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Archive of January 18th to 22nd, 2021 News     Go to Current News Page

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VLC Media Player 3.0.12 Update for Mac
Info from the VLC news page on VLC for Mac version 3.0.12:
"VideoLAN 3.0.12 release fixes some loud audio distortion when resuming playback, adds support for Apple Silicon, and a few other issues. More details on the release page."
Download available from the VLC Media Player for Mac page. (Requires macOS 10.7.5 or later and 64-bit Intel-based Mac. VLC for older OS X versions are listed down the linked page.)
Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.3 Update
Changes in MachineProfile version 1.4.3 (use in-app update check):
  • Fixed a reported dual GPU reading issue.
  • Updated machine identification strings.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
(There was a longer list of changes/fixes in Jan. 14th version 1.4.2 update.)
VirtualBox 6.1.18 Update has macOS Big Sur optimizations
Freeware VM VirtualBox version 6.1.18 update's Change Log includes a note on improvements for macOS Big Sur hosts. ("macOS host: Multiple optimizations for BigSur")
Micromat Drive Scope 1.2.10 update
Changes in Drive Scope version 1.2.10 (use in-app update check):
  • Added macOS 11 'Big Sur' compatibility.
  • Fixed an issue where the SMART attributes would have Unknown names.
  • Updated Sparkle update framework to version 1.24.0.
  • Added additional drive manufacturer company logos.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.
M1 Mini/macOS 11.1 - iCloudNotificationAgent 95+% CPU, 1.9+ Million Faults
Posting for a friend with a new M1 Mac mini running macOS Big Sur 11.1 that has had repeated iCloudNotificationAgent 95%+ CPU usage & Thousands of Faults. Despite trying many of the usual tips, other than a reinstall of Big Sur. She's using only Apple software, no migrated data, no software addons. The mini has had no kernel panics/crashes, no hardware errors logged and no errors found by Disk Utility. But many iCloudNotificationAgent Diagnostic reports logged in the Console app due to the high CPU usage. (Added notes on later results. Includes hardware/software used, & troubleshooting.)
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Rumors, Updates, PR (later first)  

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Other News, Updates, and PR (later added first)
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:
    January 11th to 15th, 2021 News Archive
  • Updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for Mac and iOS.
  • Micromat MachineProfile 1.4.2 Update.
  • iOS 12.5.1 / iPadOS 12.5.1 Update.
  • Apple Plans First iMac Redesign in Nearly a Decade.
  • Apple Plans Upgraded Macbook Pros with Return to MagSafe Charging.
  • How to Use Boot Camp on External Drive to Run Windows on a Mac.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac v16.45 with security updates for Excel & Word.
  • Adobe Security Updates for Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, InCopy, & Bridge.
  • Microsoft January 2021 Patch Tuesday.
  • Cubase 11 press release.
  • OWC Announces Envoy Pro FX Waterproof & Ultra Rugged Drive.
  • OWC Announces New Thunderbolt Dock.
  • OWC Announces High-Powered 6 Port USB-C Travel Dock E.
  • OWC Announces U.2 Carrier Shuttle for 3.5" Drive Bays.
  • Yamaha RX-A2A/V6A/V4A, TSR-700/TSR-400 Receivers Firmware Update.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

For links to older news pages, see the Archives.

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