Scanning documents on your smartphone has become a superior experience to using a flatbed scanner. It’s loads more convenient, you nearly always have it with you, and the scan quality has met -- and in some cases surpassed -- that of desktop models. I’ve tested out many of these scanning apps, and have some favorites. Far and away, my most-used is the one built into Google Drive for free.
Though there are several impressive new and upcoming smartphones on the market from the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG, they aren’t the only brands with fresh models. In fact, I was able to try out one such Android phone the past couple of weeks from Doogee, a Hong Kong-based company that’s relatively obscure in the U.S. market. This model, the BL5000, is billed as having a curvy design, 13MP camera, long and fast-charging battery life, fast processor, bright display, and outstanding camera.
Train of thought aside, I generally don’t lose things. Which is why I was initially reluctant to try out the new Chipolo card when presented the opportunity to review it. Billed as the world’s thinnest wallet finder -- an undersell, because it’s actually more than just that -- it’s a Bluetooth connected transmitter that you attach to an item such as a keychain or slip inside your wallet. Then if you ever lose that item, you can electronically locate it through the Bluetooth on your 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".