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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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You Should Delete These Words Off Your Résumé (& Use These Instead)  Refinery29

When looking for a new job, you should cut redundant, empty words from your résumé and swap them out with sharp, powerful alternatives.

Huawei debuts its P30 and P30 Pro phones, with upgraded cameras in focus  New Atlas

It's been a busy year for phone launches already, and after the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, the Sony Xperia 1, the folding Huawei Mate X and ...

Three Words Saved Sexual Assault Hostage Victim’s Life  UNILAD

Three little words are all it took for one sexual assault victim held hostage by her captor to be saved. The woman had been abducted, sexually assaulted, and ...

Galaxy Note 10 rumored to launch in August with no physical buttons  BGR

Following the launch of the Galaxy S10 earlier this month, we got a temporary reprieve from the deluge of rumors that had been flooding the internet in the ...

Here's Why Experts Say It Isn't OK To Look Through Your Partner's Phone  Elite Daily

It can be really tempting to want to take a peek in your partner's phone. Since our phones have basically become our digital diaries, you can probably learn ...

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 ...

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is more proof of Sony\'s woeful camera performance  Notebookcheck.net

The Sony Xperia XZ3, a few days ago, made the trip over to photography benchmark website DxOMark, where it failed woefully, continuing the trend of Sony ...

The New App Twenty Is Making It Easier To Meet Up With Friends  TeenVogue.com

We spoke with Kaia Gerber about how she uses Twenty to unplug.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam proposes statewide ban on holding phone while driving  Virginian-Pilot

The General Assembly balked at banning people from holding phones while driving, but Gov. Ralph Northam thinks he's found a way to do what the legislature ...

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 ...

Award-Winning Smartphone Game 'Codex' Is Teaching North Texans To Read  Texas Public Radio

As many as one-third of Dallas adults are barely literate. Each year, literacy groups only reach 1.5 percent of them. But now there's an award-winning.

WhatsApp closer to protecting the retinas of Android users  Phone Arena

WhatsApp has sent out an update to its Android beta app that includes a hidden method for testing Dark Mode on the phone's settings. Eventually, the feature ...

Study Examines High Cost Of Making Phone Calls From Wisconsin Jails  Wisconsin Public Radio News

A recent study found that some Wisconsin jails are charging well above the national average for phone calls to family members and lawyers.

Mum and daughter saved by police using app which finds people using three words  Metro.co.uk

A mum and her daughter were saved by police using an app which can pinpoint any location on Earth using just three words. Valerie Hawkett, 33, was ...

Here's What Actually Happens When You Let Apple See Your Analytics On Your iOS Devices  Bustle

Raise your hand if you're paranoid about people stealing information from your phone. (Me!) I'm especially vigilant when Apple asks if I want to send the ...

Sunday Puzzle: Ch-ch-choose Your Words  NPR

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two words. Think of a word starting with CH- that can follow my first word and precede my second, in each case to ...

Verizon refuses to admit that its “first to 5G” commercials are misleading  Ars Technica

The advertising industry's self-regulatory division has urged Verizon to stop claiming that it has America's first 5G network, but Verizon claims that its "first to 5G" ...

Apple spent its whole event subtweeting Facebook and Google  CNET

Commentary: The iPhone maker appears to diss rivals as it talks up its commitment to privacy.

How to get out of a phone contract  Expert Reviews

Finding the right contract is a daunting task. It's all too easy to end up on the wrong plan, with the wrong provider – and once you've been ensnared, it tends to ...

Jason Rose's PR Firm Feud Escalates From YouTube to Restraining Orders  Phoenix New Times

Melissa Rein Lively, an ex-employee of local spinmeister Jason Rose's PR firm, alleges that the firm lacks ethics and uses “its powers for evil.” Rose's firm says ...

The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake  Search Engine Land

If you work with attorneys, you may have noticed recently that there is a massive amount of spam that seems to be growing like weeds in Google's local results.

How to Survive Dating App Anxiety - Tips for Online Dating  menshealth.com

Tips from a top psychiatrist on how to manage the wondering, the hope, the initial conversation and the rejection.

Sacramento Man Gets Visit from FBI Agents after Impassioned Speech at City Council Meeting  KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- Cell phone video captured the moments the FBI showed up to a Sacramento man's home Monday afternoon. Kevin Boltz was prepared and ...

