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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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An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone  BBC News

A simple, but evocative, way to record your children's development without using a camera.

The Galaxy Fold Fiasco Is Bad for Samsung—and Even Worse for Folding Phones  Fortune

After a scourge of bad reviews citing broken displays, Samsung has delayed the debut of its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. “To fully evaluate this feedback ...

San Diego PD: Stabbing, brawl erupts at Easter celebration at lake over missing phone  ABC15 Arizona

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A brawl erupted at Lake Murray in San Diego Sunday after police said a man was stabbed several times in an altercation that was sparked ...

How to Mute Words on Twitter (No More Spoiling of Shows and Movies)  G2 Crowd

We've all had an episode of our favorite show or a blockbuster movie spoiled for us because of Twitter. Yeah, it sucks, but one of Twitter's more hidden features ...

Behrouz Boochani's mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone  ABC News

He won Australia's richest prize for literature, but Behrouz Boochani wasn't there to accept it. He was on Manus Island, more than 2000 days after he arrived on ...

“Poetry,” by Greg Jackson  The New Yorker

Fiction by Greg Jackson: “The volcano was there, and so we had to climb it. That was how things shook out for me.”

'Hiding in plain sight': Suspect in Delphi girls' double murder may be a local  ABC News

The unknown suspect in the mysterious murder of two Delphi eighth-graders may live in the small Indiana town, police said Monday, as new information about ...

Top Apple insider reveals when the first 5G iPhone will be released  BGR

It seems increasingly unlikely that Apple will enter the 5G era in 2019, but the pieces are beginning to fall into place for the company to take advantage of the ...

What It Takes to Put Your Phone Away  The New Yorker

Rather than establishing a set of rigorous habits, we may need to rethink our approach to life in general, Jia Tolentino writes.

Breaking My Phone Addiction—Via My Phone  WIRED

Most of the meetings of Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous take place online, which is more sensible than it sounds. Colloquy via web-based ...

Can I use a tablet as a replacement for my smartphone?  TechRadar

I ditched my smartphone for a few days to see if a tablet would work in its place.

Deer attack Victoria: Daughter of man killed by pet deer speaks  NEWS.com.au

The daughter of the Victorian man who was killed by his pet deer has revealed the moment she found out her father had died.

Tips for Minnesota drivers on new 'hands-free' cellphone law  Star Tribune

Four words no one wants to hear: “We need to talk.” But that's what the Minnesota Legislature has decreed for drivers who use cellphones. “Hands-free” rules go ...

Businesses love phone menus. People hate them  WTOP

Businesses use automated communication to save time and money. Phone menus are also intended to improve the customer *service* experience by making it ...

Stressed Out - Connie And Fish Podcast (4-22-19)  Mix 95.7FM - Today's Variety

Are you stressed out? Do you think that you are more stressed out than the average person? That was our text question of the day and if you think you are ...

Is It Safe To Leave A Smartphone On A Wireless Charger?  Lifehacker Australia

When it comes to wireless charging, I confess, I'm not that well-versed in the intricacies of smartphone electronics. More importantly, there are plenty of myths ...

3 Ways the Pixel 3a Can Change Midrange Phones Forever  Tom's Guide

Cheap phones have always been a bit dull. If Google plays its cards right with the Pixel 3a, it could change that.

The Small iPhone Isn’t Dead: 4.7-inch Model Tipped for March 2020  Tom's Guide

A report suggests that Apple will release a 4.7-inch iPhone next spring that offers a state-of-the-art processor and a $649 price tag.

England Journal  National Review

I'll never forget the first time I was in London -- I believe it was the first time I was abroad. It was thrilling. And, do you know, it still is? Thrilling, I mean.

Google I/O: From Android to Assistant, here's what to expect  CNET

The search giant has tons in store as it sets itself up for the rest of the year.

Australian nurses are sexually harassed by our patients. It's not part of our job  ABC News

It was the night shift and I was attending a difficult patient. He gripped my arm and said something dirty. It wouldn't be the last time I'd encounter sexual ...

Blind date: ‘I successfully acquired her phone number’  The Guardian

James, 25, account manager, meets Emily, 24, events coordinator.

