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13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Solid-State Drive Service Program
Clip from the Apple repair program page
"Apple has determined that a limited number of 128GB and 256GB solid-state drives (SSD) used in 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units have an issue that may result in data loss and failure of the drive. 13-inch MacBook Pro units with affected drives were sold between June 2017 and June 2018.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will service affected drives, free of charge. Apple recommends having your drive serviced as soon as possible.

Apple will also send an email to customers, who registered their device with Apple, to let them know about this program..."

The program page has a serial number check for eligibility and details on the service process.
(There's also a new iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program for Touch Issues.)
 
macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for 2018 MacBook Air
(Spotted this Friday AM, although the download page is dated Nov. 7th.)
Download macOS 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for MacBook Air (2018) (1.3 GB)
The macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update improves the stability and reliability of MacBook Air (2018) computers and is recommended for all users.
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222"
(As of post time, no article on this update there.)
I didn't see a similar update for the 2018 Mac mini (yet at least). I did see a thread in the Mojave forums started by a 2015 MacBook Pro owner (running 10.14.1) about a new security update for 10.14.1 (?) that he (and another 2015 MBP owner) said caused bluetooth problems. (A later reply included a tip).
 
News, Updates, Tips, Reviews, PR (later first)   [= skip =] (Also iWork app updates. Other iOS/watchOS related updates are below.)

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Updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for Mac and iOS   [= skip =]
Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)
Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
 
Benchmarks with NVMe SSD Upgrade (vs SATA SSD) in Mini-ITX Hackintosh
Bill sent Disk Benchmark scores of an NVMe Samsung 970 PRO 500GB SSD Upgrade (vs previous Crucial M500 SSD) in his Hackintosh. Huge increase - NVMe Blackmagic Disk Test showed 2201 MB/sec write, 3041 MB/sec reads. (Bill included a summary list of hardware components and software used as he did with his previous video and system benchmarks.)
 
SSD Firmware Updates to Address Vulnerabilities in some models
CERT Coordination Center has a Vulnerability Note VU#395981 Self-Encrypting Drives Have Multiple Vulnerabilities. For CVE-2018-12037, they list Crucial (Micron) MX100, MX200 and MX300, Samsung T3 and T5 portable drives, Samsung 840 EVO and 850 EVO drives (In "ATA high" mode these devices are vulnerable, In "TCG" or "ATA max" mode these devices are NOT vulnerable.) For CVE-2018-12038, they list Samsung 840 EVO drives but note "other products were not reported to have been tested, and similar vulnerabilities may be found in those products". Down the page are links to Vendor firmware updates to address the vulnerabilities and additional information for BitLocker/Windows users.

Samsung has a related Consumer Notice regarding Samsung SSDs with recommendations for portable and non-portable drives and firmware update links.
 

Nvidia Web Graphics Driver Update D/L page for macOS 10.13.6 (17G3025)
Nov. 6th Download page for driver 387.10.10.10.40.108 for macOS 10.13.6 build 17G3025.
(Build with Security Update 2018-002 installed - same driver version as yesterday's report.)
Nvidia web driver download pages for High Sierra include this install note:
"Installation Note:
Because of improvements in macOS security, the Security & Privacy Preferences may open during the installation process. If it does, click "Allow" in order for the NVIDIA Graphics Driver to load, then return to the Installer and click "Restart". "
The "Additional Information" tab on the download page has a step-by-step install guide.
(If you can't select the page's 'Accept' terms/conditions button, here's a direct download link.)

(As of Noon Tuesday, the download page CUDA link goes to a July update - the current CUDA download page (from Sept. 19th) is CUDA 410.130, but check for CUDA update in Nvidia prefs.)
 

Report on Nvidia Driver Update for macOS 10.13.6 build w/Security Update 2018-002
(From a reader this weekend, before the download page for it (above) was posted.)
"New Nvidia web driver for Latest High Sierra Security Update...
Just wanted to let you know that I applied this webdriver 387.10.10.10.40.108 (direct D/L link) to my external running 10.13.6 with security update 2018-002 - everything appears to be operating just fine! As usual, your milage may vary...

MacPro 4,1 updated to 5,1 via EFI flash update
3.46 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
32 GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
EVGA Nvidia GTX 980
Samsung EVO 840 1TB SSD
Samsung EVO 850 1TB SSD
OCZ Agility 4 512GB SSD
OCZ Agility 4 512GB SSD
Sonnet 4 port USB 3.0 PCIe card
Sonnet 4 port SATA 3 PCIe card
WD My Book 8TB external HD

Appears to be legit... what do you think?
- George D."

Thanks George. (Nvidia posted a download page on Tuesday for the same version.)
Not able to try this myself, my last Nvidia card was the (obsolete now) Mac GTX-285 and not running 10.13.6 on that 2009 Mac Pro.
 
Other iOS/Mobile related News/Updates (later first)
  • iOS iMovie 2.2.6 (see changes list)

  • iOS GarageBand 2.3.7 Update
    - Supports keyboard commands when using a Smart Keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard.
    - Adds the Wah stompbox pedal and Face Control to Smart Guitar.
    - Provides stability improvements and bug fixes.

  • watchOS 5.1.1 release notes
    This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
    - Fixes issue that caused a small number of users to see an increase in exercise minutes
    - Addresses issue that caused some users to not receive Stand credit in the afternoon
    - Fixes an issue that could prevent Apple Watch from charging

  • Turbocharged performance and graphics for GRID Autosport on iOS (feral interactive)
    (Regarding improvements in GRID Autosport v1.2.4 Update)

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Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
Previous News Archive Summary:
    October 29th to November 2nd, 2018 News Archive
  • Report on macOS 10.14.1 install, Benchmarks from Mac Pro/Radeon RX 580 owner
  • Nvidia Driver Update for macOS 10.12.6 build w/Security Update 2018-005
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.1, Security Updates for High Sierra & Sierra
    - Download macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Update
    - Download Security Update 2018-002 (High Sierra)
    - Download Security Update 2018-005 (Sierra)
  • Apple Event Keynote Video, New Mac Mini, MacBook Air, & iPad Pro
  • Safari 12.0.1, Xcode 10.1, iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, WatchOS 5.1 Updates
  • Memory Upgrades for 2018 Mac mini, up to 45% off factory CTO prices
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.24 (use App update check, or full download)
  • New Blackmagic eGPU Pro (Radeon RX Vega 56) at Apple Store ($1,199.00)
  • The secret world of Mac mini (Apple article on mac mini history, with photos)
  • How to Create and Use a RAM Disk with Your Mac (Warnings Included)
  • MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD USB Enclosure Review
  • 05.80.04 Update for 2017 LG OLED TV B7P, C7P, E7P, G7P, W7P models
  • Firefox 63.0.1 release notes (bug fixes)
  • Vulnerabilities fixed in Thunderbird ESR 60.3
  • About the security content of iTunes 12.9.1 (for Windows)
  • About the security content of iCloud for Windows 7.8
  • QNAP TS-332X NAS Review
  • In The Lab: Netstor NP631N M.2 NVMe to PCIe Host Adapter
  • IBM's $33 billion purchase of Red Hat Inc
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - How to Back up your Mac with Time Machine
    - How to Restore your Mac from a backup
    - Mac mini (2018) - Technical Specifications
    - MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018) - Tech Specs

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