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#1550: 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro battery replacement, Big Sur free space snag, macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur update, Insta360 ONE X2 Steady Cam, more from CES 2021

Having charging problems with a 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro? Apple has instituted a repair program to replace those Macs’ batteries for free when they won’t charge past 1%. macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur and macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update address the bug that causes the charging problem and patch a vulnerability in the sudo command. If you’re thinking about upgrading to Big Sur, make sure you have enough free space or you could end up in a difficult-to-fix boot loop. We wrap up the issue with a slew of fun gadgets: Adam Engst offers a first look—complete with a video of him snowshoeing—at the Insta360 ONE X2 steady cam, and Jeff Porten shares more neat gizmos from CES. Notable Mac app releases this week include macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update and Security Update 2021-002 (Mojave), ChronoSync 4.9.13 and ChronoAgent 1.9.9, Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC 21.001.20135, and Default Folder X 5.5.6.

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First Look: Insta360 ONE X2 Steady Cam

Wouldn’t it be nice to make videos with a camera that records both you and everything around you and allows you to edit all the footage together after the fact? That’s what the Insta360 ONE X2 steady cam enables, thanks to 360º filming and a powerful editing app.

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Default Folder X 5.5.6

Works around a Big Sur bug to ensure the width of the sidebar in file dialogs is now saved and restored. ($34.95 new, free update, 15.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)

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