A have-a-go hero granny, Ann Timson, helped foil a gang of bank robbers as they attempted to break into a Northamton Jewellery store in broad daylight yesterday. In the video the Ms Timson can be seen running across a busy road towards the thieves as they busily attempt to smash the glass on the Michael Jones Jewellers store front. As she approaches the thieves Timson, who is in her 70s, swings her hand bag at the robbers, eventually dispersing them.
Gardaí and the National Consumer agency today warned ATM consumers to careful of very convincing skimming devices that have been found attached to AIB ATMs. Devises have been found fitted over the newer-style AIB ATMs which convincingly mimic the design of the distinctive green AIB ATM card slots. The only give away that the skimming device are attach is the square ‘handle’ on the top of the card slot.
Statistics, it is said, are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Earlier this month TNW reported, quoting Statcounter Global stats, that StumbleUpon had surpassed Facebook in the US as the site that created the most social media referrers. The article also reported it was the second most popular traffic-generating site globally after Facebook.
Microsoft’s Bing image search engine got a major redesign today with the launch of trending image gallery. The update, which is now live for all Bing users shows an image gallery of the top 20 searched terms on the image search engine.
Irish International BBDO is premiering its new international ad for Diagio’s Guinness brand, Dark Life, on Irish television this weekend. The latest in Guinness’s iconic commercials uses state-of-the-art digital post production techniques, as well as some nice Canon 5D digital cameras, to superimpose the famous stout’s head settling over some global cityscapes. It was directed by French director Frederic Planchon and filmed in cities from New York, Bogota & Hong Kong
It might be cold where you are but spare a thought for these poor Canadians. YouTube user samantha683 braved temperatures of below -30 °C (-22°F) to demonstrate just how chilly it is. In the video she throws freshly boiled water in the air only for it to evaporate in a plume of white fog before it hits the ground.
The Dakar Rally, one of the largest off road endurance rallies in the world, has launched from Buenos Aires. The Dakar is now a fully digital event supported by YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. You can get live updates on each stage of the challenge on their site and on the official Dakar iPhone/iPod/iPad app. The organisers have also released an online video game to accompany the event.
Christmas is that wonderful time of year when the world gathers together, and with one breath, prepars to laugh their socks off at some of the funniest videos produced for the season. We present to you a selection box of some of the best Christmas Specials from this year (mostly) from across the web.
In 2010 over 25 billion Tweets were sent and about 9 billion emails were exchanged. We watch 700 billion videos on Youtube, that is about 13 million hours or the equivalent of 1,500 years of continuous viewing (We hope you like piano playing cats). At year’s end it is natural to look back, to review the dying year and take stock of what has happened. This is what the world’s media has been doing this week, so join us on The Sociable’s review of the reviews of 2010.
“Jesus loves you” was the most searched term on Google News in the UK and Ireland in 2010, according to Google Insights for Search. In Ireland the term was 20 times more popular than “ireland“, the next highest ranking term. “Jesus loves you” even outranked search terms such as “gerry ryan“, “weather” and “haiti“. In the UK it was 10 times more popular than the second search term “news“.
There are less than six sleeps to Christmas so Santa is pretty busy getting ready for the big day. So too are NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, who are preparing to track Santa Claus and the reindeer as he crosses the world on Christmas Eve.
Not to be outdone by Google's Zeitgeist 2010 or Twitter's trends of 2010 , YouTube have released their Rewind 2010: Year in Review video collage. The eighty-six second clip summarises this year’s most popular videos on YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing site.
YouTube have created a channel called YouTube Rewind: The Year in Review which offers some interesting insights into the most popular videos on the platform over the past year. No big surprises exist on this year’s list with the usual viral ads, music video parodies, and of course Justin Bieber.
Jay Leno's wise cracks at the expense of Brian Cowen have met with uproar from the media, most of whom are disgusted at the treatment of the 'Prime Minister of Ireland,' but those sentiments don't seem to be share by Ireland's social media users.