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

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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 ...

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

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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, ...

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.

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?"

Father called wife to 'say goodbye' while trapped in farm machinery  Yahoo News

A Queensland father of five called his wife to “say goodbye” thinking he would not survive when he became trapped in farming machinery during a horrific ...

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.

HTC is launching a cheaper version of its blockchain phone  TechRadar

HTC isn't giving up on its blockchain phone strategy: following on from the Exodus 1 that launched late in 2018, the company has revealed a cheaper version of ...

Marine Corps Drill Instructor Doesn't Hold Back on NASCAR's Larson  Department of Defense

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson got an earful from a drill instructor as he visited Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina to learn the ropes of being ...

In latest attack, Trump tweets edited video of Pelosi tripping over words  NBC News

President Donald Trump on Thursday night tweeted out an edited video showing Nancy Pelosi stumbling over her words, escalating the personal attacks he has ...

Samsung’s Galaxy S11 won’t have the crazy new feature we’re waiting for  BGR

The Galaxy S10 was released just a few months ago and it turned out to be a success for Samsung, unlike its predecessor. In about three more months, the ...

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?

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 ...

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.

Luann de Lesseps' First Words After Being Taken Into Custody for Violating Probation  Extra

"The Real Housewives of New York" star Luann de Lesseps is in more legal trouble. On Thursday, the 54-year-old was taken into custody for violating her ...

Google’s Pixel 3a has a serious problem for some users, and there’s no fix in sight  BGR

Google has been making phones for quite a few years now, both during the Nexus era when other smartphone vendors designed its devices, and especially in ...

Turn a photo of data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet  CNET

Microsoft's new tool for Android phones converts photos into Excel spreadsheets. Along with numbers, you can convert lists and recipes.

Abstruct brings OnePlus's beautiful wallpapers to any Android phone  Android Central

If you've ever been envious of the beautiful wallpapers that come on the OnePlus phones, you'll want to grab this app. Abstruct is a new app from the ...

All the terms in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and what they mean  iMore

There are a lot of new terms in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. We have pulled them all together here to help you understand the game a little better.

2020 iPhones May Have Full-Screen Touch ID, New iPhone SE Based on iPhone 8 Also Possible Next Year  Mac Rumors

Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates today shared their expectations for both 2019 and 2020 model iPhones following their trip to Asia...

Police on the hunt for two men involved in vile Tony Abbott posters  2GB

An offensive poster targeting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been put up on Sydney's North Shore. Listeners phoned Steve Price after seeing the two ...

Now at Google, Facebook’s former teen-in-residence launches new social game Emojishot  TechCrunch

Facebook's former teen-in-residence Michael Sayman, now at Google, is back today with the launch of a new game: Emojishot, an emoji-based guessing game ...

‘Room 104’: Brian Tyree Henry Breaks Down His ‘Incredibly Terrifying’ Musical Episode  IndieWire

Brian Tyree Henry faced new performing challenges while bringing a stand-out episode of "Room 104" to life. [Interview]

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 ...

Trevor Dickinson puts Canberrans in the picture with his new mural  The Canberra Times

Bus shelter artist Trevor Dickinson has painted his first mural in Canberra, an "interactive" classic national capital bus shelter that's just begging for some ...

Lucas targets speeding motorists as GST loss clawed back  InDaily

The Treasurer today outlined his proposed schedule of fees and charges for 2019-20 to be included in next month's State Budget. InDaily revealed in April that ...

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.

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.

Report: Google searches from Layla Aiken's suspected killer shows he tried to cover up crime  NBC2 News

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Over two months ago, when police first told Logan Hetherington they were going to search and inspect his Dodge Ram pick-up truck, he ...

Aurora police training to 'use words instead of guns, use questions instead of orders' in cases of people with disabilities  Chicago Tribune

A scary situation for an Aurora teen and his good Samaritan shows why cops are learning to deal differently with those intellectually disabled.

Google improved Android Auto by making it act more like your phone  Engadget

Every year, Android gets a chance to reinvent itself on smartphones with new features and new design flourishes. The same can't be said of Android Auto, ...

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.

Aladdin subliminal message: The history of the myth that the Disney movie tells teenagers, “Take off your clothes.”  Slate

One reason teenagers thought Disney was sending them subliminal messages? It was.

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' ...

I thought that unless I was the best, I was unfit for love or acceptance from anyone, let alone from myself. And I found ways of proving that to myself  Irish Examiner

I FINISHED writing my fifth novel this week. It's a first draft, I hasten to add, and an extremely messy one at that, so I'm not getting overly excited. I know too much ...

6PR Reward your WA Hero Terms and Conditions  6PR

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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, ...

Microsoft says its 'xCloud' Xbox streaming service will work with thousands of games  CNET

But the company still hasn't said when it'll start testing the *service* publicly, or how much it'll cost.

