Sanford vs. Oviedo City-Wide Food Drive

So, I’m sure a lot of you have heard about our mayors being pitted against each other. Mayor Jeff Tripplet of Sanford has challenged Mayor Dominic Persampier of Oviedo for the title of “Most generous city.” Anyone who lives in this area knows these two have had a “healthy” back-and-forth for a few years. Not only are we gathering a lot of food to help our local food shelves but it’s also some good healthy competition. It’s also heartwarming to see people bring bags of food stuffed full to the drop-off points around the city. Just today there was a wonderful lady who came in with a huge reusable bag full, and I mean — you couldn’t put another thing in it or it would’ve burst from the sides– FULL, of baby food. It’s so nice to see so many generous people out there trying to help their local community.

Community is what we are all about at Palm Tree Computers. We’re involved in our local chambers. Very active members. We’re voted number one in central florida. And that doesn’t happen by just being good. You have to build a relationship with your customers. It’s one thing to make the customer happy. It’s another to make a customer your friend. That’s what we try to do. And being involved in the community like this is exactly how we do it. City-Wide food drives raise hope for those in need. That people actually care. I know it’s hard to think about all of the children in our local communities who go hungry because their family can’t even afford to feed them every day, but knowing that these communities are also here to help and raise support and gather food to give to people in need is such a nice blessing.

God has given us all so many blessings. From a roof over our head, to a reliable car. But what about all those people who don’t have what we do? God has a blessing for them too. You may see these stories on the news. The ones that make you sad, or angry with the way the world is. You may cry out to God saying, “Why don’t you do something?” Well He did. He made you.

He made us all. And our generous gifts and support can be that exact blessing to these people in need. So when you go home today, think about that. Think about a way you can help. And if you’re like a lot of us and have very little as it is, maybe you can just help by telling the next person. Your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and relatives. That weird guy on the street you see every day. Get the word out. Any amount will help.

Bring in any non-perishable food items to any one of dozens of locations in your area. You can find some places through our food drive facebook page. Or bring food to your local Palm Tree Computer Systems.

Oviedo vs Sanford City Wide Food Drive

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Thank you for your time, and God Bless!

-Jeff

The world is running out of plasma TVs

The last company to make plasma TV screens for U.S. consumers said this week that it would stop production of plasma sets in November. The widely expected announcement by LG has put the final nail in plasma TV’s coffin.

Samsung (SSNLF) said earlier this year that it too would stop making plasma screens by November. Panasonic, the only other manufacturer of plasma TVs for U.S. consumers, shut down its plasma screen production in 2013.

As the TV makers sell off their existing plasma TV inventory, tech consultancy IHS expects that plasma TVs will no longer be available in U.S. stores after the 2014 holiday shopping season.

There are still a few Chinese companies producing plasma TVs, but they don’t sell their televisions in the United States. They too will likely stop plasma production by 2016, IHS forecasts.

Related: With new TVs, size matters

TV buyers have opted for the less expensive, higher-resolution and lower-energy LCD TV technology over plasma TVs. Once a popular high-end option for HDTV sets, plasma technology has been outpaced by LCD, which includes the super-thin LED TVs.

Plasma TVs are composed of pixels filled with gas that light up in different colors when they’re hit with an electrical current. LCD televisions use screens made of liquid crystals that are lit up from behind to create images.

Plasma TVs offered what many considered to be the best picture quality on the market in the past few years, albeit at higher prices than LCDs. They gained favor thanks to their brighter images, warmer tones and wider viewing angles.

 

Source:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/30/technology/plasma-tv/

Office 365 Users Getting Unlimited Storage From Microsoft

Microsoft’s Chris Jones, corporate vice president of OneDrive & SharePoint, updated the OneDrive blog on Monday to report that customers of Office 365 will get unlimited OneDrive storage for free. He said that the free storage is rolling out now for Office 365 Home, Personal and University editions.

The full rollout will take a few months to complete, but customers are able to get in front of the long line by heading here. After that, customers will be notified by email when their free storage becomes available. Jones said this move to free storage is an important milestone for the OneDrive cloud service.

“For OneDrive for Business customers, unlimited storage will be listed on the Office 365 roadmap in the coming days, and we will begin updating the First Release customers in 2015, aligned with our promise to provide ample notification for significant service changes,” Jones wrote.

