Apple Park boost, classics Bomb Defense and Shadow Warrior, Techtool Pro, Apple News

TechTool Pro is currently on special at the Mac Observer

Apple Park boosting local economy with property boom, influx of shoppers — The construction of Apple’s new headquarters is helping improve the fortunes of those living close to the Cupertino campus, including increases in development projects, attempts by businesses to anticipate the influx of Apple employees to the area, and increased real estate prices as some of the benefits stemming from Apple Park’s creation.

Mac compatible Bomb Defense explodes onto Steam — Bomb Defense has been released as one of the first games through the new Steam Direct program that replaced Steam Greenlight. The game is now available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems for US$3.99 until July 12. After this date, it will be US$4.99.

Classic FPS Shadow Warrior available for free at GOG — Shadow Warrior, the classic 1997 3D Realms first-person shooter, is available for free from GOG. The game runs on both Windows and macOS, and includes both expansion packs, Twin Dragon and Wanton Destruction, as well as the game’s soundtrack. You can also pick up the remastered Redux version of the game from Steam for just US99¢ as part of the 2017 Summer Sale. So if you’re itching for some classic FPS gaming, act fast!

TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac for US$39.99 — Keeping your Mac in tip-top shape is easier with utilities like TechTool Pro 9.5, so we’re really glad that’s today’s TMO deal. TTP checks for RAM, processor, video, and motherboard problems, finds and repairs directory issues and corrupt hard drives, undeletes files, duplicates your drives, and more. TechTool Pro 9.5 is regularly priced at US$99.99, but is 60% off making it US$39.99 with today’s TMO deal. [I use this, and I have relied on it for years.]

Apple News may soon let publishers use their own tech in filling ad space — Apple is working on a solution for publishers that send their articles and content to its News app but so far have gotten very little in return, according to AdAge, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.” [I posted Tuesday Talks to this for a while but it seemed like it wasn’t going anywhere or getting any reaction, so gee up. Does anyone use it at all in New Zealand?]