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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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Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary  TechCrunch

Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning ...


Is Huawei in retreat?  BBC News

It is the Chinese tech titan that is number one in telecoms equipment and has soared to second place in smartphone sales. But after a terrible week in which ...


Spansive’s first wireless charger powers multiple phones simultaneously and works through thick cases  TechCrunch

When Pi Charging (winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017) rebranded as Spansive last month, the company also dropped plans for its previously shown ...


Huawei can’t officially use microSD cards in its phones going forward  The Verge

The effects of the United States' Huawei ban continue to grow, with the hardware company now barred from being a member of the SD Association (the trade ...


Sunday Puzzle: Left To Right  NPR

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and a category. Name something in the category whose letters can be found in left-to-right order in the word ...


Anonymous donors offer reward for return of Dee Windross’ phone  Herald Sun

A mystery Melbourne couple has stumped up a 25000 reward for the return of a missing phone full of priceless family photos.


OnePlus 7 Pro 5G deals now available to pre-order from EE  TechRadar

Superfast speeds on one of the best phones around - OnePlus 7 Pro deals now available in 5G form.


Convert a photo of data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in a snap  CNET

Microsoft's new tool for Android phones turns photos into Excel spreadsheets. You can convert numbers, lists and recipes.


Daughter’s heartbreaking words before dad allegedly killed his kids  NEWS.com.au

Seconds before Timothy Jones Jr allegedly wrapped his hands around his eldest daughter's neck and strangled the life out of her, she uttered four final, ...


Hillary Clinton Asks Hasbro to Update Scrabble App, But Tells Them to Leave 'Covfefe' Out of It  Newsweek

Hillary Clinton, two-time Democratic presidential candidate, former first lady, senator and secretary of state, tweeted a complaint to toy company Hasbro Sunday ...


Has your phone secretly recorded your conversations? Mine has  The Irish Times

But the recordings aren't used to serve you ads. The industry has better ways of doing that.


What is 5G and when can I get it in the UK?  The Guardian

After years of hype, the switch will be flicked on the UK's first 5G network on 30 May. Network operator EE, part of BT, will be first out of the blocks. According to ...


Vodafone announces 5G phones and prices - no more expensive than 4G  Pocket-lint

Vodafone has announced its launch 5G phones and pricing alongside a partnership with the Hatch game streaming *service* to showcase 5G's low latency.


What does the Huawei ban mean for your Huawei or Honor phone? (Updated)  Android Authority

News of U.S. firms, including Google, being forced to cut business ties with Huawei has dominated headlines. But how does this affect Huawei devices?


Mark, My Words: if music critics don’t criticise, Olly Murs wins  NME Live

Columnist Mark Beaumont is on more blacklists than a Fyre Festival organiser, and proudly so.


Stroke Awareness Month: The young people affected  BBC News

When Lauren Watson woke up in hospital aged 25, the only word she could say was "yeah", even if she meant no. Ms Watson, now 28, explained that she could ...


The Trump Administration Is Selling Out Hundreds of Millions of Cell-Phone Users  The New Yorker

John Cassidy writes about the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, and how the Trump Administration is putting big corporations ahead of ...


Donald Trump sides with Kim Jong-un in war of insults with Joe Biden  Sydney Morning Herald

Tokyo: President Donald Trump spent his first morning in Japan on Sunday stoking new controversies, as he sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a ...


Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)  The New York Times

In a free *service*, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.


Why Trade Shows Are Still Important  Forbes

If someone tells you trade shows are yesterday's news, they are making a gross miscalculation. There are no bad marketing strategies. In marketing, the magic is ...


Manipulated Video Targeting Pelosi Goes Viral  FactCheck.org

A doctored video of an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi portrays her speech as being slowed and slurred, and has been used to advance a false ...


How Your Echo’s “Alexa Guard” Can Protect Your Home  How-To Geek

Amazon just rolled out Alexa Guard to all Echo users. Your Echo can now listen for breaking glass, alert you to smoke alarms, and randomly turn your lights on ...


Avoid spoilers for Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne  CNET

Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne aired last night, bringing the Mother of Spoilers about the fates of the children of Westeros to every nook and cranny of the ...


Google reveals lower-cost Pixel 3a phones and Nest Hub Max  BBC News

Pixel 3a phones are about half the cost of earlier models, while firm's smart screen gets a camera.


Amber Heard beams days after Johnny Depp accuses her of ‘painting on’ bruises  Metro.co.uk

Johnny Depp accuses Amber Heard of 'painting on' her bruises as he sues for $50 million.


Social media and boredom: How technology is changing our emotions`  Vox.com

Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That's partly due to technology.


