Maccast 2019.03.10

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Episode 696. Apple said to be too ‘involved’ in original content. New AirPods may charge fast. Consumers put Amazon above Apple on Privacy. Apple acquires Lighthouse patents. Foldable glass may be in iPhone’s future. Melbourne tells Apple they don’t want their store. Apple updates iPhone repair policies. Siri’s accent may be improving. New art on Apple Music Playlists. Change Keychain Password Suggestions. How to do folder encryption. BootCamp in a Apple CPU world. Shortcuts directories. Thing of the Moment: iDevices Dimmer Switch

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  1. John Burgess | Mar 14 2019 - 06:11

    Adam, if you really want to do Home Control, you need to look into Indigo (https://www.indigodomo.com). As the web page says, it is multi-protocol and extensible.

    I started with X-10 (!) and also have Insteon and TP-link smart plugs and more. I have a motion sensor in the garage that turns on the garage light, but only after dark — and if I’m not home, Indigo sends me an email (not quite true home security, but getting there.)
    I’ve also integrated my Wyze cam – through IFTTT – so it also send me email when motion is detected in my family room — but only after I’ve gone to bed, or once again, when I’m not home.

    Oh, and it also integrates with Alexa (sorry Siri), so I can turn on/off anything with just my voice.

    All of that is with some built-in logic, and lots of python scripts and plug-ins.

    Can HomeKit do any of that stuff? This is true automation, doing stuff FOR me, not just letting me do it from my phone.

    A long time listener, keep up the great podcast!
    John Burgess

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