Uber is making it easier for people to request rides for others — such as elderly parents. Starting Tuesday, when a user requests a pickup at a spot other than their own location, the app will ask if the ride is for a family member or friend. The user can select a rider’s name from his or her address book, then input a destination as usual. The rider will get a text notification, if they have a cell phone, that the driver is en route. The requesting user’s account will be billed for the ride.
Everyone knows the wheels have come off Uber. Reports abound of a toxic corporate culture, a string of scandals, a mass executive exodus and the messy ousting of CEO Travis Kalanick. But it’s as big a deal that the company’s push into robot cars seems to be veering off the road. Co-founder Kalanick himself views self-driving technology as life or death for Uber, and investors say it is vital to justify the ride-hailing company’s $69 billion valuation. Is Uber worth that much?
Cars that “talk” to one another, giving real-time alerts about potholes and traffic snarls they encounter on the road. Data from those cars that pinpoint hot spots where accidents or congestion are likely. Those are part of the vision of the driverless future — but they are also a current reality with a new generation of technology. Nexar, an Israeli company with offices in San Francisco and New York, makes an app that turns smartphones into smart dashboard cameras, also known as dash cams.
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".