Technology

PAL-V flying car
Apr 19 '17 12:45

The first commercial flying car in the world, by company PAL-V in Raamsdonksveer, will be sold for one day only in the Eindhoven branch of Media Markt on Wednesday, April 26th, the electronics chain announced on Tuesday, Omroep Brabant reports.

The Verily Study Watch from a Google sister firm
Apr 17 '17 15:00

Google parent company Alphabet turned heads last week with the announcement of a sleek new smartwatch from its life sciences subsidiary Verily. Though not planned for the consumer market, the Verily Study Watch will be part of a joint research project between the firm and Radboud University in Nijmegen to examine the effect of multiple factors on the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Dutch F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by Lockheed Martin
Apr 13 '17 17:00

The Netherlands will provide the first space outside the United States to test engines for the Joint Strike Fighter jet programme, the Dutch Defense ministry announced on Thursday. A test facility will be built in Woensdrecht, Noord-Brabant with equipment, spare parts and training provided by engine manufactuer Pratt & Whitney.

The ministry, Noord-Brabant as well as the Economic Affairs ministry will invest in a maintenance workshop and testing ground. It is expected to provide work for specialists through 2049, the Defense ministry stated.

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Apr 13 '17 14:45

A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, is in favor of a legislative amendment that would extend confidentiality to also apply to parliamentarians' digital communications, such as WhatsApp messages and emails. The government submitted the proposed amendment in 2014, and the Tweede Kamer debated it on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 12 '17 16:00

A Tesla Model S in autopilot mode rear-ended a truck on the A1 highway in Bathmen, Overijssel on Tuesday, the owner of the car Blom Opleidingen confirmed to RTV Oost. According to the driver, the accident had nothing to do with the fact that the car was in autopilot. No one was injured, NU.nl reports.

Police
Apr 6 '17 14:55

The replacement of the National Police's digital archive system cost the government millions of euros more than expected, newspaper AD reports based on its own research. The system, called Documentum, was installed in 2013 and is still not working properly.

The police completely underestimated the cost and effort involved in installing and implementing the new system, according to the newspaper. In 2014 a police official already stated that the "software is more complex than previously estimated". The police's IT personnel do not understand how the digitial archive works.

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Apr 6 '17 07:38

The city of Rotterdam's data protection and information security is so poorly organized that Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb may be in danger, the Rotterdam Court of Auditors concludes in a report that the Volkskrant managed to get hold of. The report states that the mayor is at "real risk of physical danger", the newspaper reports.

For example, attackers could relatively easily get access to Aboutaleb's secret agenda or email to get information on where to attack.

Uber
Apr 5 '17 14:00

After years of only servicing the Randstad area in the Netherlands, today. But not everyone is happy about this, regular taxi drivers in particular are upset. "Let them fuck off quickly", one taxi driver, Karin, said to Omroep Brabant. 

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Apr 3 '17 08:59

The Dutch National Charity Lotteries issued an apology because a data leak resulted in details of 450 thousand players being accessible to hackers. About 900 players' bank account numbers were also visible. This involves participants of the Nationale Postcode Loterij, VriendenLoterij and the Bank Giro Loterij, NU.nl reports.

Rotterdam
Mar 31 '17 08:24

The Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam opened in time for Friday morning rush hour after being closed for hours. On Thursday evening the boom gates broke and could not open, AD reports.

The closure of the bridge caused many traffic problems in Rotterdam on Thursday. Cars and trams were stuck at the bridge for a long time. Pedestrians and cyclists eventually decided to pass under the bridge, as going over it was impossible. 

The Red Shift solar powered car by Solar Team Twente
Mar 29 '17 15:35

TU Twente students Solar Team Twente unveiled their new solar car The Red Shift, with which they hope to win the biennial World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. They believe that some improvements to their new, sleeker design will push them over the edge to first place, NOS reports.

Two years ago the students from Enschede came in second place, just barely losing against a team from Delft. 

Mar 28 '17 13:50

Ransomware was found on the computer systems of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, a spokesperson for the Kamer confirmed to various news sources after D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven posted about it on Twitter. Exactly what happened is unclear, but according to Tweakers, the problems are largely solved.

