Mac-using astrophysicist, security tightened, Apple Park, beyond WWDC, Touch Bar award, Folx downloader and torrent manager giveaway

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Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann on the Mac Observer — Dr Kelly Holley-Bockelmann is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. Her research specialty is black holes and gravitational waves and she uses a Mac and supercomputers to study how black holes generate ripples in the fabric of spacetime and deepen our astronomical understanding and perspective. Kelly, her students and associates are also devoted Mac users, and she tells John Martellero why.

Apple squashed 30 security holes in macOS Sierra with the release of macOS 10.12.5 — The company’s security notes indicate the update addressed a wide variety of issues in its Mac operating system, many of which are serious. Flaws would have allowed the bad guys to capture network credentials, gain root control of your Mac or read data stored in memory that is supposed to be protected.

Apple Park toured, execs reminisce about Steve Jobs’s devotion to and vision of the project — During a tour given to a Wired journalist in May called One More Thing: Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (Or Just Insane) New Mothership, Apple’s Design head Jony Ive and the architects responsible for the project spoke about the philosophy of Apple Park’s design, Steve Jobs’ influence on the project down to minute details, and the massive engineering effort needed to complete the project.

Apple goes ‘Beyond WWDC’ with Third Party Events — Apple has posted some of the third party events (which it has not done before) that take place during its own World Wide Developer Conference. The Apple Developer Connection has a new Beyond WWDC list that includes events like AltConf 2017, The Talk Show with John Gruber Live, CocoaConf Next Door, Layers, the App Camp for Girls benefit with James Dempsey and the Breakpoints. and Jim Dalrymple’s Beard Bash.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar wins a Display Industry Award — It may be controversial, but the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has won a Display Industry Award from the Society for Information Display (SID), a professional organisation focused on the display industry. The awards are granted to “display products that incorporate the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.”

Speedifier lets you control video speed in Safari — Speedifier is a Mac app that lets you control video speed in Safari for HTML5 videos. You can use the extension on any website. Speedifier was developed by Arno Appenzeller, a part-time Mac and iOS indie developer from Germany.

Folx 5 PRO download and torrent manager for Mac (10 copies to win) — If you do you do a lot of downloading of files or get content from torrents, you probably know how crazy things can get, just about everything shows up in your Downloads folder, whether it is video, music, photo or app content, and if it’s a fast torrent, you may not have much control over your download and upload speeds. Apple World Today has Folx 5 PRO (US$19.95), a powerful download and torrent manager from Eltima Software. Check out the review, then enter to win one of ten licenses for Folx 5 PRO.