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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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Teen's tragic words to friend before festival overdose death  Yahoo News

Alex Ross-King sent a series of texts to a friend after losing contact at Sydney's FOMO festival, an inquest has heard.

We prefer emojis over phone calls for sharing our feelings  CNET

That's according to Adobe's first ever emoji trend report. Oh, and our favorite emoji include and .

The App That Tucks Me In at Night  The New York Times

Every night, a stranger's voice in my phone soothes me to sleep. I wanted to hear her in person.

Exclusive: New leak reveals key Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs  BGR

Google's Pixel smartphone series has become something of an anomaly in the smartphone market. When it comes to hype, Google's Pixel phones are always ...

The Story of 8 Unforgettable Words About Apollo 11  The New York Times

John Noble Wilford recounts some of what went into writing the story of humanity's giant leap for the July 21, 1969, edition of The New York Times.

How to Get Twitter's Emojis on Any Android Phone  Gadget Hacks

The art of emoji — the next level beyond the simple text-based emoticons we used once upon a time in the not so distant past. We rely upon emojis so much in ...

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.

Phone battery dying? Here are some ways to get a full day on one charge  USA TODAY

Smartphone batteries can last through the evening if managed correctly. Close apps, adjust brightness and if all else fails, but an external battery.

'The phone can wait': Prepare to go hands-free by Aug. 1  KMSP-TV

(FOX 9) - In less than two weeks, you'll have to rely on voice commands to make a phone call, send texts or get your GPS going if you're on the road.

Waffles, a one-piece and a flamingo: more than 59 new emojis are coming to a phone near you  Vogue Australia

There's an emoji for nearly anything. Dreaming of the pad thai leftovers in your fridge? The drooling emoji has you covered. Talking about Beyoncé? Use the ...

Slack says emoji like party parrot have a massive impact on workplace productivity — because typing words is too hard  Business Insider Australia

July 17 is World Emoji Day, which celebrates the tiny digital icons you've probably sent several times already today.

How migrants are paying the price for our crisis of faith  Angelus News

On the internet, there's an image that haunts me — as it should haunt all Americans. It's a close-up of the most beautiful lady in America: the Statue of Liberty.

iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR  TechRadar

There are slight differences between the iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR, at least at first glance. But as we reviewed each and crafted an in-depth ...

Is your mobile phone powerful enough to get you to the moon?  RTE.ie

Do we really have more computing power in the phone in our pocket than the computer aboard Apollo 11?

The FaceApp privacy controversy is valid but overblown  Vox.com

The panic about the popular old-person filter isn't wrong, exactly. It's just tinged with xenophobia and devoid of context.

Realme could launch a phone with the Snapdragon 855 Plus later this year  Android Central

A post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo suggests Realme might be planning to release a Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered smartphone before the end of the ...

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

The late 1990s was a simpler time for Google. The nascent company was merely a search engine, and Gmail, Android and YouTube were but glimmers in the ...

Xiaomi Mi A3 goes official: Key specs, price, India launch, and more about this Android One phone  India Today

Biggest highlight of the Xiaomi Mi A3 is its software. Google's Android One program not only brings clean software to the users but also regular and fast android ...

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 ...

How to flip a selfie photo in Android  Tech Advisor

Android smartphone usually produce mirror-image images when you take selfies. Here's how to flip them the right way round.

Ibrahim Tapes: Listen to all the secret police recordings  Daily Telegraph

Now, for the first time, we take you inside the family's private world thanks to an enormous cache of surveillance material tendered to a NSW court. Listen below ...

'Words I found on the wind': extract from The Yield by Tara June Winch  The Guardian

The fourth title in Guardian Australia's Unmissables series is The Yield, the Wiradjuri author's 'heart on a plate'. • 'I had to be manic': Tara June Winch on her ...

Elon Musk's 'Neuralink' could merge human brains with computers by 2020  New York Post

Elon Musk's data transmission company "Neuralink" unveiled plans to merge human brains with computers as early as next year.

Synaptics Timing With Edge Solutions Aligns With Google's Increased Privacy Push  Forbes

Analyst weighs in on Google's new privacy push with edge compute and Synaptics edge compute solutions.

