Technology

Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel underneath Maastricht
Dec 15 '16 14:30

The Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel under Maastricht is opening to traffic tonight. The intention is that this 2.4 kilometer long tunnel will put an end to an era of long traffic jams on the A2 highway in the city, NOS reports. 

According to Rijkswaterstaat, the tunnel will take about 80 percent of the traffic currently traveling along Maastricht, and will therefore make a significant improvement to the rush hour situation on the A2. 

Derailed Arriva train crane accident
Dec 13 '16 15:10

Railroad crossings need to become safer, the Dutch Safety Board says in its investigation report on a

In the accident a train collided with a crane that was crossing the tracks. The train driver was killed. 

WiFi logo on an NS train
Dec 7 '16 15:55

The Dutch government wants everyone in the country to have access to high speed internet. Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs calls wireless internet a basic need, such as water and electricity. The government is working hard to make fast wireless internet available to everyone in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Dec 7 '16 11:03

The D66 and PvdA want to stimulate electric driving in the Netherlands by making it more attractive. The two parties submitted a plan with 10 practical measures to do so, ranging from charging stations every 25 km to a guarantee on car batteries, NOS reports.

My Friend Cayla doll
Dec 6 '16 16:00

Dutch consumers organization Consumentenbond issued a warning about the "My Friend Cayla" doll, following research by its Norwegian counterpart. According to the Norwegian organization, anyone with a smart phone can eavesdrop on children through the doll, or even talk to them. All that is needed is a bluetooth connection to the doll.

Presents from Sinterklaas
Dec 5 '16 14:35

A computer error at PostNL on Monday resulted in thousands of packages being delayed in delivery. This means that thousands of Sinterklaas gifts may not make it to their recipients on time, the Telegraaf reports.

"We are working with man and might to deliver as many packages as possible through the evening delivery", a spokesperson for PostNL said to the Telegraaf after confirming the computer error. 

Internal sources told the newspaper that hundreds of thousands of packages are affected by the delays, but the spokesperson denied this.

Speedometer
Dec 3 '16 08:00

The Dutch police will soon be equipped with cars that can drive up to 250 kilometers per hour, the Telegraaf reports based on tender documents from the police. With these 80 super fast cars, the police want to "take back control of the highway", according to the newspaper.

What make and model cars these will be is not clear yet.

Virtual Reality glasses
Dec 2 '16 16:35

China is following Amsterdam's example and will soon be opening virtual reality cinemas. Chinese electronics retailer Gome Group is soon opening 100 , and teaming up with Amsterdam startup &Samhoud Media as distributor of VR films, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Hackers joker face
Dec 2 '16 11:40

Europol, the FBI and several European police units took a massive botnet network offline. The network, called avalanche, consisted of some 500 thousand computers and was operated from the Netherlands for a time. Five arrests were made, NOS reports.

Children and technology, digital skills
Dec 2 '16 11:05

The municipality of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros into Amsterdam 021 - a program that aims to prepare children for the future by teaching them digital skills like coding and engineering, Het Parool reports.

The program is a collaboration between Amsterdam's public library, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag Society/Fablab Amsterdam. The program is intended to make sure that no child falls behind in the development of digital and technical skills, which are vital for jobs in the future. 

Hacker_-_Hacking_-_Symbol
Dec 1 '16 13:00

More than half of the Dutch government's websites still use an insecure internet connection, according to research done by the Open State Foundation. Many don't use the so-called HTTPS standard, which means hackers can easily eavesdrop on the sites or redirect traffic through malicious software, ANP reports.

Cyber security
Nov 30 '16 16:25

The Ministry of Defense is launching its Defense Cyber Commando (DCC) team next year, the Ministry announced on Wednesday. The unit consists about 80 officers who will focus on protecting the Netherlands' own digital networks, but can also carry out offensive attacks, ANP reports.

These offensive attacks could include switching off computers and weapon systems, or altimeters for aircraft, according to the news wire.

Radioactive sign hangs outside a cafe in Chernobyl
Nov 30 '16 12:20

Another nuclear disaster like Chernobyl is definitely possible, especially when you take human error into account, according to nuclear expert and professor Wim Turkenburg. "There are 500 nuclear reactors around the wolrd and the chance that another nuclear disaster will happen is certain", he said to broadcaster NOS. 

Europol building in The Hague
Nov 30 '16 08:18

Television program Zembla managed to get hold of more than 700 pages of confidential information from Europol. The data is mostly from the period 2006 to 2008 and consists of hundreds of names and telephone numbers of people associated with terrorsim at that time. It also includes an analysis of the so-called Hofstad Group and the Madrid bombings, NU.nl reports.

Hospital room
Nov 24 '16 08:52

So far this year Dutch hospitals reported 304 leaks of sensitive information, Trouw reports based on figures from the personal data authority AP. The authority would not give details about the leak, as this could be traced to individual hospitals.

Petri Dish
Nov 23 '16 16:05

Dutch inventors are working on a robot that can solve one of the biggest problems of the coming decades - antibiotic resistant bacteria. This robot SID, which stands for See, Identify and Destroy, can be programmed to destroy very specific bacteria.

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Nov 22 '16 16:50

The Council of the Judiciary wrote a very critical letter to Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs over the new datamining law that allows intelligence service AIVD to from the internet.

microsoft
Nov 22 '16 10:55

Microsoft is teaming up with TU Delft's quantum computing lab QuTech and is setting up a Dutch department for research on quantum computers. Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, founder and leader of QuTech, will work for Microsoft as the director of the new lab, while remaning attached to the university, NU.nl reports.

It is not clear exactly how much money Microsoft is investing in its new Dutch activities, but it is known that Microsoft and QuTech are now connected for 10 years. 

Nov 21 '16 16:30

The D66 wants official European safety standards for devices that connect to the so-called internet of things. Devices that do not meet these standards should be banned, parliamenterian Kees Verhoeven said in an interview with NU.nl. He will submit a proposal addressing this to Dutch parliament next week. 

Internet
Nov 21 '16 16:00

Amsterdam's internet exchange AMS-IX processed 5 terabits per second on Sunday around 8:30 p.m., a new record and a 19 percent increase in the amount of internet traffic flowing through the exchange comapred to the end of 2015, NU.nl reports.

According to AMS-IX, the new milestone can be contributed to the overall growth of internet traffic in Western Europe. The Amsterdam internet exchange can currently handle up to 20 terabits per second.

Nov 18 '16 09:19

A total of 20 confidential documents were found in Economic Minister Henk Kamp's private email account, which he used for work puroposes for a long time, the Minister wrote to parliament on Thursday following an investigation by the national auditing service ADR. One of those documents contained a state secret with the highest classification of "Zeer Geheim", or Very Secret in English, NU.nl reports.

HNLMS De Zeven Provincien
Nov 14 '16 13:59

A joint purchase by the Netherlands and Belgium will give the navies of those two countries access to twelve minesweepers and four frigates, according to Belgian media outlet De Redactie. An estimated four-billion euro purchase price will be split by the neighboring nations, presuming Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, sign the deal later in November.

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Nov 10 '16 16:00

Defense company Thales deals with over 100 thousand cyber attacs a dy on various fronts ranging from computers on their network to employees' personal phones, CEO Gerben Edelijn said to BNR.

Big data
Nov 8 '16 11:40

A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees analyze so-called Big Data - large amounts of unstructured data, according to Statistics Netherlands. This often involves analysis of their own data, but one in 10 companies also analyze data from outside the company.

Big data analysis is more common in large companies than smaller ones. About 15 percent of companies with between 10 and 20 employees do it, compared to 42 percent of companies with 500 or more employees.

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