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S&P500 Tech news roundup: 5 Big moves by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Oracle and Microsoft

S&P500 Tech news roundup: 5 Big moves by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Oracle and Microsoft. The biggest headline according to CTO’s is that Microsoft is drastically closing the gap with AWS cloud. Let’s take a deep dive into what is happening:

Exciting news coming out of Amazon, an announcement was made on March 4 that the cloud computing arm of the e-commerce giant will be working with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to research how Artificial Intelligence can improve hospital efficiency. Researchers at Beth Israel will carry out research on how machine learning can provide support in terms of patient care and clinical workflows. Amazon web service is funding the study which is a multiyear research program. The research grant is said to be somewhere in the tone of $2 million. The research work is targeted at making administrative easier for example paperwork. Part of the research projects includes making use of AWS’ machine learning services to inspect patient records for duly filled consent forms before a surgery and then alerting nurses to paperwork that is missing. Another project in the offering is that hospital want to lessen surgery delays as a result of incomplete medical history and physical forms using the newly debuted AI service by Amazon “Comprehend Medical”. Future projects planned out include the prediction of which patient is likely to miss medical appointments, predicting when the medical center emergency section will see a patient surge as well as identifying when modification will benefit hospital’s operating room.

Google is introducing a new feature in Google Posts which allows your business to display up to 10 offers. In the online business world, this could have a major impact on customer purchasing pattern as almost 90% of customers admit that promotion most times provide an incentive to make a purchase when they are undecided. This new update is expected to boost the visibility of your business offers in Google Posts. In an announcement made, Google has changed how offers now show in a Google local listing by allocating offers a reserved space within the local panel. This is how to go about it, go to your Google My Business account and proceed to Google Posts segment to add your offers. As you create a new post, there should be an option to classify the post as an “offer”. The options available within the offers include adding a coupon code, photos, a promotion description or some terms and conditions that are necessary for your target audience. Google pronounced that they wanted to make it easy for the user to make decisions concerning where they want to go to and make it simpler for businesses to attract customers. Providing awareness to special offers that your business has for customers who are looking for a reason to make an order, patronize your business or put a phone call across.

Facebook is pushing its Oculus Virtual Reality headset to include businesses, it is expanding its customer base to include enterprise consumer. VR headsets are already dominating our home space and the social media giant is bringing that experience to your workplace. Through a job ad, we know Oculus VR is seeking software specialist to work in its Washington, Seattle, offices to assist in the building of a special version of its $199 Oculus Go as well as the $399 Oculus Quest mobile VR headsets meant for businesses. The qualified individual will help in refining the headsets to work with several types of business software. Both Oculus VR devices are self-contained, that is, they will work without the need for a mobile phone or computer. However, Oculus Go is an entry-level device while Oculus Quest is a mid-level headset with better visuals and controls. The Virtual Reality devises works by bringing the screen extremely close to your eyes, enough to deceive your brain into assuming you are in the virtual world. For Oculus headset, achieving success within the business world could ramp up profits as developers continue their search for that “killer app” that will persuade customers to purchase them. Nevertheless, there will still be competition.

Oracle has confirmed its participation in the NSF (National Science Foundation) funded research aimed at creating innovative cloud computing capabilities for use in scientific applications and scientific computing research. This project is facilitated by Internet2, a not for profit advanced technological community created by universities and colleges. They will be in charge of two phases of the project, to be known as Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS). The project will examine cloud platforms to ascertain their strengths and capabilities for computational science and research purpose along various academic disciplines. The first phase will support six scientific and engineering apps and workflow that has cloud computing abilities. After that, two projects from the initial six will be funded for one more year, taking into account the scientific impact and results. Oracle has professed its commitment to teaming up with the NSF and Intenet2 on the E-CAS project so as to help institute tap into cutting-edge cloud computing technology to help them advance ground-breaking discoveries using research. Oracle wants to help campuses overcome their challenges, and ensure the education and research communities gain access to the best available technology so as to be successful.

Microsoft announced its plan to migrate its Edge browser to Chromium based late last year. The tech giant has been in the developmental stage for the browser, we may now know how far the development of the updated browser has gone. Going by leaked screenshots, it appears like the present Chromium-based versions of the Edge browser look more like Chrome. A number of screenshots have been published that capture the main interface and features of Chromium-powered Edge, as well as some of the settings on it. Although it is still the early days for the new Edge browser, it seems Microsoft is trying out sync, extension support, as well as a new tab view which include an image of the day and most visited websites. It looks like previous Edge extension is still supported, and Microsoft will be expected to include support for Chrome’s own web extensions as well. The Edge interface has the same navigation and refresh button just like Chrome. It even has a Favorites on the address bar and a profile image to show who is logged on to the browser.

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