The false distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism  Spectator.co.uk

It was once said that every Jewish holiday could be summed up with the same nine words: 'They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's eat'. Now it only takes…

Intel Abandons 5G Phone Modem Development  Interesting Engineering

What does Intel's official exit from the 5G phone market say about the future of the 5G network? Some developers maintain hope that cost and effectiveness can ...

The 20 best iPhone tips and tricks to make your life easier  Business Insider

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone on the planet — for good reason. Since 2007, Apple's smartphone line has paved the way for all of the smart ...

Sunday Puzzle: City Sounds  NPR

On-air challenge: I'm going to read you some sentences. Each one conceals the name of a U.S. city both phonetically and by spelling. Name the cities. Example: ...

Sorry, Huawei: The iPhone 11 will extend Apple’s lead as the smartphone camera king  BGR

Recently, the smartphone world has been dazzled by Android devices that take extraordinarily stellar photos in seemingly impossible low-light conditions.

Elle King, Squirrel Nut Zippers offer lessons in eclecticism: Also Playing  cleveland.com

Elle King and the Squirrel Nut Zippers star in this week's Also Playing column.

iPhone 2020: Price, Specs, Release Date for Rumored Fourth Budget Variant  Inverse

Apple is expected to release a mid-range phone in 2020 that takes inspiration from the iPhone 8's design. This new budget iPhone would be even cheaper than ...

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro camera features are no joke and we have the pictures to prove it  Mashable SE Asia

By now, you probably know that the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro phones are at the top when it comes to smartphone photography. The company has shown us ...

The Must-Have When Reporting on Disasters: A Satellite Phone  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Thomas Fuller, a national correspondent based in San Francisco, ...

How To Correctly Pronounce "Marriott" (I'm Surprised)  One Mile at a Time

Does this actually matter? No, not really. But yes, actually, it sort of does, because apparently I don't know how to pronounce the name of the family that founded ...

Giuliani, Conway Spend Sunday Trying To Discredit McGahn's Mueller Testimony  TPM

Two key surrogates for President Donald Trump on Sunday sought to discredit a Republican lawyer who served in the White House until six months ago: Don ...

The Samsung Galaxy Fold fiasco is the best example yet of why Apple always waits to get into new markets  Business Insider

Apple hasn't released a folding phone. And the fiasco around the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which some reviewers say can break, helps show why.

The Best Android Phones 2019  IGN

By Whitson Gordon If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. The beauty of Android is its ...

Exclusive: First Look At The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL Official Renders  Android Headlines

Here's a first look at official renders of both the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Neither of these phones have been announced yet, although they have been widely ...

Huawei Q1 Revenues Up 40% As It Ignores CIA Allegations And Targets Samsung  Forbes

Huawei Q1 revenues are up 39% year-on-year, as the company continues to ride out the U.S. campaign against it. Huawei shipped 59 million smartphones in ...

Not just flagship killer, in 2019 OnePlus wants its next phone to be a flagship  India Today

Five years after it came out with OnePlus One, the company is changing its strategy and is planning to launch more than one phone in coming days, including a ...

Spare on Shark Tank: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  Heavy.com

Spare is a mobile ATM app that appears on Shark Tank. Learn more about the mobile app and its owner.

Letter | Carbon footprint is a national security issue  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Have you noticed that your government and really almost all governments are failing to set policies to deal with what our military says is a huge national security ...

New OnePlus 7 renders showcase a surprisingly familiar Android flagship phone  BGR

Samsung has sucked a lot of the air out of the room with its Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Fold, and soon-to-be-revealed Galaxy Note 10, but there are plenty of ...

Oprah Winfrey Reveals the Final Words She Said to Her Late Mother After Their 'Complicated' Relationship  Entertainment Tonight

Oprah Winfrey is preparing for her first Mother's Day without her late mother, Vernita Lee.

4 bad work habits you should break before age 35  Ladders

With over a decade of work experience under your belt, you should be able to set aside some not-so-great habits that may have hindered your past progress.

