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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro (Keyboard, Storage & Performance)
Apple has a press release on updates to the 13" MacBook Pro.
"May 4, 2020 - Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook and doubled the storage across all standard configurations, delivering even more value to the most popular MacBook Pro. The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 percent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations. With powerful quad-core processors, the brilliant 13-inch Retina display, Touch Bar and Touch ID, immersive stereo speakers, all-day battery life, and the power of macOS, all in an incredibly portable design, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order today, starting at $1,299, and $1,199 for education.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup now offers up to 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.1GHz. The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance over the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro for 4K video editing, faster rendering, and smoother gameplay. The new graphics also enable users to connect to Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution..."

More details at the 13in MacBook Pro page and tech specs page.

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Firefox 76.0.1, Firefox ESR 68.8, Chrome 81.0.4044.138 Updates
On May 8th, Mozilla released Firefox 76.0.1 with bug fixes.
(previous info from May 5th updates follows.)
Clip from the May 5th Firefox 76.0 release notes:
"With today's release, Firefox strengthens protections for your online account logins and passwords, with innovative approaches to managing your accounts during this critical time"... If you don't have a master password set up for Firefox, Windows and macOS now requires a login to your operating system account (or authenticate using your fingerprint, face or voice login if enabled) before showing your saved passwords.

Picture-in-Picture allows you to multitask, the small video window following along no matter what you are doing on your computer, across different applications and even workspaces. Now, when you are ready to focus on the video, a double click can take the small window into full screen. Double click again to reduce the size again.

Firefox now supports Audio Worklets that will allow more complex audio processing like VR and gaming on the web; and is being adopted by some of your favorite software programs. With this change, you can now join Zoom calls on Firefox without the need for any additional downloads."

See full release notes for more info on changes. Firefox 76.0 also includes 11 security fixes.

Mozilla also released Firefox ESR 68.8.0 with "Various stability" and 7 security fixes.

Google notes Chrome 81.0.4044.138 stable channel update includes 3 security fixes.

(See above for May 1st iOS Firefox v25.0 with improvements and security fix.)

Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first) Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
Other News, Updates, Reviews, and Tips (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:
    April 27th to May 1st, 2020 News Archive
  • macOS 10.15.5 beta 3 fixes hangs during file copies in 10.15.4.
  • Apple Reports Second Quarter Results
  • Yamaha CL/QL StageMix v8.1 for iPad
  • Apple, Google Release Virus Contact-Tracing Tools to App Makers
  • How to Install an M.2 SSD in an Accelsior 4M2 PCIe Card
  • VLC Media Player for Mac version 3.0.10
  • VLC Media Player for iOS version 3.2.8
  • Why you should power your MacBook Pro from right side USB-C ports
  • Geekbench 5.1.1 Update (fix Metal Compute Benchmark issue)
  • iPhone SE (2nd Generation) Hands-On Quick Review
  • Apple Support App v4.0 (for iOS 13.1 or later)
  • Download page for Apple ProRes RAW for Windows 1.1 (Beta)
  • 2020 LG CX/GX/WX OLED TV Firmware Update 03.00.45
  • Intel Releases First Unlocked GPU Driver For OEM Systems
  • Microsoft Office 365 Security Recommendations
  • WordPress 5.4.1 security and maintenance release
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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