MacVoices #23295: MacVoices Live! – Google Looks For Help; Chamberlain Alienates HomeKit Users (3)

In the final part of this MacVoices Live! session, Chuck JoinerDave GinsburgBrian Flanigan-ArthursWeb BixbyBen RoethigEric Bolden, and Jim Rea cover: 

  • Google Looking For Help Against Apple
  • Chamberlain Closes The Garage Door On HomeKit Users

(Part 3)

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Show Notes:


0:01:46 Google’s Unlikely Success with RCS
0:02:33 Easy Communication with Android vs. iMessage Limitations
0:03:10 Government Assistance vs Merit-based Competition
0:04:24 Apple’s Concerns with RCS and Carrier Dependency
0:06:03 Privacy Concerns and the Role of Google in RCS
0:07:19 Benefits of a Seamless Messaging System across Devices
0:08:36 Chamberlain’s Arrogance: Shutting Down Third-Party Interaction
0:10:02 Chamberlain Dominates the Garage Door Opener Market
0:11:56 Clarifying the Unauthorized Access to APIs
0:12:30 MyQ System: Past Support for Multiple Smart Device Systems
0:13:40 Third-party Controllers as Garage Opener Workaround
0:14:59 Convenient Garage Monitoring with Cameras
0:16:25 Chamberlain’s desire for ads and revenue generation
0:19:03 Chamberlain’s focus on subscription services over advertising revenue
0:22:21 Extracting rent and extorting customers with diminishing value
0:23:43 Potential solutions and alternatives to Chamberlain’s offerings
0:25:19 Final thoughts and reflections on the discussion


Google turns to regulators to make Apple open up iMessage

What is RCS messaging? Everything you need to know about the SMS successor

This smart garage door controller is no longer very smart


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Jim Rea built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.


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