Office 365 Home costs $9.99 per month and can be installed on five PCs and Macs, as well as on five tablets. The Personal version costs $6.99 per month and can be installed on one PC or Mac and one tablet. Both include online versions of Office, support for offline and online storage, and $60 worth of Skype minutes each month.

On the business end, Office 365 Business Essentials costs $5 per user per month. There’s also Office 365 Business that costs $8.25 per month per user and Office 365 Business Premium for $12.50 per month per user. All three have a user maximum of 300 individuals, and they require an annual commitment.

Microsoft changed the name of its cloud storage service back at the end of January from SkyDrive to OneDrive. The company was ordered to change the name as part of a legal trademark infringement lawsuit with UK satellite company BSkyB (aka Sky). The British company used to have a cloud service called “Sky Store & Share,” but closed it in 2011. The company didn’t want customers to be confused by Microsoft’s own SkyDrive service.

 

tomshardware

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-one-drive-storage-office-365-subscription,27963.html

Energous Takes On Wireless Charging Industry, Pushes 15-Foot Range With WattUp Tech

Chances are you’ve heard of wireless charging, and if you have, chances are that you’re disappointed by what’s on the market today. A new company, Energous, thinks so too and has set out to build wireless charging with a (decent) range.

The company says that today’s wireless charging isn’t really wireless, because the range of inductive charging systems is so limited that it is effectively a near-field technology. This means that you still have to put your phone or device down somewhere and cannot roam (relatively) freely with it around the room. Energous’ solution works very differently from competing implementations, and promises a much larger range, hopefully ending the wireless charging debacle.

Despite developing the technology and providing reference designs, Energous’ primary focus is on licensing its technology. Initially, the company will be working with smaller partners, but in the future it hopes to move up to tier-one home appliance manufacturers to bring its technology into the world. Energous has already announced that it is working with a handful of unnamed vendors (Energous teased that you almost certainly have a couple of products in your home from one of these vendors), but today the company announced a collaboration with Haier’s Wireless division. Haier is a Chinese company that specializes in making home appliances and consumer electronics.

Energous’ wireless charging system is called “WattUp” and consists of a transmitter and receivers. The transmitter will be about the size of a standard wireless router and will have a charging radius of up to 15 feet. Rather than using magnetic induction to charge devices, it uses radio frequencies. The frequency it operates under ranges from 5.7 through 5.8 GHz, and rather than broadcasting it in all directions, the WattUp transmitter creates small 3D RF pockets with a diameter of about four inches around the devices that it is charging.

Within the first five feet it can push up to 16 W, between five and ten feet it can push 8 W, and from ten through fifteen feet it can push 4 W. The power envelopes in each of these increments are split over the number of devices it is charging, so for example, if you have four devices within five feet of the transmitter, each device will receive 4 W of power. That’s not a lot of power, but it is enough to charge your device. The primary focus of the technology is sub-10 W devices, such as smartphones and wearables. In total, a single transmitter will be able to charge up to 24 devices at any given time.

 

On the receiving end, the device shouldn’t be all that complicated. The antenna for a receiver can be worked into the PCB of a device, and a single 1 x 1 mm chip is all that’s required. This means that it shouldn’t be too costly to implement in devices.

One point that Energous is particularly excited about with regard to collaborating with home appliance manufacturers is the way that the technology will be placed in your home. While you might think of a WattUp transmitter much like a wireless router, the company said that it doesn’t have to be. It hopes that transmitters will be built into all sorts of devices, including bezels around a TV, tops of refrigerators and more. That way, you can bring a transmitter into your home without feeling like you have yet another device cluttering up your house.

Naturally, when we were speaking to the company, we had to ask about health and safety. The representative who spoke to us said that the frequency it uses is very reflective, meaning that it doesn’t actually penetrate human skin all that effectively. Energous claims that when it showed the technology to a medical embedded device company, the company told Energous that it couldn’t use it – because it doesn’t penetrate human skin, Energous’ technology cannot charge devices inside your body, such as pacemakers. Energous also indicated that it does not have any worries about passing SAR testing procedures and that it is working on passing the FCC’s Part 15 testing. The tech also shouldn’t interfere with WiFi, Bluetooth or other wireless technologies.

Initially, though, it’s more realistic to start seeing so-called “wearable transmitters” show up in people’s homes because of a lower power envelope, as well as the fact that smartwatch charging is something that has a lot of room for improvement.