Lawmakers call for review of Goodwill's state contracts after reports of disabled worker layoffs  Capitol News Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI. Capitol News Illinois. Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com. SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers are calling for a review of state contracts and ...

Why won’t the police acknowledge that speeding coppers are a liability?  Spectator.co.uk

For a while, it seemed as if the only words my beloved would ever say again were 'chicken Kievs'. Two hours of operating a strimmer to clear the…

Sean Hannity just demonstrated how not to interview President Trump  Vox.com

Trump's latest Fox News interview featured a number of especially incoherent moments. Hannity let him skate.

How To Write A Bride Wedding Speech Like A Boss | HuffPost Life  HuffPost UK

More brides are doing speeches than ever before, according to professional wedding speech-writing company Speechy, which revealed a 420% rise in the ...

Prince William’s heartbreak over his final words to Princess Diana  9Honey

It's been over two decades since the death of Princess Diana, but her sons Prince William and Prince Harry are keeping her memory alive, as well as continuing ...

Kendrick Perkins and the Making of an NBA Talking Head  The Ringer

In the player empowerment era, we need someone who can explain the players who run the league—who can tell us not just what they'll do but how they feel.

Vivo touts 120 watt fast charging: Charge a 4000mAh battery in 13 minutes  Android Authority

Vivo has confirmed that it's working on 120 watt fast charging for its smartphones, claiming that you only need 13 minutes to charge a 4000mAh phone.

There's a problem with the two best places to work at Goldman Sachs  eFinancialCareers

What's the best place to work at Goldman Sachs? Depends who you ask, but two of the top answers in any opinion poll would probably be the Merchant Banking ...

The hypocrisy of our politicians’ support for press freedom  Spectator.co.uk

Cynical old hacks like me have been amused by the chorus of establishment applause for the Mail on Sunday's great Kim Darroch scoop. Our elected masters…

These copycat bills on Sharia law and terrorism have no effect. So why do states keep passing them?  USA TODAY

A far-right think tank pushed model bills on Sharia law and terrorism in dozens of states. Civil rights groups say the goal was to stoke fear.

Want a More Affordable Android Phone? The OnePlus 7 Pro Is Cheaper Without (Many) Sacrifices  TIME

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a high-end Android smartphone without many sacrifices at a cheaper price than the Samsung Galaxy.

The Still Terrifying Details of the Murder of Rebecca Schaeffer: A Star on the Rise and an Obsession Turned Deadly  E! Online

Rebecca Schaeffer thought it was sweet that a fan was sending her stuffed animals and other little gifts at the studio lot where her sitcom My Sister Sam was ...

We Heart: The Boss Squad Driving Women's Political Campaigns Forward  Ms. Magazine

“Campaigning can be really lonely,” comments Faith Winter, the campaign strategist for 'RUN: The Series' and a current State Senator in Colorado, “and the way ...

Here Is How You Can Help Habesha Asylum-Seekers At The Border Who Desperately Need Humanitarian Assistance  Blavity

The plight of Black asylum-seekers at the border is becoming dire as accommodations become crowded and resources are depleted. Immigration attorney ...

LG Pay is now available in the U.S. with NFC and magnetic stripe support  Android Central

In direct response to Samsung Pay, LG has launched LG Pay in the United States — allowing for contactless payments on select LG phones using both NFC and ...

[Update: The final hours] Prime Day 2019 Mega-list: All the best tech, smart home, and phone deals (Updated continuously)  Android Police

Prime "Day" and its 48 hours of sales are now upon us. Deals are coming and going almost faster than they can be mentioned, but we'll do our best to keep... by ...

Rahul Gandhi was translating difficult Hindi words: Congress defends phone fiddling during President's speech  India Today

Justifying Rahul Gandhi's phone fiddling during half of President's address, Anand Sharma said that Congress chief was trying translate "difficult Hindi words ...

Moran slams city council “morality clause”  InDaily

One month after its contentious gag order was swept under the rug, Adelaide City Council has faced renewed criticism for mandating that councillors behave ...

