Songkick, the company behind the music-monitoring app that lets you track when and where all your favorite bands and artists are playing live, has raised another $15 million in funding from Access Industries. This latest funding comes eight months after the U.K.
Google announced a couple of fun little nuggets today: you can now play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe directly in Google's search results. Available through the desktop and Google mobile apps, anyone searching for the keywords "solitaire" or "tic-tac-toe" will see the usual search results, but featured prominently you'll also now see a "tap to play" option which whisks you off to play the game.
The world's first public trial of a self-driving car service has officially launched in Singapore today, as U.S. autonomous car startup NuTonomy beats Uber to the punch by a matter of days. Founded out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2013, NuTonomy is an MIT spin-off that specializes in self-driving vehicles and mobile robots.
Lyft may be struggling to tackle the mighty Uber on its home turf, but the etaxi firm is continuing to iterate and target the lucrative business market. Back in April, the San Francisco-based company launched business profiles, designed to make it easier to expense rides for work by letting users record whether a ride was for personal or work-related travel, while charging the fare to the appropriate payment card.
A startup specializing in computer vision technology capable of controlling automated drones has raised $6.5 million in funding from Crosslink Capital, with participation from Joe Montana's Liquid 2 Ventures, Haystack, and WI Harper Group.
DroneDeploy, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for commercial drone operators, has raised $20 million in a Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors as well as High Alpha Capital. Founded out of San Francisco in 2013, DroneDeploy works with any drone and device, enabling "professional-grade imagery and analysis" and 3D modeling.
McDonald's has announced that it's recalling more than 32 million fitness trackers due to concerns that it may cause skin irritation or burns in children. The fast food giant said it has received more than 70 reports of incidents, seven of which resulted in blisters from the wrist-worn contraptions.
Samsung has announced a new smartphone that will ship with Tizen, the Linux-based operating system co-developed by the electronics giant. The Samsung Z2 is the first Tizen phone to support 4G, and is also backed by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB).
FreedomPop, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that offers SIM cards with completely free basic mobile service plans, has announced its latest endeavor to get mobile users signed up in the U.S.: zero-rated WhatsApp access. For the uninitiated, zero-rating is a practice used by some mobile networks that encourages use of a specific app by not charging for data used by the given service.
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.