Football was clearly on people's minds in the Netherlands this year. "Ajax" and "WK Voetbal Vrouwen", or the Women's Football World Cup in English, were the most googled search terms in the country in 2019, Google announced in its Trend Reports on Wednesday.
NS dit its first experiment with a self-driving train during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The experiment was a great success, the rail company said. The train departed and arrived on time.
Thomas de Koster from Middleburg made the best drone video in the Netherlands this year. His video of a group of kite surfers at the Vrouwenpolder won in the National category of the Drone Awards. The award in the International category went to Sander Coppens from Roosendaal, for a video he filmed in Iceland, NOS reports.
De Koster did not see the award coming. "I was really surprised that my video was nominated and now I won!" he said to Omroep Zeeland.
NS is struggling with a national outage affecting its travel information on Wednesday morning. As a result, the travel information on signs at NS stations and on the NS app may be incorrect, the rail company said on its website on Wednesday morning.
There seems to be no way to determine which information is incorrect. Confused travelers can rely on information from conductors.
Around 12 million people in the Netherlands received an NL-Alert test message on their phones at noon on Monday. The message also appeared on hundreds of digital advertising signs, on public transit departure boards, and was accompanied by an air alarm.
The NL-Alert system is used by the government to inform the population about disasters and their area, and to give emergency instructions. The message is sent to cell phones in life threatening situtions.
NS wants to use WiFi tracking to improve and expand its app that finds empty seats on a train. The current methods used are too imprecise. The rail company is waiting for the Dutch Data Protection Authority to green light this plan, Udo Oelen, NS' privacy director, said to Trouw.
Governments, the car industry and experts are so focused on the future of self-driving cars that little to no attention is paid to already existing advanced driver assistance systems. As a result, cars are allowed on the road with such systems that are not yet fully developed, and drivers often don't know what these systems can and cannot do, leading to risky situations on the road, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its two-year-long study into driver assistance systems titled Who is in control? Road safety and automation in road traffic.
Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, currently on space mission on the ISS, successfully test drove a rover in a hangar in the Netherlands on Monday. He remotely completed a course, avoiding obstacles and picking up rock samples, in a test to see whether control from space is feasible for future rover missions.
Parmitano successfully completed the Analog-1 series of experiments, the European Space Agency said on Twitter. And he did so 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
The amount of damage caused by phishing scams is on the rise, according to figures from the Dutch Payments Association and the Dutch Banking Association. In the first half of this year, Netherlands residents lost 3.1 million euros to phishing scams, compared to 2.4 million euros in the second half of last year. Banks compensate this damage in most cases, NOS reports.
Albert Heijn's experimental automated and cashless store is now standing at Schiphol. For the next two months, Schiphol visitors can "experience the speed and convenience of shopping without a cash register", the supermarket chain said.
The Erasmus MC teamed up with PostNL, ANWB and blood bank Sanquin to launch an experiment with delivering medication and blood directly from the lab ot the hospital or from the hospital to the patient's home by drone. The idea is that drone deliveries will be much faster, as they can avoid traffic jams.
"The goal is to see if we can get medicines to people faster", spokesperson David Drexhage of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam said to RTL Nieuws. "An whether that is safe." The experiment started on Thursday and is expected to last three years.
The early-stage venture capital and start-up generator Antler showcased the 11 tech companies created in its first Dutch program last Wednesday, having launched 12 Australian companies at an event in Sydney just days before. Over the next four years Antler aims to generate 150 Dutch companies from its Amsterdam hub – an ambitious target for an organisation that is only a year-and-a-half old.
The D66 wants to regulate the use of "far-reaching" algorithms and facial recognition technology within the government. And until those regulations are in place, the party wants to ban the use of these technologies. "There must be a social debate about these types of systems," D66 MP Kees Verhoeven said to NOS. "That debate has not happened yet."
A 13-year-old girl from the Netherlands sustained severe burns when she dropped her phone, which was charging, in the bath, professionals from Amsterdam UMC and the Red Cross Hospital in Beverwijk wrote in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.
53 percent of parents in the Netherlands think their child spends too much time online, according to a study by Panel Inzicht on behalf of CheckNU and NUjunior. Incidentally, 45 percent of children think that at least one of their parents or guardians surf the internet too often, NU.nl reports.
Parents are slightly more concerned about their sons' internet time than their daughters'. 58 percent of parents think their boys are online too much, and 49 percent think the same about their girls. 53 percent of parents also think they themselves spend too much time online.
Roughly 1.5 million households will likely find it difficult to pay their energy bills in 2030, a worrisome increase compared to today, when over 650 thousand Netherlands households have a tough time handling the price of electricity and gas. The research, from agency Ecorys and reported on by Trouw, defined households as being energy impoverished if they spend at least ten percent of household income on payments to energy providers.
People in the Netherlands spent less time on social media this year, according to the second edition of the Smart Media Monitor by online market researcher Multiscope. Facebook and WhatsApp in particular saw less usage, though remain the biggest social media platforms in the country. More time was spent on Instagram.
Ransomware is a growing problem for Dutch companies. Small- and medium sized businesses in particular are popular targets for this type of malware, according to security researchers, insurers and sector organization MKB Nederland, NOS reports.
Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to the data on your computer, unless you pay the cyber criminal behind the malware a 'ransom'. For businesses it can mean losing access to their administration, customer data or other important documents, sometimes bringing an entire business to a standstill.
The Solar Team of the Eindhoven University of Technology won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in the cruiser category. This is the fourth year in a row that the Eindhoven team won gold in this category for family solar-powered cars, the university announced on Twitter.
Delft hyperloop company Hardt Hyperloop received millions of euros in investments this past year and plans to use this money to build a 3 kilometer long test track in the Netherlands. The test track will be part of the company's yet-to-be-built European Hyperloop Center. If all goes according to plan, Hardt Hyperloop hopes to launch the first commercial hyperloop connection by 2025, AD reports
Dutch insurers and firefighters are seeing more and more fires caused by lithium-ion batteries, which are used in electric bicycles, toys, smartphones and tablets. The Salvage Foundation, which offers first help to victims of a major fire on behalf of insurers, responded to 100 fires caused by such batteries last year, compared to 72 in 2017, the Dutch Association of Insurers announced with its annual figures.
The account details of the 250 thousand users of Dutch website Hookers.nl have leaked out after a vulnerability on the website was exploited. A hacker captured the members' data and is offering it for sale, NOS reports based on its own research after an anonymous tip. The website is popular among clients of sex workers, who exchange tips, reviews and experiences in the sex industry.
The problem extends beyond clients of sex workers. Sex workers themselves are also active on the website. They also may want to not be known as a sex worker with their real names.
With reporting by Randi Cecchine and Zack Newmark.
The third edition of World Summit AI is being held in Zaandam on Wednesday and Thursday. Two hundred leaders in the artificial intelligence field gather to discuss their experiences with and visions for the future of this technology. The summit is expected to attract some 6 thousand visitors.