Suu Kyi's bid to reform charter sparks rival protests in Myanmar  Reuters

YANGON (Reuters) - Thousands of people demonstrated on Wednesday on the streets of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, both for and against proposed ...

Column: FBI tracks Michael Madigan in Chicago’s great tiger hunt  Chicago Tribune

In all the heat and excitement over the capture of a little bitty gator in a park lagoon, many of you have been distracted from the most dramatic hunt of all:.

“Uncle Jim Called,” by David Rabe  The New Yorker

Fiction by David Rabe: “I held my breath, trying to hear. But I couldn't understand a word. Or, rather, a word here and there was all I could understand. The sense ...

Prime Day may be over, but the Amazon Echo Connect is still just $20  Android Central

Prime Day is a wrap for 2019, but that doesn't mean the deals have stopped. Amazon is offering its Prime members a chance to snag a post-Prime Day deal on ...

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Court wrapped Wednesday with closing arguments and both disagreeing on Kemia Hassel's involvement in her husband's murder.

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A fan looks back at 'bits and pieces' of the recently concluded Cricket World Cup in England.To call it a bowler's tournament would not be a stretch, and that can ...

Arthur Cyr: The moon landing still resonates  Deseret News

“The Eagle has landed.” Astronaut Neil Armstrong transmitted that statement on July 20, 1969 from the surface of the Moon. His eloquent words fittingly ...

Meuser: Trump is not a racist - News  Citizens Voice

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser said he reached a “bubbling point” during the House debate Tuesday over a Democrat-led resolution condemning President Trump's ...

Fmr Trump Voting Commission Official Forced to Apologize for Falsely Accusing People of Voter Fraud (UPDATED)  Law & Crime

A former commissioner on President Donald Trump's now-defunct Voter Fraud Commission reached a settlement this week with a group of Virginia voters who ...

Hide and sleep: Ex-girlfriend 'booked Jamberoo hotel' for Butler while he was on the run  Illawarra Mercury

Cosy: Jamberoo Resort (main picture) is a secluded hotel in the hills outside Jamberoo. Maddison Day allegedly booked ex-boyfriend Darren Butler (pictured ...

'You're In Colorado. Everybody Loves To Talk About The Weather': English Language Learners Try To Find Their Place  Colorado Public Radio

Learning English as a second language can be isolating, but one career teacher says there is something special about learning English in Colorado.

Your personal, private medical information is under attack  WPTV.com

Florida is among the top states for data breaches and to cyberthieves, medical can mean big money. Investigative Reporter Katie LaGrone shows you why and ...

Police: Norman administrator accused of drugging, raping woman  KOKH FOX25

A Norman High School administrator is accused of drugging and raping a woman in May at his home on the 14000 block of Savannah River Way in Yukon.

4 tips to protect yourself from scams, and what to do if you fall victim  The Gazette

Here are tips from Investigator Al Perales with the Office of the Iowa Attorney General on avoiding getting caught in a scam.

MLB rumors: Giants will be sellers at trade deadline despite surge; Rangers likely to move Mike Minor  CBS Sports

Here are all the latest rumors leading up to MLB's trade deadline.

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.

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.

Reliability the key asset for Apollo 11 computers  The Irish Times

Systems behind Apollo 11 were thousands of times less powerful than a modern phone but they did not crash or malfunction.

Writing Out Loud: Emoji is Only the Beginning  Kern Valley Sun

By George Thal. Today happens to be National Emoji Day. It hardly seems like it was a year ago today that we celebrated those little icons that have made their ...

Anonymous donors offer reward for return of Dee Windross’ phone  Herald Sun

A mystery Melbourne couple has stumped up a 25000 reward for the return of a missing phone full of priceless family photos.

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 ...

Jerry Hsu's Sci-Fi Fantasy  GQ

The skateboarder and Sci-Fi Fantasy designer talks style, his new book of Blackberry photos, and dabbling in corporate graphic design.

Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary  TechCrunch

Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning ...

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...

Speeding driver had phone showing cricket scores strapped to steering wheel  Sydney Morning Herald

Police who stopped a speeding driver in Sydney's west on Sunday night were shocked to find he was driving with his phone strapped to the steering wheel, ...

