February 16, 2015 Last Updated 8:33 am

Presidents Day holiday in the States will limit number of app updates and new releases

Autopsy shows David Carr, the NYT’s media critic and Media Equation columnist, was suffering from lung cancer when he collapsed and died at 58

Today is Presidents Day in the U.S., the holiday that celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, but which only rarely actually falls on either man’s birthday. Because of the day, it is unlikely that there will be many (or any) new apps or updates released today by the major platform owners.

AdobeColor-iPhone5-W-lgLate last week Adobe released updated for its new mobile apps: Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Brush, in the case of two of the apps to allow for the saving of themes and other assets into a Creative Cloud Library, as well as to fix bugs.

Earlier last week Adobe also issued an update for InDesign, adding in support for Creative Cloud Libraries. The feature allows the Creative Cloud member to manage, share and access assets with Photoshop CC 2014, Illustrator CC 2014 and Adobe’s supported mobile apps Adobe Shape CC and Adobe Brush CC.

Amazon issued an update for its mobile music app which is now called Amazon Music with Prime Music. The bug fixes are specific to those getting an “Exception 47” error message. The update also is designed to fix issues those using the app inside their BMWs are experiencing: the inability to search or stream music, according to user forums.

Egyptian F-16 jets struck ISIS in Libya today following the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in that country yesterday. “Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,” it said in a statement.

The attacks in Libya come only a week after Jordan attack ISIS forces in Syria following the death of one of their pilots.

Meanwhile, Denmark is still reeling following two shooting incidents inspired by the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris last month. A film director and a Jewish man were killed and five police wounded in separate attacks, with the gunman later killed by police. Two men were later arrested on charges that they provided the gun in the attacks, and later help dispose of the weapon.

Omar El-Hussein, the Danish national named as the attacker, and was known to police following convictions for violent offences and weapons charges.

After the attacks, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on a mass migration of Jews from Europe, angering many, including Copenhagen’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior: “People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism. But not because of terrorism,” Melchior said. “If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.”

An autopsy showed that David Carr, the NYT’s media critic and Media Equation columnist, died of natural causes, suffering from lung cancer. Carr, 58, collapsed on Thursday night in the offices of the NYT following an event.

Carr-200“In a world of all these multiple platforms, you still have interest in journalists who have become brands unto themselves,” Stephen Reese, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin told USA Today.

“It reminds us that we are part of a large fragile ecosystem that’s being threatened on all fronts — digital, corporate and forces of mass communications. Journalism is the core of a broader field of mass communication. We’re all under the threat of being subsumed by entertainment,” Reese said.

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