"The Kamer already took appropriate measures. As usual, we can not discuss it further because of safety", the Kamer spokesperson said to NOS.

Ballot box in Netherlands for 2017 parliamentary election
Mar 27 '17 15:55

The vast majority of Dutch municipalities want to go back to using voting machines in the next election, according to a survey by NOS among 235 municipalities. A massive 90 percent of them want the use of voting machines to be reintroduced as soon as possible, if that can be done safely.

Tenerife memorial in Westgaarde
Mar 27 '17 12:05

At 5:00 p.m. this afternoon it will be exactly 40 years since the worst airplane disaster to date happened on the Spanish island of Tenerife. On 27 March 1977 a KLM Boeing 747 collided on the runway at full speed with a PanAm Boeing. 583 people were killed in the crash, including everyone on the KLM flight, NOS reports. 

Twitter
Mar 24 '17 11:55

Statistics Netherlands teamed up with the Center for Big Data Statistics for a study into how posts on Twitter can be used to measure the mood in society. This research resulted in the first social tension barometer, which can measure quite specifically the tension or unrest in society, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.

Mar 22 '17 16:45

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam launched its own Facebook Messenger chatbot. Users can ask the bot for information about the museum, such as opening times and where to buy tickets, or about Anne Frank herself and her history. According to Facebook, the Anne Frank House is one of the first museums to offer an interactive chatbot on Messenger, NU.nl reports.

The chatbot was launched during a Facebook event at the museum. It is already

Computer simulation of a circular runway
Mar 20 '17 15:30

Dutch scientist Henk Hesselink believes that airports with circular runways are the future of aviation. His years long research shows that circular runways have many benefits, including that they are less noisy and more environmental friendly, he explained to NOS.

Children and computers
Mar 20 '17 13:10

Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS. A quarter of these pre-teens regularly see images and footage of real sex. Rutgers director Ton Coenen calls for schools and parents to pay more attention to sexual education.

Drone Clash
Mar 20 '17 12:35

TU Delft is hosting the world's first "Drone Clash" competition in December. The competition involves competitors trying to knock each others' drones out of the air and is intended to stimulate the development of anti-drone technology, the university announced on its website.

Wifi
Mar 17 '17 17:45

TU Eindhoven researchers believe they have the solution for current slow WiFi problems - wireless internet through infrared. According to the researchers, such a system will never become overloaded and is up to 100 times faster than a proper WiFi connection, NOS reports. 

Laura Ponticorvo
Mar 17 '17 17:10

Hackers managed to get hold of and leak personal pictures of Dutch vlogger Laura Ponticorvo performing sexual acts. Earlier this week photos of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried also leaked, in what is already being called "The Fappening 2.0", NU.nl reports.

Ponticorvo's managers told RTL Nieuws that the vlogger will be pressing charges and that no further comments will be made about the hack and distribution of the images. According to the broadcaster, dozens of photos and videos of Ponticorvo during intimate moments leaked. 

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Mar 17 '17 08:04

The Netherlands saw a massive increase in child pornography reports last year. A total of 100,478 photos, videos or websites were reported to the Child Pornography Hotline, an increase of nearly 60 percent compared to 2015. The hotline can't keep up and warns of an "unsustainable and irresponsible situation", hotline director Arda Gerkens said to RTL Nieuws. 

In 69 percent of the reported cases, hotline employees found illegal material. Almost all of it was on Dutch servers.

Parliamentary election in the Netherlands, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 16 '17 09:23

Despite being, online voting aids Stemwijzer and Kieskompas helped a record number of visitors make an informed decision during this election period. A total of 8 million people completed online questionnaires on the sites to find out which party best suits their needs and beliefs, the Telegraaf reports.

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Mar 15 '17 11:45

A number of popular Dutch twitter accounts, including that of Amnesty International, Caro Emerald and Donald Duck, were hacked into and hijacked. The hijackers used the accounts to spread Turkish threats and anti-Dutch propaganda, RTL Nieuws reports.

The tweets called the Netherlands and Germany Nazi countries and included a link that takes you to a YouTube video showing a compilation of speeches by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The accompanying text warns not to test Turkey's patience. 

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