There are more ways than ever to bring virtual reality into your home, but when it comes to the Really Good Stuff, price remains the biggest impediment. At an Intel event this week, the company showed me an intriguing proof of concept the company has been working on, demonstrating one way the barrier of entry might one day be lowered. The headset was a Google Daydream with a Pixel smartphone inside and one of HTC's Vive Trackers stuck to the front.
The Apple Watch Series 3 ships this week and brings LTE connectivity to Apple's wearable, but there's a problem… that LTE is having some glitches. The problem was highlighted by The Verge's Lauren Goode, who noticed that the Watch kept latch onto unknown Wi-Fi networks when out and about and cutting the cellular connection as a result. I chased up on this and Apple told me that the problem only lies in Wi-Fi spots that use captive portals - places like Starbucks that require a sign-in.
August is refreshing its lineup of smart locks, launching the new August Smart Lock Pro, a new smart doorbell, and a cheaper version of its existing smart lock to tempt in more people. We'll start with the Lock Pro, the big one, which maintains the cylindrical shape of the second-generation but now comes with the Connect bridge in the box, letting you control your door from anywhere via smartphone.
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".