Google announced a slew of new devices last week, including two new additions to its Home line, the Mini and Max. A handful of new features for the connected speakers were made public alongside the new hardware, some announced directly by Google on stage and others that were expertly sleuthed by the folks at Android Police and elsewhere. Not all the new features are game changers, but many are seriously handy and show a nice progression for the Google Home, now in its second year on the market.
Smart home gadgets are a great, and fun, way to add some technology to your home, but often they excludes a large subset of people. Those who don’t actually own their homes, but rent, are left on the outside looking in at many of the cool and useful smart home gadgets that not only improve your home, but save you money, like the Nest thermostat. All is not lost, however.
The stars of Google’s hardware event this week may have been the new Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but the new phones were not the most important devices Mountain View unveiled. That accolade belongs to the company’s two new smart speakers, the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, and especially the former. A year ago, when Google first jumped into the connected speaker race, it did so already trailing Amazon and its slew of Alexa devices at a significant distance.
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".