Apple Computer has launched an internet groups service to rival those from the likes of Yahoo.
The new service allows groups of internet users to collaborate easily online and is an extension to Apple’s existing .Mac internet service, which lets individual users store photos, video clips and other data online.
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Subscribers to .Mac can now invite others to share their storage space, use shared calendars and contact lists, and administer who is allowed or denied access to the group.
The service starts at £58 a year and, unlike free group services, such as Yahoo's, is an advert-free zone..
To cope with the groups feature, the basic storage space for .Mac has been increased from 250Mbytes to 1Gbyte.