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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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Cops Can't Force People To Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, US Court Rules  Gizmodo Australia

A federal judge in California has ruled that law enforcement can't compel a suspect to unlock their phone with a fingerprint or face recognition. Combined with a ...


The biggest competition for Samsung’s foldable Galaxy phone might come from an unexpected place  BGR

Samsung's first foldable smartphone is confirmed to launch in the first half of the year, and the handset won't have that many rivals, as other vendors are yet to ...


Forget the Galaxy S10, Oppo just unveiled exciting new smartphone camera and biometrics tech  BGR

The Galaxy S10 is coming soon, but Samsung's new flagship won't be the only exciting phone of 2019. Reports earlier this week said that a Chinese ...


What does your cell phone cover say about you?  The Express Tribune

Finding the right cover for a phone is harder than it looks! Back when cell phones were not 'smart', they actually had bodies, personalities and opinions. Similar ...


Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia  Digital Trends

HMD Global, a Finnish startup that designs and builds Nokia Android smartphones, wants to put the Nokia brand name back “where it belongs.” It helps that it's ...


Opinion: Slider phones might seem cool, but are a design dead end  Android Authority

Slider phones might be the next big thing and might seem like an appealing solution to the notch. However, I don't think the fad will last.


Erdogan, Trump consider setting up 'security zone' in Syria  Al Jazeera English

Two leaders discuss situation in Syria over the phone amid growing tensions over the fate of US-allied Kurdish fighters.


Curiosity builds over Beijing event invites for phone with 10x optical zoom  Tech Xplore

OPPO is to announce a 10x lossless smartphone zoom camera but at what level of market readiness? That is the question that had a number of tech sites talking ...


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.”


Spotlight: Turkey ready to create safe zone in northern Syria: Erdogan - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

ANKARA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country would establish a safe zone in northern Syria, following a ...


Lindsey Graham Breaks Up Barr Hearing With Wisecrack About Trump And A Cell Phone  The Daily Caller

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham brought the house down Tuesday when he delivered a deadpan crack about President Donald Trump having his phone ...


Target and superquiz, Monday, January 14  The Sydney Morning Herald

TARGET 7993. How many words of four letters or more can you make from those shown here? Each letter may be used once per word.
. Each word must ...


With just a month before Samsung unveils its new smartphones, the rumor spotlight is on an ultra-powerful and feature-packed 'Galaxy S10 X' 5G model  INSIDER

With just over a month before Samsung unveils its new smartphones, more rumors are swirling over its anticipated new top-of-the-line phone, expected to be ...


Waste of time, or words to shape a city? 2 takes on London's Strategic Plan  CBC.ca

Is it an important document with the power to guide the city's priorities for the next four years, or a pointless make-work project doomed to be ignored, then ...


Pixel 3 XL Lite benchmark suggests this isn’t the cheap Pixel flagship we wanted  BGR

The Pixel 3 phones that Google launched back in October have the same components as most other 2018 Android flagships. But the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were ...


Is 2019 the year of the in-display fingerprint scanner?  Phone Arena

While major smartphone makers are yet to implement even the simplest form of in-display fingerprint authentication — with Apple outright rejecting the entire ...


Mark, My Words: the real reason I hate the cassette revival  NME Live

The resurgence of cassettes brought out Mark Beaumont's red mist, but not entirely for the reasons he told Radio 4. It starts as a dull heat in the back of my brain, ...


McDonald’s employee repeatedly uses racial slur in confrontation with black customer  Washington Post

The employee continued to use the slur despite the customer's threat that he'd put the video on WorldstarHipHop.


Hisense U30 quietly lands at CES: Yet another 48MP phone with punch-hole camera  Android Authority

The Hisense U30 has reportedly been revealed at CES, and it ticks plenty of boxes for a 2019 smartphone. Expect a 48MP+5MP rear camera setup, ...


Sony Xperia 5G bombshell is big news for Samsung Galaxy S10  T3

It looks like Sony is killing off the Xperia Compact range, too.


Code words, knowing gazes: How Chennai’s stolen phone trade works  Gadgets Now

Dressed in dhoti and a shirt, with a cotton bag dangling from his shoulders and holy ash smeared across his forehead, 40-year-old Dhanapalan (*name ...


Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown  Gizmodo

Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy ...


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review: Behold the Display Beast  SlashGear

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review you're about to read is centered on battery life, real-world use, and long-term viability. Some of this will need to be estimated.


PICS: Jacques Kallis and Charlene Engels reveal first official wedding photo  Channel 24

Jacques Kallis and Charlene Engels said their "I do's" at an estate near Hermanus.


Jeff Bezos fell prey to stolen text messages — here's how to keep yours private  CNBC

Very wealthy people are often targets for criminal hackers, tabloids and rivals, but there are steps anyone can take to avoid exposing sensitive personal and ...


