Technology

Ransomware
Aug 15 '19 16:00

Online platform No More Ransom, launched by the Dutch police, helped at least 300 Dutch people get rid of ransomware on their computers in the three years of its existence. Over 2.5 million people worldwide have consulted the platform, the police said in a statement on Thursday. 

Sjaan Quirijns in the MARC IV exoskeleton by TU Delft's Project MARCH
Aug 15 '19 11:50

This week students from TU Delft's Project MARCH presented the fourth edition of their robotic exoskeleton that is intended to help people with paraplegia walk again. This new version, the MARCH IV, includes a new hip with which users can also step sideways - a first in this type of design, according to the students.

Child on a bicycle
Aug 13 '19 15:50

A young woman asked the internet to help her find someone special to her heart. In the 90's, Mevan was a 5-year-old refugee living in a shelter in Zwolle. One of the aid workers in the shelter gave her a bicycle. "I just want  to know his name. Help?" She asked on Twitter. And with success, according to Weblog Zwolle.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Aug 9 '19 21:18

Flights destined for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were facing mounting delays on Friday night after new troubles arose with the airport's refuelling system. "Arrival rate has been reduced drastically and delays are now extremely high," Eurocontrol said in a bulletin at 8:20 p.m. The organization later said the refueling system was "out of service due to technical issues until further notice."

GEM tower
Aug 6 '19 16:50

The Eindhoven University of Technology designed a sustainable alternative for the diesel and petrol generators used at festivals - a collapsible wind turbine that comes equipped with solar panels and a battery for energy storage. The GEM tower will be tested for the first time at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium nine days from now, NOS reports.

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Aug 6 '19 11:00

Next month Queen Maxima will launch the Netherlands' first artificial intelligence course for children. The National AI Junior course is aimed at teaching kids between the ages of 10 and 14 the principles of AI, and to get them enthusiastic about technology and improving their technological skills. "In this way the can function optimally in a world in which technology plays an increasingly important role", the government said in a pre release.

Siri
Aug 2 '19 09:57

Employees of a company hired by Apple are listening to conversations Dutch have with Siri, without Apple explicitly informing its users that the things they say to Siri may be heard by others, NU.nl reports based on statements from a whistleblower and documents in the newspaper's possession. On Friday the tech giant promised to stop this practice for the time being. 

Air conditioner
Jul 30 '19 15:50

The skyrocketing demand for energy-guzzling air conditioners in Dutch homes was not taken into account in the government's Climate Agreement. This blind spot means that it will be even more difficult than expected for the Netherlands to achieve its climate goals, the Klimaatverbond Nederland - a collaboration of dozens of local governments like provinces, municipalities and waterboards - said to newspaper AD.

TU Delft's MOR team won 2nd prize at the Solar Decathlon Europe with their concept of turning inefficient offices into energy efficient homes, 28 July 2019
Jul 30 '19 12:00

A team of students from Delft University of Technology took second place in the Solar Decathlon Europe - an international competition for universities to build the most innovative and sustainable house. The Delft team was just 1.7 points behind the overall winner. 

TU Delft participated with team MOR, which stands for modular office renovation. Their concept involves converting inefficient office buildings into energy efficient homes. According to the team, the Netherlands faces two main issues - inefficient office buildings and a housing shortage.

Hedgehog
Jul 30 '19 11:10

The increasing popularity of robotic lawnmowers in the Netherlands is posing a major threat to hedgehogs, especially baby hedgehogs, according to hedgehog interest group Egelwerkgroep Nederland. More and more young hedgehogs are mutilated or even completely torn apart by these automated lawnmowers, that often don't recognize the tiny critters as an obstacle, the interest group said on its website.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 24 '19 16:22

A refueling system problem at Schiphol Airport was likely to cause significant delays to hundreds of departing and arriving flights, the airport said on Wednesday afternoon. The fault in the system was not likely to be resolved before late Wednesday evening, a spokesperson told NU.nl. Thursday morning flights could potentially be affected as well, the spokesperson said.

FaceApp
Jul 23 '19 13:00

In posts on various local Facebook pages, the police called on Dutch consumers to delete the age-filter app FaceApp from their smartphones and other devices. According to the police, the app is not safe because it does not have to comply with European privacy legislation.

FaceApp allows users to upload a photo and a filter on it to show what they would look like if they were older or younger. The app has been around for some time, but has become extremely popular over the past weeks. 

