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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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Switch off your phone and get lost in a gallery | Letters  The Guardian

I was pleased to read Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett's criticism of selfie culture – every aspect of life has been gatecrashed by the mobile phone (Art, aura and the ...

Comcast Customer Service Rep Saves Life of Man Having a Stroke While on the Phone with Her  PEOPLE.com

Kimberly Williams, a Comcast rep in Mississippi, recalled how Dan Magennis' "words got slurred" as she was talking to him, leading her to take quick action.

Twitter got you down? Try taking your phone out for fresh air.  MIT Technology Review

A strange new piece of sentiment analysis research adds to the evidence that nature makes people happier—even if they're staring at their phones while they're ...

Motorola’s foldable Razr phone will launch by the end of the year  BGR

A few months ago, it really seemed like 2019 would be the year of the foldable smartphones. Samsung and Huawei had just unveiled the Galaxy Fold and Mate ...

This Honor 20 discount makes it an excellent back to school phone deal  TechRadar

Save £30 on a brand new 2019 smartphone. The perfect mobile phone deal to lead into the next school term.

No, Facebook Is Not Secretly Listening to You  The New York Times

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. Charlie Warzel is off this week, so he's turning the newsletter over to his colleague Sarah ...

Exclusive: The foldable Huawei Mate X will have the new Kirin 990 chipset  TechRadar

The Huawei Mate X will indeed pack the Kirin 990 chip, TechRadar learned at a Huawei briefing in New York City. Advertisement. Yanmin Wang, president of ...

Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence  The Atlantic

Days after considering the implementation of universal background checks, President Donald Trump has sidelined the issue.

Grammarly keyboard for Android and iOS adds synonyms picker  9to5Google

Grammarly's mobile keyboard for Android and iOS has just picked up a new synonyms picker to help you find the right word faster.

Samsung’s Note 10 is available today, starting at $949  TechCrunch

Samsung's settled into a nice little twice-yearly schedule for releasing flagships. That's allowed the company double the opportunity to introduce some nice ...

Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ Is Too Much Phone, But We Love It  WIRED

Samsung's line of Galaxy Note smartphones have always been known for their bigness, but over the past couple years Samsung has tried to make them stand ...

Op-Ed: My high school students don't read any more. I think I know why  Los Angeles Times

In the 1970s, teens read three times as many books as they do today. A high school teacher laments the rise of the cellphone and the death of reading.

What3words: The app that can save your life  BBC News

Police want everyone to download a smartphone app they say has already saved several lives.

Google Photos will now search for text in your pictures -- here's how  CNET

Being able to quickly find pictures based on a sign or word combo is huge, and you'll be able to copy and paste text, to boot.

Google’s lightweight search app, Google Go, launches to Android users worldwide  TechCrunch

Google Go, a lightweight version of Google's search app, is today becoming available to all Android users worldwide. First launched in 2017 after months of beta ...

Tell Us The Dumbest Way You've Maxed Yr Phone Data & We Might Give You A 30GB Plan  Pedestrian TV

Do you find yourself burning through an insane amount of mobile data every month? Is your standard phone plan simply not cutting it when it comes to your ...

Over 80 phone calls received during first 'Get That Gig', jobs available now  AZFamily

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona's Family partnered with Goodwill for the first-ever “Get That Gig” phone bank on August 23. Career counselors took more than ...

Want to Improve Your Memory? A Decade-Long Stanford Study Suggests You Should Stop Doing This 1 Thing  Inc.

Researchers find that spending less time multitasking may be the key to improving cognitive performance and memory.

Haunting final words Shilpa Shetty uttered to Jade Goody before cancer diagnosis  Mirror Online

In the final part of Channel 4's Jade Goody: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain saw the heartbreaking moment Jade discovered she had cervical cancer.

Samsung Announce The Note 10, A Phone With A Pen You Can Wave Around Like A Wand  Pedestrian TV

Samsung announced its new range of smartphones early this morning, and as you'd expect, the company's taking aim squarely at Apple, which is expected to ...

Drops app: Learn a language during your five-minute break  ZDNet

If you have five minutes to spare, how to best can you use that time? Do you go for another coffee, run, or play a game? You could learn a new language instead.

Local ambulances can now use three random words to get within three metres of you – here's how to find your code  Business Insider South Africa

South African ambulance *service* ER24 has partnered with mapping *service* What3words to get better directions to emergencies. What3words divides the entire ...

Three words could save a life | News |  Isle of Man Today

The island's chief fire officer says he will consider adopting a new communicating location app that is already claimed to have saved lives elsewhere.

When Good Boys Say Bad Words  The New York Times

The filmmakers behind the new comedy “Good Boys,” about potty-mouthed sixth-graders, had to figure out how to handle stars who were too young to actually ...

Taylor Swift’s Original "All Too Well'' Lyrics Revealed  E! NEWS

Swifties are freaking out after discovering new information about one of the singers biggest songs.

'Who forged £28k cheque from my dying father to buy holiday home timeshare?'  Telegraph.co.uk

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our consumer champion, Katie Morley, is here to help. For how to contact her click here. Dear Katie,. My father died of ...