Travel - Why Brazilians love baby talk  BBC News

For a country so famous for its big stuff, Brazil can, in a funny way, be thought of as the land of the tiny. Practically no word is immune from diminution.


The 15-minute Android phone tune-up  Computerworld

Ah, the beginning of a new year: What better time to clean up, start *fresh*, and make sure your various work spaces are primed for productivity? Making your ...


Sunday Puzzle: A Capital Challenge  NPR

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play a word game with Tova Tenenbaum of Philadelphia.


Weatherman Is Fired After Using Racial Slur in Naming Martin Luther King Jr.  The New York Times

A meteorologist for a television station in Rochester was fired Sunday after he uttered a racial slur on air while describing a city park named after the Rev.


Guru Classic: A Bevy of BIFs - %SCAN and %CHECK  IT Jungle

Many RPG programmers seem to get confused about the usage and operation of a number of built-in functions (BIFs). In particular the BIFs %XLATE, ...


First came the phone call, then the decision and, finally, a wild debut for KU freshman Ochai Agbaji | Tale of the Tait  KUsports

It's been 34 years since Kansas basketball coach Bill Self last scored a point in an NCAA basketball game. But credit Self directly with seven key points during ...


Cech, mate  The Guardian

In today's Fiver: Petr Cech, lost phone contacts, Brexit and more.


We Stopped Letting Our Kid Listen to Digital Music. You Should Too  Fatherly

In a world of streaming and digital music, we opted to switch our toddler to the record player only. The results have been amazing. Instead of Baby Shark and ...


How your voice hides clues about your love life  BBC News

The way we speak to a partner can betray our true feelings behind the words we use, and artificial intelligence has learned to pick up on these to predict whether ...


Letter to My Younger Self | Tim Shaw  The Players' Tribune

I want to explain to you why it's so difficult for me to speak — the diagnosis, all of it — and what my life is like now, because one day you'll be in my shoes, living ...


The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up  Computerworld

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically ...


The Enduring Appeal Of Pamela Smart, The Misunderstood Murderess  NDTV News

The sound of Pamela Smart arrives before she does. Down the prison hallway it comes. Boot heels clattering on floor tiles. Moving fast.


For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’  The New York Times

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators.


Technical glitch temporarily shuts down blockbuster Panic at the Disco concert  The Union Leader

MANCHESTER -- A technical glitch temporarily shut down Panic at the Disco's sold-out concert Sunday night at the SNHU Arena, but for many fans it seemed ...


I had a hands-free orgasm… and it was MORE intense than actual sex  The Sun

Laurie Jade Woodruff, 30, from Chesterfield, watched a hypnotic YouTube video to see if it could bring her to a sexual climax - and was shocked when it did, big ...


Scam Targets Family Members  Redheaded Blackbelt

Two phone scams targeting local residents are taking aim at family ties. On Jan. 14, 2019, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office received a report of a phone ...


FB post on Guan Eng's son: Cops confiscate former MP's phone  Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Former Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng was questioned by police officers from Putrajaya in Penang today over his Facebook post questioning ...


McDonald's Staff Caught On Video In Racial Slur Incident Fired  NDTV News

Historians looking for an enduring symbol of American acrimony in the year 2019 might be tempted to focus on the latest government shutdown, an ongoing ...


Word of the Year 2018: Toxic, misinformation, nomobhobia among words that defined 2018 as per various top dictionaries  India Today

The year 2018 has come to an end and amongst the hundreds of words added to all the popular dictionaries, a few stand out, including terms such as 'toxic', ...


Train Your Brain Like a Memory Champion  The New York Times

If you have trouble remembering names, faces or phone numbers, these tips from memory champions and neuroscientists can help.


Anxiety and burnout: I work with kids. Here’s why they’re consumed with worry.  Vox.com

While on a youth retreat with my church a few months ago, I asked about 10 kids, ages 13 to 18, to take a few minutes and write down three words to describe ...


Unfair to Uber and Lyft | Letters To Editor  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Jan. 13. To the editor: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is attempting to unfairly target Uber and Lyft passengers with a fee at the ...


Acer Predator Triton 500 first look Review  TrustedReviews

Acer's Predator Triton 500 packs Nvidia 20 Series RTX GPU into a skinny-for-a-gaming-laptop frame that's 17.9mm (or 0.7 inches) thick, meaning it qualifies for ...


BlackBerry Key2 LE review: Party like it's 2002  Expert Reviews

BlackBerry Key2 LE: The BlackBerry Key2 is a curious throwback, but it does have one or two nice party tricks going for it.


Pamela Smart got four boys to kill her husband nearly 29 years ago. Now, they're free. She isn't.  Washington Post

People still write her letters and prominent feminists have come to her aid. What is the enduring appeal of this murderess?