A new way to build tiny neural networks could create powerful AI on your phone  MIT Technology Review

We've been wasting our processing power to train neural networks that are ten times too big.


5 ways Apple can be the leader in augmented reality  Macworld

Google has been making some masterful AR-based services lately, but Apple's hardware may triumph in the end.


Cure for America's Socialist Mania: Prosperity  American Greatness

America, President Donald Trump vowed during his State of the Union in February, “will never be a socialist country.” Well, we have some good news and some ...


Deepfakes Are Getting Better. But They're Still Easy to Spot  WIRED

New research shows how to create seemingly realistic photos or video from a single image. But it won't be easy to deploy anytime soon.


15 European Pop Acts You Might Not Know, but Should  The New York Times

European music is more than just the glitz of Eurovision. Turn on your sound to hear 15 of the region's most important acts, musically and socially, right now.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 review: Flawless for the price  Expert Reviews

For two years, Xiaomi must have been slightly nervous about this day coming. Having decided to call its range of cheap and cheerful Redmi phones the 'Note' ...


Counterclockwise: searching for the meaning of max, mini, pro, plus and other such names - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Is "Pro" better than a “Plus”? Which is bigger, "Max" or "Note"? Which has the bigger battery? How small is a "mini", anyway? Some of these qualifiers do carry ...


Apple Valley teacher recorded using racial slur at middle school during lesson  St. Paul Pioneer Press

A “cultural proficiency lesson” this week by an Apple Valley middle school teacher included a racial slur, prompting an investigation by Rosemount-Apple ...


When the Mueller Investigation Ended, the Battle Over Its Conclusions Began  The New York Times

A richer picture emerged on Wednesday about the dispute between the attorney general and the special counsel over the Mueller report's findings.


California Teen Still Missing After 7 Months; Family Reveals Last Words She Said  The Epoch Times

Karlie Guse, 16, of Mono County, said she got frightened on Oct. 12 after skipping a local football game to attend a gathering with her boyfriend. There, she is ...


Hiker missing for more than 2 weeks in Hawaii found alive  WTAP-TV

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow/Gray News) - A 35-year-old woman who went missing while hiking on Maui more than two weeks ago has been found ...


Career Strategies Of Top Performers: Transform Your Next Job Interview With Four Words  Forbes

The job interview is always a high-stakes conversation, impacting your lifestyle and your paycheck if you get it right. Often, in the face of a difficult conversation, ...


25 most useful Alexa skills you'll use time and again  Komando

Amazon's Alexa can perform “skills” to make your life easier. Amazon and its partners have developed more than 50000 skills, and they run the gamut of u…


Make Your Wi-Fi invisible, get free subtitles, Alexa tricks, why you need a Chromebook  Komando

Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes, choosing the most interesting q…


Google app threat leaves Huawei phone business at edge of abyss  Independent.ie

Will the events of the last week sink Huawei's high-growth phone business? Does it mean that the high-end P30 Pro or P20 you just bought may shortly become ...


When AI Becomes a Part of Our Daily Lives  Harvard Business Review

As we live longer and technology continues its rapid arc of development, we can imagine a future where machines will augment our human abilities and help us ...


Hands on: Honor 20 Pro review  TechRadar

Honor phones tend to provide high-end specs at low costs, and the Honor 20 Pro doubles down on that.


Beth Mead’s angry side has launched her into elite, says Phil Neville  The Guardian

The England coach has praised Beth Mead's improvement since he put the rocket up his forward with 'home truths'


Ditching social media for a South Seas adventure  Stuff.co.nz

Former Stuff journalist Jonathan Milne has packed in his job, packed up the family, and is moving to the Cook Islands.


Writer James Vlahos explains how voice computing will change the way we live  The Verge

The Verge interviews writer James Vlahos about his new book, Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think (Houghton ...


Legal Threats Make Powerful Phishing Lures  Krebs on Security

Some of the most convincing email phishing and malware attacks come disguised as nastygrams from a law firm. Such scams typically notify the recipient that ...


Heron's Nest: Mary Gay Scanlon's moment; let's throw our phones in the ocean  The Delaware County Daily Times

Mary Gay Scanlon is having a moment. Actually, several of them. The freshman member of Congress earlier this week became one of the first members of ...


At San Quentin, LGBTQ prisoners and once-biased inmates try to heal together  NBC News

Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at California's San Quentin State Prison meet weekly with once-homophobic offenders for a restorative justice group.


Giessel, Edgmon lock arms to cut future PFDs  Must Read Alaska

EDGMON RESISTS SPECIAL SESSION IN MAT-SU OVER 'SECURITY' ISSUES. On day 131 of the 2019 legislative session and special session, a difference of ...


