Let's get real about #InternautDay. Today is being celebrated as the 25th anniversary of public access to the World Wide Web, (aka Happy #InternautDay), but in the history of the internet and Web access, this is a fairly inauspicious date. In fact, my recollection of Aug.
People have been talking trash about Apple. They claim its best days are over. Its revenue engine, the iPhone, is slowing down and the company has no new ideas. The next big iPhone, the iPhone 7, which most people believe will arrive sometime in the next 60 days, will be a snooze fest of innovation.
Walking along Jones Beach Boardwalk one sultry August night last week, I paused frequently to line up Pokémon and catch them as my niece, her boyfriend and my two college-age kids walking alongside me did the same (only my wife abstained).
It's time for some real talk about self-driving cars: they're not coming around any time soon. You won't find a bigger fan of the technology than me. I love robots, autonomy and artificial intelligence. I can still remember visiting Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and standing a few feet away from the car that nearly won the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004.
If you're looking for a place to teleport and celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, the Smithsonian has you covered. A half century ago, on Sept. 8, 1966, the very first episode (but second pilot) of TOS (the original series) aired on NBC with principal characters Captain James T.
It's worth wondering if we'd be further along in our quest for the ultimate smart home if we had never called it a Smart Home. The idea that an entire dwelling could achieve something approaching sentience in one-fell swoop was always ludicrous. While our homes represent a singular idea, they're comprised of a million competing ones.
Build or buy? It's the age-old business question, but when the buy added up to billions of dollars, it was, perhaps, the question for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. The social network founder and CEO revealed this week that Facebook would probably have preferred to build its own virtual reality solution than spend $2 billion in 2014 on virtual reality startup Oculus VR.
In the 16 years since Sony introduced AIBO, the first robotic pet, consumer robotics has not exactly flowered. AIBO was a smooth-moving, shockingly intelligent and incredibly expensive product. Ultimately, it couldn't survive even as long as the average dog. However, its influence continues even to this day and can be seen in WowWee's charming and mostly effective CHiP robot dog.
GIFs are the Esperanto of our Internet culture, a semi-nonsensical, visual language that acts as a stand-in for everything from random thoughts and reactions to intricate art and instructions. They're a fungible meme engine - a medium that is as celebrated today as it was pilloried a decade ago.
We've reached a whole new stage of Apple iPhone 7 rumor management. For months we've watched as iPhone 7 rumors big and small have made their way from Apple's leaky cauldron(?) China(?), Foxconn(?) to the salivating public. They cover everything from size, shape, number of cameras and ports to memory and potential new colors.
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 politicians Barack Obama and Mitt Romney 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
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.