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IPods could be damaged by Microsoft’s new computer operating system, the company behind the popular digital music players has warned.

Apple, the long-standing rival of Bill Gates’s Microsoft, is urging users not to upgrade their PCs to the Vista system until it comes up with a compatible version of the software that runs iPods.

Microsoft launched its long-awaited Vista operating system in a blaze of publicity last week and claimed that more than 5,000 hardware and software products would work with it.

But Apple, which has sold 90 million iPods since 2001, says many users of the iconic portable music players have had problems when connecting them to PCs using Vista.

It claims some have found that songs bought on its iTunes Store will not play on the new system, and that other Vista users have even seen their iPods corrupted when they try to unplug them. The contacts and calendar functions on iPods are also said to be affected.

A statement on Apple’s website reads: “iTunes Store purchases may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows 2000 or XP.

“Ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the Safely Remove Hardware feature may corrupt your iPod.”

Microsoft has already released a software update for Vista users so they can play their iTunes Store songs.

But Apple is still warning PC users not to use Vista until it can release a completely new version of the iTunes software.

Apple’s website states: “Apple recommends that customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks.”

Microsoft said it has a dedicated team working on problems with Vista and iTunes, and insisted users should not stop using the new operating system.



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Technology has come up with the answer for people living along who dislike solitary meals: the virtual family dinner, where relatives hundreds of miles apart get together for a chat.

Accenture, the consulting company, is exploiting the explosion in broadband access to provide lonely people, notably the elderly, with a way to get together with relatives as often as they’d like, updating the traditional family meal.

The concept is simple. An elderly woman in, say, Scotland, prepares a meal and, as she sits down to eat, a screen, which is transparent when not in use, pops up at the end of the table.

A computer program runs through a directory of pre-registered family members and friends to find someone who is “available for dinner” – or, at least, a conversation.

The virtual guest’s image is then projected on to the screen and the solitary diner no longer feels that she is eating alone.

“We are trying to really bring back the kind of family interactions we used to take for granted,” said Dadong Wan, a senior researcher in Accenture’s laboratories in Chicago.

Recent figures showed that more than half of women aged over 75 lived alone, and a survey by Help the Aged disclosed that television was the main source of company for nearly half of all over-65s.

“The whole idea is to make sure they eat right,” said Mr Wan. “Recent studies have already shown that people at high risk of under-nourishment consume more than 100 calories extra per meal if they eat with someone else present.”

When a prototype becomes available, in no more than a year or two, it is likely to cost up to £500 per household, Mr Wan said. Insurance companies and Government agencies could one day help to pay for the system, much as they do for home helps, once they see its benefits.


 Dadong Wan and Adam Pilon





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Reading blogs

The number of people reading Internet blogs on the top 10 U.S. newspaper sites more than tripled in December from a year ago and accounted for a larger percentage of overall traffic to those sites, according to data released on Wednesday.

Unique visitors to blog sites affiliated with the largest Internet newspapers rose to 3.8 million in December 2006 from 1.2 million viewers a year earlier, tracking firm Nielsen//NetRatings said.

U.S. news organizations are increasingly calling on their reporters and editors to write news blogs and compete with the expanding Internet format for informal analysis and opinion.

It is one of several tactics they are using to keep readers who can choose from a flood of competing information sources on the Internet.

Blog pages accounted for 13 percent of overall visits to newspaper sites in that month, up from 4 percent a year earlier. Total visitors to the top newspaper sites rose 9 percent to 29.9 million.

About 60 percent of online newspaper readers were men, with the percentage rising to 66 percent of blog readers, Nielsen//NetRatings said.



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tA woman who was found dead hours after taking part in a water drinking contest at a local radio station may have died of water intoxication, a coroner said.

The body of mother-of-three Jennifer Strange, 28, was discovered at her home in Rancho Cordova, California, on Friday after she competed in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest organised by KDND 107.9.

The radio station had promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the competitor who could drink the most water without going to the toilet.

Ms Strange went home after complaning to work colleagues that her head was hurting. “She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her,” said Laura Rios, a colleague at the Radiological Associates of Sacramento.

It was not immediately known how much water she drank during the event, though early investigations showed evidence “consistent with a water intoxication death,” according to the Assistant Coroner Ed Smith.

Contestants were initially given half-pint bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes, with the size of the bottles increasing as the competition progressed.

“They told us if you don’t feel like you can do this, don’t put your health at risk,” said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland, California.

John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station’s owner, said staff were stunned when they heard of Ms Strange’s death. “We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred,” he said.



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The video-sharing website most used for pop promotions, film trailers and personal “vidcasts”, is set to become the next tool in the Church of England’s battle to curb declining attendances.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to use the site to broadcast his sermons in an attempt to make the Church more relevant to the internet generation.

A video will also be put on YouTube later this month urging other churches to advertise the contemporary style of their services and suggesting ideas introduced under the Fresh Expressions initiative, which was set up by Rowan Williams.

“The potential of YouTube is enormous,” a Lambeth Palace spokesman said. “It provides limitless access to what any minister has to say. You have to preach where people are listening.”

Up to 100 million clips are viewed daily on YouTube and it has almost 20 million visitors each month.

While the rate of decline in attendance at Church of England services has slowed recently, it lost 100,000 worshippers between 2000 and 2002 – nearly eight per cent. In particular, it has seen the average age of its congregations rise as the number of young people in the pews has dropped.

The Rev Steve Croft, team leader of Fresh Expressions, said that YouTube could provide the perfect way to reach teenagers.

About 300 alternative schemes have been established under the initiative, including services in pubs, cafes and buses.



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