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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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Opinion | Anne Bernays: The word cops have a warrant for your arrest  The Boston Globe

So is it OK to use the word “hopefully,” as in “Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day”? Regrettably, yes, it is. And that's because the English language, like any ...


AT&T and Comcast test 'verified' phone calls to fight spam  Engadget

Robocalls have gotten so bad that competitors AT&T and Comcast are teaming up to tackle the problem together. Their plan is to "authenticate and verify" calls.


Xbox Project xCloud's coolest thing is its approach to phones  Windows Central

Microsoft's approach to Project xCloud mobile game streaming is unlike anything the rest of the market is doing, and that's perfect.


The Huawei Mate X is the World's First EU-Certified 5G Phone  Gizmodo Australia

Despite saying the Mate 20 X would be its first 5G phone, Huawei has just had its Mate X (that's the foldy one -- Huawei, please sort your naming conventions ...


HOLD THE LINE! How to beat the phone frauds that net over €29 billion per year  Euro Weekly News

HAVE you ever found your telephone rings once and then the call hangs up? If so you could be a victim of a Wangiri phone fraud scam. And now help is at.


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 ...


MAFS' Ines viciously ATTACKS Sam on Instagram  New Idea

This morning Married At First Sight cast member Sam Ball went on the radio to announce that his affair with Ines was pushed by producers, giving us all the ...


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 ...


Which Transcription Service to Use for Every Job  Lifehacker

With audio transcription, you get what you pay for. For a dollar per minute of audio, Rev will give you a well-formatted transcript. For 25 cents a minute (a little ...


This low-light shot pits the Mate 20 Pro against the S10+: Which do you prefer?  Pocket-lint

One phone appears to have a much better camera experience when it comes to capturing low-light photography.


My soulmate cheated on me with a married man. How can I get over it?: Ask Ellie  Toronto Star

Sudden distancing isn't always explained or understood, Ellie writes. Moving on becomes essential.


Is this proof your smart phone is eavesdropping on EVERY single word you say?  Daily Mail

CLAUDIA JOSEPH SAYS... Technology companies from Silicon Valley target users with ads ranging from glasses, copycat bags and even new blood tests after ...


Netanyahu, Gantz trade blows over Iranian phone hack, submarine affair  Ynetnews

PM repeats allegation that former IDF chief had sensitive information on device reportedly breached by Tehran, while Blue and White party seeks to link Likud ...


5G UK: the phones, networks, and deals you need for 5G in the UK  T3

5G is coming to the UK, and here's everything you need to know right now.


I thought I was paranoid but now I’m 100% sure our phones are listening to us – and I’ve got proof  The Sun

Here, Sun Online's Miranda Knox investigates whether our mobile phones are spying on us.


Police Identify Man Who Beat Woman For Blocking Parking Lot Exit  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A brutal assault over parking in Deep Ellum caught on-camera lead to the arrest of a bartender named Austin Shuffield, according to ...


Samsung to launch new Galaxy A series phones on 10 April  Tech Advisor

Samsung will launch more than one new Galaxy A series smartphone on 10 April to keep the momentum of the Galaxy S10 going in all markets.


Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy  WIRED

Opinion: Utah legislators recently voted to pass landmark legislation in support of a new privacy law. Statehouses across the country should take notes.


Eric Bolling In Altercation After Man Allegedly Mocks His Son’s Death  The Daily Caller

BlazeTV host Eric Bolling was involved in an altercation with a man who allegedly mocked his son's death, according to Bolling and another man who was with ...


How focus groups shaped our tech and internet survey of emerging countries  Pew Research Center

With global survey research, it's important to understand what people are thinking about the subject we're studying. Focus groups help address this.


What you need to know about distracted driving following the B.C. Supreme Court ruling  CBC.ca

A B.C. Supreme Court ruling may have helped to clarify a major part of the province's distracted driving laws, but many questions still remain.


Tech The paranoid person's guide to online privacy Bust out the tinfoil hats and follow these  Fast Company

Bust out the tinfoil hats and follow these 8 steps if you don't want to be tracked online.


Beto O'Rourke's hacking universe, explained  The Washington Post

Running for president casts a bright spotlight in the shadows of candidates' pasts. That's a good thing, of course, allowing voters to learn about the people who ...


April Jeppson: A phone call with Mom can change your day - Albert Lea Tribune  Albert Lea Tribune

Thank you for supporting local journalism and your community! We hope you enjoy 10 free stories each month and we invite you to subscribe to unlimited digital ...


