Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 105

Marketing 18th February 2022

If you’re curious to know what’s been happening in the tech space this past week, then look no further… our Friday Tech Round Up is your weekly dose of the latest and greatest tech news!

In episode 105, we explore what fintech investors are looking for in 2022, solar power that can convert carbon dioxide into fuel and Vodafone adopting a new tech to ramp up their 5G offerings – just to name a few.

If you’d prefer to watch a four-minute rundown of the news, head over to our YouTube channel and watch episode 105 of the Friday Tech Round Up or click on the picture below.

Friday Tech Round Up

New Relic launches new infrastructure monitoring experience.

In 2020, New Relic launched its New Relic One platform. Come 2021 and New Relic had built on top of this with improved network monitoring.

Now, the company is putting one of the last pieces of this project in place with the general availability of its new infrastructure monitoring experience.

Designed to help DevOps, SRE and ITOps teams monitor their infrastructure and quickly resolve issues across public, private and hybrid cloud environments, this new solution is available to all New Relic users.


Vodafone UK adopts new tech to ramp up their 5G offerings

The company is to deploy Oracle Tech to support 5G standalone network core, and with this, Vodafone believes it will be able to get new 5G offerings to customers more quickly – ranging from holographic calls to 5G game streaming without lag time, and film downloads at up to four times faster than 4G networks.

Aligned with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Oracle’s cloud-native 5G core control plane features network functions – including the policy control – that are designed to help operators automate and scale to meet the expected increase in 5G subscribers and connected devices.


What are fintech investors looking for in 2022?

Last year more than 20% of venture dollars went into fintech start-ups globally; with a huge one-third of all unicorns created in 2021 being fintech companies.

The 2021 Matrix Fintech Index also reported that public fintech companies outperformed the market by 3x, driven in large part by favourable IPO debuts, SPACs, and increased adoption of digital payments and e-commerce.

You can discover exactly what fintech investors are looking for and how to pitch in 2022, with TechCrunch’s latest article.


Climate change breakthrough

A research team led by the Lund University in Sweden has shown how solar power can convert carbon dioxide into fuel.

Using advanced materials and ultrafast laser spectroscopy, this could be an important piece of the puzzle in reducing the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“The study uses a combination of materials that absorb sunlight and use its energy to convert carbon dioxide. With the help of ultrafast laser spectroscopy, we have mapped exactly what happens in that process” – Tönu Pullerits, chemistry researcher at Lund University.


Energy companies launch winter flexibility trial

National Grid ESO and Octopus Energy are to launch a winter flexibility trial to find out if moving home energy demand out of peak times can support balancing the power grid and reduce costs.

The trial will explore forecasting and the repeatability of customer behaviour to build on the learnings from an earlier study.

“Encouraging households to engage in exciting climate-friendly energy opportunities like this trial will be crucial in our transition to net zero,” – Isabelle Haigh, Head of National Control at National Grid ESO.


ECS shoutouts

On the 15th and 16th March, ECS is hosting a free Data Science Immersion Day in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Make sure to join to learn about the core concepts of Data Science and Machine Learning, important techniques, and how to implement, build and deploy your models using Amazon SageMaker.

Reserve your seat.

Also, we are delighted to have five incredibly talented women join us for a panel discussion on the 8th March, discussing making change happen in the 21st century business landscape. We will be diving into how we begin to close the 7% gap in leadership roles for women (10% for black women), the importance of allyships in achieving change, how we can promote role models whilst avoiding poster children and some of the successful strategies and initiatives businesses have adopted that others may wish to copy – the talk will start at 12pm on March 8th. Set a reminder on YouTube here.

And that’s it!

Make sure to come back next week for even more tech news.

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