Mikey Jumps, iBooks StoryTime, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, it’s been a seismic, earth-shaking week. With that in mind, what better way to temporarily tear your eyes away from the news than with a sampling of the latest delectables to land in the App Store?

Whether you’re on the hunt for a superb bite-sized platformer, two great Apple TV apps, or a major Gmail update, here are the new apps and app updates that have been dominating our Apple devices this week.

Apple’s Irish data center is getting fast-tracked

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A mock up of Apple's proposed data center in Ireland.
A mock up of Apple's proposed data center in Ireland.
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The fate of Apple’s proposed data center in Ireland is finally on the fast-track.

After facing an 18-month delay due to an appeal from two Irish residents, Ireland’s High Court agreed to Apple’s request to speed up the legal process. Now instead of waiting until 2018, the court has to resolve the case within six months.

Watch devs read 1-star reviews of their apps

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Everybody hurts sometimes.
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App developers may be rich, charismatic, good-looking and able to code (OK, so a significant portion only fall into one of these categories), but they’re also human — and that means criticism hurts.

With that in mind, a new video mines devs’ negative user reviews for comic gold by getting indie developers to read their own negative feedback in the App Store.

Check it out below.

Hype, 1-Bit Rogue, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Want to find out which apps were gracing our iPhones, iPads and Macs this week? Check our list below.

From a search engine that will search every single thing to ever grace your Apple device to a couple of awesomely fun retro-inspired games, this is the perfect way to spend the remainder of your weekend.