Trump Has Two Words for Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: ‘Total Loser’  The New York Times

The president's attack on George T. Conway III, the spouse of one of his closest advisers, came after Mr. Conway questioned his mental fitness.


Opinion | I'm not sure I'll ever forgive my husband's affair: Ask Ellie  TheSpec.com

When you can't forget a past wound, you need to discuss it together and/or in counselling to heal, Ellie writes.


'Virtual kidnapping' calls may be coming from Mexico, U.S. officials say  NBCNews.com

Investigators think those behind recent 'virtual kidnapping' scams that seek cash for an abducted child who is actually unharmed are working in Mexico.


3 Zodiac Signs Most Likely To Text Their Exes, Because Letting Go Is Hard  Elite Daily

There have been plenty of times I've thought about texting an ex. Something will remind me of them, and I'll get a bittersweet pang of nostalgia. I'll miss them ...


The Reader: Phones can be smart for pupils: don’t rush to ban them in school  Evening Standard

While the National Education Union agrees with the headteacher of Kingston Grammar School that mobile phones have many educational uses, for some heads ...


Pregnant Beverly Hills Catholic School teacher stabbed 10 times in carjacking  FOX 11 Los Angeles

It was horrible, animalistic, vicious -- some of the words being used to describe a stabbing attack on a Beverly Hills Catholic School teacher.


'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.


Poet W.S. Merwin followed where the words led  Christian Science Monitor

Once called 'the Thoreau of our era,' W.S. Merwin was an environmentalist who transformed concrete language into evanescent poetry that reflected on war, ...


iPad mini 5 Review (w/ iPad Air 3 Impressions)  iMore

iPad mini 5 + Apple Pencil is the digital field notes with online sync of my dreams.


LILLEY: Philpott says Trudeau hiding truth on SNC-Lavalin story  CANOE

Jane Philpott says there is much more to the SNC-Lavalin story, much more for Canadians to hear, but Justin Trudeau doesn't want the truth to get out.


Review: The Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019) is the best laptop I’ve ever used… ever  The Next Web

Comparing gadgets to their Apple equivalent is the oldest (and arguably laziest) trope in the tech journalism handbook. Android phones are inevitably compared ...


Poll explainer: The way a question is asked can have a major effect on the way it's answered  CNN International

Question wording is a crucial element of reading and dissecting a poll. The wording of each question and the order they're asked in are extremely important ...


5 Signs You Shouldn't Trust Someone, Because Not Everyone Deserves It  Elite Daily

How trusting are you of new people when they come into your life? Are you cautious, or do you vet them before getting too close? It may sound a bit cynical, but if ...


Beware 'HMRC' phone scams – surge in calls telling victims they owe taxman £1,000s  MoneySavingExpert

MoneySavingExpert.com is warning readers to be alert to a sophisticated phone scam that has recently emerged, in which fraudsters threaten victims with arrest ...


Note found in Patrick Quirke's home said 'dispose of evidence', trial hears  Irish Mirror

Det Gda Moloney said he examined pages found during the search using a specialist technique.


Northern lights possible Friday night  KIMA CBS 29

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KGAN) - A well-timed solar flare from our sun could put North America in good position to see the northern lights Friday night into ...


All the new phones at MWC 2019 from Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Nokia and more  Wired.co.uk

It's not the best of times to buy a phone, and that's because we're absolutely swamped with new ones. Lots of phones. Flagship phones. 5G phones. A few more ...


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: A phone of rare distinction  Expert Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Fantastic hardware meets refined usability; the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is absolutely sublime.


Officer in drug search: ‘The audio recording does not pick it up, but I heard it’  vtdigger.org

It's a question of what you can see and hear on videotape, and perhaps what you can't. Body cam footage from the investigating officer in a drug case doesn't ...


Final words of dying man Arthur Gumbley, 87, which helped catch brutal killer Jason Wilsher  Birmingham Live

Gumbley died after the brutal and harrowing break-in at his home in leafy Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield.


How Phishing Scams Are Evolving - And How Not To Get Caught  Gizmodo Australia

Phishing is one of the most reliable methods a would-be hacker can take to access your digital accounts or even your bank account — and these kinds of attacks ...


LG V40 ThinQ review: The best from the LG but its best is not enough  India Today

The LG V40 ThinQ offers a lot of goodness -- performance, a brilliant display, nice speaker and an attractive design. but it also has areas where it can't match the ...