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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 ...

Redmi 7A announced with Snapdragon 439 and 4,000 mAh battery - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

Xiaomi's Redmi brand just announced its most affordable smartphone from the series - the Redmi 7A. The handset is a direct successor to the Redmi 6A and...

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.

How my son's college graduation changed my life forever  CNN

LZ Granderson writes that the hardest decision he ever made as a father was leaving his 5-year-old son in Atlanta with his mother to take a better paying job in ...

Charged with strangling his pregnant stepmom in a cemetery, accused killer Ian Anselmo writes to siblings from  Orlando Sentinel

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Lawyers read 'extremely offensive' jail phone calls during Emanuel Samson murder trial  The Tennessean

During a phone call, Antioch church shooting suspect Emanuel Samson talked about being able to "look at the humor in any situation."

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 ...

Colorado man who vowed to ‘kill as many girls as I see’ over romantic rejections sentenced to pris  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Colorado man arrested in Utah earlier this year for threatening to “kill as many girls as (he saw)” has been sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, ...

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 ...

25 Time-Tested Ways to Schedule a Call With a Business Prospect  Entrepreneur

A prospect wants to know you're worth listening to before they give you their time.

How Meghan Markle Reacted to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Tribute  Vanity Fair

In February, Meghan Markle received the sort of tribute that, truly, is the stuff that dreams are made of. On the same day as her high-profile baby shower, held in ...

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.

Zoom US Hits $20 Billion Market Cap  UC Today

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Heated Exchanges As Texas Lawmakers Discuss New Sandra Bland Cellphone Video  CBS Houston

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What you can bring, how to get tickets for Buffalo's outdoor concerts  Buffalo News

Yes, you can bring an umbrella to Artpark as this photo of an Artpark concert crowd shielding itself from the sun illustrates. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo).

Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Tangled History of Two Tech Buzzwords  CoinDesk

“I'm interested in blockchain, not bitcoin.” Admit it, you've heard this hundreds, if not thousands, of times. (You might have even said it yourself.) And sure, people ...

SETI@home, the Alien-Hunting Project for the Nonscientist, Turns 20  The Ringer

UC Berkeley's SETI@home, one of the most significant citizen-science projects of the late 20th century, brought the search for intelligent life to PCs. It hasn't yet ...

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.

'The nicest person in children's books': readers' tributes and memories of Judith Kerr  The Guardian

We asked you to share your tributes and memories of the author and illustrator. Here's what some of you said.

Girl, 8, told killer father ‘Daddy, I love you’ as he strangled her and four siblings to death after Disney Wo  The Sun

He's accused of beating one of the kids and strangling the other four to death before wrapping their bodies in plastic bags. By Debbie White. 24th May 2019 ...

Separated by the travel ban, these couples are taking to video to plead their case  CNN

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 ...

Theatre Under The Stars stages rare run of ‘Jerome Robbins’ Broadway’  Houston Chronicle

Estimating Jerome Robbins' influence on the Broadway stage, and the wider field of musical theater, Dan Knechtges doesn't hesitate to drop the “B” word.

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 ...

Germany demands an end to working cryptography  Boing Boing

Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer -- a hardliner who has called for cameras at every "hot spot" in Germany -- has announced that he will seek a ban on ...

Mueller Report findings: What Donald Trump actually did in 2016  Vox.com

In the midst of the Mueller report's lengthy chronicle of Trump associates' contacts with Russia or other shady characters during the 2016 campaign, there's ...

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 ...

See messages in Tyrann Mathieu extortion case: Alleged threats, bounties, 'bring ya whole army'  The Advocate

Messages offered up as evidence that New Orleans-raised Tyrann Mathieu threatened a man accused of blackmailing the star athlete offer a peek into the ...

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 ...

Serial Killer Who Once Terrorized Tampa Bay Area Set For Execution  WJCT NEWS

Cindy Brown remembers when she decided to divorce Bobby Joe Long, the serial killer facing execution as a result of a murderous spree that claimed 10 ...

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...

Johnson 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 ...

Trey Gowdy Teases "Game Changer" FBI Transcripts  RushLimbaugh.com

May 23, 2019. RUSH: So 64% of the American people know or think the FBI knew the dossier was a bunch of crap when they applied for a search warrant ...

One punch killer Kit John Murray recalls the night he lashed out  Stuff.co.nz

After three years in prison, and eight years since he killed with a single punch, Kit John Murray spoke with Stuff about the moment that changed everything for ...

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.

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 ...

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.

A heart's bonds  NASCAR

The three of them bantered back and forth. They were soldiers in the Kentucky Army National Guard, returning in their Humvee to southern Iraq after running ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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

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

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Former President George H.W. Bush's last words, as spoken to his son, George W. Bush  CNN

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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.

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