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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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Use your phone to turn a photo into an Excel spreadsheet in a snap  CNET

Microsoft's tool for iOS and Android phones turns photos of notes, lists, recipes and numbers into Excel spreadsheets.

Comcast Customer Service Rep Saves Life of Man Having a Stroke While on the Phone with Her  PEOPLE.com

Kimberly Williams, a Comcast rep in Mississippi, recalled how Dan Magennis' "words got slurred" as she was talking to him, leading her to take quick action.

The perfect phone: 9 features I'm dreaming of  ZDNet

If I could create my dream phone, this is what it would include.

Twitter got you down? Try taking your phone out for fresh air.  MIT Technology Review

A strange new piece of sentiment analysis research adds to the evidence that nature makes people happier—even if they're staring at their phones while they're ...

Motorola’s foldable Razr phone will launch by the end of the year  BGR

A few months ago, it really seemed like 2019 would be the year of the foldable smartphones. Samsung and Huawei had just unveiled the Galaxy Fold and Mate ...

What3words: The app that can save your life  BBC News

Police have urged everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives. What is it and how does it work? Kicked. Converged.

Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence  The Atlantic

Days after considering the implementation of universal background checks, President Donald Trump has sidelined the issue.

Don’t call me: Nearly 90% of customers won’t answer the phone anymore [Study]  Marketing Land

There's an ongoing debate about the role of telephone sales and whether they're effective anymore. Many pundits have long asserted that “cold calling is dead,” ...

Grammarly keyboard for Android and iOS adds synonyms picker  9to5Google

Grammarly's mobile keyboard for Android and iOS has just picked up a new synonyms picker to help you find the right word faster.

Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ Is Too Much Phone, But We Love It  WIRED

Samsung's line of Galaxy Note smartphones have always been known for their bigness, but over the past couple years Samsung has tried to make them stand ...

Many smartphones reportedly exceed FCC limits for radio frequency radiation  Digital Trends

According to a new report from the Chicago Tribune, many new smartphone models exceed federal safety limits for radio frequency radiation. The report notes ...

6 best ways to lock down a kid's phone in 2019  Android Central

I'm a mom of 10 kids, so I know how helpful it is to have an extra set of eyes to help protect kids from cyberbullying, block them from inappropriate *content*, and ...

Google’s lightweight search app, Google Go, launches to Android users worldwide  TechCrunch

Google Go, a lightweight version of Google's search app, is today becoming available to all Android users worldwide. First launched in 2017 after months of beta ...

10 Mean Girls Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words | ScreenRant  Screen Rant

These memes take classic quotes and scenes from Mean Girls, the popular comedy film written by Tina Fey and starring Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan.

Nokia shares its Android 10 roadmap with updates starting in Q4 2019  Android Central

Following Google's big news regarding Android 10's name and the rebrand for Android as a whole, Nokia has shared its Android 10 update roadmap for its ...

Haunting final words Shilpa Shetty uttered to Jade Goody before cancer diagnosis  Mirror Online

In the final part of Channel 4's Jade Goody: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain saw the heartbreaking moment Jade discovered she had cervical cancer.

Galaxy Note 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Which Samsung phone is best?  Business Insider

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus have arrived. Here's how to decide which smartphone is right for you.

Exclusive: The foldable Huawei Mate X will have the new Kirin 990 chipset  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X will pack the Kirin 990 chipset, TechRadar has learned ahead of IFA 2019.

The poor, who most need insurance, are least likely to have it  The Economist

LIKE MANY Zambian farmers, Stephen Chomba suffered badly from a prolonged drought that started just after last year's planting season in October. The maize ...

Want to Improve Your Memory? A Decade-Long Stanford Study Suggests You Should Stop Doing This 1 Thing  Inc.

Researchers find that spending less time multitasking may be the key to improving cognitive performance and memory.

Drops app: Learn a language during your five-minute break  ZDNet

If you have five minutes to spare, how to best can you use that time? Do you go for another coffee, run, or play a game? You could learn a new language instead.

Police Minister 'little bit grumpy' at airport, swears; phones later to apologise  Stuff.co.nz

Stuart Nash says he 'perhaps acted in a way that I shouldn't have', swearing at an Air NZ staffer.