Police Minister 'little bit grumpy' at airport, swears; phones later to apologise  Stuff.co.nz

Stuart Nash says he 'perhaps acted in a way that I shouldn't have', swearing at an Air NZ staffer.

Hackers can work out your online passwords just from the sound of your keystrokes, study finds  The Telegraph

Hackers are able to work out your online passwords just from the sound of your keystrokes, a new study has revealed.

Google ditches dessert names for Android 10  WTVR CBS 6 News

Google may be doing away with its dessert naming scheme after a long, delicious run.

Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert Cousy  Whitehouse.gov

Oval Office. 4:52 P.M. EDT. THE PRESIDENT: Well, this is a very exciting day because he's a great champion and we love champions. It's wonderful to have you ...

Thinking I do with words - Once upon a time near a ringing cell phone  Yorkton This Week

I will now tell you the tale of the worst theatre experience of my life. We start in Cineplex Southland in Regina. We originally went to the Normanview Cineplex to ...

Death row killer Larry Swearingen says he can hear and feel lethal injection in his veins as he declares  The Sun

A DEATH row killer declared he could feel the lethal injection “burning” his arm as he was put to death for the rape and murder of a teen. Larry Swearingen, 48 ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Big-Screen Phone to Beat  Tom's Guide

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus boasts a huge 6.8-inch display, long battery life and new S Pen tricks in a sleek design, but its cameras aren't the best.

The Ohio State University wants to trademark its favorite word: ‘The’  The Washington Post

Ohio State is serious about calling itself “The” Ohio State University. The grammatical article is right there on many of the school's seal, logos and signs. Now the ...

7 paid iPhone apps you can download for free on August 23rd  BGR

If you didn't get your fill from yesterday's roundup of the best premium iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free (a few are still freebies if you missed it), we've got a ...

Does Visible limit my video streaming resolution?  Android Central

Best answer: No, Visible doesn't limit your resolution when streaming video on its network. You may experience slow-downs during particularly busy parts of the ...

UFC news: Colby Covington explains Donald Trump call and won't apologise for Matt Hughes jibe  Metro.co.uk

Colby Covington grabbed all the headlines both in and out of the Octagon thanks to his sensational win over Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark on Saturday night.

Puzzling Around Eugene  Eugene Weekly

If you're like me and you have the attention span of a puppy in a tennis ball factory, conventional board games may not be your thing. Sitting around the kitchen ...

Sonko’s phone conversation with Ndolo leaks online  The Standard

In the phone call, which has now been leaked online, Ndolo pleads with Sonko to help him out but the governor maintains that the rights of Wanjiku should be ...

"They think it's a phone call to God": inside the looming crisis in British criminal forensics  Prospect

Most people going through the criminal justice system expect forensics science to just work, says Emily Bolton. The director of Appeal, a law charity which ...

Japan's Police Crack Down on 'AirDrop' Dick Pics  The Daily Beast

Known for sneaky up-skirt snaps, Japanese pervs have always been at the creepy cutting edge of smartphone tech. Now they're using Apple's AirDrop to share ...

The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk  The Age

I feel a whole lot better when I'm connected with friends and co-workers, not with my phone or computer.

Motorola One Action quick review: Action camera makes this Moto uber cool  India Today

With the One Action, Motorola differentiates itself from the crowd proudly. A great looking design, an impressive display, stock Android and Action camera make ...

'Telling Lies' set visit: Behind the scenes with Sam Barlow  Mashable

Read Mashable's exclusive set visit with indie game designer Sam Barlow, as he sets off on a journey to make a new format of interactive storytelling.

Leaked cases for new iPhone reveal ‘mini stylus’ that could launch in weeks – despite Steve Jobs famously hati  The Sun

APPLE'S next iPhone is just a few weeks away, and it could be the first to come with a stylus. A new leak suggests the iPhone 11 will work with the Apple Pencil, ...

She never hung up: Cable customer service rep in Mississippi saves Michigan man's life  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Kimberly Williams is used to all kinds of phone calls. She is, after all, a customer *service* representative for a cable company. Kimberly Williams, 32, of Clinton, ...

How rude can you be on social media?  Spectator.co.uk

I've rashly agreed to write an online column on digital etiquette for Spectator Life, and the editor has thrown me in at the deep end. 'Just how rude can you be on ...

London bus attack: Four teens to stand trial over homophobic attack on Melania Geymonat, Chris Hannigan  NEWS.com.au

It was the image that shocked the world: the battered and bloodied faces of a woman and her girlfriend sitting shell-shocked on a London bus in the aftermath of ...

College Daily, the “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News  The New Yorker

Han Zhang on College Daily, a publication that brings news with nationalistic undertones to Chinese students living in America, via WeChat and other ...

A day in the life of the Genie, who takes the subway to work and performs 8 shows a week on Broadway  CNBC

Broadway star Michael James Scott performs six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. He has double-headers — a matinee and an evening show — on ...