Mobile communication antenna
Jul 17 '19 09:20

The street scene in the Netherlands will change in the coming years thanks to the installation of tens of thousands of 5G masts. The government is committed to making this super fast internet widely available and is obliging municipalities to install masts in large numbers in public spaces, according to a provisional bill by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, AD reports.

Cybercrime
Jul 17 '19 07:49

Last year 8.5 percent of Dutch internet users aged 12 years or older fell victim to cybercrime. That amounts to 1.2 million Dutch victims, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on a study performed in collaboration with the police. Young people fell victim most often. And the most common type of cyber crime was crime against property - crime in which the perpetrator stole money from the victim, according to the stats office.

Albert Heijn delivery robot
Jul 15 '19 15:10

Albert Heijn is testing its first delivery robot on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven from Monday. Students and staff can order products from the Albert Heijn To Go on campus through an app, after which the robot will deliver it. This first experiment will last until next week Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The delivery robot is not completely automated - Albert Heijn employees have to load the ordered items in the robot manually, and the recipient has to take them out. But the robot will find the delivery location by itself.

Google Assistant
Jul 11 '19 08:20

Google employees listen in on conversations Dutch people have with their Google Assistant. In some cases this involves private conversations that were accidentally recorded by the assistant, according to around a thousand audio clips a Belgian employee who listens to audio clips for Google shared with Belgian VRT and Dutch NOS. Google does not make clear in its terms and conditions that this can happen, NOS reports.

Police officer and paramedic
Jul 5 '19 07:56

The emergency services never practiced a scenario in which emergency number 1-1-2 is completely unreachable, as happened last week Monday. The police considered the chance of this situation occurring to be minimal, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security wrote in a letter to parliament. A third person died during the outage. The person went into cardiac arrest in The Hague and emergency services took longer than usual to reach them, NOS reports.

A trauma helicopter in the Netherlands
Jun 28 '19 13:40

An air ambulance with an injured person on board was forced to make a detour just before landing in Enschede. A drone was suddenly flying in the helicopter's way. The police called this a life-threatening situation, RTV Oost reports.

The helicopter was on its way to the Medisch Spectrum Twente when a fairly large drone suddenly appeared. "The helicopter had to make a turn in order to land properly and a drone was suddenly flying right there. A collision was only barely prevented", the police said to the broadcaster. It is illegal to fly drones near hospitals.

Bitcoin Keychains
Jun 26 '19 12:30

The Dutch and British police arrested a total of six suspects on Tuesday in an investigation into the theft of at least 24 million euros in cryptocurrency, EU agency Eurojust, who helped in the investigation, announced. According to the agency, the suspects stole bitcoin from at least four thousand victims in 12 different countries.

Tinder
Jun 25 '19 16:45

Online dating is increasingly common in the Netherlands. Nearly half of Dutch between the ages of 18 and 34 are active on dating sites or apps like Tinder, Happn and Grindr. Just over half of all Dutch think that getting a date online is just as normal as using more traditional methods, according to a survey among 1,015 Dutch people by research agency Ipsos, and researched by Rutgers and the Volkskrant. 

KPN Takeover
Jun 25 '19 07:45

For over three hours on Monday, emergency number 1-1-2 was unreachable due to an outage at telecom company KPN. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, but it was definitely not a hack, according to Joost Farwerck of the KPN Board of Management. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security summoned the company for an explanation on Tuesday, NOS reports.

NL-Alert message sent to Amsterdam region
Jun 24 '19 19:55

A disruption at telecommunications firm KPN which caused the inaccessibility of emergency phone number 1-1-2 was largely over, a company spokesperson told broadcaster NOS. The incident forced emergency services providers to scramble and quickly establish temporary solutions during the nearly four-hour disruption on Monday.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jun 24 '19 19:32

Large crowds piled up at Utrecht Centraal on Monday evening after a collision between a train and a person took place hours earlier. The incident took place at the train station on track 16, and prompted the evacuation of platforms 15 through 18. Making matters worse, a national outage at one of the country's largest telecom firms hindered the ability to get train service back on schedule.

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Jun 24 '19 14:10

After four months of re-design and repairs, the plastic collecting boom fo the Ocean Cleanup project is back on the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A tugboat with the 600 meter long boom departed from the port of Vancouver in Canada late last week, NOS reports.

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