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Calls for Submissions From the Public

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Submissions
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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ANSWERS TO ESTIMATES QUESTIONS ON NOTICE

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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Never read the terms and conditions? At least watch out for these words  ABC News

But if you were to settle in with the contract for a well-known e-reading device, that's the amount of time you'd need to put aside. Of course, you'll be unsurprised ...


Light Phone’s New Ad Campaign Uses Tim Cook’s Own Quotes To Pitch A Minimalist Phone  Forbes

The founders of a minimalist phone designed to free people from their smartphone addiction are hoping the very words of Apple CEO Tim Cook might help their ...


New Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha renders show a curved display extending all the way to the back of the phone - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.com

The "waterfall" display design, as seen on the vivo NEX 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro seems to be becoming a new trendy "thing" in the mobile realm. Whether it ...


What Is Ultra Wideband, and Why Is It In the iPhone 11?  How-To Geek

Apple's new iPhone 11 devices include a “U1” chip with ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. This isn't new technology, but it's the first time it's been in a modern ...


Diana Dors' son's haunting last words in phone call to daughter before shock death  Mirror Online

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Dors Lake's daughter has opened up about the pain of losing her dad, who was the youngest son of screen legend Diana Dors.


Ask NYT Parenting: I Use My Phone for Everything. Is That Harming My Kids?  NYT Parenting

[Editor's note: We asked readers to send us their most pressing questions about parenting in the digital age for a new column called Ask NYT Parenting.


Maurice Eric Zacher: Designs on Japan  The Japan Times

Japanologist and product designer Zacher on Japanese design, gadgets and university scholarships.


'I was devastated': the crime victims made to give up their phones  The Guardian

In January 2017, a 30-year-old man reported himself to the Metropolitan police. He informed officers he had been having sex with a minor and had potentially ...


iOS 13 Is Here, but the Department of Defense Is Telling People Not to Upgrade Yet. Should You?  Inc.

Last night, the Department of Defense (DOD) sent employees and contractors an email "strongly encouraging" them not to upgrade their iPhones to iOS 13, but ...


'I just got worked up': Man avoids conviction for phone call to politician's office  Sydney Morning Herald

A man has agreed to stay at least 500 metres away from a NSW politician for two years after he admitted he phoned the man's office last month and said he ...


Three life-saving words police want every student in London to know  MyLondon

The Met has also issued advice about what to do if you're caught up in a firearms of weapons attack.


Chrissy Teigen accidentally tweets email address, fans FaceTime her  INSIDER

Teigen actually posted a video of her picking up one of the calls, saying: "Was 100% sure this would be a penis but nope just a nice stranger."


Sony’s game-changing wireless noise cancelling headphones might never be this cheap again  BGR

If you missed our post earlier this week when we told you about the most insane deal ever on Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, we've ...


Asian Insider Aug 27: Missing words, missing phone calls, missing retailer  The Straits Times

In today's bulletin: Indonesia picks a location for its new capital, Police fire a live round for the first time in Hong Kong protests, US and China talk about talking ...


'I have to put my phone in the wardrobe': how do authors deal with social media?  The Guardian

Matt Haig, Danez Smith, Ayòbámi Adébáyò and other writers on staying focused and their top tips for switching off.


6ix9ine’s Testimony: The Rapper’s Rise, Beefs and Crash, in His Own Words  The New York Times

This week in federal court, a polarizing musician was an eager witness, describing how his career was tied to his association with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.


Why the world is on shaky ground  The Australian

You wake first thing in the morning and reach for your mobile phone. Phone, of course, has long since become a misnomer. It is your vital umbilical link to the ...


Frosty words from Brighton ice cream vendor’s wife  The Argus

A WOMAN offered a free Mr Whippy in exchange for her phone number woke up to a frosty voicemail from an ice cream vendor's wife.


How to change your Samsung Galaxy S10's name to make it easier to find in Bluetooth and other menus  Business Insider

To change the name of your Samsung Galaxy S10, you'll need to go into your Settings app. Your phone's name is used to identify it when you connect it to ...


Google Assistant now available to Indian phone users through toll-free number, will answer questions for free  India Today

At its Google For India event, Google on Thursday announced that the Google Assistant will be available to some feature phone users in India through a toll-free ...


