R/GA announces nine IoT startups for its 2018 program

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IoT Venture Studio, a UK based accelerator has announced nine startups as part of its second incubator program for the year 2018. The selected companies are a diverse mix of startups that use IoT innovatively to transform everything from retail to food wastage.

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Headquartered in NewYork, R/GA is an international digital agency that launched its accelerator program Ventures in 2014. In partnership with UK government’s innovation agency Innovate UK, R/GA Ventures started the IoT Venture Studio focusing on building IoT based startups. The selected companies will have the chance to work closely with R/GA and use its expertise in strategic marketing, consulting, branding, design, and technology. The companies will also have access to the agency’s network of clients, industry partners, global brand leaders, mentors, and investors. The program will be based at R/GA London’s connected headquarters in Shoreditch.

In Feb 2017, R/GA Ventures announced its first round with ten companies to participate in the UK based program. Latch, a pioneer in enterprise IoT also joined the program as a sponsor. “These startups are bringing the disruptive and refreshing power of the internet to the real world. They show us that Internet of Things technologies is now mature, and ready for business,” said Matt Webb, managing director of the R/GA IoT Venture Studio UK.

NUMA, a Paris-based international technology, innovation, and startup incubator also launched NUMA Angers IoT, the manufacturing, and business acceleration program dedicated to IoT startups in January this year. Another organization IoTA Wales also offers £50K for IoT startups.

Some of R/GA Ventures’ portfolio companies include Shottracker, Sensing Feeling, and Hoxton Analytics.

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Hangouts Meet’s dial-in feature now works in nine additional European countries

Hangouts Meet is a service by Google that allows people to video conference with up to 50 people. Prior to today, however, its dial-in feature only worked in 15 countries. Now that figure has been upped to a total of 24, with the nine new countries all located in the continent of Europe.

Without further ado, here are the nine new countries that are supported:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

This change is effective immediately.

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People really do have more sex around Christmas — and there’s a baby boom nine months later to match, according to new research that looks at Google searches and Twitter posts.

Researchers looked at web searches about sex from 2004 to 2010 and 10 percent of public Twitter posts from 2010 to 2014. (The results were published this week in the journal Scientific Reports .) The data came from 130 countries and both hemispheres, which is crucial to show that the increase in birth rates is because of cultural factors related to a holiday, and not simply biological factors related to more or less daylight being available.

By analyzing the data, the scientists confirmed that interest in sex does peak during major cultural celebrations and…

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