Emergency responders are using 3-word geocoded addresses to save lives  VentureBeat

Emergency services are increasingly turning to a quirky 3-word geocoded address system to find victims of accidents, natural diasters, and crime.

Pixel 4 and 4 XL rumors: Price, specs, leaks, features and everything else  CNET

Keep tabs on the rumors about Google's upcoming marquee phones.

On the Trail of the Robocall King  WIRED

An investigator set out to discover the source of one scammy robocall. Turns out, his target made them by the millions.

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim found dead in apparent suicide, police say  The Washington Post

The father of a first-grade girl killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was discovered dead in an apparent suicide Monday morning at a ...

UK police use What3words to locate hostage, pinpoint other incidents  CNET

A handful of first responders sign up for the three-word location *service*.

Psychologists agree: 'Tell me about yourself' is the only icebreaker you'll ever need—here's how successful people use it  CNBC

If you have social or networking anxiety, this is the only icebreaker you'll ever need (so you can stop Googling "best icebreaker questions" now). Even NPR's ...

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.

Hijacked bus: Boy hero who saved children to be granted Italian citizenship  Sky News

Ramy Shehata, 13, managed to call his father and spoke to him in Arabic when 51 children were being held hostage on a bus.

AT&T’s “5G E” is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G, study finds  Ars Technica

AT&T's so-called "5G E" lost to Verizon and T-Mobile 4G in new speed tests.

So your Spidey sense tells you it’s a phone scam — should you hang up or lead ‘em on?  Bellingham Herald

With new types of phone scams coming out seemingly every day to get at your money and personal information, police suggest you hang up and then report the ...

Everything we know about the Jussie Smollett case  Entertainment Weekly News

In the two months since Jussie Smollett appeared to be the victim of a racial and homophobic attack, there have been too many twists and turns to keep track of.

FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for  TechCrunch

The Federal Trade Commission, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet *service* providers ...

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 ...

Helpful Advice for New Audiobook Readers  Book Riot

Audiobooks are great tools for getting more reading in, but if you need some encouragement to get started, try this advice for new audiobook readers.

Why you should stop using mobile data  Computerworld

The worst thing about digital distraction is that the problem keeps growing. The time spent, the distraction, the damage — the toll of smartphone addiction never ...

The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity: 43 Tips to Be More Efficient, More Effective (and a Lot Happier)  Inc.

To get a lot more done, check out this comprehensive list of personal productivity tips.

Sonya, 'The Pet Psychic'  Cottage Grove Sentinel

What are your pets thinking? Wouldn't it be nice to find someone who could read their minds? I did! Meet world famous pet psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick.

How To Say "No" At Work ... Without Burning A Bridge  Forbes

Have you ever been asked by your boss to do something you just don't have time to do successfully? Most of us have. Ivan Misner, author of “Who's in Your ...

Mix-up: British Airways plane lands in Scotland, not Germany  Fox Baltimore

LONDON (AP) — The flight on Monday seemed to go perfectly well, until passengers realized that their plane had landed in both the wrong city and the wrong ...

Consumer Reports: Fin Simonetti  ARTnews

Fin Simonetti is a Canadian-born artist and musician living and working in New York City. Her exhibition “Pledge” is currently on view at Company Gallery on ...

Your chance to win a vacation for 4 to AULANI Resort  KTLA Los Angeles

Set ocean-side on the island of O'ahu, AULANI, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'i is an unforgettable way to start a new adventure. Your story unfolds ...

Review: Apple's new AirPods are a first-class update to an already superb product  AppleInsider

Apple's updated AirPods are now arriving in people's hands, and they bring wireless charging -- if you pay extra for it -- as well as improved sound and ...

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.

Jayda G: Significant Changes | Review  Pitchfork

The Canadian DJ, producer, and marine biologist bridges worlds on her debut album, weaving orcas' songs and conservationist messages into deep-diving ...

Mueller Report Fallout: #Resistance Twitter Stars Are Not Done Doing Their Own Investigative Work  The Daily Beast

They've made a name for themselves predicting the result of the Mueller investigation. Why stop now?

