Store Closings. By Zachary David Levy/Edited by Mike Shenk
The Wall Street Journal's crossword puzzle on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, featured several clues related to the prevalence of well-connected devices in today's world.
The clues were timely, as the world continues to become more interconnected, with devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart home devices becoming more ubiquitous.
As the world becomes more connected, the significance of these devices cannot be overstated.
The puzzle featured clues such as "One who's always connected?," "Amazon assistant," and "Smartphone feature."
The answers to these clues were, respectively, "Wired," "Alexa," and "App."
The prevalence of these devices is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that Amazon's Alexa assistant has become a household name, and Apple's App Store has revolutionized the way we access and use applications.
The crossword puzzle highlights the fact that these devices are no longer just gadgets or luxuries, but rather essential tools for communication, entertainment, and productivity.
The widespread adoption of these devices has also led to the emergence of new industries and business models, such as mobile app development, the Internet of Things (IoT), and smart home automation.
The puzzle also featured clues related to the potential downsides of these devices, such as "Source of distraction for drivers" and "Online scam."
The answers to these clues were, respectively, "Phone" and "Phishing."
These clues serve as a reminder that while these devices can be incredibly useful, they can also pose risks and challenges.
For example, distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, and online scams and phishing attacks can result in financial loss and identity theft.
As the world becomes more connected, it is important to be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them.
Overall, the WSJ crossword puzzle serves as a reminder of the prevalence and importance of well-connected devices in today's world.