Technology

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Jun 1 '17 08:30

Police across the Netherlands are still struggling with their vehicles' navigation system, according to a letter from Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg which AD has in its possession. Many police cars can't be used because the navigation system often fails and contact with the control room is impossible through it. Police teams are squabbling over the cars and motorcycles that still work, according to the newspaper.

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May 31 '17 12:10

Technology and innovation conference CES is coming to Amsterdam in October. The event in Amsterdam will feature a preview of everything that will be presented at the CES Las Vegas next year, AD reports.

CES Unveiled Amsterdam is intended to bring startups, large tech companies and investors from the Netherlands and neighboring countries together. According to the organization, Amsterdam is the ideal location to do this because the Netherlands gives space for technology and innovation to flourish. 

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May 25 '17 12:40

ABN Amro banned the use streaming services Netflix, Spotify and Deezer on company laptops after binge-watching employees nearly crippled the bank's online services, Financieele Dagblad reports based on an internal memo from the bank's IT department. 

The streaming service used so much of the bank's network capacity that customer services were compromised. According to the memo, a full 15 percent of the network capacity went to watching Netflix show House of Cards and streaming the new Kendrick Lamar album.

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May 24 '17 12:30

The modified version of Blackboard software used by the University of Amsterdam contains major security vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited by cyber attackers, according to two students at the university who researched this as part of their studies, NU.nl reports.

According to students Bram ter Borch and Auke Zwaan, they shared these vulnerabilities with the university's IT department in May last year, but the department did not do enough to fix the problems. So the students decided to make their findings public.

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May 22 '17 13:25

Vodafone and KPN customers can now use their Android phones to pay for public transport in the Netherlands. This new way of payment was launched across the Netherlands on Monday, after years of cooperation between public transit companies, KPN, Vodafone and the public transport card maker Translink, NU.nl reports.

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May 22 '17 09:28

From today Amsterdam police officers will be equipped with bodycams in a test run that will last two years. Every police officer in the so-called base teams will be allowed to wear a bodycam during his or her shift. The intention is to see if bodycams reduce the number of violent incidents, but many are concerned about the privacy implications, RTL Nieuws reports.

Previous bodycam studies showed that people who know they are being recorded, are less likely to use violence. This test in the Amsterdam police is intended to see whether this really is the case.

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May 19 '17 16:50

National school students' organization LAKS was hit in a ransomware attack that left its off line from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday until Friday morning.

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May 18 '17 14:05

From September Limburg farmers will use drones to find illegal cannabis plantations on their land, the Limburg agricultural and horticultural union LLTB announced. According to the union, this is the first such project in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 17 '17 12:30

During the first quarter of this year, two Dutch government institutions and a company in the energy sector were infected with ransomware, AD reports based on information obtained from the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) by appealing to the freedom of information act. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to files on an infected computer. The user can regain access to the files by paying a ransom, usually demanded in bitcoins.

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May 16 '17 16:10

The United States' plan to ban laptops and tablets on flights to America is unsafe, according Dutch pilots association VNV. If the U.S. has its way, laptops and tablets will only be allowed in the cargo area of a plane. But according to the VNV, this forms a great danger of lithium batteries catching fire. "That has happened in the past. Such a fire can not be extinguished, because the crew can't reach the cargo area during a flight", Joost van Doesburg of the VNV said to NOS.

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May 15 '17 16:20

The Dutch police are now using a computer system developed by the Amsterdam police that uses large amounts of data to better anticipate and more actively respond to crime as well as to better manage available resources, ANP reports.

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May 15 '17 13:20

The Dutch police are calling on all individuals and businesses to report any form of cyber attack on their computers, following a global ransomware attack that infected at least 200 thousand computers in 150 countries since Friday, including in the Netherlands, according to NU.nl. The virus infected computers through a months-old security leak in Windows, for which Microsoft already implemented an update. 

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May 12 '17 14:55

Before the end of the year Shell plans to equip 20 of its petrol stations in the Netherlands with rapid car charging points. In this way the Dutch oil and gas giant wants to provide for a growing need - the number of electric cars in the Netherlands is increasing rapidly, ANP reports.

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May 12 '17 11:45

Tesla clients can now start pre-ordering Tesla Solar Roof materials for their homes. Made of solar charging shingles, the rooftops will launch in the Netherlands during the course of next year.

The price of a Solar Roof depends on which portion of the building top will be equipped with solar cells. For pre-order in the Netherlands, a 930 euro deposit is required. The exact date of the Netherlands launch is still unclear.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
May 12 '17 10:39

Amsterdam was ranked 5th in real estate advisor in the world. The Dutch capital is praised for how well it is connected to other cities, largely thanks to international airport Schiphol, its skilled workers, its attractive living environment and the fact that most everyone in the city can speak English.

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May 12 '17 10:00

The Ocean Cleanup Project in the Pacific Ocean will start sooner and work faster, than initially planned founder Boyan Slat announced on Thursday. "We will start the cleanup early next year", the 22-year-old inventor and environmental activist said. "Within five years we will have cleaned up 50 percent of the plastic waste.", ANP reports.

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May 9 '17 12:35

Rail manager ProRail noticed an increasing trend of young people taking selfies and photos on train tracks. This is not only life-threateningly dangerous, but also causes delays in train traffic, ProRail said to AD.

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May 9 '17 09:24

The newest and so far largest Dutch wind farm opened some 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen on Monday afternoon. Gemini consists of 150 wind mills, over two fields each covering an area of 34 square kilometers. The mills are able to generate enough clean energy to power 785 thousand households, NOS reports.

Construction of this wind farm started in 2015. It cost a total of about 28 billion euros. According to contractors Siemens and Van Oord, the Gemini Park reduces Dutch CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tons per year.

Amsterdam preparing for the Liberation Day commemoration ceremony on Dam Square, 4 May 2017
May 4 '17 14:50

NS is halting all trains at exactly 8:00 p.m. for the national two minutes of silence to commemorate the victims of World War II on Remembrance Day today. In a video posted online, the Dutch railway company explains how it will manage to stop 330 trains at exactly 8:00 p.m.

Floating bridge by Tidal Bridge that will generate power for Indonesian islands Flores and Adonara
May 4 '17 10:34

Eindhoven company Tidal Bridge and construction company Strukton are working on a bridge between the east-Indonesian islands of Flores and Adonara that will change the lives of half a million people living on the islands. The 800 meter long floating bridge is equipped with turbines underneath that will generate a steady supply of electricity to the islands, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.

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May 3 '17 07:52

A Jet2 plane had to make an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday evening due to technical problems. The Boeing 757 landed safely and no one was injured, AD reports.

The plane was on its way from Kos, Greece to Leeds, England. The exact reason for the emergency landing is unclear, though several media sources report that the plane flew the last few minutes with one of its two engines turned off. That would indicate fuel or engine problems, according to AD. 

May 2 '17 17:15

Doctors at UMC Utrecht developed a new method of placing pacemakers using special 3D images, known as Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT). This method will improve the accuracy in pacemaker placement and reduce the healthcare costs involved, NU.nl reports. 

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May 1 '17 15:55

A University of Twente student says she has developed an algorithm that can help Twitter and Facebook determine if an account on the social media platforms was hacked. Meike Nauta says her algorithm analyzes six data points  that can determine a hack to a 99-percent certainty, reports .

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Apr 26 '17 12:55

The Netherlands is the European country with the second most ransomware infections last year, according to security company Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat report. Globally the Netherlands is in 6th place, Tweakers reports.

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