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.

Last Word on the special session, July 13  Virginia Gazette

Since Virginia's Republicans voted not to do their jobs in Richmond, which was to pass comprehensive gun/weapon legislation, there is an easy fix for that.

Here's the reason why Zodwa Wabantu really apologised...  TimesLIVE

It wasn't the petitions and threats to have her show cut or even the comments that dominated Zodwa Wabantu's TL that led her to apologise. Instead a few phone ...

There's a wildly popular conspiracy theory that Facebook listens to your private phone calls, and no matter what the tech giant says people just aren't convinced it's not true  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 ...

Motivation Monday: Tune in not out  Grit Daily

Our weekly Motivation Monday tips will have you pumping your fists so that you can get your Monday, and your week, off to a better start.

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.

Hong Kong Politics Test Business — WSJ  Morningstar.com

This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (July ...

Canadian inflation dips to 2.0% in June, hitting central bank target  Reuters Canada

Lower energy prices helped push down Canada's annual inflation rate in June to 2.0% from 2.4% in May, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday, a week after ...

A scary type of scam call causes Apple's logo and phone number to pop up on your iPhone lock screen, but there's a way to protect yourself  Business Insider

What makes this new Apple spoof so dangerous is that it's taking advantage of the contact card likely already in your iPhone.

I tried the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold and it's impressive for a first-generation foldable phone, though far from perfect  Business Insider

This foldable phone is far from perfect, screen issues aside, but it's a great step forward. Here's what we enjoyed and would like to see improved.

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.

"You haven't upset anyone." A daughter's beautiful words for her mother with dementia.  Mamamia

When a woman's elderly mother began to make constant anxious phone calls, she decided to leave her some “words of reassurance”. Writing on a whiteboard ...

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.

'Do Google Pixel phones have wireless charging?': Here's what you need to know  Business Insider

The Google Pixel 3 was Google's first phone to feature wireless charging, but earlier Pixel phones can still charge wirelessly with these receivers.

Listen for the log-in: Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone  The Washington Post

What if scammers could learn your password not from a massive cyberattack or taking control of your device, but from listening in as you type? That's the startling ...

Energizer's super-thick smartphone tanked on Indiegogo after only 11 backers funded the campaign  Business Insider

Energizer wanted $1.2 million to fund its PowerMax P18K Pop phone. It got $15000.

He slept through Freddy's phone call, but Cameron Murray is ready for Origin  Sporting News AU

Rabbitohs lock Cameron Murray "freaked out" when he woke up to a missed call, one that would eventually change his life. One of five rookies set to run out for ...

Samsung's New Galaxy Phone Is An Absolute Monster  Lifehacker Australia

Today, Samsung made history by releasing the Galaxy S10 5G in Australia - the first 5G-capable smartphone for Telstra's burgeoning network. We briefly got our ...

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 ...

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup  WIRED

If you tried to text Ashton Kutcher today, you were prompted to sign up for a new messaging *service* called Community.

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

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

PhoneSoap phone sanitizer review - does it actually work?  Business Insider

Our phones are hotspots for bacteria. The $60 PhoneSoap can help by safely sanitizing your phone while it charges, killing 99.9% of common bacteria.

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.

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.

How to use AirPods and pair them with almost any phone or device  Business Insider

Here's a guide on how to use your AirPods – including how to pair and configure them with your iPhone or another device.

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.

The 20 best smartphones in the world  Business Insider

What's the best smartphone? This list focuses primarily on high-end flagship devices, but the best flagship smartphones don't have to be the most expensive.

The 7 coolest things about Samsung's crazy-ambitious $2,000 folding smartphone  Business Insider

Samsung's foldable Galaxy Fold is more than a one-trick pony.

Mumbai building collapse: My sons died in front of me, a mother recounts 18 hrs under debris  India Today

The 14 people who died in the Dongri building collapse in Mumbai had stories to tell, dreams to chase and reasons to live. When the 100-year-old building ...

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While the original Google Pixel had a headphone jack, neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 3 have one. The new Google Pixel 3a phones follow the original Pixel in ...