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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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Study Finds Being On Your Phone Constantly Can Be Harmful  Psychology Today

A new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking has found that being constantly online and on your phone can make you feel ...


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?


Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater  Digital Trends

We've all seen the social media posts that ask whether you could live without your smartphone in exchange for a set amount of money. Well, if you've ever ...


Jamal Khashoggi: Final words of slain journalist revealed  9news.com.au

"I can't breathe." These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country's consulate in Istanbul, ...


Redmi 6A gets a big price cut and is now the best cheap phone to buy in India  India Today

Redmi 6A has a received a priced cut of Rs 1000 for both 16GB and 32GB storage variants.


Behold: The stupidest smartphone design trend of 2019 is already here now  BGR

In 2018, the biggest trend in smartphone design among Android phone makers was simple: copy Apple. Nearly every smartphone vendor on the planet used ...


The HTC Exodus 1 'Blockchain Phone' is Here and It's Underwhelming  Bitcoinist

This week saw the first reviews of the HTC Exodus 1 blockchain phone, as 'Genesis Block' pre-orders started to ship. However, threatening to steal HTC's This ...


Facebook: Software Bug May Have Exposed Pictures of 6.8 Million Users  WFMYNews2.com

Facebook says its dealing with another security glitch. The social media giant announced today that there was a bug that might've given a third-party access to ...


Uncovering What Your Phone Knows  The New York Times

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains how reporters discovered some of the information mobile apps collect.


School phone ban would be a backward step  Fairfield City Champion

Recently there has been much talk about banning students from having mobile phones in schools. Being a digital dinosaur you would expect me to agree with ...


What are the words of the year in 2018 and why were they chosen?  Philippine Star

It's that time of year when dictionary editors—and even ordinary individuals—decide on a word, which they believe sums up the human experience and the state ...


OnePlus 5G phone will land before May 2019, look familiar  Android Authority

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau dished out some new information about the upcoming OnePlus 5G phone, expected in the first half of 2019.


Google CEO Sundar Pichai Spent 3 1/2 Hours Before Congress. Here Are the Strangest Things They Asked  Inc.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee this week--an appearance that lasted about three and a half hours. As anyone who ...


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 ...


Are you a sleep texter? You’re not alone  The Guardian

In case you needed another reason not to keep your phone beside your bed, a quarter of students report this modern form of parasomnia.


Curse words, gang talk fill courtroom as judge reads Jessica Kelley’s phone calls  KOAT Albuquerque

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 ...


Asus ROG Phone vs Razer Phone 2 vs Xiaomi Black Shark: Gaming smartphone deathmatch  Android Authority

We have seen gaming phones come and go, but in 2018 competition got fiercer than ever. The Asus ROG Phone, Razer Phone 2, and Xiaomi Black Shark lead ...


'I was on Instagram. The baby fell down the stairs': is your phone use harming your child?  The Guardian

As new research looks at the impact of distracted parenting on child development, we talk to families about the battle with 'technoference'


County councils receive 2 to 3 phone calls/day on slurry spreading  Agriland

"Every single year we know the exact day people start spreading slurry." Those were the words of Brendan Cooney of Wexford County Council.


'I can't breathe.' Jamal Khashoggi's last words disclosed in transcript, source says  CNN

The final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are captured in a transcript circulated to Turkish allies, ...


Motorist argues with cyclist he CAN drive safely while using mobile phone – only to crash moments later  The Sun

THIS is the moment a motorist argues with a cyclist about being able to drive safely while using his mobile phone before crashing into another car seconds later.


'Probably time' to change my phone number - Jacinda Ardern  Newshub

Jacinda Ardern says she might change her phone number in the wake of claims she received a text from a friend of Karel Sroubek. National has been ...


Samsung and OnePlus 5G phones: 6 things you need to know now  CNET

5G phones and networks are almost here, promising amazing feats like downloading entire TV seasons in minutes, and enabling cities full of driverless cars that ...


Chelsea fan accused of abusing Raheem Sterling insists words were NOT racist, saying he called Manchester  talkSPORT

A football supporter caught on camera abusing Raheem Sterling revealed the shame his actions have caused him, but insisted the words he used weren't racist.


OnePlus 6T comes with integrated Google Lens and that makes it smarter, more useful  India Today

OnePlus 6T is one of the few phones in the market that support the Google Lens functionality natively in its camera app.


A Hotline for the Broken-Hearted and the Poison-in-Hand  The New York Times

Everyday Sri Lankans — a retired banker, a former nurse, a marriage counselor — volunteer at a phone counseling line to ease burdens in a war-traumatized ...


Best Android apps in 2018  Phone Arena

These are the best, the essential Android apps that will help you make the very best of your Android smartphone...


