Pretty soon, you'll have as much chance of finding a dodo in the wild as you will a two-year contract with a cellphone service provider. But for mobile phone users, that's probably a good thing. The latest carrier to kick two-year contracts to the curb is Sprint, which told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that it's shifting toward a model where customers pay a monthly fee to lease their phones from the carrier.
Nearly a year after re-introducing unlimited data plans, network speeds at Verizon and AT&T are beginning to tick back up, according to the network testing firm that claimed increased traffic from unlimited data had been slowing things down for those two wireless carriers. Credit: Getty ImagesIn a blog entry posted today (Jan. 17), OpenSignal reported that its testing found that 4G speeds for both AT&T and Verizon had improved in recent months.
LAS VEGAS — We seem to be asking more of our mobile devices to help us communicate whenever we travel the globe. The Honor View 10, for example, will have Microsoft's Translator integrated into the phone to help with on-the-go translation. One of the marquee features of last year's Pixel Buds was the headphones' ability to tap into Google Translate for real-time translation. At least one device treats our need for translation skills as a full-time task.
It occurs to me, though, 20 hours after recording, that I referred to Bill Medley as an Everly Brother when I meant to say Righteous Brother. My apologies to the entire Righteous family for this error.
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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".