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Nvidia Graphics Driver Updates for macOS 10.13.6 and 10.12.6 (w/Security Update 2019-005)
See details and downloads of Sept. 27th, 2019 released graphics driver 387. for macOS 10.13.6, and driver 378.05.05.25f19 for 10.12.6 builds after installing Security Update 2019-005.
Security Updates for macOS 10.14.6, 10.13.6 and 10.12.6 (Sept. 26th)
- See Details and Downloads of macOS Mojave Supplemental Update 2 and Security Update 2019-005 for macOS 10.13.6 and macOS 10.12.6.
iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 Updates (Bug and Security fixes)
(On Sept. 30th, apple posted yet another update (13.1.2) to both of these.)
See release notes for iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 and shared article on security fixes.
Chrome Update caused Boot Problem on Some Macs
(Affected users unable to boot after the update due to corrupted /var directory)
  • Chrome Update Impacts Some macOS Systems (google)
    (info from above google article follows. Also see other tips in article below.)

    "We recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on macOS machines with System Integrity Protection (SIP) disabled, including machines that do not support SIP. We've paused the release while we finalize a new update that addresses the problem.

    If you have not taken steps to disable System Integrity Protection (info here) and your computer is on OS X 10.11 or later, this issue cannot affect you.

    To recover a machine that has been affected by this bug, please boot into recovery mode, and then from the Utilities menu open the Terminal application.

    In the Terminal application, you can run the following commands:

    chroot /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD   # "Macintosh HD" is the default
    rm -rf /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle
    mv var var_back  # var may not exist, but this is fine
    ln -sh private/var var
    chflags -h restricted /var
    chflags -h hidden /var
    xattr -sw "" /var
    Then reboot. This will remove the affected version of Google Software Update, then restore the damaged portion of the file system."

  • Google Chrome Keystone is modifying /var symlink on non SIP Macs causing Boot Issues (Item 7 down the page has info on terminal fixes for macOS 10.11-10.14 SIP Supported Systems and OS X 10.9-10.10 NON SIP Systems.)

  • Mysterious Mac Pro Shutdowns Likely Caused by Chrome Update (variety)
  • Mysterious Data Corruption Issue Knocks Out Mac Pro Workstations Across Hollywood (variety)

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iOS 12.4.2 and watchOS 5.3.2 Security Updates
- See release notes and security fixes.
Safari 13.0.1, iOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1, tvOS 13, Apple TV (3rd Gen) 7.4 Updates
Apple/Products related News, Tips, Software Updates, Op-Ed, PR

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Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later revised first) Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.

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List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software and driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)
Previous News Archive Summary:
    September 16th to 20th, 2019 News Archive
  • Xcode 11.0 (new features, bug fixes, several security fixes)
  • Safari 13 (includes security fixes)
  • iOS 13 and watchOS 6 release notes/security fixes
  • Safari Technology Preview 92 (available for Mojave/Catalina)
  • Microsoft Office for Mac version 16.29.1
  • Firefox and Chrome Browser Updates
  • Apple posts Apple Arcade game developer stories
  • TCL Shows 132-Inch Micro LED 4K UHDTV: 24,000,000 Micro LEDs
  • VMware Security Updates for Workstation, Fusion, VMRC, Horizon Client
  • VMware ESXi and vCenter Server Security updates
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates
    - About iOS performance on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    - If you can't download or update apps oniPhone or other Apple device
    - How to Turn on Sync Library with Apple Music
    - About iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max battery and performance
    - What's New in Reminders for iOS and iPadOS
    - What's New in Notes for iOS and iPadOS
    - About iPhone Battery and Performance
    - Apple Watch Battery and Performance
    - How to Update your Apple Watch
    - Noise notifications on your Apple Watch
    - Track your trends in the Activity app
    - Use the Health app on your iPhone or iPod touch
    - Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone
    - Manage Health data on your iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch
    - View health records on your iPhone or iPod touch
    - Use Bedtime to track your sleep on your iPhone
    - How to view, change, or cancel your subscriptions
    - If you can't send email on your Mac
    - If Mail on your Mac keeps asking for your password

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