The Pixel 2 charges much more slowly below certain temperatures, but it doesn’t tell you that

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Battery advancements haven’t kept in step with performance improvements, but the charging tech for topping those cells up has come a long way. Now, most phones come with some flavor of quick-charging technology that promises to fill our capacious flagships in arbitrarily small periods of time. But in the case of Google’s Pixel 2 XL, it turns out that its “Charging rapidly” notification isn’t always an accurate statement. In low temperatures, Google’s flagship will claim to be charging quickly (10W+) when, in fact, it’s actually charging at less than 4W. 

The Pixel 2 XL charging at below ~20°C (68°F)

We were tipped off about the issue by a few of our readers, and though reports and our own tests only confirm this for the 2 XL, we don’t know if the smaller Pixel 2 is also affected.

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Should You Buy the HomePod? We’ll Tell You Everything You Need to Know

In the 77th episode of the iPhone Life Podcast, Sarah and David share their hands-on review of Apple’s new smart speaker, the HomePod. Can the sound quality compete with Sonos? Is the HomePod as smart as the Amazon Echo or Google Home? Learn everything you need to know.

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How to tell your brand’s story: Don’t be a hero

You have a story. It may be intentional and carefully-crafted. Or, it may be construed from the interactions and bread crumbs you leave. Just because you aren’t actively telling your story doesn’t mean you don’t have one. If you’re in the world, the world has a story about you. 2017 was a momentous year. From political upheavals and protesting to shifting social landscapes, the year saw many historically defining moments. More and more companies took the mic to take a stand (and get their brand in front of an ideal audience). Some of these campaigns were successful, others were suicidal.…

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Audiophiles are comparing HomePod to $85,000 speakers—we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

The pre-sales have begun, but we’ll tell you why Apple’s new smart speaker may be a huge flop, this week on The CultCast. Plus: audiophiles are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers that cost $85,000; Apple adds some long-awaited features to iOS 11; how to backup your iCloud photo library to your PC (and why you […]

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Utilities tell their networks: “Smart grid, heal thyself”

Utilities tell their networks: “Smart grid, heal thyself”

As smart grids get smarter, utilities are increasingly looking for ways to enable them to diagnose and heal their own problems. 

In early January, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the US Department of Energy, announced plans to demonstrate a system of microgrids over the coming months that can restore and maintain power after a major outage – without the need for human intervention. In other words, this work looks to build power grids that can heal themselves,

“In the aftermath of natural disasters, damage to an electrical grid can slow the recovery effort and prolong human suffering,” writes Cory Hatch of INL in an article about the research work. The same applies, of course, to any other catastrophic event or, say, a cyberattack.

The researchers chose Cordova, Alaska as their demonstration site because the small fishing village in the Prince William Sound and its electrical grid are isolated from the rest of the world, relying on hydroelectric, diesel and solar power generation.

The system will include switches that can isolate one part of a microgrid, enabling undamaged parts of the grid to continue to function during an emergency. It will also employ equipment that monitors changes in the grid in real time. If the grid is damaged or disabled, those parts that are still functioning will have the intelligence to ensure that critical public services – medical centres and emergency shelters, for example – still have power. “In a sense,” writes Hatch, “the system is smart enough to reconfigure itself.”

Read more: GE to provide Enel with software for monitoring power plant assets

Growth market

The idea of self-healing in utility grids is not, in itself, a new one – although this INL experiment takes it to another, more all-encompassing level. Still, there are plenty of utilities worldwide that are looking to introduce new technologies on a more incremental basis to make grids smarter, so smart they can diagnose and heal any problems they experience.

In fact, according to a report issued this week by analyst firm Research & Markets, the global self-healing grid market will reach $ 2.7 billion by 2022, up from around $ 1.7 billion in 2017.

“The self-healing grid market is driven by factors such as the government policies and legislative mandates for T&D [transmission and distribution] utilities, complexity in distributed energy generation, and the need for protection of electric utilities from cyber attack,” write the report’s authors. The key players in the self-healing grid market include ABB, Siemens, GE, Eaton and Schneider Electric.

Read more: Battery tech will power global smart grid ambitions

Schneider and Stedin

For example, energy management giant Schneider Electric has worked with Dutch utility Stedin to create a decentralized, underground self-healing network – the first of its kind in Europe, according to Schneider executives. The self-healing unit is based on Schneider’s Easergy T200 Remote Terminal Unit. These are units are installed in electricity substations and can communicated with each other via a virtual private network.

If a fault occurs, the control centre is notified – but there’s no need to wait for an operator response, because the units will use Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IoT platform to work together on identifying faults, isolating and repairing them.

Today, in the case of an outage that might previously have lasted two hours, the self-healing system cuts the time of re-energizing the unaffected parts of the grid to under 30 seconds.

Coming soon: Our Internet of Energy event will be taking place in Berlin, Germany on 6 & 7 March 2018. Attendees will hear how companies in this sector are harnessing the power of IoT to transform distributed energy resources. 

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