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Firefox 96.0.2 update
The Firefox 96.0.1 release notes lists 3 bug fixes. (1 is Linux related.)
(Download link on release notes page.)
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR   [= skip =]
M1 Macs/macOS 11.6.2 'AppleAPFSMediaBSDClient' Kernel Panics
Apple forum threads on "busy timeout[0], (60s): 'AppleAPFSMediaBSDClient' kernel panics M1 users said happened after the macOS 11.6.2 update. (Typically when waking from sleep after having used an external APFS drive. Some said they had ejected the drive, but at least one report said the drive was still connected.) Some threads on the problem are here and here.
(One of the crash logs showed there were no third-party extensions installed.)
Micromat Lifespan 1.0.5 update
Micromat Lifespan ("safety monitor for flash media") v1.0.5 (use in-app update).
  • Update to detect and load third party SAT SMART Driver.
  • Updated SAT SMART Driver Installer with latest code signing certificate.
  • Updated Sparkle framework to version 1.27.1.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
Requirements: Intel-based Mac. OS X 10.10 or later, including macOS 11 Big Sur.
Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.16 update
Changes in Drive Scope S.M.A.R.T. Tool for Macs v1.2.16 (use in-app update check):
  • Fixed blank volume name for unmounted Windows Recovery partition entry.
  • Corrected misaligned health indicators in the Information tab.
  • Updated SAT SMART Driver Installer with latest code signing certificate.
  • Corrected various column widths for SATA and NVMe tables.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
Requirements (from product page):
- Intel-based Macs, OS X 10.9 or greater, including macOS 11 Big Sur.
Other News, Tips, Software & Firmware Updates, PR (later added first)   [= skip =]
Apple Beta Updates
Current Developer releases as of Jan. 12, 2022.
(linked page has release notes.)
  • iOS 15.3 beta 2 (19D5040e)
  • iPadOS 15.3 beta 2 (19D5040e)
  • watchOS 8.4 beta 2 (19S5539e)
  • tvOS 15.3 beta 2 (19K5541d)
    (below from Jan. 11)
  • macOS 12.2 beta 2 (21D5039d)
Apple also has Public betas. See Beta FAQ for info on joining or unenrolling.
(Public beta version updates are usually shortly after developer releases.)
iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 updates
Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.10 update
(Use in-app update check, or if from Mac App store, check for update there.)
Micromat MachineProfile (free profile app) version 1.4.10 update changes:
  • Fixed a reported application crash for OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" users.
  • Fixed an incorrect battery manufacturer result in the Battery tab.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
Requirements (from product page):
- Intel & Apple Silicon Macs, OS X 10.9 or later, including macOS 12 Monterey.
Firefox 96.0 and Firefox ESR 91.5 updates (Firefox 96.0.1 above)
(Download links are on release notes page.)
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Recent Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)   [= skip =]
Topic based page of Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac & iPhone/iPad/watchOS Users.
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/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    December 20th to 24th, 2021 News Archive
  • Safari Technology Preview 137.
  • Firefox 95.0.2 update (bug fix).
  • How to Use the Translation Text Feature in macOS Monterey.
  • Upcoming Apple Developer certificate updates.
  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.3.4.
  • How to Use Mail Privacy Protection in MacOS Monterey.
  • Swift Playgrounds 4 now available.
  • Learn to code with Swift Playgrounds.
  • Wide Gamut 2D Graphics using HTML Canvas.
  • OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini 1TB SSD Review.
  • Firefox version 40.2 for iOS/iPadOS.
  • iOS Chrome browser version 96.0.4664.116.
  • 2021 LG C1/G1/R1 OLED TVs Firmware Update 03.21.05.
  • Yamaha RX-A6A 9.2CH 8K AV Receiver Bench Test Results.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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