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Nvidia Graphics Driver 378.10.10.10.15.121 for macOS 10.13 (build 17A405)   [Details]
This is the third graphics driver update for macOS High Sierra 10.13 build 17A405.
(Post includes a direct driver download link as well as the download page.)
 
Apple Java for OS X 2017-001 (Legacy Java 6 Runtime for macOS 10.13 to OS X 10.9)
Info from the Apple Download Java for OS X 2017-001 page:
Java for macOS 2017-001 installs the legacy Java 6 runtime for macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS 10.11 El Capitan, macOS 10.10 Yosemite, macOS 10.9 Mavericks, macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion, and macOS 10.7 Lion.

This package is exclusively intended for support of legacy software and installs the same deprecated version of Java 6 included in the 2015-001, 2014-001, and 2013-005 releases.

Quit any Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6133 for more details about this update.
(as of post time, that link routes to an old article https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202912 "About Java for OS X 2015-001".)

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.
(That's an old HT number - current is https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222 which as of post time has no entry for Java for OS X 2017-001. Last Java doc there I could find was for Java for OS X 2013-005 in 2013.)

Keep your software up to date. If you need Java, download the latest version of Java for OS X directly from Oracle https://www.java.com

Assume this is a Java 6 installer update for later macOS versions, since there's no doc on new fixes in Apple's Java 6. (Later Java updates are handled by Oracle. Don't install Java if you don't need it. If you do, keep it updated.)
 

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Carbon Copy Cloner v4.1.20 Update (with fixes for High Sierra)
Available as an in-app update for current 4.x users. Info from the CCC v4.1.20 release notes:
- High Sierra: Fixed issue in which hidden files were not staying reliably hidden on HFS+ volumes.

- High Sierra: Addressed errors related to updating the dynamic linker shared cache.

- High Sierra: Errors that occur in /var/folders will no longer cause deletions to be suspended.

- The "Show Details" button in task finished notifications presented as Alerts now works correctly.
For info on the latest CCC version 5, see bombich.com.
 
Apple/products related News, Tips, Updates, Reviews, PR: (later added first)
Apple TV 4K Needs an Automatic "Native" (Source Direct) Mode Option
Update - tvOS 11.2 Beta added an automatic native mode/frame rate switching option, using a new "Match Content" option in the Video Settings. Resolution doesn't change, but HDR/SDR and framerate can be set to automatically match the original source.
Here's an Apple developer video Introduction to AVDisplayManager explaining how it works.

(Comments on requesting a Native mode follows, made before tvOS 11.2 beta.)

I've had several readers ask I post a request to send Apple Feedback on Apple TV asking for a "Native" format/framerate output option. (Automatic video output mode switching to output HDR, DV, SDR, 24P, 60P, etc. based on the video's native format/framerate, rather than having to manually change mode based on content - or live with everything output in a fixed mode/rate.)
Some reasons why they want a "Native" (or "Source Direct") option:

  • Some content converted to HDR (or DV) doesn't look good (at least on some displays).
    Many complain about converted content color, tint/skintone, washed out picture, etc.
    (Even HDR movie quality varies; also limited by a TV's capabilities and tone mapping.)
  • Manually switching modes is more "inelegant" than having an automatic Native mode option. (Apple reportedly said automatic mode switching was "inelegant", but this just forced users that wanted content output in its native format/rate to do it manually. Apple could still default to "always HDR" for those that prefer it, and provide a "Native" option for users that don't.)
  • HDR10 typically sets TV to max backlight/contrast (sometimes not adjustable in HDR Mode).
    Some don't want their TV always running at max BL/contrast when using Apple TV.
    (IIRC DV mode on LG OLEDs has OLED set at 50 vs 100 w/HDR10. Contrast @100 on both.)
Some have returned a 4K Apple TV because of this missing option (didn't like manually switching modes), some say they are waiting to buy one if this feature is added and some are keeping it, hoping it's added soon. (I think a "Native' mode would increase sales/reduce returns.)
   Another long wished for feature is a Bitstream audio option. (I've seen reports that (lossy) Dolby Atmos support will be added in the future.) I think the reason Apple TV's never supported bitstreaming is they want to always have Siri support. (Menu sounds are also mixed in.) Mixed/secondary audio isn't possible with unprocessed bitstream, but why not have an option to bitstream during video playback.

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Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
(includes some I missed last week)

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Other News, Software Updates, and Reviews:

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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 16th to 20th, 2017 News Archive
  • Download Nvidia CUDA 9.0.214 Update (shows macOS 10.13 support)
  • Download Nvidia Graphics Driver 378.10.10.10.15.120 for macOS 10.13 (17A405)
  • New OWC Aura Pro X SSDs for most '2013 and Later Macs (their Fastest Ever)
  • CCC blog on Evaluating the macOS High Sierra Upgrade
  • Video about Mini DisplayPort & Adapter Support on OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock
  • Micromat Drive Scope 1.0.3 Update (see list of new feature/fixes)
  • (Dev news) Beta 4 of iOS 11.1/watchOS 4.1, Beta 3 of macOS 10.13.1 & tvOS 11.1
  • Google, Apple and Microsoft Scramble to Fix WPA2 Vulnerability
  • OPPO UDP-203/205 MediaControl iOS App v1.1.0 (improved iOS 11 support, more)
  • Netflix iOS app v9.41.0 update ('bug fixes', again)
  • Yamaha MusicCast Controller iOS App v2.41 ('bug fixes')
  • Security Updates for Adobe Flash Player
  • Freeware VM VirtualBox 5.2 Major Update
  • Chrome 62.0.3202.62 stable channel update
  • Articles on WPA2 Key Reinstallation Vulnerability
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - About Two-factor authentication for Apple ID
    - Availability of Apple Music and iTunes Match
    - How to change or remove your Apple ID payment info
    - If you can't stream or watch video content from the iTunes Store or third-party apps
    - Re-download music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books from apple online stores
    - How to Redeem digital copies of DVDs or Blu-rays in the iTunes Store
    - How to Redeem App Store/iTunes/Apple Music Gift Cards, and content codes
    - How to Connect your Apple ID to your Movies Anywhere account
    - How to change or reset the password of a macOS user account
    - How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - About standby on your Mac (now archived)
    - How to Use Continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple Watch

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