Man pleads guilty to murder of Steven Wilson in Hanover model home as family reels  CapitalGazette.com

As prosecutors played the audio tape of the last moments of Steven Wilson's life, his widow stood up from her front row seat and rushed out the back of the ...

Larry Swearingen: Death row convict cites Christ's last words before he is executed  Sky News

Killer and rapist Larry Swearingen's final words were "Lord forgive them. They don't know what they are doing".

BBVA, recognized as the most innovative digital bank in Latin America in 2019 by Global Finance  BBVA

The award underscores the role that the Group is playing, spearheading the digital transformation process of the region's financial sector by rolling out, on an ...

Saleswoman, 48, drowned in the bath after bingeing on white wine before night out  The Sun

A SALESWOMAN drowned in the bath after bingeing on white wine before a night out. Sarah Yarnall, 48, had just split with her long-term partner of ten years, ...

Local ambulances can now use three random words to get within three metres of you – here's how to find your code  Business Insider South Africa

South African ambulance *service* ER24 has partnered with mapping *service* What3words to get better directions to emergencies. What3words divides the entire ...

When Good Boys Say Bad Words  The New York Times

The filmmakers behind the new comedy “Good Boys,” about potty-mouthed sixth-graders, had to figure out how to handle stars who were too young to actually ...

Hackers can work out your online passwords just from the sound of your keystrokes, study finds  The Telegraph

Hackers are able to work out your online passwords just from the sound of your keystrokes, a new study has revealed.

Nvidia upgrades its GeForce Now streaming platform with ray tracing and Android phone support  TechRadar

GeForce Now, Nvidia's game streaming *service* which has been in beta for some time, has now started supporting RTX graphics (ray tracing) for some users ...

Death Row Killer Says He Feels Lethal Injection 'Burning' In Final Words  LADbible

A death row killer said he could feel his arm burning as he had the lethal injection after being convicted of raping and murdering a teenage girl.

Google Duo is getting a low-light mode to brighten up your video chats  Digital Trends

Google Duo is getting a little more useful in low light. Google has announced a new low-light mode for Duo that is aimed at brightening up video in case you're ...

Puzzling Around Eugene  Eugene Weekly

If you're like me and you have the attention span of a puppy in a tennis ball factory, conventional board games may not be your thing. Sitting around the kitchen ...

Does Visible limit my video streaming resolution?  Android Central

Best answer: No, Visible doesn't limit your resolution when streaming video on its network. You may experience slow-downs during particularly busy parts of the ...

Anatomy of a malware scam  Financial Times

Last summer, Alphaville fell victim to a scam. We know this is what they all say, but honestly - it wasn't our fault. The scam was the result of undetectable malware ...

Thinking I do with words - Once upon a time near a ringing cell phone  Yorkton This Week

I will now tell you the tale of the worst theatre experience of my life. We start in Cineplex Southland in Regina. We originally went to the Normanview Cineplex to ...

Beijing Is Shooting Its Own Foot in Hong Kong  Foreign Policy

As protests continue to rock Hong Kong, Beijing's efforts to contain the unrest and impose its narrative on the unfolding events, both at home and abroad, are ...

Hackers could hear your password when you type  WTHR

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (WUSA) — Researchers have discovered that hackers have a decent chance of discovering your password just by the sound you ...

The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk  The Age

I feel a whole lot better when I'm connected with friends and co-workers, not with my phone or computer.

3 Toxic Marriage Behaviors and What to Do About Them  Yahoo Lifestyle

We follow hairstylist-to-the stars Jen Atkin on Instagram. Here's the caption she wrote under a gorgeous photo of her and her husband, photographer Mike ...

What is Amazon Prime Video? A breakdown of everything you need to know  Business Insider

Prime Video is arguably one of the best perks included in your Amazon Prime membership. Here's what Prime Video is, what you can watch, and how it works.

Google ditches dessert names for Android 10  CNN

Google may be doing away with its dessert naming scheme after a long, delicious run.

After 45 years of music, a final concert for the St. Louis Jesuits  National Catholic Reporter

The phone jolted Jesuit Fr. Bob Dufford from a sound sleep. "You're gonna want to get out of bed," his publishing rep said, "and turn on your VCR. Bill Clinton's ...

The Ohio State University wants to trademark its favorite word: ‘The’  The Washington Post

Ohio State is serious about calling itself “The” Ohio State University. The grammatical article is right there on many of the school's seal, logos and signs. Now the ...

