Technology

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Nov 8 '19 14:08

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.

Social media
Nov 7 '19 13:30

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
Oct 28 '19 08:31

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.

Solar Team Eindhoven presenting their Stella Era at the World Solar Challenge, Oct 2019
Oct 21 '19 15:20

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.

HARDT CEO Tim Houter and Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz unveil Europe's first Hyperloop test tube in Delft, 1 Jun 2017
Oct 21 '19 11:10

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

Cellphone on charge
Oct 17 '19 10:20

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.

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Oct 10 '19 09:09

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. 

Mona Keijzer at World Summit AI 2019
Oct 9 '19 16:30

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.

Online shopping
Oct 7 '19 10:30

The majority of Dutch who fall victim to an online scam don't report it to the police or their banks, largely because they considered the money they lost too little for the hassle, according to a study Statistics Netherlands did with the police.

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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."

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