Confessions Of A Former Corporate Recruiter  Forbes

Let me start here. It's not you. It's me. In a past life, I was a corporate recruiter for a few different global organizations. My team was housed under Human ...

My Mind and My Father's Heart - Life & Times  Chabad.org

My father was a descendant of the Gerrer chasidic dynasty of Poland, in a direct line from the Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Rottenberg. Unfortunately, he was not ...

Kristen Bell reveals how young daughter ended up in the emergency room  Today.com

Actress Kristen Bell shared a photo from her daughter's first emergency room visit with her fans and followers on Instagram.

1 in 4 Americans Own a Smart Speaker. What Does That Mean for News?  The New York Times

The New York Times R&D team did design research to learn how people use smart speakers, and how that might shape how the news should sound on the ...

Husband of 'Excited and Scared' Nurse Shaves Off Her Hair in Photos About Her Brave Cancer Battle  PEOPLE.com

The couple kept repeating how much "they love each other," says photographer Mandy Parks, whose goal was to capture Charlie Johnson's “warrior” strength.

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

... ♈ ARIES. March 21 to April 20. Your love status could start to change this morning – and a relationship that at times seemed semi-detached turns into a close ...

The fake baby Instagram adoption scam  BBC News

Social media connected a couple looking to adopt with a baby. Or so they thought.

Virginia House candidate criticizes Ballad Health in op-ed, Ballad responds  WCYB

Ballad Health is getting embroiled in the Virginia House of Delegates race between Democrat Starla Kiser and Republican Will Wampler. Kiser and Wampler are ...

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.

I Volunteered For Abortion Rights In Missouri & It Made Me Rethink My Entire Life  Bustle

In this op-ed, writer Kara Lewis explains how volunteering at a Planned Parenthood clinic changed what feminism meant to her. Imagine living in a place where ...

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 ...

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.

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...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Flight of the presidency  Arkansas Online

Donald Trump. Who else? He lives in the immediately televised moment. He lives elsewhere when the television image changes or when the power on the ...

Jeffrey Epstein, My Very, Very Sick Pal  Mother Jones

Stuart Pivar, 89 years old, is an art collector and a controversial scientist who says Jeffrey Epstein was his “best pal for decades” until the two fell out, he told me, ...

How to Make Smart Choices About Tech for Your Course  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Choosing the right tech tools for your teaching means making strategic choices, weighing costs against payoffs, and staying laser-focused on your course goals ...

Megan Greenwell, Like The Oakland A's Every Year, Makes An Early Exit  Deadspin

Deadspin editor-in-chief Megan Greenwell is leaving us for WEIRD Magazine, which we can only assume is a sad rip-off of Mad and Cracked. We will miss her ...

Western Militaries Are Using Virtual Reality for Propaganda and Recruitment  Truthout

Virtual reality (VR) is the future of propaganda. It's also the present of propaganda: In China, members of the Zhongshan Communist Party are already being ...

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.

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 ...

Use your phone to turn a photo of data 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.

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.

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.

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.

Here’s how to avoid long lines, get good seats at Western Idaho Fair concerts  Idaho Statesman

If you're attending a Western Idaho Fair grandstand concert (3 Doors Down, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dustin Lynch and REO Speedwagon), you're going to wait in ...

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 ...

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.

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.

I d.o.! How to solve the I d.o.n.t. autocorrect problem in iOS  Macworld

A reader figured out a simple solution: delete messages that contain the incorrect correction.

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.

Handy tips on how to monitor and save battery life on your Android phone  The Verge

Follow these tips to help you monitor and extend the usage of your Android phone's battery.

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 ...

Glued to Your Phone at the Dinner Table? Marshawn Lynch Wants to Have Some Words  Adweek

The NFL star and agency GS&P want to help turn meals into phone-free zones.

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.

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 ...

Oh or zero? When the evolution of language clashes with linguistic purism  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.

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.

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 Add Song Lyrics to Playing Music in Your Instagram Stories  WonderHowTo

The Music sticker is one of Instagram's best features. With it, you can add music directly to your story, incorporating a high-quality soundtrack to your favorite ...

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.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50 and gets its own Indigenous language translation  ABC News

An Aboriginal language that only three years ago was considered 'virtually extinct' now has a recorded vocabulary of more than 1000 words and its own ...

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 ...

Boris Johnson Voter Tells James O'Brien He's "Lost For Words" By Boris's "Awful" Phone-In  LBC

James O'Brien speaks to a lot of disillusioned leave voters. But this disappointed caller, who voted for Brexit based on Boris Johnson's promises, really moved ...

The brain benefits of looking up from your phone  ABC News

When you're waiting in a queue there are various ways to bide your time: chat to someone, gaze off into the distance, or check your phone. The science of ...

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.

​​Everything you need to know before you buy a 5G phone in Australia  PC World

It's just insane to think that in less than 30 years, we've evolved from the humble SMS to watching whatever we want, whenever we want, thanks to mobile data.

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.

Opinion | Google's 4000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet  The New York Times

How a nascent search engine became a tech behemoth, one edit at a time.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones  The Guardian

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government's ...