Technology

Jan 24 '17 12:55

Philips is at loggerheads with American authorities over the production of defibrillators - FDA inspections revealed a number of shortcomings, according to ANP. The company is in talks with the U.S. department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FDA, on the matter. The company's value dropped by 4 percent after this was revealed on Tuesday morning. 

Snapchat
Jan 24 '17 12:20

Snapchat recently announced that it putting stricter measures in place against misleading or incorrect news articles on Snapchat Discover, the app's news section. This is good news for the nearly 1.9 million Dutch who have Snapchat - one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the Nethrlands - installed on their phones.

The platform grew from around 500 thousand daily users in 2015 to 960 thousand last year, according to iPhoned.nl. Only Instagram is doing better, with its daily users increasing from 992 thousand to 1.5 million in the same period.

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 24 '17 11:45

Groningen man Tobias Stamhuis, now known as the "sweetest Moroccan in the Netherlands", is overwhelmed by the stream of positive responses to a on the street over the weekend. "I am really flabbergasted", he said to RTL Nieuws.

Jan 24 '17 10:20

The challenge of keeping the Netherlands digitally safe is increasingly growing, according to Onno Eichelsheim, director of Dutch military intelligence service MIVD. The MIVD is therefore urgently looking for the next generation of cyber specialists to keep hackers out, he said to newspaper Trouw on Tuesday.

According to Eichelsheim, the specialists he is looking for is hard to come by, as they first need more training. "In order to understand new threats, I for example need people who can build algorithms to filter large amounts of internet data", he said to the newspaper.

Jan 23 '17 16:35

Three quarters of people in the Netherlands are against texting and using a smartphone while cycling, according to a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Telegraaf reports.

The survey was done among a representative group of 554 people over the age of 18 years. 70 percent of respondents described using a smartphone while cycling as an "urgent problem". Of the respondents over the age of 55 years, a massive 90 percent saw it that way. While among young people, only half see it as an urgent problem.

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 23 '17 14:15

Dutch-Moroccan man Tobias Stamhuis has gone viral with a video he and a friend made on a phone they picked up on Saturday night. Before turning the phone into a police officer, the two men left a friendly video message to its owner.

Jan 20 '17 18:00

The Netherlands' largest solar farm officially opened on Thursday. The farm in Delfzijl consists of some 123 thousand solar panels and can produce 30 megawatts of power. It is expected to power some 10,000 homes, NU.nl reports.

The solar park is called Sunport Delfzijl is about as large as 65 football fields. It took German group Wirsol about a year to build. 

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Jan 19 '17 11:00

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs decided to obligate government websites to use secure HTTPS connections after all, he said in Parliament on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

Massive power outage in Amsterdam, photo shows one block with electricity while the rest of the city is dark, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 15:40

A massive homes in and around Amsterdam this morning and left train traffic across the country in chaos, was the result of a "component failure" in a TenneT power station on Hemweg in the Dutch capital, Dutch utility Liander said on its website. If you were without electricity for four or more hours, Liander will contact you regarding compensation.

Cyber security
Jan 17 '17 13:35

Last year '123456' was again the world's most common password, according to figures from password manager Keeper. According to the researchers, such a password can be hacked in seconds and using it is reckless and lazy, AD reports.

The researchers checked 10 million passwords for this study. Nearly 17 percent were '123456'. It has long been at the top of the list, after dethroning 'password' several years back. More than half of the world's population use the top 25 most used passwords.

Jan 17 '17 13:00

Nuon will soon be charging an hourly rate for charging your car at one of the 1,240 charging points the company will be installing in Brabant and Limburg over the next two years. The company hopes that this will help solve the problem of overcrowded charging points, the Volkskrant reports.

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:51

A very busy morning rush hour is expected due to a combination of slick, icy roads and a continuing power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds. Utilities company Liander expects to have power restored completely around 8:00 a.m. 