Prosecutors celebrate victory after ruling in Gallagher war crimes case  NavyTimes.com

A Navy judge ruled that evidence from Gallagher's seized cell phones can be used in court.

How To End It With Your On-Again, Off-Again Partner For Good, Because It Can Be Tough To Quit  Elite Daily

One day things are blissful with bae — you're spending your whole Sunday in bed and excitedly planning a romantic getaway for the spring. The next moment ...

Distribution Roundtable: Don't Call Us Distributors Anymore  CRN

The nation's top distributors say 'distribution' doesn't begin to cover all they do, with an array of services and solutions that touch every part of the IT ecosystem.

‘We'll have to play this guessing game again’  Meduza

On April 1, Yarcube Editor-in-Chief Marina Sedneva went to the Neft movie theater in Yaroslavl to see the film We Declare Spring on You, a documentary about ...

10 augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad you should be using right now  Macworld

The 10 best augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad.

Interviewing adults  New England Center for Investigative Reporting

by Leah Samuel. Good journalists look beyond the people and places closest to them to discover more stories to tell. Your school community is bigger than the ...

How notorious brothers flooded city streets with cocaine even after being jailed - thanks to their mum  South Wales Argus

This is how two notorious brothers ran a £2.5 million drugs empire, even after being jailed, with their help of their mother. IWAN GABE DAVIES…

Esther Wojcicki's Secrets for Raising Great Leaders  Fortune

Esther Wojcicki didn't set out to raise CEOs. But she knew she wanted her children—and students—to have an upbringing vastly different from the one she had ...

iPhone trick will stop autocorrect changing swear word to ‘ducking’  NEWS.com.au

This could be the most valuable piece of information you learn all year, and I'm honoured to be the one to share it with you.

Universal Studios Hollywood™ – you could win California Neighbor Passes™  KTLA

Go behind the scenes and face action head-on at Universal Studios Hollywood™, with heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside the ...

Police break up apparent fight between ‘Easter Bunny’ and man in Orlando  Global News

The Easter Bunny was dealing out something different instead of chocolate eggs on Sunday, after video caught a man dressed up as a bunny involved in an ...

Rand CEO defends deal to sell majority stake to Pegulas  Buffalo News

The war of words continued Thursday between Rand Capital Corp. and its biggest shareholder over the $25 million bid by Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Kim ...

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 ...

'I've been killing them for 20 years... on 5 different continents': Man cited after racist rant  KPRC Click2Houston

A man was cited with multiple misdemeanors Monday after going off on a racist rant at a cellphone store in Friendswood.

AJ Armstrong trial: Teen defendant's girlfriend Kate Ober grilled on stand  KTRK-TV

In the 10th day of the high-profile double murder trial, prosecutors chipped away at the 19-year-old suspect's girlfriend.

Woolworths Reveals New Disney Words Collectables  Canstar Blue

The collectables craze continues! Woolworths has confirmed a new partnership with Disney to 'add a dash of magic' to grocery shopping – and take on rival ...

The joy of quiet and silence  Sault Star

Where has silence gone with smartphones, Netflix, 24-hour newscasts and sports, continuous crises, never ending advertising?The world seems to be afraid of ...

How Does A Therapist Deal With A Patient Who Drives Them Nuts?  BuzzFeed News

A therapist wrote about trying to get through to one of her trickiest clients. (A chapter from Lori Gottlieb's Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.)

'I'm either too black or not black enough': One teenager's experience  BBC News

This is what it means to be black: one African-American teenager's experience, in her own words.

Reporting the Troubles: 2 Prime Ministers, 5 P O'Neills, the last death knock, and addressing legacy issues  Slugger O'Toole

When Deric Henderson and Brian Rowan sat down on Thursday evening to discuss their contributions to the book Reporting the Troubles, they had no idea of ...

Avoiding Avengers: Endgame Spoilers -- Here's 15 Ways How  GameSpot

You want to experience Avengers 4 the way Mickey Mouse intended. Here's how to avoid the leaks.

The meaning of the words of the year - Johnson  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 ...

