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Tom Raftery's newsletter - Issue #17

So, lots of international news stories this week from the world of tech, and you can check some of th

Tom Raftery

July 8 · Issue #17 · View online
Tom Raftery's weekly newsletter - with stories from the worlds of IoT, Energy, and cleantech

So, lots of international news stories this week from the world of tech, and you can check some of the more interesting ones out below, but as well as that, I have some personal news to share. In the last week I accepted a job offer from SAP to be Global Internet of Things Evangelist. I start on September 1st.
In the meantime, there will still be plenty of news in this newsletter, and even moreso after (!)

The Internet of Things (IoT)
Speaking of the Internet of Things, I spotted several stories this week in this space. The Netherlands are rolling out a nationwide IoT communications network - this is a big step and will prove very useful for any businesses in that space 
Netherlands Has First Nationwide Internet of Things Network
then we see news that Microsoft is making available a ‘Publish to web" function in its analytics platform Power BI. This functionality will allow users to quickly and easily share insights gleaned form large tranches of data
Microsoft launches Power BI 'publish to web' feature out of preview
and finally for this section, for anyone interested in the IoT and retail space, this is a really good in-depth piece on where that is headed
Connecting with customers by leveraging Internet of Things in retail
Two big stories in the energy space - in the first we see Amazon - the renewables hold-out finally deciding it needs to get serious about adding some renewables to its arsenal (driven by customer demand, no doubt), and teaming up with Dominion Power to make it so
Amazon and Dominion Power Forge a New Renewable Energy Path in Virginia
while in Hawaii, the mandate to hit 100% renewables by 2045 has the various islands there looking at rolling out offshore wind farms
Hawaii Eyes Offshore Wind to Reach its 100 Percent Clean Energy Goal
BMW have announced that it is teaming up with Intel and Mobileye to deliver fully autonomous cars by 2021 - this is a hugely ambitious goal, and it will be fascinating to see how they plan to deliver on this
BMW Teams Up With Intel, Mobileye for Autonomous Car by 2021
Facebook has published OpenCellular, an open-source way for someone to become a mobile carrier. This is great for regions that are poorly served by mobile carriers, and locals want to have access to mobile and data
Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas
and finally two climate-related stories - 1) yet more records being broken - this time arctic sea ice melt, and 2) the Rolling Stone publishes a superb in-depth piece detailing how Exxon lied about the dangers of climate change. The interesting question now is how liable they are for this…
Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June
Did Exxon Lie About Global Warming?
And finally
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