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

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Tip: YouTube shows which videos have subtitles when you mute your phone  Android Police

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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 ...

Qualcomm Spills Secrets on First Wave of 5G Phones  Tom's Guide

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Exclusive: Take a look at what a next-generation 5G phone will look like  Digital Trends

5G phones will debut at MWC in mere days, but will they be clunky bricks with inefficient chips? Will they double in thickness, yet only support a few hours of ...

Samsung Vs. Xiaomi: Why Samsung India Is Thanking Xiaomi?  ValueWalk

Realizing the threat, Xiaomi has been taking jabs at the Samsung Galaxy M series, triggering a sort of Samsung vs. Xiaomi war of words.

Emoji wars: Kim Kardashian West sued for $423 million over the use of iconic 'Kimojis'  Sydney Morning Herald

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Emojis of Kim Kardashian West could be worth $423 million, according to a new lawsuit.

Turning Pages: The prison writing from Manus that needs to be read  Sydney Morning Herald

Beyond its power as a piece of sustained reportage, Behrouz Boochani's No Friend But the Mountains is also undeniably a work of literature.

Was Jeff Bezos the weak link in cyber-security?  BBC News

Are humans the weakest point of our cyber-defences, and what can we do about it?

All of the reasons why the internet is bad—a breakup letter  Quartz

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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.

Lady Pays a Struggling Stranger’s Phone Bill, Just Then He Receives Text for a Job Offer  The Epoch Times

A woman from Anchorage, Alaska, was heading toward a local convenience store when she ended up being a guardian angel for a down-on-his-luck man.

Video: Why Sheikh Mohamed stopped talking on the phone to hug Sheikh Abdullah  Khaleej Times

The spontaneous gesture of brotherly love was captured on camera.

Desperate LNP scare campaign a new low  Sydney Morning Herald

History shows the electorate is very sensitive on matters of border protection and back-pocket economics.

Police release two men they arrested in attack of actor Jussie Smollett  Chicago Sun-Times

The two men arrested in connection with the reported attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were released without charges Friday evening after spending two ...

Hunt for missing woman after a photo of a smashed bloodied phone is uploaded to her Facebook  Daily Mail

Ashley Dillard was reported missing by her family on Friday night in Easley, South Carolina when disturbing photos started appearing on her Facebook profile ...

Gurki Basra Of Dating Around Walks Us Through Reality TV's Most Cringeworthy Date  Refinery29

Gurki Basra auditioned for Dating Around, Netflix's first-ever dating show, on a lark. The 36-year-old jewellery buyer was out for drinks with a friend who was ...

All The Rom-Com Heroes Liam Hemsworth's Over-The-Top 'Isn't It Romantic' Character References  Bustle

In the new meta rom-com Isn't It Romantic, out Feb. 13, Liam Hemsworth plays the man of everyone's dreams except, of course, the movie's protagonist. See ...

Trump said conservative pundits don’t decide policy — then praised his favorite talk-show hosts  The Washington Post

He's a guy that can speak for three hours without a phone call,” Trump said of Rush Limbaugh. "Try doing that sometime."

ASK AMY: Teen troubled by cheating dad's texts  Toronto Sun

Dear Amy: I'm in high school. Today I discovered that my dad has cheated — or is still cheating — on my mom.The way I found out is that my dad backs up his ...

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.

I Lost A Bet In Smash And Now I Have To Keep A Sexy Picture Of Yoshi On My Phone  Kotaku

This isn't so much a “diary” as it is an explanation. It is an explanation as to why, throughout the last week's day-to-day obligations and engagements, I have had ...

Oppo teases F11 Pro with 48 MP camera - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Last week we saw a leaked teaser of the Oppo F11 Pro with new camera setup on the back and no selfie camera on the front, suggesting a pop-up design. The...

Samsung S10 looking too pricey? These cheap Galaxy S8 deals are the perfect alternative  TechRadar

Leaks of the S10 show it looking quite expensive - our advice? Save your money and go for one of these cheap Samsung Galaxy S8 deals from Mobiles.co.uk ...

'I love you': How three little words became such a big deal  The Washington Post

There's more anxiety around when to say it and what it means than ever before.

Jussie Smollett gives incomplete phone records to cops  Page Six

The phone records Jussie Smollett provided to cops to corroborate his version of his alleged attack are "limited and redacted" and insufficient for a criminal ...

How to stop your smartphone from tracking your every move, sharing data and sending ads  USA TODAY

Your phone knows where you are standing or sitting at this moment. Most people know that. How else could you use GPS? While location tracking is essential ...

Hammond man charged in shooting deaths of pair in New Chicago  Chicago Tribune

A man is facing charges in a double homicide last year in New Chicago in which one of the victims reportedly owed the man money, court records show.

Can this technology put an end to bullying?  BBC News

Bullying can cast a dark shadow over people's lives and leave permanent scars, but artificial intelligence may provide new ways of stamping our harassment ...

Factual, or Warm and Fuzzy? Why Choosing the Right Words Matters  Knowledge@Wharton

Whether it's prompting someone to adopt a pet or to share *content* on social media, what do natural language processing tools tell us about persuasion?

The robot hiring manager — impartial recruiter or totally biased bot?  Softonic

Changing up the interview process to improve diversity in the workforce is one of the top priorities amongst large tech companies looking to bulk up their staff.