5G rides one last wave of hype before reality sinks in  CNET

CES is all about big tech promises and buzzwords. So of course 5G will be all over the place.


Call screening appears on some Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones  Android Central

There's a lot to like with the Google Pixel 3, but of all the features to whet this nerd's appetite, the ability to screen calls — and to read transcripts of the often ...


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition first look: Is it worth the extra £150? Review  TrustedReviews

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has just launched, bringing a slick new look, super-fast charging technology and extra oomph to the already excellent OnePlus ...


Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter  Curbed

Home technology leaves people who stutter behind.


Utah teen gets 5 years to life for helping friend hang herself  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

PROVO, Utah — A Utah teenager who helped a girl hang herself last year was sentenced Friday to between five years and life in prison as part of a plea deal.


A grieving mother shares her Christmas message: 'Reach out and make that call'  Chicago Tribune

No one can give me for Christmas what I really want – my son given back to me, wrapped up in a bow and placed under my tree."


Oxford Dictionary reveals 2018 Word of the Year as ‘toxic’  NEWS.com.au

This year has been real hard yakka. I highly commend those who have struggled through political climate turbulence, saturated royal family presence, nuclear ...


Samsung Galaxy A8s launched: Key specs, features, price and everything else you should know  India Today

Samsung has finally launched its long-time rumoured Galaxy A8s in China today. The smartphone company had announced the coming of the Galaxy A8s -- the ...


Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 review: Fast hardware, crazy good battery helps it compete with Redmi Note 6 Pro  India Today

The Zenfone Max Pro M2 offers the best-in-class hardware for an extremely attractive price. But when compared to the likes of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Redmi ...


Review: Pixel 3 makes a strong case for Google's ecosystem  Fast Company

You shouldn't deepen your ties to Google without considering the implications. But it's gotten really good at melding hardware, software, and services.


Google tests teaching you word pronunciation  The Verge

I have a confession to make. On a recent episode of Workflow, I went on camera to recommend the Halide camera app. Everything went perfectly until the video ...


We Spoke to Noah Centineo About Everything from Flirting to Feminism  VICE

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. I never thought I'd live a Tuesday night that would end in a phone call from 2018's summer crush Noah ...


'In my job, if you turn off the phone and laptop and talk to people, things happen'  The Independent

Britain's leading celebrity biographer, Sean Smith, author of six bestsellers, describes the journeys he makes to discover the real people behind the celebrities.


Cuba Announces Full Internet Access for Mobile Phones  Voice of America

Cuba is one of the last nations in the world to permit its citizens to have full internet access on their mobile phones.


Alleged terrorist says Russian TV channel influenced attack on Buckingham Palace  NBCNews.com

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury said in court he was looking at news from the Russian channel RT the day he decided to "confront" police outside Buckingham ...


Big Telecom Companies Ignore Phone Scammers - How You Can Stop It!  Banyan Hill Publishing

Phone scammers steal $37 billion a year from elderly Americans. And the problem is about to get much worse. Here's how you can stop phone scammers.


Improving Depth Of Field With Only 5 Phones  Hackaday

The hottest new trend in photography is manipulating Depth of Field, or DOF. It's how you get those wonderful portraits with the subject in focus and the ...


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: Hands on with Xiaomi's sleek slider phone  Expert Reviews

If 2018 was the year of the notched, full-screen smartphone, 2019 is set to be the year the notch dies. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be right in the vanguard of this ...


Watch Android Malware Automatically Steal 1,000 Euros From a PayPal Account in Seconds  Motherboard

A new piece of malware for Android devices is programmed to send 1,000 euros to cyberthieves via PayPal in around 5 seconds—all without the user being ...


48MP Xiaomi phone could be a Redmi device and not Mi 9, to feature in-screen selfie camera  India Today

Xiaomi President Lin Bin recently shared an intriguing teaser image of a phone with 48MP primary camera on the rear panel. The phone, Bin confirmed, will be ...


Khashoggi murder: ‘Second tape of journalist’s murder exists’  NEWS.com.au

US intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Digital Growth Depends More on Business Models than Technology  HBR.org Daily

For startups, 2009 was a good year. More than 20 companies launched at that time, including Uber, Slack, Pinterest, and Blue Apron, eventually achieved $1 ...


Apple will update China iPhones to prevent ban, but Qualcomm still fighting  Android Authority

To avoid a sales ban in China, Apple will update Chinese iPhones to remove patented tech that Qualcomm claims Apple is using illegally. However, Qualcomm ...


'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats  NPR

Six years after 26 children and educators were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut by a troubled 20 year old, a group of parents is ...


Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail  Ars Technica

A recent phishing campaign targeting US government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass ...


