worth noting 13.5.03



:: Mobile handset developer Sony Ericsson has joined forces with wireless services provider Wizcom. Under the deal Wizcom will offer a new range of ringtones and exclusive games for Sony Ericsson mobile phones to its sister company Singlepoint 4u's 1.8m UK mobile subscribers.

:: The government has today launched its 'Get Started' campaign that aims to encourage non-Internet users to log-on for the first time. More than 8,000 online centres around the UK will from today offer free starter courses in how to make the most of the Internet. Lone parents, the elderly, those on low incomes, ethnic minority groups and individuals with disabilities are among those targeted by the government.

:: Apple Computer's iTunes software has apparently opened up a new way for Macintosh owners to share music collections across the Internet. The new music jukebox software, released two weeks ago as part of a set of high-profile Apple music announcements, contains features that enable Mac users to stream music to each other over a network. The songs aren't downloaded permanently but do allow computer users to listen to any song on another network-connected Macintosh's hard drive.

:: Microsoft has made its first move to expand its Xbox console beyond gaming with new software called Music Mixer. The $40 (£26) package, set to go on sale this autumn, will include PC and Xbox software that will allow owners to transfer digital music and photos from their computer to the console's hard drive.