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Apple M1 Macs Benchmarks/Tests and Related Software Updates
Nvidia Graphics Driver Update for macOS 10.13.6 (build w/Security Update 2020-006)
Nov. 17, 2020 download page of graphics driver 387. for macOS 10.13.6.
(No build number listed, but for Security Update 2020-006's build 17G14042.)
The "Additional Information" tab on the download page has a step-by-step install guide.
Here's a direct download link for the 10.13.6 driver version 387.
(As of post time, the driver page's CUDA link goes to v418.105, but the latest Mac CUDA download as of 11/17/2020 is CUDA 418.163 from 5/10/2019 - or check for a CUDA update in the Nvidia prefs.)

This & previous macOS Nvidia drivers are on our Mac Nvidia Drivers downloads page.

Safari Technology Preview 116 Update
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.)
Firefox 83.0 and ESR 78.5 updates (includes security fixes)
Nov. 17th Firefox 83.0 release notes lists new features, bug fixes and security fixes.
Also this note for macOS users:
"For users on macOS restoring a session with minimized windows, Firefox now uses much less power and you should see much longer battery life.
This release (83) will support emulation under Apple's Rosetta 2 that ships with macOS Big Sur. We are working toward Firefox being natively-compiled for these CPUs in a future release."

Also released is Firefox ESR 78.5 with "Various stability, functionality, and security fixes".

Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, PR (later first)
  • What's new in Apple Configurator 2.13.3
    - Support for macOS Big Sur.
    - Support for restoring macOS on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
    - Web Clip: Configure Ignore Manifest Scope & Target Application Bundle Identifier.
    - Bug fixes and performance improvements.

  • Apple Remote Desktop Version 3.9.4 (app store)
    - Bug fixes and performance improvements.
    - Support for macOS Big Sur.
    - Support for Mac computers with Apple silicon.

  • iOS 14.2.1 update for iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 12/12 mini.
    Addresses the following issues:
    - Some MMS messages may not be received.
    - Lock Screen could become unresponsive on iPhone 12 mini.
    - Made for iPhone hearing devices could have sound quality issues
      when listening to audio from iPhone.
    (Apple's Security Updates page says this update has no published CVE entries.)

  • Pixelmator Pro version 2.0 (for macOS 10.14.4 or later, with 64-bit processor)
    - Compatible with macOS Big Sur.
    - See linked app store page for list of changes/fixes.

  • Apple announces App Store Small Business Program (pr)
    - "New program reduces App Store commission to 15 percent for small businesses
    earning up to $1 million per year."

  • A Hole in the Wall (Little Snitch developer's blog)
    - Regarding Privacy and Apple's new Network Extension Framework in Big Sur.
    " There's an explicit whitelist that allows certain macOS services to bypass any third party firewalls and to communicate on the Internet without being even noticed by the user. A hole in the wall...
    We are already working on an alternative technique how to make even those currently hidden connections visible again in Little Snitch in one of our next updates. Looks very promising so far! So stay tuned and protect your privacy. It's yours, after all."
    (Ref: The traffic of some Apple processes isn't shown in Little Snitch 5.)

  • I've added Download pages for Security Update 2020-006 (Mojave & High Sierra)
    to last week's page on the updates. (Also notes on reported problems running Apps from the App Store after the High Sierra update. Curious if the download updater helps.)

  • Transporter 1.2 is now available on the Mac App Store (Apple developer news)

  • New WebKit Features in Safari 14 (webkit blog)
Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
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