An iPad/Echo Partnership Jailbreaks Both of Them

By Dwight Gilbert Jones – Poort Design I am one of those people who utilize music in the home like furniture – it’s there all the time, low key and unobtrusive. Over the years I have developed a strong affection for a French Canada radio station,...

The Kitchen Phone Returns, With Superpowers

By Dwight G. Jones, Poort Designer A DESIGNER’S BLOG ABOUT ‘MODERNIZING’ 1955 KITCHEN PHONES As the transition from land lines to cellular phones continues, the kitchen phone is gradually disappearing, with no obvious replacements. Cellphones have a...
The Game of Trojan Crippleware that the iPad Wins

The Game of Trojan Crippleware that the iPad Wins

By:   Dwight Gilbert Jones Poort Design The release of Apple’s HomePod and a host of “visual assitants” has drawn comparisons with the apparent dominance of Amazon’s Echo/Alexa devices, and with Google’s Home Max speaker and related...

Comparing the Smart Speakers

Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung are developing networks centered on their own voice activated search engines, and these are integrated into their proprietary, walled-garden ecosystems. To date, none of them specify the use of a tablet or an independent web browser,...