This week, Avram Piltch has the biggest show and tell yet, bringing 2 different products and 3 separate topics. First is the new Surface 3 from Microsoft, the theoretical successor but major step forward for the base Surface model. Upgrading from an ARM processor to an Intel, and from Windows RT to full Windows 8.1, this makes the Surface 3 a true productivity device.
The future of the Surface is Windows 10, which is in its technical preview phase. That preview received an update, with tons of new features and bug fixes. Chief among these additions is Outlook Mail and Calendar, the replacements for Windows Mail and Calendar. These new apps fix a number of the issues of their predecessors, namely the lack of POP3 access in email.
The upcoming Build Conference, which Avram will attend, likely has a lot of news about Windows, for the Surface, phone and other devices. One of those devices is HoloLens, Microsoft's Augmented reality platform, which is poised to change the way we interact with out computers forever. The surprise reveal several months ago showed promise, but what will the future hold, and who will make apps for the platform? Build is likely to reveal that information.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.