Energous hopes to deliver its first market-ready designs to its partners in Q2 2015, and you can expect the first products to arrive between Q4 2015 and early 2016, depending on how quickly the partners adopt the technology. Whether the actual products will live up to the promises remains to be seen, but Energous is certainly very confident.

 

Source: toms hardware

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/energous-wattup-wireless-charging-haier,27944.html

Scientists have built the world’s thinnest electric generator – and it’s only one atom

Researchers have created a graphene-like material that generates electricity every time its stretched, and could power the wearable technology of the

Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia Engineering in the US have shown they can generate electricity from a layer of material that’s just one atom thick. The generator is made from molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), which is a clear, flexible and extremely light material that opens up huge possibilities for the future of electricity generation.

The new electrical generator is an example of piezoelectricity, or electricity that’s generated from pressure. Piezoelectric materials have huge potential to be used to create materials that can charge devices, such as footwear that powers an iPod. But until now, scientists have struggled to make these materials thin and flexible enough to be practical.

However, it’s been predicted that a substance capable of forming single-atom-thick molecules, or two-dimensional layers, would be highly piezoelectric.

Now the scientists have proved that this is the case for the first time ever. Their results have been published in the nature

To test whether MoS2 would be piezoelectric on the atomic scale, the team flaked off extremely thin layers of MoS2 onto a flexible substrate with electrical contact.

Because of the way these flakes were created, each had a slightly different number of layers – for example, while some were just one-atom-thick, others were eight-atoms-thick.

The scientists tested the piezoelectric response of these flakes by stretching the material, and measuring the flow of electrons into an external circuit.

Interestingly, they discovered that when the material had an odd number of layers, it generated electricity when stretched. But when it had an even number of layers, there was no current generated.

A single one-atom-thick layer of the material was able to generate 15 millivolts of electricity when stretched.

They also found that as the number of layers increased, the amount of current generated decreased, until eventually the material got too thick and stopped producing any electricity at all.

Computational studies suggest that this is because the atomic layers all have random orientations, and they eventually cancel each other out.

The research team also arranged these one-atom-thick layers of MoS2 into arrays, and found that together they were capable of generating a large amount of electricity.

This suggests that they’re a promising candidate for powering nano electronics, and could be used to create wearable technologies.

“This material – just a single layer of atoms – could be made as a wearable device, perhaps integrated into clothing, to convert energy from your body movement to electricity and power wearable sensors or medical devices, or perhaps supply enough energy to charge your cell phone in your pocket,” said James Hone, professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia engineering and co-leader of the research, in a press release

 

Source: Science alert

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142010-26364.html

32 iOS 8 Tips Every Apple Fan Should Know

With the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the release of Apple’s new iOS 8, I’m sure people are enjoying all the new features and bells and whistles this update has provided.  Well, perhaps there are more things you’d like to learn about your new iOS 8.  In this article, PC Magazine’s, Eric Griffith goes in depth on 32 features and tips for the new iOS 8 (with pictures! I love pictures).

-Jeff

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/327859/32-ios-8-tips-every-apple-fan-should-know

Apple iOS 8 has not been the smoothest of rollouts. Though it was on 46 percent of iOS devices within five days of its release, reports of slow Wi-Fi and battery drains soon cropped up. The iOS 8.0.1 update tried to fix some of those issues, but ended up borking cellular connections and Touch ID on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Oops. Here’s hoping the new 8.0.2 squashes all the bugs.

Once fixed, you’ll find that iOS 8 is pretty amazing. It has updates and fixes that make iPhones in particular about the best they can be. As PCMag’s 4.5 star Editors’ Choice reviewput it: “Apple’s latest update brings desirable functionality, improved navigation, and subtle design changes to an already solid mobile operating system.”

iOS has a ton of new features and tricks under the hood, things the average user may never notice or care about. But power users of the iPhone—those of us who exploit that pocket computer as a lifeline to the office and home—will benefit highly by mastering them. Apple opened up iOS more to the makers of wearables (via HealthKit) and even to third-party app makers who now have some unprecedented (for Apple) access to the hardware. It all adds up to the best iPhones yet.

