Amazon has quickly changed its main shopping-app logo, after commentators said the recent redesign made it look like Adolf Hitler. Launched in January, the icon depicts a strip of blue tape over an Amazon “smile” logo. But some observers said it resembled a toothbrush moustache, associated with the Nazi dictator. The technology giant has now changed the design to a folded blue tape, following customer feedback. Amazon told BBC News the first icon had been trialled in a few countries before the change had been made.
The achievements of tech billionaire Bill Gates are well known, whether it’s helping to build a tech giant in Microsoft or his efforts to improve global health through his foundation. Still, the challenge of climate change can seem daunting, even to him. Gates has spent the last several years examining just how tough the battle will be and admits, “this is going to be harder than any other domain that I’ve ever worked in.” Gates was the keynote speaker to kick off the CERAWeek by IHS conference, one of the world’s largest annual events focused on energy. The conference attracts leading figures from around the world in politics, business and energy, including several from Canada’s oilpatch. This year’s event is focused on the energy transition as many countries and companies try to lower their emissions and meet their climate goals.
Ontario LCBO stores will again be open widely on Mondays for the first time in a year. “As the province continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the LCBO has updated our operating hours, including opening on Mondays,” an LCBO spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to restrict capacity and hours in accordance with public health guidance across the province.”
Microsoft Corp. has teamed up with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring students a Covid-19-related “comprehensive system” called “Daily Pass.” The system requires children to be scanned into school with their own unique QR code: their “Daily Pass.” If a student doesn’t have their barcode, they cannot get into school. And per the district, students will also still be wearing masks, staying six feet apart from one another and getting temperature checks outside the school. There are nearly half a million students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. To earn their safe-for-school Daily Pass, students and staffers must answer questions online and test negative for the novel coronavirus every week. “Daily Pass generates a unique QR code for each student and staff member, and that code authorizes entry to a specific LAUSD location for that day only — as long as the individual receives a negative test result for COVID, shows no symptoms and has a temperature under 100 degrees, the district said,” NBC Los Angeles outlined.
Some colourful new Canada Post trucks will soon be zipping around cities across Canada. But on Monday afternoon, the London artist who designed the image saw one in person for the very first time. “I haven’t seen it yet, first time. It’s so much better than I thought it would be, it’s beautifully done,” said Andrew Lewis, a Canadian graphic artist. President of Canada Post, Doug Ettinger, commissioned Lewis to create a design for the wrapped trucks to show appreciation for employees’ incredible efforts. In a statement he explained, “When the global pandemic disrupted everyday life, we were there for our fellow Canadians. We put the safety of each other and our customers first. We provided an essential service and much-needed hope by doing what we do best.”