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A screenshot of the browser-based version of Photoshop. Image: Adobe

Adobe is announcing a bunch of shifts at its Adobe Max conference, but perhaps the biggest is that it is bringing Photoshop and other creative apps to the web browser.

Why it matters: Adobe has already shifted to a subscription business model and brought many of its apps to the iPad. The latest move will allow for better Chrome OS support as well as better collaboration.

Details: Photoshop for the Web is now in public beta, while a version of Illustrator for the Web is entering private beta.

  • The Web versions allow documents to be viewed in all their detail, but not all of the editing tools found in the desktop version are available. The approach is similar to the way Adobe brought Photoshop and Illustrator to iPad.
  • Beyond bringing individual applications to the Web, Adobe is also announcing a new Web-based collaboration tool coming next year that will let teams share and work together on various documents, rather than simply sharing a static image over something like Zoom, as many teams do today.

Meanwhile: Adobe is also using the annual conference to show how its content authentication technology can be used to assure the provenance of NFTs. Apps like Photoshop will be able to attach credentials to verify their creation before an owner puts it on a marketplace, such as OpenSea.

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Nov 30, 2021 - Economy & Business

Retail's IOU boom

Black Friday shoppers in Skokie, Ill. Photo: Joel Lerner/Xinhua via Getty Images

Here's a staggering stat: Americans' use of "buy now, pay later" options increased 438% between November 2019 and November 2021, according to an Adobe analysis reported by Retail Dive.

Why it matters: This is one of the biggest new trends in shopping right now. People are getting more and more comfortable with apps like Afterpay, Klarna and Affirm that facilitate "buy now, pay later," and let customers spread out the cost of purchases over a long period of time without a credit card.

Updated 29 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.

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