Engadget Podcast: Why did the power grid fail in Texas?

A native Texan explains.

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Devindra Hardawar
February 19, 2021 8:30 AM
In this article: news, gear
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Texas is facing a once-in-a-century storm, and unfortunately its power grid couldn’t keep up. This week, Devindra and Cherlynn chat with native Texan and techie Alex Cranz about what happened, and why Texas is so unique when it comes to power infrastructure in the US. Also, they dive into Facebook’s decision to halt new sharing in Australia, and why Lastpass decided to make its free password management a lot more complicated.

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  • Why is Texas’ power grid so messed up? – 1:26

  • Facebook bans all news in Australia – 37:01

  • Lastpass makes a dubious move for paying customers – 46:24

  • Google will finally let teachers mute kids in virtual classrooms – 51:10

  • Microsoft’s new Xbox wireless headset, accessibility updates, and FPS boost – 57:14

  • Carl Pei’s Nothing buys Essential’s assets – 1:01:50

  • Working on (Color e-ink, Thinkpad review) – 1:05:57

  • Pop Culture Picks – 1:10:49

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Hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Cherlynn Low
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien

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