Of course, iOS is not as customizable as Android. It probably never will be. That’s by design, as Apple is trying to make “the mobile operating systems for the masses,” as PCMag put it. Even Android’s customizability has a cost, in complexity and even stability. (Apple haters can chime in now with the 8.0.1 jokes.) But once Apple gets it right, which won’t take long, iOS 8 will be what those teeming masses want. When they do, they should consult these 32 tricks to master every new iOS 8 feature.

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Dropbox Glitch Perfect Reason Why Backups Should Be Local

Dropbox acknowledged on Monday that an issue with its Selective Sync feature has deleted the files of some users. The company is currently sending out an email explaining what happened. As compensation, Dropbox is providing these customers with one year of Dropbox Pro for free.

“We’ve fixed the Selective Sync issue that affected a small number of users and reached out to them to help restore their files,” a spokesperson told Tom’s Hardware. “Issues like this aren’t acceptable at Dropbox, and we’ve implemented additional testing to prevent this from happening again.”

Selective Sync is a Dropbox feature that allows users to select a specific file or folder to be mirrored on the user’s local hard drive. For instance, perhaps users take photos on their smartphones, and those images are automatically uploaded to Dropbox. The user may choose not to mirror those images on a local hard drive with limited storage capacity.

According to Dropbox, the file deletion occurred when the desktop application was shut down or restarted while the user was applying Active Sync settings. The company’s email said that the team worked hard to restore those files, indicating that many may not have been rescued from the dark clutches of the trash can.

The question here is this: should consumers depend on cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive? As this example indicates, one small glitch can cause users to lose valuable files such as photos, documents and so on. Sure, cloud storage is convenient when users want to access files from different devices in different locations, but there may be other ways of doing so without having to depend on third-party cloud solutions.

For instance, Pogoplug has a networking device that will allow users to access their files from anywhere. Just hook up several hard drives, and you can access them from a mobile device’s app or a web interface on a laptop. There are also a number of routers that allow users to plug in a hard drive via a USB port and access its files from anywhere.

Of course, this view isn’t meant to discourage customers from using cloud services. However, it may be wise to backup the cloud backup using a portable HDD or SSD, toss it into a fire-proof safe, and then refresh the backup when needed.

 

Source: TomsHardware.com

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/dropbox-selective-sync-glitch-cloud-storage-deletion,27872.html

 

Australian researchers have created the most accurate quantum computing technology to date

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have achieved a huge breakthrough in quantum computing – they’ve created two kinds of silicon quantum bit, or qubits, the building blocks that make up any quantum computer, that are more than 99 percent accurate.

These quantum bits are made from silicon, the same material that makes up the transistors in today’s computers and phones, but the information in these bits is processed and stored in atoms, which means they’re capable of storing exponentially more information. In fact, if scientists can reliably create a functioning quantum computer out of these quantum bits, it has the potential to be millions of times more powerful than today’s most powerful supercomputers.

“For quantum computing to become a reality we need to operate the bits with very low error rates,” said Andrew Dzurak, the director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW, where the devices were made, in a press release.

Now the teams from UNSW have managed to create not just one, but two quantum bits with more 99 percent accuracy, and their results have been published simultaneously in Nature Nanotechnology.

“We have demonstrated that with silicon qubit we can have the accuracy needed to build a real quantum computer,” Dzurak told ABC Science. “That’s the first time this has been done in silicon.”

The interesting thing is that the two groups, who both work in the same laboratories, used different approaches to come to the same result – one team embedded a phosphorous atom into the silicon, and the other, led by Dzurak, embedded an artificial atom.

“We’ve now come up with two parallel pathways for building a quantum computer in silicon, each of which shows this super accuracy,” said Andrea Morello from the UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, who led the phosphorous atom team, in the press release.

Morello’s team based their advances on previous research on phosphorous atom quantum bits. Prior to this, the team had only managed to achieve around 50 percent accuracy with these chips, but by purifying the silicon that the atoms were embedded in, they have now achieved an incredible 99.99 percent accuracy.

The postdoctoral researcher who was lead author on Morello’s paper explained in the press release: “The phosphorus atom contains in fact two qubits: the electron, and the nucleus. With the nucleus in particular, we have achieved accuracy close to 99.99 percent. That means only one error for every 10,000 quantum operations.”

Dzurak’s team was able to create an “artificial atom” quantum bit that’s remarkably similar to the transistors used in commercial electronics. Today’s transistors work by turning on or off a flow of electrons, resulting in binary zeros and ones. In Dzurak’s quantum bit, this transistor has just one electron trapped inside, which can be on, off or in a superposition.