Founder buys out Telstra's majority stake in PhoneWords  CRN Australia

The founder of Telstra PhoneWords has led a consortium to acquire Telstra's 85 percent stake in the company, which sells personalised 1...

James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation Announces New Strain Offerings to Its Online Shop  GlobeNewswire

KITCHENER, Ontario, April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation (“JWC” or the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE: JWCA; ...

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.

Buy Top-Notch Speakers from Leading Brands at Lowered Prices [Coupons]  gizmochina

There are several options available in the market today for music lovers who fancy listening to their favorite tunes even on the go. You can choose from wired, ...

The Season  Yale Daily News

The acceptance letter is enclosed in a glossy red folder, the kind that shows sweat marks when you take your thumbs off. There's a picture on the front, a group of ...

The three words that killed hands-free driving legislation in Virginia  Virginia Mercury

Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of ...

TCL’s first foldable phone could slap-bracelet itself into a smartwatch  The Verge

CNET reports that BlackBerry and Alcatel brand licensor TCL is working on as many as five different foldable devices, one of them a phone that can bend around ...

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?

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 ...

Coachella 2019 Day Three Weekend Two – Ariana Grande Delivers Poppy Set and Surprise Guest Justin Bieber As H.E.R. and Blood Orange Delight  mxdwn.com

With the final day of Coachella upon us, festival goers took the time to explore the exhibits like the Spectra tower, a seven-story spectrum of color immersive ...

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.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup  WIRED

If you tried to text Ashton Kutcher today, you were prompted to sign up for a new messaging *service* called Community.

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.

21 Addictive Phone Games  PCMag.com

Who needs friends when you've got the best phone games on your iPhone or Android device? These fun p.

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 ...

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 ...

Deadline nearing for election letters  Wilmington News Journal, OH

The deadline for the News Journal to receive election-related Letters to the Editor pertaining to issues or candidates in the May 7 primary election is 4 p.

Support floods in for Egg Boy, the internet's new political hero  SBS

It's hard to imagine how one chicken ovum and one 17-year-old could bring the world so much joy. Egg Boy made that happen.

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.

"I went on a perfect date. Then the next morning, I got a five-word text that ruined it all."  Mamamia

Being the other woman: The five-word text message that tore everything apart. Alita went on a perfect date, then received a text.

How to Improve Gboard Accuracy by Deleting Suggested Words You'd Never Use  WonderHowTo

Predictive text is a common feature in most mobile keyboards these days. However, many times, its guesses are way off, sometimes hilariously so. As absurd as ...

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.

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 ...

Big Tech Is Here to Help You Fight Excessive Phone Use—Kinda  WIRED

How Google, Apple, and Facebook turned "digital wellness" into a Goopified trend that gives them a new way to market themselves.

Serious FaceTime bug allows you to listen remotely before anyone answers — Apple to fix ‘later this week’  The Verge

There's a serious bug in Apple's FaceTime video calling platform that has been bouncing around some corners of social media today, and that 9to5Mac just ...

Telstra sells Phonewords business to founder and Aura Funds Management  The Australian Financial Review

Telstra is selling its stake in its Phonewords business to a consortium led by the company's founder Gavin Scholes and Aura Funds Management.

Samsung Might Be Developing A Phone That Projects Holograms (Just Like Star Wars)  Gizmodo Australia

Earlier this year the world was introduced to the Red Hydrogen One - the world's first first holographic phone display that didn't require 3D glasses or a specific ...

Gmail’s Smart Compose feature opens up to more Android phones – here’s how to get it  The Next Web

Gmail's Smart Compose feature has been around on desktop and on Google Pixel 3 handsets since last October. it's now becoming available on more devices.

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.”

Best word games for iPhone and iPad in 2019  iMore

As a writer, I have a deep appreciation for word games. For me and many others, it's a great way to just relax, and put your vast vocabulary to use without ...

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data. A couple years ago, something strange ...

Is Facebook secretly recording you? The debate, explained.  Vox

Three years ago, on the way to my apartment in Brooklyn to cook dinner for myself and a friend, we stopped into a grocery store that offered build-your-own ...

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.

How to block a phone number on your iPhone  INSIDER

You can block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later.

'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 ...