Much as I love using my 12in MacBook as my main computer, I do tend to hunch over it when I’m concentrating. So I decided to buy a stand for when I’m using it as a desktop, plus a separate wireless keyboard. The stand that I selected from Amazon, the £23.50 Nexstand, was an excellent choice; it even packs down to be portable.
Mobile phones are great for conference calls, but are let down by the inevitable inadequacies of their tiny loudspeakers. Japanese audio company Pioneer has departed from its usual turf with this oddly named, pocket-sized solution, the Rayz Rally, which does the same job as a boardroom table conference hub by simply plugging into an iPhone – it has the requisite Lighting connector.
I’ve had an up and down relationship this past year with the Amazon Echo conversational computer, universally known by the name of its avatar personality, Alexa. Originally, as I said in my Technopolis TV video review on Howtospendit.com, I thought it was one of the most promising new products of recent times. Then I got a bit bored with it, and it was relegated in our household to being the world’s best, if most expensive, kitchen timer.
I can’t believe it. I just had a fake “We hear you had an accident” caller argue back when I explained she was parasitic vermin. She said I was “a very rude man”. I tried to explain that was me being polite but I don’t think she agreed.
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".