CRN's weekly round-up of the more unusual tech stories from last week.
1. Azure assures life-saving equipment easy to find
Microsoft has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to map the location of every defibrillator unit in the UK, TechRadar reported. The scheme will see defibrillator owners register their devices online, with the Azure platform storing the location of each one. The database is available to ambulance services and 999 call handlers during emergencies. The BHF estimates that 30,000 heart attacks occur outside hospital grounds in the UK every year.
2. Quarter of British smartphone users don't use security
The Office for National Statistics reported that 26 per cent of surveyed smartphone users have no security installed on their device, while 24 per cent are unaware whether or not they are protected. The survey also highlighted that 30 per cent of employed adults believe themselves not to have the required computer skills for their job.
3. Salesforce adds new CEO, keeps old one
TechCrunch reported that Salesforce has promoted Keith Block to co-CEO, from his former position of COO. He will join founder Marc Benioff in a new two-CEO model at the company and be responsible for leading global sales, alliances and channels, industry strategy, customer success and consulting services. Benioff will head products, technology and culture.
4. PGA organisers putt in place by hackers
American golfing organisation the PGA fell victim to ransomware on the eve of the PGA Championship, the BBC reported. The organisation's servers were hacked, with files containing marketing materials for the US competition and this year's Ryder Cup being locked until payment was made. The attack would not affect the PGA Championship, a spokesperson for the organisation said.
5. Who let the footage out?
The Irish Independent reported that the BBC has asked Microsoft for help in tracking down the person responsible for leaking footage from the new series of Doctor Who, which will star Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. The BBC has filed legal documents in a US court stating that the leaked files were stored and shared on Microsoft's OneDrive hosting service.
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