April News Roundup

Headlines

We’re already approaching mid-April and the meetings, conferences, and projects are in high gear. Let’s hit a few hot topics for your digital consumption…

Canva acquires Affinity

You’re probably familiar with Canva but you may not know about Affinity, a company that offers delightful and reasonably-priced alternatives to Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop. I’m a big fan of both platforms, and an even bigger fan of their Affinity and Canva pledge that came with the news.
Read more about the acquisition.

Sunsetting Skeema

Those of you who attended my Best Things Ever class may recall mention of Skeema, a tab manager extension for Chrome. Sadly, I recently got news that they’re planning to discontinue support of the extension. Developers plan to have an export tool in the next few weeks. In the meantime, keep an eye on this spot for a future newsletter recapping tab management solutions.
Visit the Skeema site.

Online Privacy Legislation

The U.S. lags behind the European Union in digital privacy regulations. Since the E.U. passed the GDPR in 2018, U.S. protections have come only from state-level legislation.
However, a new piece of federal legislation with bi-partisan support is knocking around Congress. Entitled the “American Privacy Rights Act” (APRA), this legislation would limit data collection and retention, and provide a framework for users to opt-out. We’re a long way from done but this is a promising move towards delivering serious consumer privacy and security coverage.
Read more from Wired.

Events!

AI Café

April’s AI Café

Join us on LinkedIn April 24! We’ll be talking about Google’s approach to AI content.

Articles & Insights

I’m excited to share that I’m now writing a monthly column for Cary Magazine! You can check out Geek Peek in the online edition.