Mobile Phones  PC World

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

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

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

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 ...