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Instagram Founders Quit; Android at 10; iPhone Xs Questions; Wi-Fi Surveillance
 

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September 26 · Issue #92 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Instagram Founders Quit; Android at 10; iPhone Xs Questions; Wi-Fi Surveillance

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Insta-Out. This week Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger stunned Facebook and much of the tech-watching world when they walked away from Instagram, the company they founded. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and it had been smooth sailing since then, especially because Facebook took a mostly hands-off approach to their fast-growing property. Even as Facebook became the home of middle-aged parents, Instagram maintained its edge and allure for teens. Something, however, changed in the relationship between Systrom, Krieger and Facebook in the last year. Now investors are freaking out and everyone’s wondering what happened. I like this Recode recounting of the relationship collapse.
Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders - Recode Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders - Recode
I was wrong. I was lucky enough to be there are the start of Android’s journey to global handset dominance. It arrived late to the party and in a smartphone that didn’t turn anybody on. I had thoughts about Android in 2008, and I have some fresh ones now, on the 10-year anniversary of its introduction to the world.
Android at 10: I didn’t believe – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Android at 10: I didn’t believe – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
The price of excellence. It’s no secret that I like the new iPhones, but there are concerns and complaints. Concerns about battery life (I found it good, but not amazing) and complaints about the prices. The iPhone Xs starts at $999, while the iPhone Xs Max starts at $1099. And if you want to add more storage, the price skyrockets to $1,449 for the 512 GB Xs Max and $1249 for the 256 GB model. Now, we might know how much it costs to build at least one of these phones. A new tear down study puts the cost of materials at $443. That would mean Apple is making a hefty profit per phone. However, this is an estimate and doesn’t account for manufacturing, design and software development costs.
Estimate says the $1,249 iPhone XS Max only costs Apple $443 to make – BGR Estimate says the $1,249 iPhone XS Max only costs Apple $443 to make – BGR
We see you. Wi-Fi signals are everywhere. They’re in our homes, outside, and they pass through most solid materials. Now researchers think they can use Wi-Fi ubiquity for things like detecting the number of people in a room – through a wall. If it sounds like this is a surveillance scheme, it partly is, but researchers think it could also be used for managing office heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Why run the stuff when no one is there? For now, it’s little more than a science experiment, so don’t start freaking out about how your Wi-Fi signal is being used…yet.
Researchers show they can count people through walls using only Wi-Fi
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