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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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iPhone trick will stop autocorrect changing swear word to ‘ducking’  NEWS.com.au

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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.

Ahead of expected MWC Nokia event, leak hints at Nokia 9 launch  India Today

Just days ahead of the MWC, there is *fresh* leaks regarding Nokia's planned phone launch event. A tipster, who goes by name Ishan Agarwal on Twitter, and ...


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LG says it's 'too early' for foldable phones  Mashable

LG confirmed it has no plans to launch a smartphone with a folding display anytime soon, even as companies like Samsung openly plot their own launches.

How you can use the Google Translate app to translate languages offline  Business Insider

Use the Google Translate app to translate any downloadable language offline with a few simple steps.

Hilary Duff tried to 'smell' her baby through her phone and we totally get it  Motherly Inc.

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How Gen Zers can overcome their biggest career challenge, according to best-selling author Cal Newport  CNBC

Gen Z is the first generation to come of age with a smartphone in hand and that experience could hurt them in the office, says Cal Newport, a computer science ...

Here’s the Fastest Android Phone On the Planet (for Now)  Tom's Guide

The new Xiaomi Mi 9 obliterates every Android phone out there in Chinese benchmark.

Aspen Words Literary Prize finalists announced  Aspen Times

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Foldable wars? New patent filing suggests that Apple is readying a 'foldable' iPhone  USA TODAY

Just before Samsung is expected to showcase a foldable Galaxy phone, Apple filed a patent update that suggests it too is working on such a design.

Travis Touch Plus review  TechRadar

A pocket device that translates speech to over 100 languages, making the world a smaller place.

Alec Baldwin Is Worried Trump’s ‘Retribution’ Tweet Over SNL Is a ‘Threat to My Safety’  PEOPLE.com

Donald Trump was none too happy with Alec Baldwin's impersonation of him on the weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, tweeting out harsh words about ...

Realme 3 India launch teased, company says something big is coming soon  India Today

Realme has started teasing the launch of its first smartphone for 2019. Based on the teaser, the company is expected to announce the Realme 3 in India soon.

Rep. Omar Apologizes for AIPAC Comments in Reported Phone Call With Jewish Groups  Jewish Journal

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New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works  Digital Trends

Apple has filed a patent for a foldable phone that suggests the company could be following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung and Huawei. The patent ...

Black H.S. hoops star taunted with N-word, monkey noises at game, family says  NJ.com

The mother of a black high school basketball player from Lenape Valley High said her son was targeted with a barrage of racial slurs, including the N-word and ...

Call From Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Postponed Two Former Suspects’ Grand Jury Testimony  CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men once considered potential suspects in the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were moments away from testifying to a ...

This extremely detailed new Caller ID makes it harder for robocallers to trick you  BGR

By one measure, robocalls bombarded US smartphone owners with almost 50 billion calls last year. It's an out-of-control problem that's certainly part of the ...

As KaiOS Extends its Products into Nigeria, are Feature Phones Still Popular in Africa?  Technext

KaiOS Technologies recently announced the extension of its affordable smart feature phones into six African countries including Nigeria. KaiOS is partnering ...

Last Word on cobblestones, Feb. 20  Virginia Gazette

I read in The Virginia Gazette that Duke of Gloucester Street will be repaved, but first they will have to go down to the cobblestone. When they reach the ...

The grief and pain of having someone you love go missing  ABC News

The grief and pain of having a loved one go missing is described as.

Vivo V15 Pro quick review: Inspired by NEX, this is next-generation Vivo at a more affordable price  India Today

The Vivo V15 Pro is the first phone of the year from the company with the same vision. In a way, with the V15 Pro Vivo brings pop-up camera experience to the ...

Forever 44: How a teammate's murder has brought LSU together and fueled the Tigers' inspired season  CBS Sports

For those who knew Wayde Sims best, a senseless tragedy has left unanswered questions and permanent heartbreak.

A plan to counter anti-Jewish prejudice  The Economist

TO PUT it very mildly, dark portents of resurgent anti-Semitism are making news all over Europe. According to provisional figures released in recent days, the ...

Jussie Smollett recounts violent attack on 'GMA': I saw the rope 'and I started screaming'  USA TODAY

Jussie Smollett got emotional about his Jan. 29 assault Thursday on "Good Morning America," telling anchor Robin Roberts he is upset, not just by the people ...

How to block Big Tech with Kashmir Hill: podcast and transcript  NBC News

Chris Hayes speaks with Gizmodo journalist Kashmir Hill about her six-week tech fast and just how much data the tech giants collect.

