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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)  
This week's Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
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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