This is Google's latest way to help you find for your pictures  CNET

You can find photos quickly by searching for specific words, and you can even copy and paste text.


Taylor Swift Makes New Claims About Her Infamous Phone Call With Kanye West  BET

The pop star cleared the air about where she stands with Kanye West, what we didn't see happen before the 2015 VMAs and how "he gravely affected the ...


What3words: the app which can save your life in three words | Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Biggleswade News  The Comet

Herts police are saving lives thanks to a unique app which reveals your location in just three words.


The two fatal flaws with Android 10's gestures  Computerworld

I've been thinking a lot about gestures lately — not friendly gestures, mind you, or even not-so-friendly gestures of the single-fingered variety, but rather the sorts ...


Tears fill courtroom as family hears last words of Alex Mixon  WALB

Trial started Tuesday afternoon in the Alex Mixon death case, and it's been emotional.Iren and Mickee Carter are both charged with felony murder, two counts of ...


Utah police: deaths could rise in bus crash that killed four Chinese tourists  The Guardian

Four people died on Friday after a tour bus carrying visitors from China crashed on a highway in the red-rock landscape of southern Utah. Robert Driedonks ...


This Phone Service Is Offering Free Massages (Yes, You Read That Right)  Thrillist

Denver's Union Station will host free massages, giveaways, and more.


5 Ways To Have A Totally Free Weekend Around DC  DCist

Swap plants, call in to a performance of "Little Shop," watch dachshunds race for the finish line, and more.


‘Urgent Concern’ About the President  The New York Times

It's not every day that a whistle-blower in the intelligence community files a complaint about the president of the United States. But it seems to have happened ...


Michelle Carter, Who Encouraged Her Boyfriend To Kill Himself, Was Denied Parole  BuzzFeed News

Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman who was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend via text messages and phone ...


Apple iOS 13 and iPhone 11 release date to make millions of phones obsolete  Metro.co.uk

September is harvest season for Apple fans because it's generally the month when a new iPhone is released. But it's also a time of darkness for some ...


What Edward Snowden's Partner Lindsay Mills Taught Him  The Intercept

While working for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden helped build a system to enable the United States government to capture all phone calls, text ...


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

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


Nine things to ask Alexa in the morning to set you up for your day  Metro.co.uk

The virtual assistant exists to make your life easier, so we find out what you should ask Alexa in the morning to get the updates you need.


Merriam-Webster dictionary adds 'they' as nonbinary pronoun  Taipei Times

Attention grammar snobs: “they” can officially be used as a singular, nonbinary pronoun. Merriam-Webster, the oldest dictionary publisher in America, officially ...


Is That Really Your Sister Calling?  Science Friday

In a future when technology and hackers have evolved together, how will you *really* be able to tell who is at the other end?


A 16-Year-Old Was Fatally Stabbed In A Fight And Teens Snapchatted It Instead Of Helping  BuzzFeed News

As Khaseen Morris lay on the pavement outside a Long Island strip mall Monday night with a fatal stab wound to his chest following a violent brawl, a group of ...


Mental health apps are scooping up sensitive data. Will you benefit?  STAT

Experts question whether patients using these apps are aware of just how much information they're handing over, and how it's being used.


Psst! Google Maps’ privacy-focused Incognito Mode is nearly here  Digital Trends

Desperate to cover your tracks in Google Maps? Keen to keep some of your trips secret? Well, Google Maps' Incognito Mode is currently being tested with select ...


Running With My Mom: Nowhere to Go but Up  The New York Times

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up ...


Invasion of the Clowns  The New York Times

In the spring of 2007, the comedian and actress Mo'Nique uttered 11 words that would change the course of history. “See, when you do clownery,” she said, “the ...


Darkthrone: A Blaze in the Northern Sky | Review  Pitchfork

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit a tense, ...


Kelly Bostian: Hunters need to do homework to enjoy thousands of acres now open for public hunting  Tulsa World

Oklahoma hunters gained thousands of acres to hunt this year with expansions on wildlife refuges and growth of the OLAP program.


Facebook's new Portal smart displays: Who's listening and what's happening to your data?  CNET

The tech giant compromised your privacy and broke your trust. Now, it has a new set of "Smart Cameras" and always-listening microphones for your living room.


Digital threats multiply ahead of 2020 US elections  CNA

It could be a manipulated video embarrassing a candidate. Or a computer voting system locked by ransomware.


