1. 4K Video Could Save the Titanic
It had been 14 years since divers visited the wreck of the Titanic.
A Titanic historian told CBS News that the level of deterioration is shocking and that the captain’s bathtub — a favorite image from the wreck — is already gone. But now a new team of undersea explorers has captured footage that gives a glimpse of the continued effects of saltwater and bacteria on the luxury ocean liner that sank in 1912.
The team behind the dives used specially adapted cameras to capture 4K footage, which will be used in an upcoming documentary from Atlantic Productions, according to a press release.
Take a look at Atlantic Productions announcement here:
Atlantic Productions are pleased to announce they have recorded the first ever 4K images of RMS Titanic for a new Documentary. The images reveal the state of the wreck on the first manned dive for 14 years. #titanic pic.twitter.com/oxuEugs2N6
— Atlantic Productions (@AtlanticProds) August 21, 2019
2. Singapore Promotes Fitness with Fitbit
Fitbit CEO, James Park, says they beat out Apple for the bid. Now, Fitbit is working with Singapore’s government to supply residents with free fitness trackers. This is the first major integration of Fitbit wearables into a national public health program anywhere in the world, the company says.
What about people’s data?
Users will be asked whether they consent to share their data with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB), according to Reuters. “We think this program could reach up to one million people,” Park says, adding that it serves as an example of how “the transformation that we’ve talked about in our business model is becoming real.”
The company says Singaporeans will be able to pre-register next month to receive a Fitbit Inspire band for free if they commit to paying $10 a month for a year of the company’s premium coaching service. The program will fully roll out in late October.
(Source: The Verge)
3. Celebrities Fall for Instagram Hoax
This week, many celebrities used their influential powers to spread awareness of a “new” Instagram policy update—or at least, that’s what they thought they were doing. The hoax memo claims the company will soon have permission to make deleted photos and messages public and use those posts against them in court.
Celebrities including Usher, Judd Apatow, and Julia Roberts posted the note to their feeds, as did Rick Perry, the current United States secretary of energy and former Texas governor. The note and similar ones have been going around since 2012, and this is just their most recent resurgence.
What says Instagram?
To put it simply: this message accomplishes nothing and makes no sense. Posting it on Instagram doesn’t affect how Instagram treats your content.
Instagram’s policies grant it some basic uses of your photos and messages because it needs permission to display them to other users. As a clarification, the company’s terms of service includes a bolded line that reads: “We do not claim ownership of your content, but you grant us a license to use it.” It also says you can end that license at any time “by deleting your content or account.”
(Source: The Verge)