Tide Tips: Technology, Innovation, Patents and Startups C2: Volume 11

 

Tide TIPS: Volume 11

You are reading Tide TIPS, a weekly round-up of all things Technology, Innovation, Patent, and Startup related.

 

Snapping just got more fun

You make now be doing your online shopping on… Snapchat? That’s right. The social media giant is partnering with Amazon to execute a plan that will allow users to shop through visual product searches. This way, you could snap a picture of a product and be taken directly to Amazon to purchase that item, such as Nike sneakers. Just the talk of this new feature has sent Snapchat’s stock up 3%, so it sounds pretty promising. (Variety)

Google’s newest update

Search engine powerhouse, Google, has rolled out some new features to make searching for things even easier. For example, there will be specified language preferences that can allow you to, say, have all of your searches come up in English except recipes, that will be shown in Spanish. They will also be launching Pathways, that can teach you skills to better prepare you for jobs. The image search will be getting updates, as well, with features such as tags that can show products and tutorials. (CNBC)

Apple might be a little rotten

Apple is currently getting some heat from Qualcomm, who is suing them for “stealing vast swaths of confidential information and trade secrets”, which violates the software agreement that Apple signed when they became Qualcomm’s customer. The information is apparently being used to help improve Intel’s chip performance, which will cause Qualcomm to suffer as Intel is their rival. (CNBC)

A mushroom might save the day

The very possible threat of bee extinction is something very alarming to many people, so there have been many efforts to stop what they are calling colony collapse disorder, caused by a parasite named Varroa destructor. Researchers have now presented findings that a mushroom may be the answer to this problem. Belonging to the fungi families of amadou and reishi, this mushroom’s extracts have been proven to have antiviral properties against infections like swine flu, HIV, and many more. The researchers are hoping the extracts could have the same effect on bees. (Wired)

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