The shockingly smaller version of the Wall Street Journal that debutted Jan. 2 is perhaps the most poignant reminder that newspapers are in serious decline. The influential Columbia Journalism Review called it "shrinky dink." Bloggers had a field day. How does this fit my "If it ain't broke…" blog? Well, the WSJ feels more broke than it was. The words "tiny" and "miniature" come to mind and no matter how much the publishers tell you the slimmed down newspaper is good for you, the move is to reduce costs. I've been through a half dozen cuts in "trim size" as we say in the biz, and no matter how much BS we threw at the marketplace, smaller trim size was ALWAYS to save money. The WSJ is no different. The WSJ's publishers spun it this way: "Improved Navigational Aids; Better Online and Print Alignment; and New Content Features." It's fancy language with grains of truth at best. The Jan. 2 press release mentions nothing about the estimated $18 million a year the WSJ would save.
I asked a WSJ reporter friend how he liked the new format and, of course, he didn't. The WSJ is an institution (even if its editorial page frequently goes off the deep end) and the journalism is first rate. It's distinctive large broad sheet was it trademark and now that's gone. Many other newspapers are doing the same thing as revenues dry up and greedy investors clamor for the high profit margins of yore. Clearly, Dow Jones with publishes the WSJ wanted to make subscribers think to a bad thing is really good. All I can say is that I'm glad the same marketers don't fill the pages of this venerable but not diminshed newspaper (for whose online version I used to be columnist).
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.