Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups C2: Volume 2


Tide TIPS: Technology, Innovation, Patents, Startups C2: Volume 2

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


Cancer Treatment as a Team Effort

With cancer still a leading cause of death in our country, technology has come a long way in helping to treat it. Physicians often need to look outside their systems to find similar cases to compare, but it can be difficult to obtain this outside information. Ken Tarkoff, CEO of San Francisco-based oncology software startup Syapse, has been working to revolutionize the access to patient information for physicians. He created the Syapse Data Sharing Network, a hub that will allow physicians from different hospitals to create a pool of their experiences and pull information from the database to make cancer treatment a team effort. This is only the beginning; Syapse is using funding to add more and more hospitals to the database. (Fast Company)

An LED Light to Destroy Bacteria?

Have you ever thought about the bacteria your kitchen counters could be harboring? The CEO of biotech company Vital Vio had a grandmother that contracted MRSA during a routine hospital stay and vowed to create something that could prevent surface contamination from causing infections. She went on to create the Ellumi light, which is an LED cabinet light that can destroy harmful bacteria in your kitchen. It is highly effective, and she plans to expand the product to gyms, locker rooms, and even food processing plants. Considering E. coli multiplies every 20 minutes, and a single bacteria cell can grow to 8 million cells in less than 24 hours, this invention could be saving lives by preventing infection.  (Fast Company)

New Microsoft Data Centers

Microsoft is not going to let Amazon take over the cloud-computing operations game just yet. They are planning on opening their first data centers in the Middle East and expanding their European centers. Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be the first cities in the Middle East to be getting the Microsoft data centers where, in 2019, Microsoft’s cloud computing products Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 will be available. They also plan to introduce cloud regions in Switzerland and expand in Germany.  Amazon still holds 62% of the market share, but Microsoft is quickly becoming a viable threat. (CNBC)

Google wants the web as fast as AMP

Google is about to make the web faster than the speed of your bank account dropping on the weekend. They are in the process of convincing the group that is in charge of web standards to adopt technology that will have the same benefits as the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework. Basically, every webpage could have almost instantaneous loading, distribution on multiple platforms, and more prominent placement on Google platforms. To simplify things, Google wants webpages be fast and portable enough so you don’t have to wait for them to load, similar to how “instant articles” will be preloaded on an app. AMP is a clever piece of engineering that could change the way we surf the web. (CNBC)

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