October 10, 2016 Last Updated 7:01 am

Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production; NBC halts Billy Bush

Morning Brief: iOS 10 related app updates continue to flood the App Store, including update for the NYT’s iPhone and iPad apps, Mag+ Designd Reviewer and many others

Near the end of one of the ugliest political debates ever televised by the US networks, came a tweet letting us know that Samsung had halted production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone – the device famous for exploding due to a battery defect. Its faults were so well known that airlines had stated warning passengers to power down their Galaxy Note 7 devices once on the plane, and not to power them back up until they had landed.

The decision to halt production comes as there are reports that the replacement devices Samsung was sending to customers also had battery problems. A Southwest Airlines flight last week was evacuated after a Note 7 began to smoke inside the plane, and the device was later discovered to have been a replacement device provided by Samsung.

For the past couple of years Samsung has been Apple’s most important competitor, building flagship Android devices. But the problem with the Galaxy Note 7 may have been the key factor in Google’s decision to get more serious about hardware – more likely they had already decided to go in this direction, but Samsung’s problems will only confirm that decision. Whatever the case, the smartphone landscape is about to change once again, very much like it did when Nokia and BlackBerry began to falter.

The Republicans may believe it is far too late to replace Donald Trump at the head of their ticket, but NBC has decided that it is not too late to do something about Billy Bush, a host on the Today show. Yesterday, the network announced that they would suspend Bush for his role in the 2005 tape where he is shown palling around with Donald Trump while working on the Access Hollywood show.

“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Bush said last week in a statement. “It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.”

The Today show has an audience around total audience by 334,000, far behind its rival on ABC Good Morning America, which has an average of 653,000 viewers. So, it may be that the released tape is a convenient excuse to make a change – or, it could be that NBC will take Bush off the air at least until after the election.

A number of digital publishing platforms have updated apps in the past week, as well as a number of publications, due to the release of iOS 10.

Wave-cover-1Aquafadas: Aquafadas Wave, the platform’s own content app, has been updated to add a category Menu.

Amazon: The giant online retail has updated its iOS Kindle app for bug fixes.

Mag+: The Mag+ Designd Reviewer app, used to preview new digital publications, has been updated for ‘improvements to panorama views.” Mag+ Designd is the new name for the company’s original digital publishing platform, renamed to differentiate it from the new Mag+ Semble mobile app solution introduced late last year.

The New York Times: The daily newspaper has updated both its iPhone app, NYTimes, and its iPad app, NYTimes for iPad, for general improvements and bug fixes.

New York Magazine: The magazine New York gets its first iOS 10 related app update.

Prometheus Global Media: The publisher has updated its replica edition app for AdWeek for performance improvements.

mh-cover-300TeamRock: Metal Hammer Magazine gets its first iOS 10 related update.

Red Wings / YinzCam: Believe it or not, the hockey season starts this week. This update for Detroit Red Wings Mobile was actually released in late September but it came through for me just recently. It gets the app ready for the 2016-17 season.

Adobe: Lots of updates to the software company’s mobile apps for bug fixes and feature adds, including Adobe Photoshop Express, Adobe Photoshop Fix, and Adobe Spark Page.

Twitter: The social media company may still be searching for a savior, but in the meantime it has been updating its app. One of those, Fabric, is for app analytics and alerts. This is the app’s first iOS 10 related update.

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