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macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 (build 20D80) released
Info from What's new in macOS Big Sur 11.2.2:
"macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 prevents MacBook Pro (2019 or later) and MacBook Air (2020 or later) models from incurring damage when they are connected to certain third-party, non-compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks."
Apple's security updates page says the update has no published CVE entries.
(If you have trouble, try updating from Safe Mode.)

I'm not running Big Sur, but watching Apple's Big Sur, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air forums for early feedback. (Was hoping it fixes CVM Server crashes, including from DVD playback.)

Little Snitch version 5.1.1 Update
Feb. 26th dated Little Snitch 5.1.1 update for macOS Big Sur.
Info from the release notes for version 5.1.1:
"This patch release fixes a possible loss of network connectivity due to a crash of the Little Snitch network extension. This crash could occur when an application used the QUIC protocol. This protocol is a replacement for HTTPS which is used primarily by Google Chrome and its derivatives when connecting to Google servers."
(The Feb. 23rd v5.1 update had a long list of improvements and bug fixes.)
Safari Technology Preview 121
See the release notes for a complete list of improvements & bug fixes.
A download is available for macOS Big Sur and Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
Micromat Lifespan 1.0.2 update
Changes in Lifespan ("safety monitor for flash media") v1.0.2 (use in-app update check):
  • Updated for macOS 11 'Big Sur' support.
  • Fixed an issue in which valid SSDs would report as "not supported."
  • Fixed an intermittent NVMe crashing issue.
  • Fixed issue reading updated drive database.
  • Updated Sparkle update framework to version 1.25.0.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
- Intel-based Mac.
- OS X 10.10 or greater, including macOS 11 Big Sur.
Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.11 update
Changes in Drive Scope version 1.2.11 (use in-app update check):
  • Fixed an application crasher at launch.
  • Corrected a drive database format change.
  • Updated Sparkle update framework to version 1.25.0.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
(Drive Scope version 1.2.10 changes listed Big Sur compatibility.)
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later first)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    February 15th to 19th, 2021 News Archive
  • DisplayLink Manager macOS App v1.3 (for macOS Big Sur & Catalina).
  • How to Create a Bootable USB Installer Disk for macOS Big Sur.
  • Epic Games Attacks Apple in Antitrust Complaint to EU.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac v16.46 (with Excel & Word Security Update).
  • Apple Working on Magnetic Battery Pack Attachment for iPhones.
  • How to Rename Your macOS Big Sur User Account & Home Folder.
  • watchOS 7.3.1 Update (bug fix).
  • New OWC Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C Cable.
  • 03.21.16 Firmware Update for LG CX/GX/WX OLED TVs.
  • Firmware Updates for 2018 Yamaha Receivers and CX-A5200 Pre-Pro.
  • Chrome 88.0.4324.182 Stable Channel Update.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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