If digital displays had been around for hundreds of years, the more readable and ergonomic analogue readout would be a huge advance. This is why I have always supported the aesthetically cool Withings smartwatches from France, even though the brand had some major quality problems when it started out (one sample it sent of the beautiful Activité two years ago had to be replaced four times before I got a good one). This is Withings’ Steel HR model, which is a clever blend of analogue and digital.
Last year, Apple brought out a 9.7in version of its 12.9in iPad Pro – the iPad line that allows use of the Apple Pencil Steve Jobs promised would never exist (he hated styluses). While the senior iPad Pro caught on, the 9.7in was an oddity. The same size as an iPad Air, it didn’t quite have its own personality, and it was possible to forget it was a Pro model at all. This slightly bigger new Pro, at 10.5in, has the size perfect this time.
When, in the early 1960s, I first heard stereo from a tape recorder through headphones, it came as a thrilling shock to have music playing inside my head. Fifteen years later, when I demoed the first Sony Walkman, the shock value was doubled because the player was portable and the headphones tiny – yet the sound seemed deep and immersive. So I wondered, when I switched on this new portable music player from South Korea’s Astell & Kern, how it would sound compared to that 1979 Walkman.
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".