Amazon's Alexa is, once again, branching out. Four months after adding the voice-based digital assistant to its shopping app for iPhone, Amazon is bringing the same functionality to Android. Amazon has not made a formal announcement about this, but users are starting to notice Alexa inside the company's main Android app. According to a screenshot posted on Twitter by Ford Senior Software Engineer Nick Schwab, Android users will get a notification when Alexa is available.
Those searching for terrorist propaganda on YouTube are going to have a pretty hard time finding it. In a Thursday blog post, YouTube said it's rolling out a new anti-terrorism feature that will redirect people searching for violent extremist content to videos that confront and discredit extremist messaging and mythology. Now, "when people search for certain keywords on YouTube, we will display a playlist of videos debunking violent extremist recruiting narratives," the team wrote.
Google last year launched an iOS app called Motion Stills, which stabilizes Live Photos and turns them into looping GIFs that are shareable via SMS and social media. Now, the Web giant is bringing the app to Android users as well. "The community has been asking us to also make Motion Stills available for Android," Google Research Software Engineers Karthik Raveendran and Suril Shah wrote in a Thursday blog post.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".