How Snapchat won this year’s SXSW

This year, the app that everyone was talking about at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival wasn’t something that debuted at the event. The platform didn’t throw a massive party, or even have an official presence. Still, for some reason, everyone couldn’t stop talking about Snapchat. “With SXSW you have people who tend to experiment with technology and a place ... Read More »

Why Snapchat is better than Facebook

In CNBC’s social media on campus series, we asked editors at college papers across the country: What social media platforms are hot? Are any of them dead or just for old people? This installment is by Sonali Seth, a sophomore at the University of Southern California. Source: Mimi Nguyen Sonali Seth We, millennials, have fallen out of love with Facebook ... Read More »

Microsoft Cortana for Windows 10 Now Available in India via Insider Preview

Microsoft’s Cortana for Windows 10 is now available in India, and three other regions. Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it is rolling out its digital voice assistant to India, Japan, Australia, and Canada to Windows Insiders who are on the build 10532 and higher versions. An earlier version of Cortana is now available in India in English language, Windows chief ... Read More »

Intel Launches 48 6th-Gen ‘Skylake’ CPUs for Desktops, Notebooks, and 2-in-1s

Intel has formally announced its entire lineup of sixth-generation Core processors, more commonly known by the codename “Skylake”, at a press conference at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin. The company is calling this generation its most scalable ever, enabling the broadest yet range of devices including desktop PCs, all-in-ones, mobile workstations, laptops, 2-in-1s, tablets, small-form-factor boxes and even ... Read More »

Alienware Launches 4 New Gaming Laptops and X51 Desktop

If you’re looking for a high-end, small form-factor gaming laptop, you will want to check out Alienware’s latest offering. The Dell-owned brand has launched three new gaming laptops in its 13, 15, and 17 lineups. Parent company Dell has also refreshed the X51 desktop. The company also brought back its discontinued Alienware 18 line of laptops. The new laptops come ... Read More »

Windows 10 Spreads to Over 75 Million Devices in Less Than a Month

Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to more than 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago. The US software colossus is intent on seeing the new-generation operating system aimed at computers, mobile and other devices running on a billion gadgets. Windows 10 is powering more than 90,000 different computer and ... Read More »

S&P warns on parliament gridlock

  Australia’s AAA credit rating remains under threat from continued parliamentary gridlock, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has warned, despite maintaining the rating with a stable outlook. S&P today affirmed the credit rating, noting the country’s wealthy, resilient economy, strong institutional settings and monetary and fiscal policy flexibility, but said that it could lower the ratings if Australia’s budgetary performance did not improve broadly as it currently ... Read More »

N.C. Senate hears support from both sides for new gun rules

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina gun-control bill that prompted testy exchanges and a back-and-forth of amendments in the House is moving through the Senate with support from supporters on both sides of the issue. A committee agreed Thursday to send the bill to the full Senate after hearing from representatives of the National Rifle Association and gun-control groups who ... Read More »

Laws passed, Greece to open bailout talks as recession pushes goals further

Greece’s creditors prepared on Thursday for the start of bailout talks in Athens, after lawmakers adopted a second package of reform measures before dawn despite a left wing rebellion that may bring early elections. In a sign of how the goal of coming to grips with the country’s debt is swiftly sliding even further away, Greece’s most influential think tank ... Read More »

Wild night at Eldora Speedway

The truck race Wednesday night at the Eldora Speedway dirt track might’ve been the best NASCAR event of the entire season. But it also demonstrated why such a race will likely never be part of the Sprint Cup schedule. The race was dominated by a couple of youngsters who grew up on dirt, Christopher Bell and Bobby Pierce. Bell won ... Read More »