11 Old-Fashioned Ways To Feel Closer To Your Partner We Should Bring Back  Bustle

It's common these days to have a busy schedule and a multitude of distractions. And as long as it isn't burning you out, then there's really nothing wrong with that ...


Are you dating yourself?  Daily Nation

Kate and Tony, both in their 40s, started dating after he met her in a social forum and sought her number. "I was excited because he seemed a good man and ...


Two More Good Reasons to Shut Down Mueller's Probe  American Greatness

Two events this week could provide acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker enough reason to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller: The egregious case ...


Friday roundup: 5 great cheap Christmas gift ideas  CNET

A huge sale on videogames, a crazy-cool toy for $10, a sound bar for only $30 and more! Plus: A space-age thermometer for just $20.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


Chatbots are very efficient, but the human factor still matters  YourStory

We all hate calling helpline numbers. IVR (interactive voice response) is painful. Listening to the million options that you don't care about is frustrating.


Szymanski: A heartwarming, real-life sequel to 'A Dog's Way Home'  Carroll County Times

They say that life imitates art, and I've found that's true. I once wrote a book called “On the Track” for the Thoroughbred series. I was writing it around Valentine's ...


True Crime & Cooking Show Obsessions Affect Your Brain In The Same Way, According To Experts  Bustle

During the golden age of TV, no two genres have proven to be more engaging than murder mystery and food-related series. According to Symphony Advanced ...


How to Watch the 2019 Golden Globes If You're Lacking a TV  Cosmopolitan.com

The Golden Globes are coming up right after the holidays, and while all award shows are fun (except the entire middle part of the Oscars, let's be real), this is the ...


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.


5 Holiday Scams to Avoid  ConsumerReports.org

Consumer Reports recommends simple steps you can take this season to avoid holiday scams when you shop online, accept deliveries, give to charity, and ...


Man guilty of first-degree murder in Allentown road rage killing  Allentown Morning Call

A Lehigh County jury Friday has found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a broad daylight road rage killing at a south Allentown intersection.


Spokane astronaut Anne McClain in space: ‘I am finally where I was born to be’  The Seattle Times

The Spokane native decided at age 3 that she wanted to be an astronaut. Today, she's lapping Earth 16 times a day aboard the International Space Station.


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.


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.


Man says he received condolence call from Pope Francis after father's death  Today Show

Matias Verna says Pope Francis called him to offer condolences on the death of his father, Dr. Mario Verna, who developed a friendship with the pope as a teen.


Is your resume modern or mired in the past?  Chicago Tribune

Whether you are looking for a job or are feeling secure in your current position, you should always have a resume ready, just in case. The thing with resumes is ...


September 11 anniversary: Final words of 9/11 victims  The Advertiser

MOMENTS before United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a passenger left a voicemail for the wife he'd left ...


Huawei P30 Pro to come with a notch and curved display - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

The rumor mill never sleeps as the first set of rumors for the Huawei P30-series are starting to surface. First, there was the rumor about the P30 Pro sporting a still ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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 ...


These were the first words that Graham Bell spoke on the telephone  India Today

The quote has been an issue of debate as Bell's journal quotes something else and his assistant, Thomas' journal quotes another line!


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 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


16 People Share Their Craziest “I’m Fired Aren’t I?” Moments. Yup, They Were Fired.  Someecards News

Few moments of tension will make your stomach curdle quicker than the realization that you're going to get fired. In many cases, even witnessing a coworker ...


The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone  Bloomberg

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 luxury fields—food, ...


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 ...


74 percent of millennials would rather text—here's how to overcome your fear of the phone  CNBC

For many millennials, talking on the phone is a lost art. Texting and email take precedence over actual conversations. In fact, one survey found that 74 percent of ...


Papa John's Founder Used N-Word On Conference Call  Forbes Now

John Schnatter—the founder and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used the N-word on a conference call in May. Schnatter confirmed the incident in an ...


Telstra has a second crack at unlimited data  Computerworld Australia

Telstra has unveiled a suite of new consumer mobile phone plans as the telco moves to simplify its product lineup. The push to streamline product offerings ...


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 ...


Eight things your phone's camera can do—other than snapping selfies  Popular Science

Smartphone cameras let you take advantage of every available photo opportunity. But they can do more than snap pictures of partying friends and sweeping ...


The first FEMA Presidential Alert just hit phones across the US  The Verge

October 3rd at 2:18PM ET, FEMA will send out a "Presidential Alert" to nearly every single cellphone in the country to test its Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...


Wentworth by-election: Liberals play blame game over loss  Herald Sun

AS THE Liberal Party's hopes of a dramatic comeback win in Wentworth fade, it is turning on itself. The conservative side of politics is split between those who ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


 
 
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