This week, a look at the new range extender from TP-Link, and new research indicates that kids benefit from learning to print and write cursive. But first, it’s time to forget everything you were led to believe about creating strong passwords. You can forget all those password rules that have been drilled into your brain. Mixing up upper and lower case letters, using numbers and symbols and making the arrangement of the characters random is, it turns out, a waste of time.
This week, all you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse. But first, a look at Lego’s new Boost building kit and the Cozmo robot companion. Last week I wrote about a new product, Lego Boost. It’s a building kit that comes with 847 bricks that can be turned into one of five pre-designed models, which can then be programmed to interact with the builder and its environment.
A new building kit from Lego aims to give kids the chance to construct fun, motorized models that they can control. In a video briefing with the Straight, Simon Kent said that the special hardware and sensing technologies that are part of Lego Boost will allow builders of any age to “bring their creations to life”. Kent is the lead developer on Boost, which became available on August 1 and is priced at CAN$200.
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".