On Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 people will file into a giant white disc and be transported into an underground cavern. There, a white-haired oracle will reveal to them the future of technology, nay, humanity itself. This is not a religious revival nor the plot of Steven Spielberg’s next film. Apple chief executive Tim Cook will be unveiling a new mobile phone.
The Chinese state-backed giant that owns MG Rover has quietly invested in a Silicon Valley self-driving car start-up that promises to bring robo-vehicles to the masses. SAIC, China’s biggest car maker, is one of two early backers of AutoX, which was started by Jianxiong Xiao, 33, a PhD in computer science known as “Professor X”. Last year he left his post at Princeton University in the US, where he co-founded its computer vision and robotics lab, to start his business.
To save your favourite articles so you can find them later, subscribe to one of our packs. Steve Ballmer rolls his eyes when the conversation turns to fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and the persistent rumour that the Facebook boss is planning to run for president. Tech tycoons seem to be getting a taste for politics, from LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman to Y Combinator’s Sam Altman. Ballmer, the former Microsoft supremo, finds it all rather irksome.
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".