A start-up that sees travel experts pitch itineraries for holiday-makers and an e-book publishing platform for writers and bloggers are among the teams chosen to join seed accelerator AngelCube’s 2013 intake program. Melbourne-based AngelCube received more than 150 applications to join its three-month program that will focus on targeted mentoring. AngelCube co-founder Nathan Sampimon told StartupSmart that AngelCube looked for start-ups with “big vision”. “We want co-founders that are hungry and want to change the world,” he says. “There’s really got to be that hunger, the need to shake some stuff up.” The seven start-ups selected to join the program include, for the first time, an international entrant. AngelCube says on its website the co-founders of BattleTrip have flown from Chile, Portugal and New Zealand to join the program. BattleTrip sees travellers set out where they want to travel, when and what kind of trip they’d like. Travel writers and bloggers then pitch itineraries and the traveller chooses which one they like. Other start-ups joining the program include: Tablo Publishing – an e-book publishing platform c8apps – fantasy sports apps using social networks CoinJar – reconciling Bitcoins to dollars eTaskr – a task marketplace that solves underutilisation of resources within organisations LifeGym – an app that helps women build fitness through real-life rewards Ozirig – a marketplace connecting wholesalers and photography professionals AngelCube says it’s attracting investor interest in Australia and internationally after two graduates from last year’s program secured funding. It says Wi-Fi light bulb developer LIFX has raised $1.3 million through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, while app tester Kickfolio, now known as app.io, has graduated from US-based accelerator 500 Startups and closed its Series A funding round with $1.075 million.
Mobile video start-up Incoming has highlighted the demand for mobile video content after securing $1.1 million from OneVentures, NICTA and the US-based Citrix Startup Accelerator. Incoming, led by chief executive David McKeague, specialises in mobile content delivery for mobile platforms, delivering high-definition video to mobile devices based on user preferences. It pre-loads content using available WiFi networks, eliminating the need for streaming or buffering, while reducing the cost. Incoming TV is available as a mobile app. Some 600,000 users have already downloaded the beta version and three million videos have been played. Last year, Incoming was selected as one of 23 start-ups for Tech23 2012. Now it has secured $1.1 million in seed financing from a number of investors. The round was led by One Ventures, an Australian venture capital firm that invests in innovative companies in the information technology, life sciences and clean technology sectors. Funding also came from NICTA – Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence – and Citrix Startup Accelerator, based in Silicon Valley. Incoming, based at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, is NICTA’s 11th spinout company. Incoming TV has been developed specifically for mobile phones and tablets. Its predictive support for the service draws from information on the user’s device, including contextual data such as time of day, location, usage patterns and interests, and social and physical behaviour. It then applies NICTA’s machine learning techniques to pre-fetch a suitable selection of video material. NICTA research leader Dr Max Ott joins Incoming as its first chief technology officer. Paul Hoff, NICTA's director of technology transfer, told StartupSmart NICTA has invested a total of $400,000 in Incoming. Citrix Startup Accelerator, meanwhile, invests in start-ups creating the next generation of cloud infrastructure services, mobile enterprise solutions and collaboration technologies. In addition to a $250,000 convertible note investment, start-ups have access to an advisory panel and office space in Silicon Valley. According to McKeague, who is currently overseas, Incoming allows mobile networks to be used more proficiently in off-peak periods. “The mobile industry estimates that over 20% of subscribers watch mobile videos on any given day, accounting for over 50% of global mobile data traffic on wireless networks,” he said in a statement. “This is costly for users, carriers and content providers. The Incoming TV service addresses this by pre-loading content using Wi-Fi networks.” Dr Michelle Deaker, managing director of OneVentures and a NICTA board member, said in a statement Incoming has a “significant opportunity” to capture and support video mobile delivery in global markets. “[This means] effectively unlocking 30 to 40% of untapped mobile network capacity, which is likely to be worth up to $20 billion by 2016,” Deaker said in a statement. Michael Harries, chief technology officer of Citrix Startup Accelerator, said in a statement Incoming’s technology is “compelling and complementary” to Citrix offerings. “Citrix Startup Accelerator invests in only the best entrepreneurs and new businesses creating new solutions for today’s problems in cloud infrastructure and mobile,” he said. “We look forward to working with Incoming as they build a world-class business.” According to NICTA chief executive Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Incoming is an “impressive example of NICTA’s research and entrepreneurial capabilities”.
We all know that the battery power of the iPhone will be pretty low at the end of a day away from a charger, so how can we maintain its charge when we don’t have one of those pesky white cords handy. First off, reduce brightness. This can be done by accessing > Settings > Brightness. Make sure that auto brightness is switched to off. Another one is disabling location services. This can be done through Settings > Location services. Although this will prevent you from accessing all data, enabling Airplane mode saves a lot of power. This can be done through Settings > Airplane mode > On. Once Airplane mode is enabled it is still possible to connect to Wi-Fi if a connection is available.
Last Friday marked the start of another year at SXSW.
Technology advisory firm Ovum has highlighted a number of key trends to emerge from Mobile World Congress 2013, based on announcements from Telefonia, Google and MasterCard.
I'm writing this week from the University Cafe in downtown Palo Alto.
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Apple announced the iPad Mini this morning, with the new gadget to start at $369 and launch in Australia on November 2.
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Plenty of iOS users get frustrated by poor battery life, especially when Apple claims its products last for quite a while.
If you want to register your iOS device on the Apple website, then you’ll need to find the serial number. There are a couple of ways to do so.
The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, is an annual magnet for business innovators and start-ups hoping to strike it big.
California-based company Cadence Design Systems has partnered with National ICT Australia to launch a business incubation program for Australian integrated circuit start-ups.
The inaugural SeaChange StartUp Camp will kick off in NSW this weekend, in what has been described as a “dragons’ den” pitching weekend for entrepreneurs.
There are a number of different ways to configure a wireless network. One of the most popular is just to set a password, but you can also filter a router to ensure only specific devices access the internet.
Small businesses need to be aware of the hidden costs associated with equipping employees with mobile devices, analysts warn, as employers attempt to make their staff more productive.
Tapit utilises near field communications (NFC) technologies to market brands via mobile phones, describing itself as a pioneer of NFC location-based marketing across Australia and Asia.
Apple launched its new iPhone 4S at its press event in San Francisco this morning, and introduced a new, powerful voice recognition technology, but stopped short of releasing an improved iPhone 5 with an all-new design.
The personal hotspot feature was one of the best updates to the iPhone this year. It’s allowed quite a number of users to spread their internet connection to other gadgets without much of a fuss.
Barring the remote possibility of pouncing upon that rarest of beasts – a government start-up grant – wannabe entrepreneurs have traditionally been reliant on two groups for external funding: investors and banks.