Technology

The use of drones by police departments around the world to easily monitor crowds of people is increasing. (credit Daily Mail)
Oct 6 '17 14:50

Drones will be used to transport medicine from the Dutch mainland to the Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog in a new experiment by UMCG Ambulance Care and ANWB Medical Air Assistance, NU.nl reports.

The test involves three drones making a total of 30 flights from an unspecified location in Friesland to the helicopter port on the island. The municipality of Schiermonnikoog agreed to the test, under the condition that this will only involve medical flights. The island wants to deter commercial flights, because they disturb the peace.

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Oct 2 '17 10:05

Retired FBI agent Vince Pankoke is launching an investigation into who exactly informed the Nazis that Anne Frank and her family were hiding in the annex in Amsterdam in 1944. Using new software that can organize and analyze large amounts of data, Pankoke believes he can get to the bottom of what he calls "the ultimate cold case".

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Oct 2 '17 09:37

A massive 75 percent of Dutch people have little to no worries about cyber security at their work place, though many do take measures for digital protection at home, according to a National Cybersecurity Awareness Study that Alert Online published on Monday. The study's release coincides with the launch of Alert Online's annual cybersecurity campaign, NU.nl reports.

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Sep 29 '17 16:10

The new Botlek bridge in the Rotterdam port area was hit with its 100th disruption on Friday morning. The bridge lifted at 6:00 a.m. and then refused to go back down. Ships could pass beneath it, but no cars could cross over it. At around 8:00 a.m. the bridge came back down, but then refused to lift again, NOS reports.

On Thursday the Botlek bridge was also closed due to a malfunction in the lock. The failure lasted 7.5 hours, causing long traffic jams. 

Sep 28 '17 14:10

Travelers around the world seem to be having trouble checking in for flights on Thursday. Air France, KLM, British Airways, Qantas, Vueling and a number of American airlines are among those reporting problems, AD reports.

The trouble started around 11:30 a.m., Dutch time. Exactly what the problem is, is not yet clear. Though it may stem from a network failure at Amadeus Altea - an aviation service provider that provides the flight booking system for around 125 airlines. Amadeus announced that its systems will be restarted as soon as possible. 

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Sep 28 '17 12:10

Foundation FutureNL is launching a "micro:bit expedition" at all 474 primary schools in the Netherlands. Starting on Friday, each school will receive 20 goody-bags, including 20 micro:bits and a dozen lessons to teach students and teachers how to work with this new technology in a fun way. The goal of this expedition is to make children and teachers enthusiastic about interacting with technology and developing digital skills, FutureNL said in a statement.

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Sep 25 '17 13:40

A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees, dealt with the consequences of a cyber attack last year, Statistics Netherlands revealed in a study on IT incidents on Monday. Companies in the financial- and energy sectors are most vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to the stats office.

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Sep 25 '17 08:32

A KLM Boeing 777, on its way from Japan to Amsterdam, lost part of its hull while flying over Japan, a spokesperson for the Dutch airline confirmed to AD. The panel fell off shortly after takeoff. It landed on a moving car, but nobody was injured.

The plane was flying above Osaka at a height of 2.5 kilometers when the panel broke off. It landed on a moving car, denting its roof and breaking the rear window. The people in the car escaped the incident with only a fright. 

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Sep 21 '17 11:30

The number of fatal traffic accidents involving e-bikes is increasing, especially among older people. Since 2014 a total of 79 people in the Netherlands died in an e-bike accident, 87 percent of them older than 60 years, according to police figures in possession of newspaper AD.

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Sep 13 '17 08:41

A British Airline plane on its way to London made an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday night. Emergency services responded to the airport en masse because of a report that one or more of the plane's engines failed, local broadcaster NH Nieuws reports. The plane landed safely.

The Airbus A321 was on its way to Heathrow Airport in London. Exactly what caused the problems with the engines is unclear. 

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Sep 7 '17 16:40

The Netherlands systems for energy supply are becoming increasingly complex, which also make them more vulnerable to hackers, the Netherlands environmental assessment agency PBL said in a report on digitization on Thursday. This increases the risk of power outages, ANP reports.

