CRN rounds up the top tech stories that might have passed you by last week.
1. Fax a lot, NHS
The BBC reported that thousands of fax machines are still in use by NHS hospitals around the UK. The Royal College of Surgeons conducted a poll which revealed that nearly 9,000 fax machines are in use across England, with Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust using 603 of the outdated machines. Four in 10 trusts reported that more than 100 fax machines are still in use. The NHS is also seemingly still reliant on pagers, with 130,000 still in use. Perhaps a good present for the NHS' 70th birthday would be some contemporary tech?
2. Elon Musk, the whistleblower and the unnecessary submarine
Tesla CEO Musk delivered a mini submarine to aid the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand, which was apparently deemed impractical by the head of the rescue team.
Also this week, TechCrunch reported that Martin Tripp - an ex-employee of Tesla who was fired and then sued by the company - has tipped off the US Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that the electric vehicle manufacturer misled investors and put customers at risk. Tripp claimed that Tesla regularly used scrap and waste material in vehicles and lowered vehicle specifications. Perhaps Musk might need that submarine himself after the week he has had.
3. Lenovo pays out to settle US adware lawsuit
The PC vendor agreed to pay $7.3m (£5.5m) to settle a lawsuit in the US that alleged its laptops included pre-installed adware that made some models vulnerable to hacking and decreased performance. The deal comes three years after initial proceedings were issued against Lenovo and the now-defunct adware maker Superfish.
4. Road signs get smarter with mobile phone use
A scheme to detect mobile phones being used in passing vehicles is being piloted for the first time in the UK, reports the BBC. The system detects radio waves emitting from a handset and measures the signal strength and length of activation in a vehicle. It then activates a roadside warning sign of a mobile phone with a line through it. Bluetooth and hands-free activation will not trigger the warning. The system is currently being piloted in Norfolk.
5. Twitter takes a tumble
Twitter shares fell eight per cent earlier this week, after The Washington Post reported that the social media firm had deleted over 70 million accounts in May and June, and continues to delete one million accounts a day in July. The American newspaper claimed it received the data from an unnamed source with access to one of Twitter's 'Firehose' accounts, which organisations use to track tweets and social media metrics.
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