Theresa May tells MPs she 'cannot commit' to alternate Brexit strategy  Sky News

Theresa May has admitted there is still not enough support to bring back her Brexit deal for a third vote in the House of Commons - but failed to commit to ...

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 ...

Five decades ago, Boeing's new 727 jet also had a terrible start  Reuters

As Boeing Co and global airlines work to restore public confidence in the 737 MAX after two deadly crashes, they will have a play book they can use.

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 ...

Apple News+ Is the Antidote to Facebook’s Garbage  Tom's Guide

The new $9.99-a-month subscription *service* doesn't have everything I want, but it's a start.

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.

My Turn  Reading Eagle

It was a tough week for us at Reading Eagle Company. We filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday. I knew this was coming, but I'd gone through my period of ...

The Refugee and the Thief  The New Yorker

Peter Hessler on a gay Egyptian who left his homeland.

Mike Yam Doesn't Like Things To Be Easy  Barrett Sports Media

Barrett Sports Media is a full *service* sports programming and marketing company designed to help sports media companies, and professional sports teams and ...

Big Rural  Motherboard

In the not-so-distant future, rural America contends with the arrival of Big Solar.

“She Lied to My Face”: Inside the Hectic Last Days of Gymboree’s Retail Bankruptcy  The Intercept

The maneuver reveals how in corporate America, the winners at the top can win even in failure -- and nobody else is safe, not even the VPs.

Disturbing news: A new rock concert just got announced at Taco Bell Arena.  Idaho Statesman

Hard rock band Disturbed will headline a July 30 show at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Pop Evil is the opener. Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.

Is Apple Saying Goodbye to Fashion?  The New York Times

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch five years ago, the whole tech industry began to flirt with style. But interest in wearables has cooled.

Mark Yusko Has an Imposter. We Talked to Them.  Institutional Investor

Mark Yusko — the founder of Morgan Creek Capital Management and a cryptocurrency evangelist — was watching basketball with his wife last week when he ...

Playwright and actress receives activism award  The Justice

ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE: Univ. President Ron Liebowitz gave actress, educator and playwright Anna Deavere Smith the Richman Distinguished Fellow ...

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 ...

Joe “Hoser” Satrapa - RIP  Fire Aviation

A well known air tanker pilot passed away March 17. Joe “Hoser” Satrapa was known most recently as an S-2T pilot for the California Department of Forestry and ...

Here are four ways in which you are apologizing wrong %%sep%% Ladders  Ladders

Here are four ways you are apologizing wrong, and how to make sure you don't make these mistakes in your next, “I'm sorry.”

Holidaymaker tells inquest about fatal Ford Kuga fire  TimesLIVE

A video showing the moment Reshall Jimmy burnt to death in his Ford Kuga more than three years ago was at the centre of a dispute over evidence at the ...

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

Former President George H.W. Bush spoke his final words in a phone call with his son, former President George W. Bush, a source familiar with Bush's final ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.”

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Is my phone listening to me — and other questions you asked about our spying tech  ABC News

You had a lot of questions about reporter Simon Elvery's project to spy on what his phone is doing behind his back. Here are some of the answers — and a way ...

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 ...

Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?  The Verge

It came as a total surprise: the most impressive demonstration at Google's I/O conference yesterday was a phone call to book a haircut. Of course, this was a ...

Aiia Maasarwe's sister calls out violence against women in emotional Instagram posts  ABC News

A sister of the Arab-Israeli exchange student who was killed in Melbourne last week takes to social media to express her grief over the death and her contempt ...

Clive Palmer defends campaign texts, says he'll send more  ABC News

The businessman-turned-politician drew the ire of many recipients of unsolicited text messages spruiking his policies last week — but he claims it's legal and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Best word games for iPhone and iPad in 2019  iMore

As a writer, I have a deep appreciation for word games. For me and many others, it's a great way to just relax, and put your vast vocabulary to use without ...

The first FEMA Presidential Alert just hit phones across the US  The Verge

October 3rd at 2:18PM ET, FEMA will send out a "Presidential Alert" to nearly every single cellphone in the country to test its Integrated Public Alert and Warning ...

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.

How to Change Alexa's Wake Word to Something Other Than 'Alexa'  Lifehacker

If you have an Amazon Echo device, then you've likely gotten pretty used to saying “Alexa” whenever you want it to do something.

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 ...

'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.

'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, ...