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Apple Beta Updates
Current Developer releases (updated July 9).
  • macOS Catalina 10.15.6 beta 4 (19G71a)
  • iOS 13.6 beta 4 (17G68)
  • iPadOS 13.6 beta 4 (17G68)
  • watchOS 6.2.8 beta 4 (17U63)
  • tvOS 13.4.8 beta 4 (17M61)
    (Below from July 7.)
  • macOS Big Sur beta 2 (20A4300b)
  • Xcode 12 beta 2 (12A6163b)
  • Xcode 12 for macOS Universal Apps beta 2 (12A8161k
  • iOS 14 beta 2 (18A5319i)
  • iPadOS 14 beta 2 (18A5319i)
  • watchOS 7 beta 2 (18R5327h)
  • tvOS 14 beta 2 (18J5331g)
Apple also has Public betas. See Beta FAQ for info on joining or unenrolling.
Updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for Mac and iOS
(Mac apps require macOS 10.14 or later, iOS apps require iOS 12 or later.)
Firefox 78.0.2 Update (bug and security fixes)
July 9th Firefox 78.0.2 release notes has bug fixes and a security fix.

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SoftRAID 5.8.4 Update (new features/bug fixes)
SoftRAID version 5.8.4 available for download now, "includes important bug fixes and changes that improve SoftRAID compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina".
"New features in version 5.8.4
  • Adds a feature which warns the user if Secure Boot is enabled. This warning appears when the SoftRAID application is first launched, Secure Boot is enabled and a SoftRAID disk is attached.
  • Adds ability to sign up for the SoftRAID News email list.
  • Adds a work-around for a kernel panic bug which was introduced in macOS 10.15. This bug causes a kernel panic when an HFS+ volume is created on a 4Kn HDD (a disk with 4 KB sectors) which is housed in a USB 3 or USB 3.1 enclosure.
  • Adds support for Mercury Elite Pro Dual U2 enclosures to SoftRAID XT & SoftRAID Lite XT.

    Bugs fixed in version 5.8.4
  • Fixes a bug which could prevent the Mac from restarting after uninstalling SoftRAID.
  • Fixes a bug which caused the SoftRAID application to be relaunched after a restart when the user had just uninstalled SoftRAID.
  • Adds code to ensure that SSDs are always the primary disks in RAID 1+0 volumes which contain equal numbers of SSDs and HDDs. This code gets run when RAID 1+0 volumes are created and at the end of a RAID 1+0 volume rebuild. "
  • See the release notes PDF for more details and known bugs. A free 30 Day Trial is available.
    (OWC also has a blog post on SoftRAID 5.8.4.)
    Other News, Reviews, Software Updates, Tips, OT (later added first)
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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      June 29th to July 3rd, 2020 News Archive
    • Apple adds Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module for 2019 Mac Pro
    • Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module at Apple Store (online)
    • Firefox 78.0.1/78.0 and Firefox ESR 68.10 Updates
    • Apple Closes More Stores Again After Covid-19 Surge
    • What is Thunderbolt-Certified vs. Thunderbolt-Compatible?
    • Apple Cancels Some Arcade Games in Strategy Shift to Keep Subscribers
    • Apple honors eight developers with annual Apple Design Awards
    • Apple Silicon - an Eventual ARM Up on the Competition?
    • $68 pre-order for Envoy Express Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
    • Open Broadcaster Software Chapter 4: Recordings and Streams
    • Intel Lakefield Deep Dive: About the First x86 Hybrid CPU
    • Samsung 870 QVO (1TB & 4TB) SSD Review: QLC Refreshed
    • ADATA Swordfish 1TB M.2 SSD Review
    • Vizio Unveils 2020 TVs, Including Its First OLED
    • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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