Will Democrats’ ‘virtual caucuses’ in Iowa be crashed by Russian hackers? We’ll see | TheHill  The Hill

If there were ever an opportunity for mischief, this will be a supreme test.

The Bachelor recap: This could all be resolved with a phone call to Katie  FanSided

Three Bachelor contestants were sent home tonight, two of which had nothing to do with the drama that dominated the episode. Here's what went down.

OpenAI let us try its state-of-the-art NLP text generator  VentureBeat

OpenAI's new family of language models achieves state-of-the-art performance on a number of NLP tasks -- and sometimes generates convincing original text.

On a trip to Costco, she realized she loved him. Here's how three little words became such a big deal  TheSpec.com

It was at Costco that Justine Chen realized she was in love. "I would never do this for anyone else," Chen told her boyfriend, while accompanying him for an eye ...

A Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Will Set Sail in 2020  Mental Floss

If you've ever fantasized of taking a vacation that would make the cast of characters from The Golden Girls proud, you'll soon have the chance to make your ...

How to stop your smartphone from tracking your every move, sharing data and sending ads  USA TODAY

Your phone knows where you are standing or sitting at this moment. Most people know that. How else could you use GPS? While location tracking is essential ...

Cadbury's Bunny Commercial Tryouts Are Open Now For A Chance To Make Your Pet Famous  Elite Daily

Cadbury, the maker of fine confectionary delicacies, is relieving the Easter bunny of his annual marketing duties and has launched a contest to find the next top ...

Apple fails to establish foothold in market share, local production and retail presence in India  Economic Times

Long struggling with India strategy, the iconic iPhone maker has failed to establish a foothold here.

He was known as a ‘prolific’ homicide detective. Now prosecutors say he sexually assaulted witnesses and suspects.  The Washington Post

For years, prosecutors say Philip Nordo sexually abused male witnesses, tipsters and suspects by threatening jail time or offering rewards.

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 ...

‘Dam good’ video shows how beavers could fight fires  The Verge

An adorable video by graduate student Emily Fairfax at the University of Colorado Boulder is making the rounds on Twitter. It shows a beaver building a dam and ...

Ken Nordine, Chicago creator of 'word jazz' who had a voice that 'could give you the chills,' dies at 98  Chicago Tribune

Before you read the words written below about the life and times and accomplishments of a man named Ken Nordine, who died Saturday at his North Side home ...

Tesco thief, sex offenders, paramedic attacker: Everyone sentenced at Bristol Magistrates' Court  Bristol Post

This is a list of everyone who was convicted at Bristol Magistrates' Court between Monday, February 11 and Friday, February 15.

Would you still use Google Assistant even if it had ads?  Android Central

A Google Assistant user recently saw an advertisement while using the Google Assistant. While Google said this isn't widely coming to all users, would it impact ...

Newsrooms are finally focusing on loyalty over pageviews. Here's how to actually measure it.  Poynter

This article originally appeared in Try This! — Tools for Journalism, our newsletter about digital tools. Want bite-sized news, tutorials and ideas about the best ...

The two words that always get a frequent flyer upgraded to first class  Newshub

A British frequent flyer has revealed the two words she's used to score herself hundreds of free first class upgrades. "Revenue management". Tilly Bagshawe ...

Courtroom updates: Preliminary hearing for Patrick Frazee, who is accused of killing Kelsey Berreth  9News.com KUSA

Patrick Frazee, who is charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder for the death of his fiancee Kelsey Berreth, is in Teller County court ...

Is the era of artificial speech translation upon us?  The Guardian

Once the stuff of science fiction, technology that enables people to talk using different languages is now here. But how effective is it?

Andrew McCabe: Trump's Own Words Prompted Probe, He Spoke About The FBI "In A Derogatory Way"  RealClearPolitics

CBS NEWS: Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells 60 Minutes about taking over for James Comey, starting investigations of President Trump, ...

Why the love you met online cannot meet for drinks  Detroit Free Press

Victims of romance scams aren't just losing their life savings. Some are taking on new debt in the name of love, such as opening up credit cards.

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?

Antonio Brown demands guaranteed money moving forward  247Sports

Antonio Brown's nine-minute Instagram video featured himself working out while informing his future NFL team of his new contract demands. Brown also ...

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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

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 ...

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.

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.

