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Apple Watch Series 6 Service Program for Blank Screen Issue
Clip from the Apple service program page:
"Apple has determined that the screen on a very small percentage of 40mm Apple Watch Series 6 devices may go blank permanently. Affected devices were manufactured between April 2021 to September 2021.

If your Apple Watch Series 6 has exhibited this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your device is eligible for this program. If so, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will provide service, free of charge."

See the linked program page for more info and serial number checker.
Mac VLC Media Player 3.0.17 update
Info from the VideoLAN news page on VLC Media Player version 3.0.17:
"Today VideoLAN is publishing the 3.0.17 release of VLC, which adds support for a few formats, improves adaptive streaming support, fixes some crashes and updates many third party libraries. More details on the release page."
You can download version at the VLC Media Player for Mac page.
Requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later, Mac with 64-bit Intel processor or Apple Silicon chip.
(VLC for older OS X versions are listed down the linked page.)
Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.17 update
Changes in Drive Scope S.M.A.R.T. Tool for Macs v1.2.17 (use in-app update check):
  • Update SATA drive health result for drives with invalid SMART attribute structures.
  • Update to display build date and revision information for SATA drive database.
  • Added additional drive manufacturer company logos.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
Requirements (from product page):
- Intel-based Macs, OS X 10.9 or greater, including macOS 11 Big Sur.
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later added first)
This week's Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first) Topic based page of Guides, Tips & Troubleshooting for Mac & iPhone/iPad/watchOS Users.
Other News, Firmware and Software Updates (later added first)
  • LG BX OLED TVs Firmware Update 04.35.30
    - Applicable Models List also includes many LG LCD TV models.
    - post includes update info and firmware update download link.

  • Playstation 5 System Software Version 22.01-05.02.00 (Sony US download page)
    - "This system software update improves system performance".
    (Above version posted April 13. VRR support promised soon after this but apparently not a new firmware update, as checking a PS5 video settings (running the above firmware) showed VRR is an option now. Some games have updates for VRR support also.)

  • Playstation 4 System Software Version 9.51 (Sony US download page)
    - "This system software update improves system performance".
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:
    April 11th to 15th, 2022 News Archive
  • Final Cut Pro 10.6.2 release notes.
  • Compressor 4.6.1 release notes.
  • Motion 5.6.1 release notes.
  • iMovie 3.0 Update for iOS/iPadOS.
  • iMovie 10.3.2 Update for macOS.
  • Xcode 13.3.1 Update (bug fix).
  • Firefox 99.0.1 (bug fixes).
  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.4.1.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 16.60 (2 Excel security fixes).
  • iOS Chrome browser 100.0.4896.85 (iOS/iPadOS 14.0 or later).
  • Microsoft April 2022 Patch Tuesday.
  • Yamaha LAN Monitor v1.7.5 for macOS.
  • Which of the New TV Technologies Will Prevail?
  • About QD-OLED pixel structure (and image effects).
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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