Helping Children Deal With Death  The Wire

As a culture, we don't do well with death. Maybe we can bring up our children with different examples of how to cope with death than the ones we were given by ...

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 ...

Fish fry guide: Share your details for the Northeast Ohio 2019 listings  cleveland.com

No time like the present to submit your fish-fry listing for our 2019 guide.

Flashback Friday: CB radios are still truckin'  FreightWaves

In its Flashback Friday series, FreightWaves publishes articles that look back at various aspects of the transportation industry's history. If there are topics that you ...

How to stop robocalls, block numbers on your iPhone, Android and even landline  USA TODAY

You have a whole arsenal of smartphone tools at your disposal: Block numbers, Do Not Disturb mode, and apps can help end this telephonic pestilence.

Ask Amy: I wanted to tell these fellow diners to shut up  The Mercury News

DEAR AMY: During a recent dinner at a neighborhood restaurant/pub, four people at one table near us were having a very lively conversation. They were loud ...

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams  The Register

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The Ripper has returned. I never imagined such a thing would be possible after all these years. Who's the culprit? Who's the ...

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 ...

Travel - Why China is obsessed with numbers  BBC News

The Chinese fascination with numbers – and how much they are part of both online and offline lives – is a societal quirk that baffles long-term tourists and expats ...

Outtakes: Regina King on white lies, directing and '227'  Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Regina King — who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in "If Beale Street Could Talk" — discusses sitting in the ...

Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google's upgrade fix work?  Computerworld

For nearly two years now, Project Treble has served as a source of hope and inspiration for the Android faithful — a magical-seeming fix for a long-standing ...

This man is helping K-State football with inspiring words ... and a sledgehammer  Kansas City Star

The Kansas State Wildcats football team has a new secret weapon. His name is Ben Newman. He is a performance coach who has worked with North Dakota ...

Woman punched by cop in wild Jersey Shore arrest needs to find a new beach  New York Post

The woman who was punched by a cop in a wild Jersey Shore arrest that went viral last summer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Friday -- and was barred ...

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?

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 ...

Review: At ‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ Attention Must Be Paid. Really.  The New York Times

Since you provide the *content* for this group's delightful hip-hop musical improvisation, you really have to lend them your ears (and phones).

Cheryl Thomas Is One of the Ted Bundy Victims Who Survived  Heavy.com

On January 15, 1978, Ted Bundy entered the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. He was running from the law at the time, and, in the words of ...

Shock as gunman kills 5 at Aurora plant: 'I’ve seen it on the news happening someplace else. But never here in Aurora.'  Chicago Tribune

A gunman killed five people at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon in Aurora, and five law enforcement officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday.

Garda witnesses give evidence at Tipperary murder trial  RTE.ie

A jury at the Central Criminal Court has heard the wife of murder accused Patrick Quirke alerted a garda to the discovery of a body on the farm her husband was ...

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 Harmonious Ambiguity of “What Remains”  Yale Daily News

What remained with me after the Yale Repertory Theatre's opening night production of “What Remains” is unexplainable. I walked out the Iseman Theatre with ...

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.

Wall Emergency, Even If Legal Under Existing Law, Violates the Separation of Powers  Cato Institute

Even if the wall construction satisfies the legal niceties—a big but not implausible if—it looks an awful lot like the executive branch is engaged in legislative ...

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.

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in her own words: 'Truth is my best defender'  Yahoo News

For the very first time, alleged Russian agent Maria Butina can be heard telling her side of the story. In a series of recorded conversations with journalist James ...

'Pizzagate' video was posted to YouTube account of alleged arsonist's parents before fire  NBC News

Federal prosecutors charged Ryan Jaselskis, 22, a health and wellness coach in California, on Wednesday with trying to burn down Comet Ping Pong, the ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

'I trusted them': Tiny homes-maker accused of scamming customers of hundreds of thousands  CTV News

Dozens of customers in Canada and the U.S. are accusing an Ontario-based company that recently declared bankruptcy of scamming them for hundreds of ...

love stories: We asked and you sent them in. Here are our favorites 💕 | KSL.com  KSL.com

To celebrate love, we asked readers to submit their own love stories in 100 words or less. What followed was a deluge of endearing and wonderful short stories ...

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.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld  WIRED

We are building a 1-to-1 map of almost unimaginable scope. When it's complete, our physical reality will merge with the digital universe.

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.”

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, ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Alan Jones apologises for Opera House interview, as petition with 235,000 signatures delivered  ABC News

Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has apologised for comments he made to the head of the Sydney Opera House, after calling for her to be sacked during a debate ...

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.

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 ...

Stop Misusing Autocorrect  Lifehacker

There's a right way and a wrong way to use your phone's autocorrect, says the person who invented it. Ken Kocienda, former Principal Engineer of iPhone ...

The 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 ...

14 Secret Code Words You're Not Meant to Know  Reader's Digest

These phrases are meant to sound like random letters and numbers, but in certain situations, they can be signs of a serious emergency.

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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, ...

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.

Tinder: 5 words that ruined woman’s match with ‘The One’  NEWS.com.au

The Melbourne woman thought she had found her perfect match on the dating site and the pair exchanged messages for a while before meeting up “in real life”.