Miami public transportation is getting Google Pay — and it could save you money  Digital Trends

Google and the Miami-Dade Transit public transportation system have announced that the system will now support Google Pay -- meaning you can tap to pay at ...

'The Caller Told Them I Was Going To Open Fire On The Police': A Black Writer Discusses Swatting  WBUR

Swatting is an occasionally deadly form of online harassment involving a hoax call to police and a SWAT team rushing to the house of an often unaware victim.

Justice Is Served: A Conversation Between RuPaul and Judge Judy  Interview

RuPaul Andre Charles chats with his longtime friend and idol Judge Judith Sheindlin about self-love, the artifice of drag, and life in America.

In My Own Words: Making My NFL Debut  49ers.com

In Part 2 of Dre Greenlaw's rookie blog, the linebacker discusses his preseason debut against the Cowboys.

London bus attack: Four teens to stand trial over homophobic attack on Melania Geymonat, Chris Hannigan  NEWS.com.au

It was the image that shocked the world: the battered and bloodied faces of a woman and her girlfriend sitting shell-shocked on a London bus in the aftermath of ...

How rude can you be on social media?  Spectator.co.uk

I've rashly agreed to write an online column on digital etiquette for Spectator Life, and the editor has thrown me in at the deep end. 'Just how rude can you be on ...

Tanya Tucker Returns Full-Throttle With 'While I'm Livin''  Nashville Scene

Catching up with the country legend ahead of her first new album in 17 years.

Digital footprints: The new route to credit scoring?  BusinessLine

Accessing mobile usage and transaction data could help assess the eligibility to avail credit.

Leaked cases for new iPhone reveal ‘mini stylus’ that could launch in weeks – despite Steve Jobs famously hati  The Sun

APPLE'S next iPhone is just a few weeks away, and it could be the first to come with a stylus. A new leak suggests the iPhone 11 will work with the Apple Pencil, ...

How Might The New York Times Sound on Smart Speakers?  The New York Times

The New York Times R&D team did design research to learn how people use smart speakers, and how that might shape how the news should sound on the ...

She never hung up: Cable customer service rep in Mississippi saves Michigan man's life  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Kimberly Williams is used to all kinds of phone calls. She is, after all, a customer *service* representative for a cable company. Kimberly Williams, 32, of Clinton, ...

I'm a Journalist. Why Did I End Up on an FBI Terrorist Watch List?  The Nation

The use of “watch lists” to harass dissidents and journalists—as well as Muslims—appears to be growing, as the author discovered when he recently got caught ...

These Bizarre Ripoff 'News' Sites Have Turned Plagiarism Into A Business  HuffPost

Scammers have cooked up a truly strange scheme to leech traffic from journalists.

FRINGE 2019: 2 amazing DANCE shows  Gig City

Stage 4 (King Edward Elementary School). A few years back an inventive local dance company called Synaethesis Dance Theatre came up with a movement ...

Teens Deny Homophobic Attack Against Women On Bus  HuffPost UK

Both women targeted were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident.

3 Cloud Stocks To Buy Now  The Motley Fool

The cloud is a pretty straightforward *service*. It's essentially an offsite data storage, processing, and application (software) delivery environment (here's a quick ...

Heartbreak Holiday: 'We broke up on the flight'  BBC Three

That first big holiday away without your parents is a rite of passage. It's a chance to spread your wings, get sunburnt, snog the wrong people and generally live it ...

SKAM, a Groundbreaking Norwegian Show, Is the Future of TV  GQ

How a Scandi sensation called 'SKAM' became a global phenomenon that'll change the small screen forever.

I Volunteered For Abortion Rights In Missouri & It Made Me Rethink My Entire Life  Bustle

In this op-ed, writer Kara Lewis explains how volunteering at a Planned Parenthood clinic changed what feminism meant to her. Imagine living in a place where ...

Charges filed against Shawano man for racist graffiti at schools  WBAY

SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Shawano man has been charged with six counts with hate crime modifiers for racist graffiti spray-painted at schools.

My Boss Flipped Out When He Found Out I Have a Boyfriend  Slate

Dear Prudence, I'm 22 and have been working at my dream job for eight months. My supervisor, Mitch, in his mid-40s, has been an amazing mentor.