Elizabeth Warren 2020 selfie line: why Warren is winning with selfies  Vox.com

Elizabeth Warren's 2020 campaign is winning with selfie lines.


Trimper admits 'serious mistake,' as PCs call for woman in recording to be identified  CBC.ca

The Lake Melville MHA apologized again on Tuesday for his comments, as Ches Crosbie called for the other person in the recording to be identified.


Jefferson County man electrocuted in Imelda floodwaters while moving horse  CBS19.tv KYTX

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — A young man in Jefferson County is the first confirmed death from Tropical Depression Imelda. The Jefferson County Sheriff's ...


Taylor Swift: The Rolling Stone Interview  Rolling Stone

In her most in-depth and introspective interview in years, Swift tells all about the rocky road to 'Lover' and much, much more. By. Brian Hiatt. September 18, 2019.


13+ things to try first when you upgrade to iOS 13  Computerworld

Here are some of the first improvements you should try once you install iOS 13. The update to Apple's mobile OS has been released.


Celeb careers ruined by leaked footage  Nicki Swift

It can take years to build a reputation, but sadly, only a few seconds to ruin it. These may be wise words for anyone — but for celebrities caught being unruly on ...


Toronto Maple Leafs: Cody Ceci Debut Absolutely Fantastic  Editor In Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs: Cody Ceci Debut Absolutely Fantastic. The Leafs newest acquisition was pretty good in his debut for the team.


The Mystery of Babies’ First Words  The Atlantic

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


Daily horoscope for Sunday September 22 — here’s what the stars have in store for you today  The Sun

March 21 to April 20. You have more patience in love than you thought possible plus the ability to see past minor hiccups so happiness replaces uncertainty.


Does Facebook listen to you for ads? 5 false tech conspiracy theories  Business Insider

Most of the major conspiracy theories circulating about big tech are demonstrably false, but a few of them have kernels of truth.


'DEFCON 1': US officials are rocked by a whistleblower complaint involving Trump's talks with a foreign leader  Business Insider

US officials were rocked by the revelation this week that a "credible" whistleblower complaint of "urgent concern" involved multiple acts by President Donald ...


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.


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

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


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 ...


Company Socializing Has Become Work  The New York Times

In the era of the virtual office, when even workers who are physically present often wall off their senses with oversized headphones and rely on Slack to chat with ...


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...


Dad's battle with asbestos and cancer - told by his family a year after his death  Stuff.co.nz

Taranaki builder Craig Eaton spent time he didn't have fighting a losing battle. A year after his death his family tell his story, Jane Matthews reports. The final ...


How to block a phone number on your iPhone  Business Insider

You can block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later.


Daily horoscope for Saturday September 21 — here’s what the stars have in store for you today  The Sun

March 21 to April 20. WITH autumn just a few days away, you already feel its effects. You are serious about success at work, and with Venus and Mercury on call ...


What3words: The app that can save your life  BBC News

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


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

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


War of words escalates surrounding Jackson Co. COMBAT audit  KSHB

Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. traded barbs with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker's office about the accuracy of an independent audit ...


Mobile phone payments ban at takeaway drive-throughs spark motorist backlash  ABC News

A Victoria Police social media post reiterating the illegalities of using a mobile phone to pay for an order in a drive-through restaurant has sparked a backlash ...


Through Constant Adversity, Quinn Still Upbeat  DallasCowboys.com

Having faced the possibility of death as a teenager, Robert Quinn made it a point to stay upbeat – the same attitude he still uses now as he seeks to revitalize his ...


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

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


Oh or zero? Expert says language stoush will likely count for nought  ABC News

Ask a group of people to read aloud their mobile phone numbers or James Bond's code name and you'd be hard pressed to find a zero or nought between them.


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

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


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 ...


Justine Damond Ruszczyk's 911 calls, police bodycam footage released after Mohamed Noor trial  ABC News

Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk sounded worried when she called emergency services minutes before she was shot and killed by a police officer ...


‘Everybody cries here’: Hope and despair in Mexican shelter  Washington Post

The Trump administration has effectively sealed the border to the vast majority of asylum-seekers, leaving tens of thousands of migrants in limbo, and shifting ...


