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

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Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface may have tech that could improve foldable phones  BGR

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How to Make Your Smartphone Last Longer  The New York Times

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Kind Words is a sweet game about supporting strangers  PC Gamer

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Geekbench suggests Google will launch a 5G Pixel 4 XL (updated: fake)  VentureBeat

The Pixel 4 XL appears set to arrive in a 5G version, if new Geekbench benchmark results can be believed, offering Android users another fast option.

Huawei Mate 30 specs leak ahead of next week's launch  Pocket-lint

The leaks of Huawei's upcoming Mate 30 series have been seeping out for some time, but now we have a shot of what is alleged to be a spec list for the.

Kirin 990: What you need to know about the Huawei Mate 30's processor  Pocket-lint

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Wi-Fi 6 certification is here to make next-gen speeds a widespread reality  CNET

This "key milestone" in the adoption of next-gen Wi-Fi technology launches Monday.

Forget the iPhone 11. Here's What Spending Days With Just This Tiny 'Dumb' Phone Was Like  Inc.

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Tim Cook Used a Specific Communication Strategy in Apple's iPhone Keynote. Here's Why Every Public Speaker Should Too  Inc.

Apple's press release for the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro runs about 2,000 words. At the end of Tuesday's keynote, Tim Cook summarized the products in ...

Utah journalism essay contest offers $8000 to students in grade 6 through college  Salt Lake Tribune

Students in grades 6 through 12 and at Utah colleges can win a share of $8,000 in cash awards by entering the McCarthey Family Foundation's annual ...

BBC presenter Jeremy Vine accidentally says ‘love you’ to Radio 2 caller during phone-in  The Sun

JEREMY Vine accidentally said “love you” to a caller to his Radio 2 programme as she hung up the phone. The BBC presenter was speaking to guest Anne ...

Snag a Kindle with 3 free months of Kindle Unlimited at the best price ever  iMore

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Recent Kansas Editorials  Charlotte Observer

Lawrence Journal-World, Sept. 15. Imagine if Alexander Graham Bell had another idea when he invented the telephone: Third parties could listen in on the ...

Galaxy Note 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Which Samsung phone is best?  Business Insider

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus have arrived. Here's how to decide which smartphone is right for you.

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 ...

Alexa and your phone are getting schooled in chemistry  Chemical & Engineering News

Jason Furrer, a molecular microbiologist who heads a lab at the University of Missouri, likes hands-free access to information from New England Biolabs using ...

NSW abortion bill: Sunrise and Seven News air false pro-choice chant claim  The Guardian

Barnaby Joyce falsely claims rally chanted 'put the foetus in the bin' despite organiser confirming chant was 'bigots'

Sunday Puzzle: It's Game Day  NPR

Listener Holly Ashworth of Oak Park, Ill., plays this week's puzzle with New York Times puzzlemaster Will Shortz.

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

Quickly finding photos by searching for specific words is huge, and you can even copy and paste text.

Mark Hoppus to Blink-182 Fans You All Mean the World to Me  RADIO.COM

Blink 182 bassist/singer Mark Hoppus is opening up on the powerof music and how much the fans mean to him.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Review: It's 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 ...

Google Docs will soon show you word counts while you type  The Verge

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Getting Started with the Galaxy Note 10: 15 Features to Explore and Enable  Tom's Guide

Here's how to make the most of you Galaxy Note 10, with the settings you should adjust first.

Joe Biden: Clueless and Incoherent  LA Progressive

There was another Democratic debate this week, and I have to admit I missed it. I've been checking the highlights (or lowlights, if you prefer), and Joe Biden, ...

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By KIERAN FINNANE. A push to get the Town Council to acknowledge the climate emergency and develop a policy around it backfired last night. Many more ...

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When a goddess is running late, you wait for her. That's the ethos at Slave Play, one of the most buzzed-about shows on Broadway. The play, which dissects the ...

