Technology

Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram apps
Jan 14 '20 17:50

Last year people in the Netherlands lost 1,056,805 euros to scams committed through WhatsApp, quadruple the 262,879 euros in damages sustained in 2018, NU.nl reports based on figures from the Fraud Help Desk.

In 2019, the Fraud Help Desk received 2,663 reports of WhatsApp fraud and 353 people actually fell victim to these scams, compared to 655 report and 124 victims in 2018. In the first two weeks of 2020, the hotline received 112 reports of scams and nine people reported falling victim to the scammers, losing over 38 thousand euros.

Online bullying
Jan 10 '20 08:37

Gay and bisexual young people were more than twice as likely to be bullied, stalked or threatened online than their heterosexual counterparts last year, Statistics Netherlands reports based on a survey among 38 thousand internet users between the ages of 12 and 25 years. Among all young people, regardless of sexual orientation, girls were bothered online almost twice as often as boys.

ASML headquarters in Veldhoven
Jan 6 '20 14:20

The United States pressured the Dutch government, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte himself, to block the sale of ASML chip manufacturing technology to China, Reuters reports based on anonymous sources. According to the news agency, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lobbied the Dutch government, and White House officials shared classified intelligence with Rutte to convince him not to allow the sale. 

Train derailment in the Hague
Jan 2 '20 16:21

A passenger train derailment in Voorburg on Thursday was expected to interrupt scheduled service on the train route between The Hague and Utrecht through the night. There were no injuries among the passengers on the NS Intercity train when it went off the rails, according to rail infrastructure firm ProRail.

Philips Headquarters
Dec 31 '19 08:44

Philips was one of multiple global companies affected by a major espionage campaign by Chinese hackers, The Wall Street Journal reported. The espionage, called Operation Cloud Hopper, was discovered in 2016 and security researchers believe the hackers have links with the Chinese government.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hackers managed to steal medical research data from Philips. The company said that measurers have been taken and that no patient data had been stolen.

A Foker 100 aircraft from Bek Air
Dec 27 '19 15:37

A passenger jet that crashed in Kazakshtan on Friday was produced and first tested in the Netherlands in 1996. Bek Air flight 2100 departed from Almaty, destined for Nur-Sultan, often known as Astana, but crashed about a minute after it took off at 7:21 a.m. local time.

The Fokker 100, with 95 passengers and five crew members, crashed into a two-story building just at the end of the 4,500-meter long runway 05R/23L. Some 15 people were killed in the crash, of which 14 died at the scene. Dozens more suffered serious or critical injuries.

Teenagers using their smartphones on a bench in Amsterdam
Dec 18 '19 17:10

People in the Netherlands used 18 percent more mobile data in the first half of the year, than the first six months of 2018. It’s the single largest increase ever recorded, according to the Authority for Consumer & Markets in (ACM). Mobile data consumption rose to three gigabytes monthly per mobile connection in the second quarter of the year.

Media Park museum Hilversum
Dec 17 '19 17:00

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Education and Culture:

Electric car
Dec 12 '19 19:00

The charging cards which electric car owners use to charge their cars at a charging point are "childishly easy" to copy, which means that malicious parties can easily charge their car at other people's cost, according to security company ESET. As far as is known, this problem applies to all Dutch charge cards and public charging points, NOS reports.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Dec 12 '19 17:10

Dutch flag carrier airline KLM plans to send ticketed passengers a mobile payment request to offset their share of carbon-dioxide emissions. The airline said it will start the program as a test in 2020 using social media messaging platform WhatsApp to distribute the requests.

All money collected will be invested in a Panamanian reforestation project, the airline said.

Drone
Dec 12 '19 10:10

The Netherlands Fire Brigade wants to make more use of drones in fighting fires and measuring for dangerous substances, among other things. "Sometimes they can make the difference between life and death," Stephan Wevers, chairman of Brandweer Nederland, said to the Telegraaf. 

The fire department started experimenting with drones in 2013 and last year got a license to fly all over the Netherlands. "We carried out more than 150 flights this year and it showed that drones are already indispensable as our eyes and noses in the air", Wevers said. 

Cybercrime
Dec 11 '19 12:00

The police are expanding its cybercrime teams with 145 full-time employees. That doubles the capacity of the cybercrime teams, which were established early this year to fight digital crimes like hacking, phishing and ransomware, AD reports.

Young Oranje fans after the Lionesses beat Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon, 3 July 2019
Dec 11 '19 11:10

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 experiments with self-driving train
Dec 11 '19 10:20

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. 

Kite surfers
Dec 4 '19 17:00

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 employees assisting train travelers at Rotterdam Central Station
Dec 4 '19 08:53

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.

NL-Alert test message sent on 2 December 2019
Dec 2 '19 12:01

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. 

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Dec 2 '19 08:58

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.

Automation in road traffic
Nov 28 '19 16:00

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.

Astronaut on space mission remotely test drives rover in Netherlands, 25 Nov 2019
Nov 26 '19 17:45

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. 

Phishing
Nov 26 '19 11:20

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.

Automated cashless Albert Heijn store at Schiphol airport, 25 Nov 2019
Nov 25 '19 16:00

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.

Medical Drone
Nov 23 '19 09:00

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.

Magnus Grimeland at 2019 Antler Amsterdam Demo Day
Nov 19 '19 17:06

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.

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