'Words fail us' - School children form poignant guard of honour at funerals of St Patrick's Day disco victims  Independent.ie

School children formed a solemn guard of honour in tribute to a young victim of the St Patrick's Day party crush as a day of funerals began.


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.


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 ...


Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere  WIRED

For software engineers, lack of friction is an aesthetic joy, an emotional high, the ideal existential state. It's what drives them—and shapes our world.


The Learning Curve: San Diego's Vaccine Exemption Doctor of Choice, in Her Own Words  Voice of San Diego

Dr. Tara Zandvliet is part of a small minority of physicians who believe in giving medical exemptions based on a family history of autoimmune disease.


The internet is changing the way we preserve endangered languages  The Outline

The oldest continually occupied community in North America is a place in the deserts of New Mexico called Sky City, the original of the four villages that make up ...


The meaning of the words of the year  The Economist

CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY recently selected “nomophobia” as its word of the year, via a poll of readers. Those lucky enough not to have heard of this condition ...


Katie Price denies using threatening and abusive language outside primary school  Sky News

Katie Price will stand trial after she denied two charges of abusive and threatening behaviour outside a school during a row with her ex-partner's girlfriend.


Aziz Ansari’s 2019 tour and its complicated, necessary role in #MeToo  Vox.com

I saw the comedian perform in Chicago. His latest material could take the #MeToo conversation to a new place.


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 ...


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 ...


Moab Valley Multicultural Center learns Diné | News  Moab Sun News

Ernest Lee Sr. is teaching the staff of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center how to speak Diné.


Extradition case: 19 years after her murder in India, husband still haunted by wife’s last words  Vancouver Sun

Jassi Sidhu, who was from Maple Ridge, had secretly married Sukhwinder Singh Mithu, a poor rickshaw driver, a year earlier against her mother's wishes, Indian ...


Catholic priest Robert DeLand testifies he's innocent in sexual assault trial of 2 youths  MLive.com

SAGINAW, MI – A Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting several young males took to the witness stand in his own trial, professing his innocence in front ...


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

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?


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.


Susan Tompor: IRS warns: That windfall in your bank account might not be yours  Ventura County Star

Fraudsters are rolling out a glut of legitimate-looking but fake text messages, emails and social media posts this tax season, according to the Internal Revenue ...


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 ...


HQ Words: Everything you need to know  Android Central

HQ Words is here, and it looks like a really, really fun cross between Wheel of Fortune and Hangman.


10 Hilarious April Fools' Day 2019 Pranks To Play On Your Husband, Because He Deserves It  Romper

I used to hate April Fools' Day. From sun up until sun down, I was weary of everyone and everything. But one year I had an epiphany: it was time for me to ...


‘Nomophobia’ crowned word of 2018, but what does it mean?  The Independent

"Nomophobia" has been named as Cambridge Dictionary's word of 2018. While the word itself might sound unfamiliar, the phenomenon it describes is one we ...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


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.


Opinion: I've never been more proud of NZ, or angry at America – Kiwi US commentator  Newshub

OPINION: It's the call I always know is coming after every gun massacre in the United States. Television producers ask the same thing: 'Hey, there's been ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.”


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used racially offensive language on a conference call in May, a source with ...


'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, ...


Best Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL tips and tricks: Android Pie prowess  Pocket-lint.com

We dive deep into the Pixel 3 and 3 XL to bring you the ultimate guide to Google's phones.


The Best Learning Apps on Your Phone for 18-Month-Olds  WonderHowTo

Give an 18-month-old a shoe, check back 10 minutes later, and it's a very big maybe he will have it on his foot. But give him your smartphone, and in a mere five ...


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.


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: ...


The Dangers of Distracted Parenting  The Atlantic

When it comes to children's development, parents should worry less about kids' screen time—and more about their own.


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, ...


There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet  The Verge

Over the course of a few weeks, I tried out four different minimalist phones — the Unihertz Jelly, the Nokia 3310 3G, the Punkt MP01, and the Light Phone — in ...


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

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


The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world  The Guardian

We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the ...


New Sentences: From ‘How to Break Up With Your Phone’  The New York Times

Some combinations of words seem natural, almost predestined. Others are just flatly unacceptable.


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.


Gaming: The 11 Best Free Word Games for iPhone & Android  Gadget Hacks

Word games fit perfectly with the on-the-go nature of mobile gaming. They're easy to pick up whenever you feel like exercising your brain, but they're also fairly ...


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.


 
 
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