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macOS Monterey 12.3.1 Update
Released via software update. Includes AppleAVD & Intel Graphics Driver security fixes.
(Apple is aware of reports that these issues may have been actively exploited.)
Info from what's new in the updates for macOS Monterey 12.3.1.
"macOS Monterey 12.3.1 includes bug fixes and security updates for your Mac.
This update fixes the following issues:

- Some 2021 MacBook Pro models cannot update or restore to macOS Monterey 12.3.

- USB-C or Thunderbolt external display does not turn on when connected to Mac mini (2018) as a second display.

- Bluetooth devices, such as game controllers, may disconnect from your Mac after playing audio through some Beats headphones.
(Hopefully it does fix problems many had with external displays with v12.3.)
Check for feedback in Apple's macOS Monterey discussion forum
Posts on Monterey 12.3 external display problems were also in other forums like mac mini.
(Some have noted fixes in 12.3.1, but some Intel and M1 owners still have problems.
And saw a few reports 12.3.1 caused problems with displays that were OK in v12.3.)

(VPN or 3rd party Security software may cause problems with OS or security updates.
Apple's article on VPN and 3rd party software issues & the usual advice on updates.
Even though I don't use 3rd party addons, I install macOS updates from a Safe Mode boot.)

iOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4.1, tvOS 15.4.1, watchOS 8.5.1 Updates
HomePod Software Update 15.4.1
From the article About HomePod Software updates for the 15.4.1 update:
"Software version 15.4.1 addresses an issue where some HomeKit-enabled accessories could fail to respond when controlled via Siri. This update also includes bug fixes for your HomePod."
Here's Apple's article on how to update HomePod.
You can check for feedback in Apple's HomePod forum.
(Our Tips page has a HomePod Apple Guides section.)
Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, PR (later added first)
This Week's Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Topic based page of Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac & iPhone/iPad/watchOS Users.
Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates & troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
Previous News Archive Summary:
    March 21st to 25th, 2022 News Archive
  • Safari Technology Preview 142.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner version 6.1.1 Release Notes.
  • What's new in Apple Configurator 2.15.1.
  • VLC Media Player 3.3.0 for iOS/iPadOS/tvOS.
  • Apple Studio Display Firmware Update 15.4.
  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.3.8 (macOS 10.15 or later).
  • What to do before you sell, give away, or trade in your Mac.
  • VirtualBox 6.1.34 includes 2 macOS related fixes.
  • GIMMICK Malware Strikes at macOS.
  • Apple announces new coaching program and features for educators.
  • Apple's Mac Studio Essentials (user guide).
  • Apple's Mac Studio discussion forum.
  • FYI on new Mac Setup without a USB keyboard.
  • Firefox 98.0.2 (bug fixes).
  • Firefox 98.2 for iOS/iPadOS 13 or later.
  • Chrome 99.0.4844.84 Stable Channel Update for Desktop.
  • Chrome 98.0.4758.141 Extended Stable Channel Update for Desktop.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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