Technology

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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.

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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.

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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.

Apr 25 '17 17:30

While many Dutch cities and rural areas are working on making electric driving easy and accessible, most still need more charging points for electric cars, according to a survey by consulting firm Over Morgen. In 2016 most Dutch municipalities did not have a sufficient number of charging stations, BNR reports.

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Apr 25 '17 15:30

Multiple nude photos of Dutch actress Carice van Houten leaked onto the internet, according to the Telegraaf and RTL Boulevard. She appears to be the latest hacking victim of the Fappening 2.0.

Rumors about nude photos of the 40-year-old actress became more and more persistent over the past week, though her lawyer could not say anything about it. 

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Apr 25 '17 14:50

The Dutch police are collaborating with scientists to better analyze data on smartphones seized from criminals, Trouw reports. The police is launching the Police Lab in which three scientists will be employed from next month. They will work on software that can give a summary of data on devises seized in an investigation at the push of a button, according to the newspaper.

The Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the Center for Mathematics and Informatics are working with he police on this project. 

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Apr 25 '17 07:34

Russia denies hacking into other countries' IT systems. On Monday the Dutch military intelligence agency reported that . But according to the Kremlin, this is not true, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Apr 24 '17 15:45

Most teen girls in the Netherlands who sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend don't regret doing so, despite the risk that the photos will be shared with others, according to a study by website Girlscene.nl. The site surveyed 3 thousand Dutch teenage girls, a quarter of whom indicated that they've sent an nude photo of themselves to someone, AD reports.

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Apr 21 '17 13:00

Dutch public transit companies are teaming up with telecom companies KPN and Vodafone to test using smartphones to pay public transport fares. The test already started, with the new HTM trams in The Hague premiering the service, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 21 '17 11:50

Video replay will be used to help referee all Netherlands football matches in the Eredivisie from the 2018/19 football season, Mike van der Roest of Dutch football association KNVB said to NOS. 

"We are going to do more cup matches next season. And from season 2018/2019 all Eredivisie matches", Van der Roest - project leader for video replay at the KNVB - said to the broadcaster. 

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Apr 20 '17 11:05

Dutch telecom companies KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Vodafone all have world-class mobile networks, according to German bureau P3 in its annual network test. P3 called the results of the Dutch networks "impressive", AD reports.

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Apr 19 '17 15:40

On Wednesday Utrecht launched a "smart" system on Amsterdamsestraatweg which will help cyclists make green lights. If you cycle at a steady 18 kilometers per hour, you should hit every traffic light on green. The system, called Flo, will also tell you whether you have to speed up or slow down in order to make the next traffic light, BNR reports.

Utrecht introduced this system after a study showed that having to wait for a red light is Utrecht cyclists' biggest annoyance.

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Apr 19 '17 12:45

The first commercial flying car in the world, by company PAL-V in Raamsdonksveer, will be sold for one day only in the Eindhoven branch of Media Markt on Wednesday, April 26th, the electronics chain announced on Tuesday, Omroep Brabant reports.

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Apr 17 '17 15:00

Google parent company Alphabet turned heads last week with the announcement of a sleek new smartwatch from its life sciences subsidiary Verily. Though not planned for the consumer market, the Verily Study Watch will be part of a joint research project between the firm and Radboud University in Nijmegen to examine the effect of multiple factors on the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

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