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Safari Technology Preview 115 Update
See the release notes for a complete list of improvements.
A download is available for macOS Big Sur and Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
Apple Beta Updates
Current Developer Beta releases (as of Oct. 22)
  • watchOS 7.1 beta 4 (18R5585a | 18R5586a)
    (below from Oct. 20)
  • iOS 14.2 beta 4 (18B5083a)
  • iPadOS 14.2 beta 4 (18B5083a)
  • tvOS 14.2 beta 4 (18K5057a)
    (below from Oct. 14th/13th)
  • macOS Big Sur 11 beta 10 (20A5395g)
  • Xcode 12.2 beta 3 (12B5035g)
Apple also has Public betas. See Beta FAQ for info on joining or unenrolling.
(Public beta version updates are usually shortly after developer releases.)
Xcode 12.1 update
Apple released Xcode 12.1 (for macOS 10.15.4 or later) that includes Swift 5.3 and SDKs for iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Catalina. See linked app store page "What's New" for details on Platform features, Refined user interface, and Swift/SwiftUI.
Firefox 82, Firefox ESR 78.4, and Chrome 86.0.4240.111 Updates
See October 20 posted Firefox 82.0 release notes for details on video improvements, faster performance, and other changes & fixes. (Includes security fixes.)

They also released Firefox ESR 78.4.0 with "Various stability, functionality, & security fixes".

Google posted a note on Chrome 86.0.4240.111 Stable Channel Update that includes 5 security fixes.

HomePod Software Update 14.1
About HomePod Software Updates says version 14.1 includes support for HomePod mini, new Siri & Intercom features. Also includes bug fixes and other improvements. (See linked page for details.)
iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 updates released
(See links for list of fixes & improvements, including support for 10-bit HDR video playback.) Apple's Security Updates page notes these updates have no published CVE entries.
Adobe Apps Security Updates (many programs)
See Adobe bulletins on Illustrator *, Animate *, After Effects *, Photoshop *, Premiere Pro *, Media Encoder *, InDesign *, Dreamweaver, and Creative Cloud Desktop App (Windows only Update).
(* = Vulnerability only in Windows versions, but lists updates for macOS also.)
VirtualBox 6.1.16 Update (with fixes for macOS Big Sur)
Freeware VM VirtualBox version 6.1.16 update
The Change Log includes fixes for macOS Big Sur.
  • GUI: Fixed some Qt related crashes on macOS Big Sur.

  • macOS host: Installer on Big Sur is now reminding user that system has to be rebooted to load the installed KEXTs.
watchOS 7.0.3 update (bug fixes)
Released Oct. 19th, info from about watchOS 7 Updates on version 7.0.3:
"watchOS 7.0.3 contains improvements and bug fixes, including an issue where Apple Watch Series 3 may unexpectedly restart for some users."
(Apple's security updates page notes this update has no published CVE entries.)

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Other News, Reviews, Software Updates, PR, OT (later added first)
Recent 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.
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:
    October 12th to 16th, 2020 News Archive
  • Little Snitch 5 Beta 1 (for macOS Big Sur).
  • Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.22 Update (Big Sur Compatible).
  • Apple "Hi, Speed" Event Video, 5G iPhones & HomePod Mini.
  • New Apple MagSafe accessories.
  • Firefox 81.0.2 Update.
  • watchOS 7.0.2 release notes.
  • How to Back Up Your Music Library in macOS Catalina.
  • New iPad Air with advanced A14 Bionic chip available to order.
  • The Furious Wild expansion pack for Total War: Three Kingdoms.
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 16.42 (w/security updates for Excel, Word, Office Suite)
  • A Closer Look at the 2020 iPhone (and HomePod mini) Event.
  • XCOM 2 Collection coming to iOS November 5th.
  • Chrome 86.0.4240.80 Stable Channel Update for Mac.
  • Chrome for iOS version 86.0.4240.93.
  • Firmware Update for 2020 LG CX/GX/WX OLED TVs.
  • Firmware Update for 2020 LG BX OLED TV & LCD TVs.
  • Firmware Update for 2020 LG ZX OLED TV & NANO LCD TVs.
  • Security Updates for Adobe Flash Player.
  • Microsoft October 2020 Patch Tuesday (details).s
  • Atari Seeks New Cachet With Crypto and a Return to Hardware.
  • 2TB WD_Black AN1500 AIC SSD Review
  • OWC Travels to Space & Back with Blue Origin New Shepard Mission.
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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