Even without a cyber attack, even a small problem can have major consequences in the complicated systems, the PBL warned. The agency calls on the government to intervene. According to the PBL, major power outages can disrupt society.

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Sep 1 '17 16:40

The city of Amsterdam teamed up with Amsterdam-based technology companies for a new project aimed at attracting international talent to the Dutch capital. Ten innovative tech companies collaborated and came up with 10 "future-defining"' projects, for which they are looking for highly skilled international talent to work on and to "strengthen the capital's already extraordinary talent pool", Startup Amsterdam announced in a press release.

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Aug 29 '17 07:58

The Netherlands' intelligence services and Defense are not adequately prepared to map and face digital threats from abroad, Brigadier General Wilfred Rietdijk said to the Volkskrant. He specifically warns against fake news, naming Russia in particular. According to Rietdijk, the Netherlands must establish a new, specialized organization for identifying these threats and preparing for an "information war".

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Aug 28 '17 15:40

The police seized over 200 illegal media players in The Hague on Friday after copyright watchdog BREIN pressed charges of large-scale copyright infringement against a store in the city. The store sold the media players, which were equipped with pre-installed software that allows the watching of movies and shows from illegal sources, NU.nl reports. 

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Aug 28 '17 14:20

The Dutch police t, caused some panic among drug dealers who used the site, according to a study by TNO that is in possession of NRC.

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Aug 18 '17 11:50

The Tax Authority's outdated IT systems could compromise tax collection, the tax authorities concluded in an internal evaluation which the Volkskrant got hold of by appealing to the Open Government Act. "The continuity of the collecting process is not guaranteed", he evaluation reads, according to the newspaper.

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Aug 16 '17 16:20

A group of Amsterdam students collected 10 thousand signatures for a referendum on a . That is the first milestone on organizing an advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act, RTL Z reports. 

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Aug 16 '17 13:40

The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports. 

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Aug 16 '17 13:00

Safe traffic association VVN would like to reduce the number of men's bicycles on Dutch roads. According to the association, the high top tube on men's bicycles is more dangerous than the lower tube on women's bikes, ANP reports.

The Catalina - a water plane from 1941
Aug 16 '17 09:24

A historical water plane of the Aviodrome theme park had to make an emergency landing at Lelystad Airport on Tuesday. The plane was used in the India memorial in The Hague and on the return flight the landing gear in the nose stopped working, NOS reports.

The historic plane Catalina was built in 1941. Aviodrome uses it for pleasure trips.

According to Omroep Flevoland, the plane first landed on its wheels and then slowly braked on the nose of the aircraft. This landing was safer than landing on the water according to the fire department.

No injuries were reported. 

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Aug 14 '17 11:10

A motorist was lucky to escape with only a fright when his car suddenly caught fire while he was driving through Waalwijk during the early hours of Monday morning, Omroep Brabant reports.

The motorist was driving on Biesbosweg around 2:15 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming out of the car. He pulled over and called the fire department. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the car was already enveloped in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire using foam. Not much is left of the car, according to the broadcaster. 

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Aug 9 '17 15:30

ABN Amro is struggling with a "technical malfunction" that has left the bank's internet banking, mobile banking, iDeal payments and some investment applications unavailable. The bank is working on a solution, and stresses that this was not the result of a hack or cyber attack, RTL Nieuws reports.

Disruption site allestoringen.nl received reports from thousands of customers having trouble with the bank's online functions. 

When the fault will be fixed is unclear. The bank apologizes for the inconvenience. 

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Aug 8 '17 13:40

The Red Cross in the Netherlands will soon be using virtual reality films in their first aid courses. The aid organization thinks that this will help students better envision an emergency situation so that they can learn how to deal with it, NU.nl reports.

The virtual reality films will first be used during an attempt to break the world record for the largest first aid course on Dam square in Amsterdam on September 9th. The current record stands at 1,795 participants. The Red Cross hopes to get up to 2,500 people.

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Aug 7 '17 10:35

A data leak at software company CarWise ICT meant that information of thousands of Dutch lease drivers was easily accessible to unauthorized parties. The leak was discovered by security company ESET, director Dave Maasland confirmed to NU.nl. Maasland estimates that at least 100 thousand customers were affected.

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