'Not Afraid of Probe into Phone Tapping': Kumaraswamy Accuses K'taka Govt of Running Transfer Business  News18

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said he was not afraid of any probe into the phone tapping allegations, as he ...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Flight of the presidency  Arkansas Online

Donald Trump. Who else? He lives in the immediately televised moment. He lives elsewhere when the television image changes or when the power on the ...

The Mystery of Babies’ First Words  The Atlantic

It's nearly impossible to discern when an infant's babbling turns into a fully formed word.

Together, They're Overcoming Their Stammers and Finding Their Voices  Dublin Inquirer

In her mid-20s, Laura Ludmany learnt a new way to breathe. “That was actually the first time in my life I could say my name.”

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Study: Parks make people as happy as Christmas  KBTX

Spending some time outside in a park can pick up your mood as much as Christmas Day-- that's according to a new study out this week from the University of ...

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 ...

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...

How to use Messages on Apple Watch  iMore

Do you need to send a quick message and don't have your iPhone with you? You can read and reply to messages with your Apple Watch. Here's how to do it.

What is the Difference between Call, Phone and Ring?  Voice of America

The question we answer this week is "Which to use - call, phone, or ring?"

The 8 most sophisticated phone scams right now the average person falls for  Business Insider

Phone scams are as big a problem now as they ever were — and some of the most devious scams are growing in popularity.

Is Facebook listening to you through your phone? Almost certainly not.  Business Insider

There's a belief that Facebook is listening through your phone and then serving ads based on your life. But evidence suggests this is not true.

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 ...

How to block a phone number on your iPhone  Business 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.

Here’s how to avoid long lines, get good seats at Western Idaho Fair concerts  Idaho Statesman

If you're attending a Western Idaho Fair grandstand concert (3 Doors Down, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dustin Lynch and REO Speedwagon), you're going to wait in ...

First Look: Inside the Marlin, Dublin’s new €55m hotel  The Irish Times

Everything is Insta-ready, from a giant stylised tree to a Vespa and retro phone booth.

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.

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 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 ...

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 ...

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton counsels Mike Pezzullo over intimidating phone call allegation  ABC News

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has counselled his departmental secretary Mike Pezzullo over concerns he intimidated a crossbench senator in a phone call ...

Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the moon?  The Conversation UK

Here is how our mobile phones compare with the computer that landed man on the moon in 1969.

Samsung's $2,000 folding smartphone disaster, explained  Business Insider

In a few days in April, Samsung's $1980 foldable smartphone went from promising concept to PR nightmare. Months later, it's still not out.

How to set up and use Google Voice on your computer or mobile device  Business Insider

Google Voice is a free *service* designed in part to consolidate several phones. Here's how to set up and use it, along with tips for optimization.

How to set up and use Google Hangouts, Google's free phone call and video chat service, on desktop or mobile  INSIDER

You can use Google Hangouts to make phone calls, video calls, and more with anyone on your contacts list. Here's how to set up and use it.

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.

Lives on the line: lessons learnt from volunteering for a phone crisis centre  Sydney Morning Herald

Manning a crisis support telephone *service* has taught this writer how to truly listen to those at the end of their tether – and techniques to help them go on, even ...

Here's what happens when you block someone's number on your iPhone  Business Insider

When you block a number on an iPhone, you limit that number from contacting you in several ways. Here's what you need to know about iPhone blocking.

A scary type of scam call causes Apple's logo and phone number to pop up on your iPhone lock screen, but there's a way to protect yourself  Business Insider

What makes this new Apple spoof so dangerous is that it's taking advantage of the contact card likely already in your iPhone.

You've been charging your smartphone all wrong  Business Insider

All smartphone batteries have a limited lifespan, but the common habit of charging phones overnight could actually be shortening that lifespan, according to a ...

This is how attackers were able to spread spyware through WhatsApp with just a phone call  Business Insider

Attackers exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability known as a buffer overflow to spread spyware to mobile devices. Here's what that term means.

I d.o.! How to solve the I d.o.n.t. autocorrect problem in iOS  Macworld

A reader figured out a simple solution: delete messages that contain the incorrect correction.

How to mute spoilers on Twitter and Facebook  The Next Web

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spoilers have become a ...