In Brief: Dec. 24, 2001

COUCH COMPUTING Somewhere along the way, information appliances morphed from the worthy idea of a streamlined PC into $500 style statements that failed miserably. But Cidco could breath life into this much maligned category with its Mivo 350, a $200 machine that lets people send and receive e-mail, view attached photos and get news updates for $15 a month. Best of all, it's wireless, so users can compute from their sofas and easy chairs.

BRIGHT LIGHTS Dreading yet another year of hauling out the Christmas lights and replacing all the dead bulbs? New Forever Bright lights by Fiber Optic Designs are...

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