Is Gmail or Facebook Down? Check Status with Downdetector

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Almost every week, one of my friends or colleagues asks on Twitter or Facebook whether Gmail or Facebook is down. Or if anyone is having connection issues with a specific Internet Service Provider (ISP).

I’ve been in that situation and I’m sure you have, too.

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Affinity Ends 90-Day Free Trial and 50% Product Discount June 30, 2021

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In spring 2020, I was impressed when I learned Affinity was offering a 90-day free trial and 50 percent discounts off products to support people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their products—alternatives to expensive licensing of Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign—offer a significant savings to designers, students, artists, and anyone who needs to manage and edit creative works.

I’ve been a fan of Affinity for years, and last week recommended their products to a former higher ed colleague looking for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign alternatives.

Originally, Affinity’s generous offer was available through June 20, 2020, but was extended in January 2021.

With no end date for the discount.

As with all good discounts, they come to an end.

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