“This lets us use exactly the same sort of transistor that we use in computer chips and operate it as a qubit, opening the potential to mass-produce this technology using the same sort of equipment used for chip manufacturing,” Dzurak told ABC Science.

Both the breakthroughs were achieved by embedding the atoms in a thin layer of specially purified silicon, which contains only the silicon-28 isotope. Naturally occurring silicon is magnetic and therefore disturbs the quantum bit, messing with the accuracy of its data processing, but silicon-28 is perfectly non-magnetic.

The teams were also able to set a new record for how long a silicon quantum system retains information, known as coherence time.

“Coherence time is a measure of how long you can preserve quantum information before it’s lost,” said Morello in the press release. And the longer coherence time, the easier it is for computers to perform complex calculations.

The researchers were able to store quantum information in the phosphorous nucleus for 35 seconds – something unheard of in quantum computing.

“Half a minute is an eternity in the quantum world. Preserving a ‘quantum superposition’ for such a long time, and inside what is basically a modified version of a normal transistor, is something that almost nobody believed possible until today,” said Morello.

The research teams are now working together to take the best elements from each system to make a superior quantum bit. They’re hoping it will be the model that will be used to finally create the real quantum computers the world’s been waiting for.

 

Source: Science Alert

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141310-26322.html

Windows 10. Did Microsoft forget how to count?

Did Microsoft forget how to count? I thought 9 came after 8.

Here is an article that might shed some light as to why Microsoft skipped 9.

Go here to read the original article:

http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/10-real-reasons-microsoft-skipped-windows-9/a/d-id/1316490

 

10 Real Reasons Microsoft Skipped Windows 9

Many people are speculating why Microsoft skipped from Windows 8 to 10. Consider these colorful possibilities.

As you undoubtedly heard by now, Microsoft can’t count. Its next Windows iteration will not be Windows 9 or Windows 8.2. Instead it’s skipping straight to 10.A lot of people are making fun of this. People like order, and skipping numbers bothers the kindergartner in all of us.

Microsoft hasn’t been very forthcoming with the exact reason for the switch, though there are rumors it has to do with a Y2K-style problem with older versions of Windows 95 and 98 being referred to as Windows 9 in some scripts.

Personally, I don’t buy that. It seems relatively easy to get around. But I did some research and I came up with some other possible reasons:

Top 10 (possibly true) reasons Microsoft is skipping Windows 9 and is going straight to 10.

1. They’re hoping it will subliminally encourage critics to write that it is a “10 out of 10!”

2. The Japanese consider 9 to be an unlucky number because it sounds similar to the Japanese word for pain.

3. Microsoft is hoping to make up for tightening profits by selling super rare copies of Windows 9 on the collector’s market.

4. Because 7 ate 9.

5. They were going to use Roman numerals and thought “Windows X” would draw a younger crowd. They also considered iNDOWS.

6. Ten matches the prediction of the number of people who will actually use it instead of XP.

7. Vista was taken.

8. When they named this one, they used Common Core math.

9. “Oh, let’s just skip number 9.” They did.

10. Because this version of Windows doesn’t go to 11.

Let’s face it, Microsoft has a long history of this. It went from counting to naming them after years like 95 and 98. Then it jumped to names like Vista only to settle back into numbers with Windows 7. You don’t have any old copies of Windows 6 lying around, so why should you be bothered by the lack of Windows 9?

The truth is, this shows just how little a name matters to an operating system these days. Windows is Windows, and really Microsoft shouldn’t care too much whether you’re using 7, 8, or 10. They only care because of the expense of backwards compatibility and because of the security features in newer versions.

But consider how mobile phones have changed how software is marketed. The average consumers don’t know what version of Android is running on their phones, nor do they shell out big bucks to go from one version to the next. The device updates the version for free. The same is true for other software on the phone. When you update Facebook or Twitter on your phone, does it even bother to tell you what version you are running? Mobile apps seemingly update daily. There’s no fanfare.

Other than enterprises that have to prepare for certain major changes to operating systems, the idea of versions of software is dead. You just run Windows. The only reason to come out with a new “version” of software is to charge for it, and we’ve seen Microsoft lowering prices on operating systems recently, so that impulse is dying as a business reason.