Due to the power outage, the matrix boards around the Dutch capital are not working. "We can't put any information above the road", a spokesperson for the Dutch public works Rijkswaterstaat said to RTL. Street lights are also not working. Motorists should extra travel time into account

Massive power outage in Amsterdam, photo shows one block with electricity while the rest of the city is dark, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:08

An early morning power outage in parts of Noord-Holland left hundreds of thousands without electricity and failures on the Dutch rail system on Tuesday. The problem started before 4:45 a.m. causing the lights to go dark in 364,000 households across Amsterdam, Zaandam, Oostzaan and Landsmeer, Dutch utility Liander confirmed on Twitter.

The cause of the outage was not revealed. Workers successfully restored power to 164,000 households by 6:30 a.m. An hour later there were about 88,000 customers without electricity, Liander said.

Jan 16 '17 14:43

Government sites DigiD and MijnOverheid.nl are currently unavailable due to a technical fault. The sites went offline just before noon, NU.nl reports.

If you try logging into DigiD you are met with a message saying that DigiD is currently unavailable due to a fault. The same message can be seen on DigiD's Twitter feed. Logging into MijnOverheid.nl is also impossible, and there are problems with logging into the sites of the Tax Authorities, DUO and benefits agency UWV.

Complaint site Allestoringen.nl received hundreds of complaints, according to NOS. 

Jan 16 '17 13:55

The safe detonation of some 30 WWII era bombs will start in a field in Rijsenhout, near Schiphol airport, on Monday. Many explosives are found in the Rijsenhout area as the Germans constructed a mock airfield there during the Second World War to divert attention from Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

A total of 30 bombs were recently found in the area. Four have already been detonated. In the coming weeks explosive experts will set off two more bombs per day. If all goes to plan, the last bomb will be dismantled on January 25th.

Jan 13 '17 15:55

Ransomware - a form of malware that takes your personal files and data "hostage" and only releases them once you've paid a sum of money - is getting more and more sophisticated, security expert Martin van Dantzig of Fox-IT warned in the Volkskrant. This last period has seen particularly rapid professionalization, he said.

Jan 13 '17 13:00

Social media companies like Twitter, Yahoo and Apple are increasingly denying requests for information from the Dutch Public Prosecutor, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own an analysis of the various technology companies' transparency reports.

Yahoo and Twitter did not agree to a single request last year. Apple is also agreeing to fewer and fewer requests for information. Facebook on the other hand, is quite generous in providing information. 

Jan 13 '17 10:20

Out of fear of being eavesdropped on, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher did not dare to call Prime Minister Mark Rutte from his cellphone after flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014, Asscher said on television program Jinek. 

The Deputy Prime Minister was on holiday in France at the time. Instead of calling the Prime Minister from his mobile phone, he knocked on the door of a neighbor and asked if he could use her landline. "I had to talk to the Prime Minster in The Hague. That you don't do with your mobile. These discussioins might be of interest to Russians or others."

Jan 13 '17 10:01

With the parliamentary elections coming up in March, and warnings from American security experts that the , Dutch parliament is focused on fixing cyber defense issues and increasing cyber security.

Jan 12 '17 13:55

RTL Nieuws managed to break into the social media accounts of various politicians by using previously leaked passwords. With some of them, including the Twitter account of SGP leader Kees van der Staaij, the journalists left a message to show that they were there.

"This account has been leaked and is therefore vulnerable to hackers. Signed Daniel Verlaan and Siebe Sietsma of RTL Nieuws", a tweet read on Van der Staaij's account. The tweet has since been removed. They also broke into CDA Pieter Omtzigt's LinedIn account and various other unnamed politicians' Facebook accounts. 

Friesland, Drenthe, Groningen's campaign to bring a Tesla factory to the northern Netherlands
Jan 11 '17 12:05

Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen launched a global campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands. "Hi Tesla. We are Top Dutch", the

Jan 11 '17 10:28

The police arrested seven men in December for extorting people with sex ads on WhatsApp, the police announced on Tuesday. THe suspects posted sex ads, to which their victims responded on the messaging app. But instead of making an appointment with a sex worker, the victims were informed that their families will be told about their activities if they did not pay an amount of money.

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