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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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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 ...

This is what the Galaxy Note 10 might look like  BGR

With May almost over, we're some two months away from the next major Android phone launch. The Galaxy Note 10 will likely drop in early August, and it'll ...

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 ...

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.

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, ...

How to make phone calls with your smart speaker  AndroidPIT

Smart speakers and smart displays help us save time daily with their smart functionality. But did you know that you can also use them to make calls and video ...

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is finally official, but only for EE customers in Britain  BGR

We've known for months that UK carrier EE will be the first mobile operator in the world to launch OnePlus's first 5G phone. And we've known it'll all go down at ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Google pulls Huawei's Android license: 5 reasons not to panic (yet) if you own a Huawei phone  PCWorld

Google is reportedly pulling its Play Store and Android app license from Huawei due to pressure from the U.S., government, but that doesn't mean your Huawei ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hiker missing in Hawaii for two weeks found alive  WTHR

HONOLULU, Hawaii (WTHR) - A woman who has been missing since she went for a hike more than two weeks ago on Maui has been found alive. Hawaii News ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

The Indy 500: On women, candor and politics  The Colorado Independent

It was from a political consultant in Denver whom I've known for years and is not a mincer of words. Given that there seem to be as many political consultants as ...

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.

Google Pixel 3a Issues: Users Are Reporting Their Phones Are Randomly Shutting Down  Tech Times

Google has just released its new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones. However, owners are already reporting that they're randomly shutting down, requiring a hard ...

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, ...

Facebook Can’t Rely on Artificial Intelligence to Save It From Hate Speech  Barron's

A Facebook official acknowledged that artificial intelligence is not the best solution to address hate speech, as the company delegates that responsibility to more ...

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.

Samsung phones have a clever new hidden feature you won’t find on any iPhone  BGR

Samsung's Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ are easily the company's most exciting new flagship smartphones in years. Samsung's devastating ...

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 ...

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.

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…

Couple who lost phone with photos of their dying baby were allegedly blackmailed, & more in News in 5.  Mamamia

Uber Eats delivery cyclist Siti Nurhidayah allegedly blackmailed Dee and Jay Windross, who lost a phone filled with photos of their dying baby girl Amiyah.

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' ...

A Race Car Driver, a Finance Wiz and Some Rocket Scientists Joined Forces to Build the Ultimate Phone Protector  Entrepreneur

In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have ...

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 ...

Words With Friends Live brings on Garth Brooks for season finale  CNET

Country singer Garth Brooks chats with Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, about his love for the game at Zynga's San ...

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, ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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."

Buying a OnePlus 7 Pro? Here are All the Best UK Deals (Updated)  Gizmodo UK

Today is the day that the OnePlus 7 Pro arrives into the world, assuming you weren't one of the many people who queued up outside the London pop-up last ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Government Backed A Crowdfunding Site For Tech In Schools. They Ended Up Using It For Essential Supplies.  BuzzFeed

In the run-up to his SATs exams, 10-year-old Mitchell logged on to his school computer to practise his spelling. In the past, the programme had read out words ...

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).

How to automatically translate your typed words to a preferred language on any Android phone  H2S Media

If you have a friend from a different country or city, who speaks a completely different language, Google's own Gboard can translate for you instantly.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Serial killer who once terrorized Florida is executed  ABC Action News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WFTS) — Bobby Joe Long, the serial killer who terrorized Florida killing at least 10 women, has been executed. His last meal was a ...

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.

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 ...

Review: Rewind: Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene  Resident Advisor

Rewind: Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene Electroclash was mocked—and revered—when it emerged around the turn of the millennium.

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 ...

Strategies to deal with Tulare homelessness discussed at special...  Valley Voice

On May 23rd, a Tulare City Council ad hoc committee met to discuss a multifaceted plan developed to alleviate homelessness in Tulare. Guest speaker and ...

The devastating words of Emiliano Sala's dad before his own death  Wales Online

A new TV programme into the tragedy will be broadcast tonight.

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 ...

Colorado man who vowed to ‘kill as many girls as I see’ over romantic rejections sentenced to pris  Springfield News Sun

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dick Yarbrough: Who listens to me anyway? Not Skeeter Skates  Gainesville Times

When the telephone rang, I knew who it was. It was Skeeter Skates. The phone just sounds different when he calls. He can be intimidating, even to a telephone.

Friends helping Jackson couple after husband's brain injury a year ago  Jackson Sun

June 1 will be a time Julie Daniels is looking forward to as her friends will gather at her church for a fundraiser.

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.

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.

Rosita Boland: Brushes with danger remind us of the fragility of life  The Irish Times

Exclusive extract from Elsewhere: One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel.

The Finalists Of HBO's Asian American Short Film Competition On Telling Unfiltered Stories  Bustle

It's no secret that the Hollywood system rewards two things: talent and connections. But being talented matters very little unless you're able to get your foot in the ...

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.

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

"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 ...

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

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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.

New phone designs aim to shake up MWC 2019  CNET

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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.

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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.