How to Actually, Truly Focus on What You’re Doing  The New York Times

Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Every Monday, S.L. editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life.


Kotler endorses Kotler award to PM Modi as row heats up  India Today

Answering if the Indian partners hosting the award approached him, Philip Kotler told India Today TV, "No Indian or outsider ever came to us. No one knew that ...


The first Huawei Punch Fullview smartphone - Nova 4 is officially available for RM1899  TechNave

Huawei Malaysia has announced that today's the day the Huawei Nova 4 is officially available in Malaysia starting from the price of RM1899. The smartphone ...


Teen who pulled 96-year-old driver from car before it was hit by Metra train: 'I think it would’ve killed her'  Chicago Tribune

After being pulled from her car minutes before it was struck by a train Monday night, a 96-year-old woman underwent tests at Good Samaritan Hospital — an apt ...


Dispatcher details moments she got the call that Jayme Closs had escaped her abductor  WKOW

It was a call that put into motion the safe return of Jayme Closs, the girl who had been kidnapped nearly three months ago.


Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia  VICE

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


Trial begins for man accused of seeking sex with 13-year-old on Craigslist  Allentown Morning Call

A 51-year-old Easton man is standing trial in Lehigh County Court this week on charges that he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl he met ...


Honor 10 Lite Review  Times Now

Honor 10 Lite has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 13999 and will be available via Flipkart and Honor online store. Here's our review of the new ...


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?


Editorial | Don't let the CAPS stigma discourage you from seeking help  The Daily Pennsylvanian

It only takes a few days on Penn's campus before you hear rumors from new friends or see a meme in a Facebook group about the poor quality of care from ...


Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly two years  BBC News

The UK inflation rate fell to 2.1% in December, from 2.3% the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Consumer Prices Index ...


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 ...


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.


Vic Fangio, new Broncos coach, is a “man of few words, except when you get him mad”  The Denver Post

Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio is the proud son of a tailor, a prouder son of Dunmore, Pa., a burg of 14000 and change tucked next to Scranton along the ...


Witness recalls snowball arrests: 'People are treating us like criminals’  WXIX

Several people called 911 on Sunday saying their vehicles were hit with snowballs. That snowball fight later ended with two arrests.


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.


How Tracking And Selling Our Data Became A Business Model  WAMU 88.5

There are new calls for tech companies to stop selling your location to third parties. We'll look at the economics and perils of "surveillance capitalism."


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.


Romance scammers prey on Words With Friends players  The Sydney Morning Herald

The scammers often pose as lonely and sad widowed men based on oil rigs or working for the United Nations in places such as Afghanistan or Syria.


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 ...


Penobscot ambassador has sponsor for bill to ban Indian mascots in Maine  Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Maulian Dana said this week that Rep. Benjamin T. Collings, of Portland, is sponsoring a yet to be developed bill that targets the use of Indians as a mascot for ...


Aadhaar is back: Minister says it will be linked to driving licence, govt brings Aadhaar Amendment Bill  India Today

Aadhaar is back in full force. It was defanged by the Supreme Court earlier that ruled Aadhaar could not be used by private companies, struck down the entire ...


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.


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.


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...


Tyler Hilinski's parents finding hope in the lives being saved  247Sports

'His death is making people pay attention to the depression and mental illness that is hurting young people'


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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, ...


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.


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.


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 ...


Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode forever  The Outline

Join me in a buzz-free, ping-free, vibration-free, light-up-free world.


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.


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

By Mark Ellwood At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our ...


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 ...


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 ...


These two words can help get you an airline upgrade over the phone  South China Morning Post

British author and frequent flier Tilly Bagshawe, who lives with her family in California, offers her top tips to make your foreign travels more comfortable.


Papa John's Founder Used N-Word On Conference Call  Forbes Now

John Schnatter—the founder and public face of pizza chain Papa John's—used the N-word on a conference call in May. Schnatter confirmed the incident in an ...


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 ...


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

A new study suggests teens who get more exposure to cell-phone radiation — and hold their phones up to their right ear — do worse on one type of memory ...


The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone  Bloomberg

At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our luxury fields—food, ...


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 ...


Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: - Mobile Phones  PC World

The tempo for major smartphone launches at the tail of the year is always a little hectic. You've got Samsung, Apple, LG, Google, Razer, Samsung (again) and ...


The new phones that are stuck in the past  BBC News

These sleek, downgraded cell phones are meant to promote mental wellbeing – by turning the clock back to the pre-smartphone era.


AI can book a restaurant or a hair appointment, but don't expect a full conversation  The Conversation AU

Google's latest AI promises to help arrange your life by making appointment for you over the phone, but it's limited by its rote learning of the simple tasks of ...


 
 
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