Does Maine have 500 problems that only government can solve?  The Maine Wire

The Constitution of Maine explicitly states all bills passed by the legislature become law 90 days after adjournment. That means all non-emergency bills passed ...


The three words that killed hands-free driving legislation in Virginia  Virginia Mercury

Ultimately, three words led to the downfall of hands-free driving legislation that lawmakers hoped would finally allow police to crack down on widespread use of ...


How to save videos on Facebook to your phone or computer  Business Insider

You can save, or "bookmark," any video on Facebook to play it again later by selecting "Save to Watchlist" or "Save Video," depending upon whether you're on a ...


Telstra sells Phonewords business to founder and Aura Funds Management  The Australian Financial Review

Telstra is selling its stake in its Phonewords business to a consortium led by the company's founder Gavin Scholes and Aura Funds Management.


How to clear the cache on your Android phone to make it run faster  Business Insider

If you clear the browser and app cache on your Android phone periodically, you could help eliminate performance issues on the device.


How to set up Google Assistant on your iPhone or Android phone  Business Insider

You can set up Google Assistant and "OK Google," the voice command behind it, on an iPhone or Android phone. Here's how to do it on both.


500 Days of Duolingo: What You Can (and Can’t) Learn From a Language App  The New York Times

Free language learning apps often promise the world — but don't expect fluency from one. Here's what to expect before you sign up.


How to log out of Instagram on your phone or computer to protect your account's security  Business Insider

You should log out of Instagram occasionally to protect your account's security, especially if you access Instagram on a shared device or know you won't be ...


How to download Netflix movies and shows onto your phone or tablet to watch when you're without internet  Business Insider

Netflix provides an easy way to download video to your mobile device for times when you know you won't have access to internet *service*. You can't download ...


How to download Amazon Prime movies and shows to your phone or tablet  Business Insider

You should know how to download Amazon Prime movies and shows if you're headed somewhere without internet or watching your data usage. Here's how.


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

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


Google will let you TEXT the police so you can stay silent during an emergency – and it’ll turn your words int  The Sun

GOOGLE Pixel smartphone users will soon be able to contact the emergency services via text if they need to remain silent. This is thanks to a new app which will ...


How to reverse search an image on Google with your phone, tablet, or computer  Business Insider

You can search Google with an image when a simple word search is insufficient. A "reverse image search" returns similar images, websites that use that ...


How to restart and force-restart any iPhone model  Business Insider

Restart or force-restart your iPhone when it runs into software bugs that cause the phone to run slowly, or for any number of other inconveniences.


With 7 Short Words, Steve Jobs Gave This Apple Employee a Brilliant Lesson in Leadership.  Inc.

'That was one of the best conversations I had with Steve,' the employee said.


How to cast videos to Roku from your phone onto your TV  Business Insider

When you cast to Roku, you're quickly queuing up *content* from your phone to play on your TV. First-time set-up requires a few steps.


How to tell if your Samsung Galaxy phone is waterproof or water-resistant, and to what extent  Business Insider

Recent models of the Samsung Galaxy phone, including the new S10 models, are water-resistant to a degree but not "waterproof."


How to unblock a blocked number or contact on your iPhone  Business Insider

You can easily unblock a blocked number on your iPhone if you no longer want to prevent that number from sending you calls, texts, or FaceTime requests.


How to block websites and searches on your iPhone or your child's  Business Insider

You can block websites on an iPhone to ensure your child can only access appropriate *content* while browsing the web. Here are a few ways to do it.


How to sign out of a Google account on your desktop or mobile device  Business Insider

It only takes a few clicks to sign out of your Google account. Here's how to sign out of Google on both your desktop and mobile device.


How to diagnose and remove any virus from your iPhone  Business Insider

The risk of viruses and malware infecting your iPhone is extremely low, but if your iPhone behaves oddly, there are simple steps you can take to eliminate an ...


The best ways to contact Amazon for help when you have a problem with your account  Business Insider

You can contact Amazon customer *service* in a few ways to get answers about your account. Here's how to contact Amazon by phone, chat, email, and more.


Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands  PCWorld

Can Microsoft Word read to you? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office back in version 2003. Here's how it works.


Can I buy a phone that doesn’t use anything from Google or Apple?  The Guardian

Steve does not like firms slurping up his data, so wants a device that respects his privacy.


 
 
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