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TidBITS#1228/23-Jun-2014

In this far-reaching issue of TidBITS, we cover a pair of announcements: Amazon’s long-rumored Fire Phone, with a 3D interface and streamlined shopping, and Apple’s new entry-level iMac, which trades significant power for its lower price. The second- and third-generation Apple TVs don’t support iTunes Extras, but Agen Schmitz shows you how to watch them on Apple’s streaming set-top boxes. Yahoo and AOL have taken drastic new measures to enhance security, but at the cost of breaking mailing lists and email forwarding — Adam Engst explains the highly technical details. In Take Control news this week, Charles Edge looks at enabling file sharing in “Take Control of OS X Server,” and we’re particularly pleased to publish Glenn Fleishman’s new “Take Control of Your Apple Wi-Fi Network” to answer all your wireless networking questions. Don’t miss the 70% discount on Live Interior 3D in this week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re fluent in Dutch or Japanese, we could use some translation help! Finally, in FunBITS, Josh Centers strolls down memory lane with SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition for Mac, an updated edition of the classic city simulator for modern Macs. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 6.0.1, Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.5, OmniFocus 2.0.1, and Typinator 6.0.

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Yahoo and AOL Damage Mailing Lists and Email Forwarding

A tiny change by Yahoo and AOL in April 2014 has caused significant problems for people who forward their email from one domain to another and for mailing lists with Yahoo and AOL subscribers. Adam Engst dives into the alphabet soup of email deliverability technologies to explain what happened, and why there’s little that can be done about it.

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FunBITS: SimCity 4 Returns to the Mac

The classic SimCity 4 has come back to the Mac, bringing the ultimate city simulator to a new generation of Mac users. And, thankfully, we finally have the necessary hardware to give SimCity the performance necessary to enjoy the game fully.

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ExtraBITS for 23 June 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, we ponder the Apple TV as the hub of your connected home, the U.S. Supreme Court deals a blow to software patents, we learn that OS X Yosemite’s Handoff feature will require Bluetooth 4.0, your Synology NAS device might be mining someone else’s Dogecoin, YouTube gets tough on indie music labels, and Apple settles with states and consumers over ebook price fixing.