Technology

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Sep 23 '19 15:20

From today, Advanced Mobile Location (AML) is also available to iPhone users with the latest operating system - iOS13 - installed on their phones. AML automatically sends your location to the emergency services if you call emergency number 112. 

According to the police, AML helps emergency services respond to citizens in need faster and more efficiently. The service was introduced for Android phones with operating system version 4.0 or later in March of this year.

Heat battery developed by TU Eindhoven and TNO
Sep 12 '19 15:30

Researchers at TU Eindhoven and TNO were awarded an European grant of 7 million euros to further develop their heat battery. Their battery stores sustainably generated energy to heat homes even on cloudy and windless days. This can be a significant step towards reaching the goal of getting all Dutch homes off the natural gas network by 2050, according to TNO. 

EasyJet
Sep 12 '19 10:30

EasyJet want to use plug-in hybrid planes on its routes between Amsterdam and various London airports within the next ten years. To achieve this, the British budget airline teamed up with Airbus and specialist Wright Electric to design a hybrid plain with space for 150 passengers, Dutch director William Vet confirmed to the Telegraaf.

Child playing with toy airplane
Sep 11 '19 08:29

Ruling parties VVD and D66 think that the Netherlands can be a world leader when it comes to electric air travel. And to achieve that the Netherlands should do much more to stimulate and experiment with electric flying, VVD parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra and D66 parliamentarian Jan Paternotte proposed during a parliamentary debate on aviation, NOS reports.

TU Delft and VU Amsterdam's Human Power Team with their aerodynamic recumbent bike
Sep 10 '19 14:00

The Human Power Team, a student team from TU Delft and VU Amsterdam, broke the female cycling world speed record a the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in the United States on Monday. Athlete Rosa Bas reached a top speed of 122.12 kilometers per hour with the team's self-made aerodynamic recumbent bike, breaking the old record of 121.8 km.h, TU Delft announced.

"We worked towards this for a year and now we have succeeded", Bas said about the record. "It is amazing to cycle so fast. I went faster than cars are allowed to drive on this road."

Rabobank mobile banking
Sep 10 '19 10:39

Instant bank transfers is now available to customers of seven Dutch banks. With the introduction of Instant Payments, customers can transfer money at night, over the weekend and on public holidays and it will immediately show in the recipient's account, instead of the recipient having to wait for the next business day, the Dutch Payments Association said to AD.

Gavel
Sep 9 '19 09:22

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service is concerned that so-called deepfakes will be used for crimes like blackmail, extortion or even election meddling as the technology becomes more and more accessible. "We have to realize that if we see something, we can no longer just believe it", prosecutor Lodewijk van Zwieten said to NOS. "Soon you can easily make a video of something that did not actually happen."

Cybercrime
Sep 9 '19 08:11

The Netherlands is not well prepared for large-scale cyber attacks, the scientific council for government policy WRR said in a report on Monday. This applies to the Dutch government, but also companies and society as a whole, according to the council, NU.nl reports.

Apple Pay
Sep 3 '19 14:20

ABN Amro and Rabobank clients will soon be able to use Apple Pay. Bunq also announced support for the payment function, effective immediately. 

Rabobank put a page online saying that the Apple Pay function will "soon" be available. "We are now working hard to make it available to our customers", the bank said. "As soon as Apple Pay is available, we will tell you on our website and in Rabo Online Banking how to install and use Apple Pay. 

Teen girl texting
Aug 30 '19 08:01

Both Dutch teenagers themselves and their parents are concerned and critical about the amount of time teenagers spend on their phone, tablet or computer, according to a study by I&O Research. About 70 percent of teenagers said they wanted to spend more time outside, NU.nl reports

Team Liquid after ending in 2nd place at The International, 25 August 2019
Aug 26 '19 15:40

Dutch e-sports squad Team Liquid came in second place at The International in Shanghai on Sunday. The Dutch team lost to OG in the final round of the Dota 2 tournament. As runner-up, Team Liquid won around 4.5 million euros. The winner walked away with some 15.5 million dollar, NOS reports.

The International is the largest game tournament in the world, with a total prize pool of more than 34 million euros. For comparison, the Word Cup for Fortnite in July had a total prize pool of 30 million dollars. 

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.

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