An Excerpt from The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality by Blake J. Harris  IGN

By Blake J. Harris Editor's Note: Blake J. Harris, author of the essential video game history book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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

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

Nokia 8110 4G review: another retro revival gone wrong  The Sydney Morning Herald

With support for Wi-Fi and 4G but some serious core issues, the new 8110 is both an improvement and a step back compared to last year's revived 3310.

SHARC Energy Launches PIRANHA™ in United Kingdom and European Union  GlobeNewswire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sharc International Systems Inc. (CSE: SHRC) (FSE: IWIA) (OTCQB: INTWF) ("SHARC" ...

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.

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.

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.”

Huawei's StorySign app enhances story time for deaf children  CNET

A mixture of AI and augmented reality will bring books to life for children who cannot hear them being read.

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...

Sydney schoolboy Max Meyer’s final phone call revealed before fatal avalanche in Austria  Daily Telegraph

Sydney schoolboy Max Meyer told rescuers we need some help in a phone call just minutes before he was swept away in an avalanche.

HQ Trivia launches HQ Words as reinstalled CEO seeks a game-changer  TechCrunch

HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth. HQ Words ...

The Words and Phrases to Use — and to Avoid — When Talking to Customers  HBR.org Daily

The key to any successful relationship is effective communication. In the business world, this means trying to understand what consumers and clients are saying, ...

No, you’re not being paranoid, your phone really IS listening to you  Alphr

Those oddly pertinent ads on your timeline aren't just a coincidence, your phone is listening to everything you say.

The Mysterious Word ‘Whose’  Voice of America

It may seem short and simple, but how to use and write “whose” confuses even native English speakers. This is partly because they mistake it with another word ...

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.

No, Facebook did not patent secretly turning your phone mics on when it hears your TV  The Verge

Facebook did not apply for a patent on turning your phone microphone on when a hidden signal plays on a TV. I know this because I simply read the patent ...

25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018  Mental Floss

If you don't spend most of your time on the internet, it can be hard to keep up with the evolving lingo of the digital age. Luckily, the editors at Merriam-Webster ...

A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?  Computerworld

Five years ago, in September 2013, Microsoft made one of the most ill-conceived acquisitions in tech history, purchasing Nokia for $7.9 billion. Having failed in ...

Curse words, gang talk fill courtroom as judge reads Jessica Kelley’s phone calls  KOAT New Mexico

Curse words were flying as one of the women charged with killing and dismembering 10-year-old Victoria Martens in 2016 was in court Thursday. Prosecutor ...

Chinese tech giant Huawei faces  NEWS.com.au

Spare a thought for the poor souls running public relations for Chinese smartphone and telecom giant Huawei. Because the headlines just keep getting worse.

These were the first words that Graham Bell spoke on the telephone  India Today

I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: "Mr. Watson, come here - I want to see you." To my delight he came and declared that he had ...

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 ...

How to fix 'ducking' and other iPhone autocorrect problems  CNBC

CNBC walks you through how to stop your iPhone from automatically correcting your text to say something you didn't mean to.

Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out Alec Baldwin After 'SNL' Dust-Up: "Spare Everyone Your Bullsh*t"  Decider

Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' impression didn't sit well with anyone in the Trump family this weekend. After President Trump called out the show, Baldwin and Trump Jr.

Why autocorrect makes so many mistakes, according to the former Apple engineer who helped create it  INSIDER

Why does iPhone autocorrect still make so many mistakes? We spoke with Ken Kocienda, who helped create autocorrect for Apple, to find out why.

Alan Jones apologises for Opera House interview, as petition with 235,000 signatures delivered  ABC News

Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has apologised for comments he made to the head of the Sydney Opera House, after calling for her to be sacked during a debate ...

How to stop nuisance calls to your mobile phone  CHOICE

People are increasingly receiving nuisance calls and texts to their mobiles. But how do telemarketers and charities get your phone number? We look at the Do ...

Code words, knowing gazes, snap deals run Chennai’s stolen phone trade  Times of India

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Stop Misusing Autocorrect  Lifehacker

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The two magic words that can get you an airline upgrade over the phone  Economic Times

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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 ...

The new phones that are stuck in the past  BBC News

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How a fat computer geek became the Jeff Bezos of the dark web  New York Post

In "Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire," Elaine Shannon recounts how Paul Le Roux transformed ...

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Teens' cell phone use linked to memory problems  Science News for Students

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Mattis resignation triggered by phone call between Trump and Erdoğan  The Guardian

US president complied with Turkish leader's demands and took own advisers by surprise, accounts say.

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