Drones armed with wi-fi antennas can see through walls. The results of the latest experiment from electrical engineering researchers at University of California Santa Barbara don’t suggest celebrities need to fear a new flying robot paparazzi quite yet, but with a little work these findings could be great for thieves, soldiers and corporate spies. Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam built a very short square housing of brick, with a smaller, very simple stone structure inside.
Steve is a father in Chicago. What he likes about his family’s Amazon Alexa is that his daughters don’t have to ask him to play music for them anymore. What he doesn’t like is that they tend to listen to the same song over and over. Steve was one of several case studies shown by Edison Research today at the RAIN Podcast Business Summit in New York City.
Most people in the mainstream may not be as fixated on personal privacy as some tech journalists (like, you know… this one), but can we all agree one point? Private diaries should be very difficult for prying eyes to read. Paper diaries even get sold with padlocks, after all. So software designed to serve as your personal diary on a laptop or cell phone ought to make it very difficult for someone to see your secret thoughts.
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".