After about a month of searching and far more hours than it could ever possibly be worth on a purely economic basis, we have found a kinda-subsidized smartphone. Thanks to AT&T and some pressing by us at multiple points (phone CSR, in store, website), we’re the proud owners as of tonight of a new iPhone SE for $158 (including tax). That’s a discount of about $300. For good measure and to prevent another accidental iPhone breakage, we purchased for $43 an Otterbox.
It’s a well-known consumer fact that major wireless carriers have opted out of the sales game of subsidizing smartphones to chase after the ever-churning, always-upgrading postpaid customer. It’s better for the carriers, and certainly gives the average Joe a better idea of just how much one of the computers in your pocket really costs. That is a consequence because said son startled us by dry-firing a Nerf gun at us after being warned not to do so.
Perhaps it’s fortuitous that on a day when GAO reports fees for checking baggage and changing plane tickets are rapidly rising, American Airlines responded to my letter of just two weeks ago to its CEO protesting its refusal to honor its pledge to pay for a hotel when I was waylaid due to equipment-induced delays. Or maybe it’s the consumer gods at work. Either way, this may offer a primer — of sorts — of how to win (sort of) when airlines try to shortchange you.
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".