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macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update
Apple has a new build of macOS 10.15.4 (19E287) with several bug fixes. Here's the macOS 10.15.4 Supplemental Update Download page, which shows 1.02 GB at post time. (The download page's info looks like a repeat of the original 10.15.4 notes.) Here's info on fixes in the Supplemental Update:
"macOS 10.15.4 supplemental update improves the stability & security of your Mac.
  • Fixes an issue where Mac computers running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.

  • Resolves an issue where you may repeatedly receive a password prompt for an Office 365 account.

  • Fixes an issue where MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020) may hang in Setup Assistant or when disconnecting and reconnecting a 4K or 5K external display.

  • Resolves an issue where a USB-C port in your Mac may become unresponsive."
  • Apple's security updates page notes this update has no published CVE entries.
    (As usual, there's posts in Apple's Catalina forum on problems some had with this update.)

    (Added a FYI on this update to the original page on macOS 10.15.4 update, with a note the Delta & Combo downloads were revised to include the supplemental update.)


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    watchOS 6.2.1, iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1 Updates (Bug Fixes)   [= skip =]
    • watchOS 6.2.1 includes improvements and bug fixes:
      - Fixes an issue where devices running watchOS 6.2 could not participate in FaceTime audio calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.
      (On April 20th, Apple's security updates page notes 6.2.1 is also for Series 1 & 2.)

    • iOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone.
      - Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.

      - Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail.

    • iPadOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your iPad.
      - Fixes an issue where devices running iPadOS 13.4 could not participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.

      - Addresses an issue on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) where the flashlight may not turn on after tapping the Flashlight button in Control Center or on the Lock screen.

      - Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail.
    (Apple's security updates page notes these updates have no published CVE entries.)
     
    Safari Technology Preview 104 Update
    Safari Technology Preview 104 release notes lists improvements to Web Inspector, Web API, CSS, Web Animations, Intersection Observer, Media, WebRTC, WebAuthn, Safari extensions, & Bug Fixes.
    Download available for macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.
    (If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)
     
    Firefox 75.0, Firefox ESR 68.7.0, Chrome 81.0.4044.92 Updates
    April 7th Firefox 75.0 release notes lists "a number of improvements will help you search smarter, faster. Type less and find more with Firefox's revamped address bar". Plus 6 security fixes.

    Mozilla also released Firefox ESR 68.7.0 with 5 security fixes.

    Google notes Chrome 81.0.4044.92 stable channel update includes 32 security fixes.
     

    Apple/Products related News, Updates, Tips, PR (later added first)
    Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first)
      (More in previous week's updates)
    Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
     
    Other News, Tips, and Software Updates (later 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:
      March 30th to April 3rd, 2020 News Archive
    • Carbon Copy Cloner version 5.1.16 Update
    • Little Snitch 4.5 Update
    • Article on Safari 13.1 New Features/Improvements
    • Firefox 74.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.6.1 Security Updates
    • Tip for Pro Display XDR not showing Firmware Update 2.2.2
    • Updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for Mac and iOS
    • Apple Lets Some Video Apps Sell Shows Without Taking 30% Cut
    • Work From Home Essentials: Helpful Apps and Utilities (sponsor blog)
    • Apple tests its secrecy somewhere new: Employee homes (bloomberg)
    • How to Use the iTunes Remote App to Control Your Music Library on a Mac
    • Chrome 80.0.3987.163 stable channel update
    • 2018 LG B8P OLED TV Firmware Update 05.10.50
    • Pro Audio: Mixing Tips (owc blog)
    • Intel Wants Chip Customers to Feel the Need for Speed Again (bloomberg)
    • Yamaha DZR / DXS XLF Series Firmware Update V1.2.2
    • Firmware Update 04.71.25 for 2019 LG B9/C9/E9/W9 OLED TVs
    • Download page for Apple ProRes RAW for Windows 1.0 (Beta)
    • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates
      - Get help with video problems on external displays connected to your Mac.
      - How to use Apple Hardware Test on your Mac (for pre-2013 Macs, now archived).
      - How to reset the SMC of your Mac.
      - Play games with Apple Arcade.
      - Mac Startup key combinations.
      - How to use target disk mode to move files to another computer.
      - How to use an external graphics processor with your Mac.
      - Use Continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

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