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Simon Cox is at the helm as the programme which explores the latest developments and issues in the world of IT returns for a second series.
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Monday 24th September 2007
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Barry Cheetham, who hopes to put together an internet choir
Whether you've embraced technology willingly, or you’re slowly learning the delights of the digital world, this series will have something for you. Simon Cox finds out how modern technology touches people's lives.
In this week's programme

Changing demographics of game players
New technology used in gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Wii has widened the appeal of gaming, bringing new audiences to computer games.  Our reporter John Neal visits the Sunrise Senior Living home in Birmingham, where residents are queuing up for a spot of virtual tennis; and Simon is joined in the studio by Tom Standage, technology editor of the Economist, and games industry analyist Sean Dromgoole to discuss just why games are now entering the mainstream.

Internet choir & broadband speed
Dr Barry Cheetham from Manchester University has a dream.  He plans to create a pan-European choir who will one day be able to perform together online.  But at present, the delays inherent in sending any kind of information over the internet are just too great for that to be possible. Barry explains his hopes for low-delay networks, and technology journalist Rupert Goodwins discusses the various types of broadband connection currently available, asking what high-speed internet access could mean for home users.

Text-a-hug: fashion meets mobile technology
Simon visits Dr Sharon Baurley from Central St Martin's College of Art, who is conducting research into interactive clothing.  She has created jackets with embedded technology which allow the wearers to send each other hugs and touches via text message - and tried them out on teenagers to see how they react to this extension of the mobile phone.  And in the studio, Charlie Porter from GQ magazine ponders how technology and fashion could merge in the future. 

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Email etiquette
Are you for or against smileys?  Should you sign off your emails with yours sincerely, or cheers?  And should we all learn to control ourselves better when it comes to use of the forward button?  Simon gets some tips on how to avoid email mishaps from netiquette expert Judith Kallos. 

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