Google announced this week the merger of two of its payment services — Android Pay and Google Wallet — into one service — Google Pay. This is pretty forward thinking from the company that maintains four separate chat/video conference apps. I’m all for it. The move is long overdue, and it makes sense for a lot of reasons. Google Wallet has been around for a long time. Awhile back I used it for mobile payments wherever I could, which basically meant Walgreens and nowhere else.
Editorializing on the state of mobile technology can be a slippery slope. Not every issue is cut and dried. It’s up to us to hash it out. Sometimes it’s a friendly twitter conversation. Other times it’s in a chat. But sometimes, we need to pull out the stops and figure things out in front of everyone. Joe Hindy and I did just that, but don’t take our word for it. We want your opinions as well, so check out our thoughts, and then leave your own in the comments, and let the debate continue.
2017 is coming to a close and there’s something that’s been on my mind, basically since March. No one has addressed it yet, which is a bit of a shame. It’s this myth we call “bezel-less” phones. It’s not really a thing yet, despite what those in the industry say. It started back when we were introduced to the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Suddenly, we were talking about bezel-less phones, as if these devices were nothing more than glass slabs.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".