Feeling nostalgic? This week we take a look at the uproar created by a seemingly innocent 90's computer icon. In the travel world, Qantas is now hiring 10 year-olds, United Airlines amps up inclusive policies and Japan is wooing Chinese tourists.
1. RIP CLIPPY
Microsoft was feeling nostalgic this week when it resurrected Clippy, its infamous animated office assistant. Not everyone was happy with the decision, and after user backlash, Clippy was sacked once again. But it seems you can't please the internet, and a petition has been pushing for Clippy's re-re-instatement.
According to a source from Microsoft, Clippy had fallen on hard times and has been trying to get his job back since 2001.
Scribbling in school textbooks seems innocent enough, however it's landed three Burundi schoolgirls in hot water. After adding artistic flair to photographs of President Nkurunziza, the girls were arrested and charged with insulting a head of state. Twitter users have come to their defence, with thousands sharing their own versions. Following the viral #freeourgirls campaign, the three detained girls have now been freed
3. FUTURE CEOS
In the good news story that keeps on giving, aspiring airline CEO Alex Jacquot finally met with Qantas' Alan Joyce. In the much anticipated meeting, the ten-year-old secured a partnership agreement between his airline concept Oceania Express and the Australian airline. Jacquot signed on the dotted line, agreeing to work for Qantas once he finishes school, and helped Joyce launch a new program for budding airline executives.
In a bid to lure Chinese tourists to its islands, Japan is introducing more QR digital payments, China’s preferred mobile payment method. With Chinese tourists making up our largest inbound visitor group, should Australia adopt more appealing tech? Bill Shorten has experimented with popular platform WeChat, using live group chat to appeal to Australian-Chinese voters.
Passengers will have more autonomy when booking flights with United Airlines, as the airline became the first to introduce a non-binary identification for travellers. Users now have the choice to identify as 'U' for undisclosed or 'X' for unspecified, as well as the option to use the title 'Mx.', pronounced 'mix'.