In a surprising turn, Facebook and Oculus have apparently invented a new measurement of time, called "flicks" — the smallest time unit that's still larger than a nanosecond, according to the GitHub documentation. A flick is 1/705,600,000 of a second, while a nanosecond is 1/1,000,000,000 of a second, which makes a flick roughly 1.41723356 seconds long. Why? What's wrong with conventional time measurements that Facebook had to invent an entirely different one? Well, it has to do with frame rates.
Disney will soon unveil its own streaming service to rival the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, a speculation that became more credible when the Mickey Mouse company acquired 21st Century Fox assets worth over $52 billion. That should scare anyone, surely, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings isn't deterred by the prospects of a Disney-owned on-demand video-streaming service.
It is now much easier and simpler to create GIF selfies using Google's own Gboard app for Android and iOS. The said feature has been around since September, but Google is now making it more visible and easily accessible. The company has made a tiny design update to the keyboard app that brings the GIF creator button into the forefront. Whereas before it was relegated behind the emoji button, now it's located right above the keyboard layout, just beside the word suggestion bar.
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".