The voice of Auburn, the voice of a family: How people are remembering the life of Rod Bramblett  The Auburn Plainsman

This is how a community mourned the loss of a voice — the loss of Rod and Paula Bramlett.


How the Chemical Brothers turned answering-machine poetry into dance-floor epics  theday.com

The first sample that the Chemical Brothers locked down when building their new record, “No Geography,” made its way into the present from.


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.


Astrology superstar Susan Miller: 'I can really respond to people online'  The Guardian

Astrologer Susan Miller has 17m followers, a figure set to double this year. So how has she made the ancient pseudo-science of fortune-telling a world-wide ...


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 ...


Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, New York messes up the Yiddish  CNN

Trying to convince ultra-Orthodox Jews to vaccinate, the New York State Department of Health made errors translating English to Yiddish. Some say the bungled ...


Mum reveals how her 'sleep lamp' became a $4million business  Daily Mail

Cara Benau from Melbourne is the brains behind Glow Dreaming - a sleep aid for young children. She reveals how how she created the sleep lamp to help her ...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


‘My husband is not a threat’: Rockville couple separated by travel ban makes case for waiver  WTOP

Two years after Trump's ban, thousands of people from Muslim-majority countries are seeking rare waivers that would allow them to be reunited with American ...


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 ...


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.


Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes  Bitcoin News

The following is an explainer on how to restore a bitcoin mobile phone wallet into a *fresh* device by using a mnemonic seed phrase.


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 ...


Using Phone Contact Book Apps For Digital Research - bellingcat  bellingcat

Popular apps such as TrueCaller or GetContact advertise the ability to see who is really calling you, even if you do not know the number, and alert the app user ...


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.


Glued to Your Phone at the Dinner Table? Marshawn Lynch Wants to Have Some Words  Adweek

The NFL star and agency GS&P want to help turn meals into phone-free zones.


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.


15 New Features We've Already Spotted In The Android Q Beta  Gizmodo Australia

Android Q is here—in an early, beta form—and if you've got any generation of Pixel phone on hand then you can give it a test run. We've been playing around ...


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.


Former President Bush's last words 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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


Oh or zero? When the evolution of language clashes with linguistic purism  ABC News

Read aloud your mobile phone number or say James Bond's code name and you might unleash the fury of linguistic purists who are fighting the evolution of ...


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

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 ...


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 ...


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.


Burke's own words could come back to haunt as wiretap on cellphone lasted at least 8 months  Chicago Tribune

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke has spent decades at the pinnacle of the city's power structure, but in the end, he may have buried himself with his own words.


An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone  BBC News

Parents are desperate to record childhood memories and the smartphone has allowed them to do this like never before. But what is the best way to go about it?


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.


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.


How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users  WIRED

It's been more than three years since the lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular among tweens and teens. The social network ...


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 ...


'Call the fire department, my house is on fire'; family recalls victims' last words  KSFY

Jerald and Shirlee Schack were the two people who died in the Tolstoy house fire on Saturday.


The odd case of ‘I D.o.n.t.’ autocorrection in iOS  Macworld

A mystery plagues two iOS users, but others must be affected?


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 ...


Justine Damond given first aid by Mohamed Noor's partner in video seen at police officer's trial  ABC News

Video taken immediately after Australian Justine Damond Ruszczyk was shot by police officer Mohamed Noor is played at his trial in a United States court.


Is a software update slowing my phone? - Hack - triple j  ABC News

Apple and Samsung have been fined millions after an Italian watchdog found their software updates had slowed their phones. Both companies urged people to ...


Separated by travel ban, couples plead their case  KTVZ

Sitting in her office in Rockville Maryland, high-school teacher Jessica Breitschwerdt Monfared checked the image on her cell phone to make sure she was ...


Huawei P30 Pro: The Gizmodo Review  Gizmodo Australia

"Oh my god." "Is that real?" "How are they not edited!?" These exclamations, often peppered with jovial swear words, have been a common thread, woven ...


All the 5G phones announced so far  The Verge

“5G is here” was the straightforward claim plastered all over Qualcomm's booth at this year's Mobile World Congress. But while that might be true for the ...


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 ...


MWC 2019: all the news from the biggest mobile show of the year  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X, Sony Xperia 1, LG G8 and more have all been announced at MWC 2019.


10 Thoughts About Liam Neeson's 'Taken' Speech, Which Just Turned 10  Thrillist

The 2009 action spectacular Taken didn't just kickstart a new phase of Liam Neeson's career. The movie also gave us a speech that we all...


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 ...


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.


'Don't call me before you text': The new rules of communicating in the digital era  USA TODAY

Emoji replace sentences. Acronyms replace words. And phones aren't used to make phone calls anymore. In fact, before you call, you might want to text.


 
 
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