Technology Sector

Brazil approves bill to protect internet users’ rights

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has finally given its approval to the main text of a bill that aims to regulate the internet and protect the rights of its users.

A few weeks back, World Wide Web (WWW)-creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee had called for a "Bill of Rights" for the internet on its 25th anniversary. Yesterday, Brazil became the first country to pass a bill for the internet.

The new internet law called "Marco Civil da Internet" will function as a constitution for the internet. It will ensure certain rights, principles, and obligations related to internet.

Cisco to invest $1bn to expand cloud business globally

Networking solutions provider Cisco on Tuesday announced its decision to invest more than $1 billion over the next two years to expand its cloud business globally.

Cisco wants to build the world's biggest global Intercloud (network of clouds) in partnership with various IT companies, including Indian software services provider Wipro and Australian telecom service provider Telstra.

Sony’s PS Vita receives major system update

Sony's portable gaming device PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) is receiving a new system software update that brings a host of tweaks and enhancements and makes it even more functional.

The update 3.02 increases the number of maximum apps displayable on the home screen from 100 to a whopping 500.

It also brings a new calendar app that enables users to sync with their Google Calendar to get all their events with them on the device. A user can set up gaming events with his/her friends, as well as share their favorite events with friends with the help of the Messages and Email apps.

Nintendo looking to bring Unity Engine to 3DS

The Unity Engine, a tool that allows game developers to develop game apps for a variety of different platforms, will also be available for the Nintendo 3DS.

The Wii U already has the Unity Engine, which has allowed more independent developers to develop apps for the Wii U; the Nintendo 3DS still lacks it. Fortunately, the game developer has announced that it is now looking into making the engine available for the 3DS too.

At the recently held Game Developers Conference, Nintendo's marketing senior manager Damon Baker hinted about the potential of bringing the Unity Engine to the 3DS.

Microsoft Office to be available on Apple iPad

Software giant Microsoft is reportedly preparing to bring its widely popular Office suite, including Word, Exel and PowerPoint, to Apple's iPad.

Microsoft can use its subscription service for Office, Office 365, to make the popular suite available to iPad users. The Microsoft Office 365 suite costs £79.99 ($99.99) per year, or £7.99 ($9.99) per month. Apart from the Office suite, it gives users OneDrive storage, international Skype minutes, as well as syncing between devices.

Time Warner CEO Marcus’ huge pay package retriggers debate over income inequality

The gigantic severance payment for Time Warner Chief Executive Officer Robert Marcus has retriggered debate over widening income inequality in the United States.

Less than two months after becoming the CEO of Time Warner, Marcus agreed to sell the company to Comcast for $45 billion. The company's board approved a severance payment of nearly $80 million for Marcus' that minimal amount of work.

As Marcus has spent just around two months at Time Warner as CEO, his huge severance payment translates into a daily payment of more than $1 million.