Apps of the week: check if a euro banknote is genuine


Check via your smartphone’s camera if a euro banknote is genuine and rate all acts in the Eurovision Song Contest. These are the apps of the week.

Check your ticket

With this new app from De Nederlandsche Bank you can check whether a euro banknote is genuine. To use the app, place a ticket flat on the table, after which you scan the ticket through your smartphone camera.

If the ticket is valid, you will see a green message. If the note is not genuine, you will be notified with a yellow message.

In both cases, you will receive more information about the characteristics of a real banknote, so that you can carry out an additional check yourself. A yellow message is also possible if the ticket is creased or worn.

According to De Nederlandsche Bank, a total of 26,100 counterfeit notes were discovered in 2021. Check that your score improves to recognize these counterfeits, as the app is trained with examples.

Download Check your ticket for Android or iOS (free).


Popular messaging app WhatsApp introduces a new way to reply to messages. You can now paste an emoji on someone else’s message. These emoji reactions are especially useful in group conversations.

Emoji are grouped at the bottom of messages with this new feature. You can post an emoji comment by message. If several participants choose the same emoji, this is indicated by a number.

At the moment, the number of different emoji is still limited. You can give a thumbs up, a heart, a smiley face, a surprised face, a crying face, or two hands together. WhatsApp wants to expand the range of emoji responses in the future.

In addition, it is now possible to download larger files via WhatsApp. The 100MB limit has been increased to 2GB. Both tweaks are still rolling out, so it may be a while before you have the options yourself.

Download WhatsApp for Android or iOS (free).

Eurovision Song Festival

S10 will be on stage on Saturday evening during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final. If you like to give your opinion during the show, you can do so via AVROTROS’ renewed Song Contest app.

With the app it is possible to evaluate each performance. This can be done in three areas: the song, the song and the act. In the app, you can create groups of friends to compare your scores with your friends. Or you compare the scores with the rest of the Netherlands to see if your taste is different from the average.

The numbers you give through the app do not count for voting at the end of the final. You need the official Eurovision Song Contest app for that.

Download Song Contest for Android or iOS (free).

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