IBM Corp. has purchased the Expert Personal Shopper or XPS division of digital agency Fluid Inc. XPS is a web-based service that enables consumers to ask questions and receive answers and recommendations from a computer system that learns and perfects its responses over time. The companies did not announce the purchase price. XPS already is powered by IBM Watson’s machine learning technology.
When John Armstrong, North America leader for IBM Interactive Experience, was planning a trip to Iceland with his son a few years ago, he wanted nothing more than to speak to one of the numerous websites he used for researching the excursion what he wanted. “I wanted to say, ‘Look, in the next six months I’m thinking of taking a trip to Iceland with my son. Here is approximately what I want to spend. Here are the types of places I want to stay at,’” Armstrong says.
While some product category sales fell for e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., others surged this month, according to a new report from One Click Retail, an e-commerce vendor that tracks pricing on Amazon.com 12 times per day across millions of items. One Click Retail tracked the top five categories by month-over-month dollar sales growth on Amazon for September. The vendor tracked items sold directly from Amazon and those sold by outside merchants via the marketplace. Below are the rankings.
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".