9 reasons you should buy Samsung's Galaxy S10 instead of the new Galaxy Note 10  Business Insider

If you're considering Samsung phones, the Galaxy S10 is a better bang for your buck compared to the Galaxy Note 10.

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 ...

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Premier meeting with Innu leadership over MHA’s racist remarks  APTN News

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball is meeting with Innu leadership in Labrador today in the wake of a political scandal in that province involving a ...

Local woman’s phone service ‘slammed’  WATE 6 On Your Side

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Madisonville woman says her phone *service* was switched last month while she believed she was talking with her provider; ...

How to turn off autocorrect on a Samsung Galaxy S10 in 2 different ways  Business Insider

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Asan N'Jie's secret grovelling phone apology to Jamie Lomas as he begged for his job  Mirror Online

Emmerdale's freshly sacked star Asan N'jie called Jamie Lomas hours before he was let go from the ITV soap.

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Wendy Williams said that Christie Brinkley's fall while practicing for 'Dancing With the Stars' looked 'fake as hell.'

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Jemma Palmer, from Hull, believes her ex-partner should have received a longer sentence for his savage attack on her.

Trump's Asylum Policies Sent Him Back to Mexico. He Was Kidnapped Five Hours Later By a Cartel  VICE

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Papa John's donates $30K to Kentucky college after pulling scholarship money  Fox Business

Papa John's made a new donation of $30,000 on Monday to a historically black college in Kentucky after it was revealed that $20,000 in scholarships benefitting ...

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Journalist Liz Plank on how to broach the topic of toxic masculinity with men in your life.

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Nobody wanted to go first. That was one of the essential problems for Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey — the New York Times investigative journalists who ...

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An Oklahoma sheriff's Office charged Alexis Wilson, 18, with making a terroristic threat after she allegedly told a co-worker she would shoot up her former school ...

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.

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Speaking with his brother last week, Cliff Cline could hear his stress through the phone. David had just quit his job as superintendent of a Niagara Falls ...

New phones offer opportunity to fiddle with time lapse  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Remember those time-lapse documentaries that showed a seed sprouting, pushing up through the ground with leaves sprouting and sometimes flowers ...

Frontotemporal dementia: Devastating, prevalent and little understood — "60 Minutes"  CBS News

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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.

Behrouz Boochani's mission to change offshore detention laws using a smuggled mobile phone  ABC News

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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.

‘I’m at a loss for words’: Island man loses $160,000 in complex romance scam  CHEK

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KGW's own Maggie Vespa calls out online bully with empowering words  KGW.com

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How to add a phone number to iMessage on a Mac, and receive messages on your computer  Business Insider

You can add your iPhone's phone number to iMessage on your Mac computer with a few quick steps on your iPhone and Mac. Here's how to do it.

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...

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.

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.

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

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The 8 most sophisticated phone scams right now the average person falls for  Business Insider

Phone scams are as big a problem now as they ever were — and some of the most devious scams are growing in popularity.

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This Smartphone App Can Save Your Life with Just 3 Words  Interesting Engineering

A clever geocoding app could save your life using only 3 words.

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.

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.

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.

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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 ...

You've been charging your smartphone all wrong  Business Insider

All smartphone batteries have a limited lifespan, but the common habit of charging phones overnight could actually be shortening that lifespan, according to a ...

How to set up and use Google Hangouts, Google's free phone call and video chat service, on desktop or mobile  INSIDER

You can use Google Hangouts to make phone calls, video calls, and more with anyone on your contacts list. Here's how to set up and use it.

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 ...

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.

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.

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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.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Can Wales lay ghosts of tournaments past?  BBC Sport

Red cards, injuries, hammerings and bad luck stories. Why optimism comes hard for Wales fans at the Rugby World Cup.

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I kept track of how many times I tried checking my phone, even though there was nothing to check.

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Take your Android phone or iPhone's lock screen to the next level.

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

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