The insertion of mobile devices in our lives has led to many of us working all the time. We have the smartphone or tablet with us always, even during hours we shouldn't be working. We're convinced that bad things will happen if we don't deal with work stuff no matter the situation. This is not healthy, and truth be told the world won't fall apart if we stop working when we should.
The latest generation of the Amazon Echo is still a great home assistant. My review of the original Echo in a previous life was my first that merited a perfect 10 rating I ever awarded. The review was quoted by Jeff Bezos in a keynote address and also used in Amazon’s TV ads at the time. So how does the current generation of the Echo stack up? Pretty well, it turns out. The Alexa software that drives the Echo has continued to evolve over time and is better than ever.
If you’re like me you have charging cables all over the place. They have a tendency to get all tangled and worse, fall off the table when you unplug your device. What you need is a simple, cheap cable organizer. Enter the Quirky or generic equivalent. This little gadget keeps cables from tangling and prevents them from falling to the floor. It’s a base with four (some are larger) troughs to slide cables into, keeping them organized.
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".