With no reason for consumers to care and decreasing reason for Microsoft to care what version someone is running, numbers and names become increasingly meaningless. The real issue is getting you to buy the device with a Windows logo on it.

Of course, this begs the question of why 10 and not something snazzier like Windows Applekiller, or Windows Coolest Version Ever, or even just plain Windows. Probably the answer is that 10 is a round number and Microsoft couldn’t come up with anything that tested better.

Personally, I’d like Microsoft to drop the Windows brand entirely and call its operating system “Cortana,” but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Windows 10 Hands on Preview!

As expected, this week Microsoft released the much-anticipated technical preview of Windows 10. This build is not for consumers but for the adventurous type that doesn’t mind glitches and troubleshooting. Microsoft is looking for tons of feedback with the technical preview and will eventually release a customer preview sometime early next year before the final version hits store shelves.

Naturally, the first thing I gravitated to in the Technical Preview was the Start Menu. The removal of this feature in Windows 8 caused quite a fuss, enough so that Microsoft caved in and brought the feature back to the desktop. As leaked images indicated over the last several months, it’s comprised of two different styles: the traditional app lineup on the left and live tiles on the right.

The start menu is, surprisingly, not big and bulky. The traditional list includes links to Documents, Pictures, PC Settings, File Explorer and the on-screen keyboard. There’s also the snipping tool, Sticky Notes, Windows PowerShell and Remote Desktop connection. Users can access all of their apps and programs by hitting the All Apps link, which brings up a list combining traditional programs and Modern UI apps.

As for the live tile portion, users can click on one of the apps and drag it to the desktop, creating a shortcut. On my build, the list of “Metro” apps includes Skype, Music, Windows Feedback, People, Calendar, Windows Store, Mail, Weather, Video and News. These apps open on the desktop, casting a nice shadow that gives depth to the desktop.

That brings us to one of the biggest changes in Windows 10: using Modern UI apps on the desktop. Why not just use them on the Start Screen? Because it’s gone, or at least, it’s not easily accessible in the Technical Preview as it is in Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft has essentially merged both worlds into one, and it works rather nicely. The Metro apps open at full screen, but they can be reduced down and resized to the user’s liking.

Still, for customers who loved the Start Screen, there is a way to bring it back. Simply right-click on the Taskbar, choose Properties, then hit the Start Menu tab. There’s an option to “Use the Start menu instead of the Start Screen.” Uncheck this option, and the computer will assign the Start Screen to the Start button instead of the beloved menu.

In addition to the Start Menu, Microsoft has moved the Search app to the taskbar. Users can search for content locally, such as hunting down the Netflix app installed on the PC, to the latest trending news for the day (powered by Bing, of course). All of this conveniently resides next to the Start button and should make searches easier and quicker than when this feature resided on the Charms Bar.

That’s another Windows 8 feature that’s missing in action: the Charms Bar on the desktop. That feature was odd to begin with, and given that Microsoft yanked Search and PC Settings from the bar, there probably was no real point of having it. However, the Charms Bar will supposedly appear on tablets and phablets along with the missing Start Screen.

In addition to moving Search to the taskbar, Microsoft is also introducing multiple virtual desktops. This icon sits next to the Search icon and lets customers create new desktops with a simple click. For those with two or more monitors connected, this feature seems a little useless. However, for single-monitor setups and those with low resolutions, customers can spread out their work and access these windows using the Task View shortcut.

In addition to the Start Menu, Microsoft has moved the Search app to the taskbar. Users can search for content locally, such as hunting down the Netflix app installed on the PC, to the latest trending news for the day (powered by Bing, of course). All of this conveniently resides next to the Start button and should make searches easier and quicker than when this feature resided on the Charms Bar.

That’s another Windows 8 feature that’s missing in action: the Charms Bar on the desktop. That feature was odd to begin with, and given that Microsoft yanked Search and PC Settings from the bar, there probably was no real point of having it. However, the Charms Bar will supposedly appear on tablets and phablets along with the missing Start Screen.

In addition to moving Search to the taskbar, Microsoft is also introducing multiple virtual desktops. This icon sits next to the Search icon and lets customers create new desktops with a simple click. For those with two or more monitors connected, this feature seems a little useless. However, for single-monitor setups and those with low resolutions, customers can spread out their work and access these windows using the Task View shortcut.

 

Source: TomsHardware

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-10-preview-hands-on,27807.html